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Ex-AD Rohlman to be inducted into HOF

Art Rohlman had been a member of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association for 24 years. Twenty of those years were spent working for DeKalb High before going to Elgin for another four years. 

Because of his efforts and hard work as an AD, Rohlman will be inducted into the IADA Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. today at the Paradise Hotel in East Peoria.

“I think that it’s a great honor and recognition for years of service, but at the same time, it’s an honor for all the people that were around you and surround you,” Rohlman said. “Fortunately, I had a lot of good people around me that made things a lot easier. It helps out to have those good people.”

Rohlman is well distinguished for his work in Illinois high school athletics. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1990 and also earned an IADA Division Athletic Director of the Year honor during his career.

“It is a cap of your career when you get inducted into a Hall of Fame,” Rohlman said. “I think that speaks well for the people you surround yourself with and who you are associated with.”

When he was AD at DeKalb, Rohlman also served as the IADA Conference Prize Committee Chairman for five years. Also, Rohlman coached football, basketball and track. 

One of the coaches who worked for Rohlman for about 20 years was John Cordes. Cordes was hired as an assistant basketball coach under Rohlman.

“He was very supportive of his coaches,” Cordes said. “It would always seem like he had your back. He was always there to handle things so that you wouldn’t have to worry about the little things.”

Cordes is the varsity golf coach at DeKalb and said that it was a major loss when Rohlman started working for Elgin.

“It was more than just working – it was a friendship. He always made you feel important and what you said was important,” Cordes said. “He counted on us as coaches and we counted on him as an AD. It was a big loss for DeKalb when he went to work for Elgin.”

Even though Rohlman is being inducted for this individual award, he still thinks the people who worked with him make the difference.

“It reflects well on the fact that when I was in DeKalb and Elgin that I had some help as far as administrative assistants. And, the assistant ADs who take care of most of the problems and make things run smoothly,” Rohlman said. “The coaches we had were phenomenal to work with and they were just good people.”

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