Kohlbecker retires as Tuscola girls' basketball coach

Mar. 15—TUSCOLA — One of the area's most successful high school girls' basketball coach has retired.

Tuscola announced on Friday morning that Tim Kohlbecker is stepping aside after 20 years leadnig the Warriors.

He compiled a 407-164 record to go with 11 regional championships and one sectional title during his tenure.

His 407 wins are the most of any basketball coach in Tuscola history on either the boys' basketball or girls' basketball side.

"More importantly, Coach K has taught thousands of life lessons to his hundreds of student-athletes," the announcement posted by Tuscola on Facebook said Friday morning. "We're thankful for his willingness to dedicate his time, energy and passion into inspiring so many young ladies through the years. We wish him well in his retirement and would like to thank him for the memories."

Kohlbecker was an assistant coach with the Warriors for five seasons before he became the program's head coach prior to the 2004-05 season. He went 15-14 in his first season and led Tusvola to a regional title the following season in 2006, with Tuscola compiling a 23-7 record that season. It was the first of 12 seasons with at least 20 wins.

He only had one losing season in charge of the Warriors — a 13-15 record during the 2009-10 season — and won at least 24 games in his final three seasons. His 2022-23 team finished 33-2 to set a single-season record for wins, advancing to the Sweet 16 in Class 1A.

His last team finished 28-3 this past season, winning the Monticello Holiday Hoopla title, the Central Illinois Conference regular-season title and CIC tournament title and a 1A regional title.