MICHAEL "COACH-DUBB" WILLIAMS
11th Grade Decatur Boy's Regional Team
9th Grade Decatur Girl's Regional Team
Bio is on the Director's Page
10th & 11th Grade Boys
Chatham Regional Team
Roy Gilmore is a native of Waukegan, IL, but comes to the Sky Ice program from Chatham, IL. Coach Gilmore has 12 of years of experience coaching basketball. Roy has coached at the High School, NAIA and Division II level. During his coaching time, Coach Gilmore has coached two athletes that signed D-1 scholarships, 4 athletes that signed with D-2 programs and 3 athletes that signed with NAIA Universities. While coaching at the D-2 level, Coach Gilmore has coached an All-American guard and also helped lead his school to the NCAA Division II Tournament. As a head coach of a NAIA Institution, Coach Gilmore earned Coach of the Year honors, but more importantly, had a graduation rate above 93%.
Coach Gilmore is a big believer in:
DEFENSE – Guard hard, force to help, help the helper, COMMUNICATE, rebound - Coach Summit said it best:
“Offense sells tickets, Defense wins game, but REBOUNDING WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!”
FUNDAMENTALS – Catch ball in triple threat, set feet to set good screen, set up defender to run off screen, post up with number showing to teammates, eyes on the basket when attacking.
“Don’t Practice Until You Get It Right, Practice Until You Can’t Get It Wrong.”
MENTAL TOUGHNESS – Don’t let one mistake turn into a bigger mistake. If you turn the ball over, get back on defense and be positive by helping, challenging the shooter or blocking out. But always, ALWAYS keep your head up. It’s all about CHARACTER.
“It’s Not What You Do When Others Are Watching, It’s What You Do When No One Is Watching.”
TEAM PLAY – There is nothing that gives a team more energy than taking a charge on defense or making an extra pass on offense. Those are trust plays that create team.
“The players that sacrifice ME for WE will become a TEAM.”
Romano Dees was born and raised in Decatur, Il. He graduated from MacArthur High school where he played 2 years of Varsity basketball. He played at Wabash Valley college for 2 years as a small forward. After graduating he went to St Joseph college and played for them for 1 year then left to play for LNBP Mexican league for 3 years. Romano was All Conference player for his high school and both colleges. Romano came back to Decatur where he started a family and is now married and is working and coaching at SDMS girls basketball team. Romano enjoys the game and enjoy coaching. He also is a volunteer coach for the Y youth league. Romano hopes to bring the love of the game that he has had as player and fundamental skills and as well as team work and determination.
9th Grade Boy's Regional Team
Assistant Coach @ Thomas Jefferson Middle School
8th Grade Boys
Greg Camp, a native of Decatur, Illinois and graduate of Eisenhower High School, went on to play basketball for Central Kansas as a walk on. In pursuit of furthering his education, he attended Richland Community College and also played on the basketball team. Seeking additional academic skills, Greg transferred to Southern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Design. He then graduated from Minnesota with 3D Animation and Interactive Media. He currently lives in Naperville with his wife, teenage daughter, and son.
Throughout his school and professional career, Greg has always been involved in basketball. He plays twice a week, and for the past seven years has been actively involved as the assistant coach, then the head coach, for the YMCA of the Metro Chicago Competitive League in Naperville.
Greg believes it takes more than raw talent to be a great basketball player. It takes awareness of the game, dedication, determination, confidence, passion, coachability, and being a team player. Greg’s job is to improve his players’ strengths, increase their interest in the game, and engage them to work as a team at the Sky Ice Elite Program.
7th Grade Boys Local Team
Head Coach @ Maroa-Forsyth Middle School
Phil Applebee is a graduate of Ottawa High School and is an alumni of Eastern Illinois University where he majored in History Education. While at Ottawa, Phil was a multiple letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball for the Pirates. He was named to the All NCIC team his senior year in both basketball and baseball. He then went to St. Francis College to play basketball for the Saints. He transferred to Illinois Valley Community College and played baseball for the Apaches before transferring to Eastern to finish his degree.
Phil is currently the head basketball coach at Maroa Forsyth Middle School. Prior to that he was an assistant varsity coach at Maroa Forsyth High School. While the varsity assistant, Phil helped the Trojan program win the 2007 Class A Illinois State Championship, and win 3rd at the 2006 Class A Illinois State Tournament. Phil has worked with Division I, II, III, JUCO, and NAIA players during his time with the Trojans.
Phil also serves as the head softball coach at Maroa-Forsyth High School. In his 10 years at the helm, he has a record of 224-62-1, won 6 regional championships, 6 conference championships, and made one Sweet 16 appearance. He has been named the Herald & Review Macon County Coach of the Year four times (2005, 2007, 2009, 2012). During his tenure, he has helped produce four Division I players, two Division II players, and multiple Division III, JUCO and NAIA players. He also started the Maroa Forsyth Middle School Softball program, and led the Trojans to the IESA State Tournament twice, finishing 2nd in 2009 and 4th in 2010.
For the past two summers, Phil has coached the Maroa Forsyth AYBT team. He is also active in the Maroa Forsyth Youth League, as well as the Maroa Forsyth Junior Football League.
He is married to Jill (Buttz) Applebee. They have three boys, Jack, Mickey, and Greyson. Jack and Mickey began SkyIce in 2014, and Greyson is anxiously awaiting his opportunity.
Varsity Assistant Coach @ Eisenhower High School
Mike Phillips is a graduate of MacArthur High School and is an alumni of Wichita State University where he majored in communications/radio/television and elementary education. While at MacArthur, Mike was a three sport athlete; excelling in football, basketball, and track and field. As a high school athlete, Mike was a second team All-State selection in basketball and first team All Big 12 selection three years in a row. Mike also won the state long jump title, as well as the national long jump title, jumping 24’2”. After high school, Mike chose to concentrate on basketball and went on to play at Wabash Valley Junior College, where he was a first team All-American, first team All Tournament selection at three different tournaments, and first team All Tournament selection in the NJCAA National Tournament. Mike then went on to play at Wichita State University where he earned many more accolades. These include: All New Comer Team first year, Missouri Valley Conference second team selection, and two time All Defensive Team.
After finishing his collegiate career, Mike has since been involved in coaching at the elementary and junior high levels, and has assisted at the high school level. Mike is currently the head eighth grade coach for the Lutheran School Association (LSA). Mike has been a part of the Skywalker Family since 2007 and his son, Brylan, currently plays on the Sky ice elite team.
5th Grade Boys
Asst. Boys Coach @ MacArthur High School
4TH Grade Boys Local Team
4th Grade Boys Asst.