Big Year For ICC’s Wysinger Could Involve New Kidney

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. — Tony Wysinger admits there are more things on his desk than ever before.

“There are a lot more meetings that I am attending,” said Wysinger. “And there are more things because of the position.”

The position is interim athletic director at Illinois Central College. Wysinger, the ICC men’s basketball coach, and softball coach Heather Doty have been tag-teaming that job since June when longtime AD Sue Sinclair retired.

ICC will wait until the end of the school year to make a decision on what it will do with its athletic director’s position, Wysinger said.

Now that school has started and basketball season is approaching, Wysinger’s schedule is full.

“I will say this, any challenge that Illinois Central College puts in front of me, I have no problem trying to get it done,” Wysinger said.

This could be a critical school year for the former Peoria High School and University of Illinois star. Outside of his coaching and athletic director duties, Wysinger has been on a kidney transplant list for three years.

He knows any day know, he could get a very important telephone call.

“I was told it’s a three-to-six-year process. You have to make sure you do the right things,” said Wysinger. “You have to deal with the high blood pressure, talk to your doctors and make sure you are eating and drinking the right things.”

In addition to his increased work load, he undergoes dialysis three times a week.

It can be tiring. But it’s not slowing Wysinger down.

Kids are our future and I don’t mind being involved with them as they grow,” Wysinger said. “That gives me a lot of energy.”

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