Walt Shipman, in his eighth season for the Cavaliers, came to us after serving four years as the assistant women’s basketball coach at South Suburban College. Previously, he served as the head sophomore and assistant varsity girls basketball coach at Rich Central High School and then at Marian Catholic High School.
In addition to coaching high school and college, he organized and served as the first president of the Babe Ruth League in the Quad Cities; managed baseball for 20 years, first in the Quad Cities and then in Homewood; served two terms as president of the Homewood-Flossmoor High School Booster Club and currently is sponsor of the Homewood Small Fry Basketball program, after coaching there 15 years.
Walt is assistant executive director on the International Small Fry Board of Directors and is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Walt and his wife, Ruth, reside in Crete.
A former KCC player, Casey Hadley Meister is in her fourth season as women's basketball assistant coach. Meister has experience as a community college, NCAA Division I, and NAIA Division I athlete. With her playing and coaching experience, she provides guidance to the student-athletes on reaching the next level, plus valuable input and game planning for the staff.
Meister has six years coaching experience at Tri-Point High School, 2008-11 as an assistant and 2011-14 as head coach. As assistant for her father, Marcus Hadley, Tri-Point went from a few wins per season to a .500 record. Then, while she was head coach, Tri-Point became even more competitive and finished second in the River Valley Conference all three seasons. Three players from Tri-Point also attended KCC on basketball scholarships during this time.
Meister graduated from Reed-Custer High School in 2004 with multiple basketball honors including All-State two times. She still holds the scoring record for the Kankakee All-Area All-Star game (34 points).
She played for Coach Denson and the Lady Cavaliers from 2004-06. At KCC, Meister was named to the All-Region team (2005) and was MVP of the Region Tournament in 2006. She earned NJCAA All-American honors in 2005 and 2006. She also played in the national tournament in 2006.
Meister continued her basketball career with a scholarship to Chicago State University. She then played her senior year at Olivet Nazarene University. That team won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, was nationally ranked, and went to the CCAC National Tournament (2008).
Meister is an art teacher at Tri-Point High School and lives in Cullom with her husband, Todd, and their two beautiful twin girls, Hadley and Harper.