WIU Head Coach Stan Hyman
Stan Hyman, the head coach at Western Illinois,
passed away Saturday after battling leukemia for the past month.
Hyman, 50, led the Leathernecks for eight
seasons. He earned his 350th career victory on May 16 against
Centenary. Hyman also guided WIU to wins over Long Beach State,
Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Iowa, Kansas
State, Michigan State, UIC and Oral Roberts.
Before joining the Leathernecks, Hyman was head
coach for three years at Rutgers-Newark. He began his coaching
career at Albright (Pa.) College, serving as pitching coach for
two seasons before becoming the all-time winningest head coach
(116-59-1). Three times during his 15 years as a head coach,
Hyman was named coach of the year.
Prior to his coaching career, Hyman was a press
agent from 1982-85. He represented professional athletes such as
boxer Roberto Duran and football star Bubba Smith. As president
of the Los Angeles-based Hyman & Associates, he also represented
recording artists such as Al Jarreau and Kim Carnes.
A former sportswriter and music columnist,
Hyman's work appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone,
Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Chicago
Sun-Times, Interview, and Dallas Morning News.
Hyman is survived by his wife, Robin, and three
children: Cara, 22; Mychal, 18; and Jordan, 11.
(photos courtesy of WIU Media