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Dick Durrant

Inducted 2007

Biography

Dick Durrant is inducted as a friend of sports. He was a longtime Elgin Community College athletic director-coach-instructor. He served as ECC's athletic director for 24 years (1961-1985) and also coached basketball and baseball at the school. Durrant was at the forefront of bringing more exposure and activities to the ECC athletic and physical education programs. A staunch supporter of in-district athletes at the school, Durrant prided himself in developing the whole-student athlete, as well as the entire ECC athletic program. He began the Spartan Holiday Basketball Tournament, which was considered the best JUCO event in the state for several years. Dick developed and administered the women's athletic program at ECC and also originated Spartan Sports Camps for the youth of the area. In addition, he arranged for ECC men’s teams to play games prior to Chicago Bulls games and scheduled youth basketball games to be played prior to Spartan games at ECC. Furthermore, he created a Physical Fitness Specialist Program at the school and was a key figure in the certification of such instructors. Dick served as a consultant with the Illinois Governors Council on Health and Physical Fitness. He was inducted into the Illinois Region IV Collegiate Hall of Fame in 2006. He has also been inducted into the Skyway Conference Hall of Fame, and in recognition of his concern for academic and athletic excellence, the Skyway Conference named the "Dick Durrant Award" in his honor.