Gamma Zeta Bill Small ’63 and his sons, Mike ‘88 and Andy ’92, also Gamma Zetas, have won 9 Big Ten Championship Rings between them. With Mike still going strong as the Head Illini Golf Coach coming off his 5th Big Ten Championship in a row this summer (2013), Bill predicts the Small’s will pass by Phil Jackson’s total of 11 Championship rings before it’s all over. Here’s catching up with Bill Small.
Where did you grow up and can you tell us a little bit about your parents and family?
I was born in Peoria on 9/3/1941. I grew up in Roanoke, 25 miles east of Peoria on Rt.116. My father worked at Caterpillar 41 years and my mother was a homemaker. I had one sister who was 4 years younger who graduated from ISU and has lived in California since 1970.
During high school, you transferred to Aurora West. Aurora was traditionally a hotbed for high school basketball. Was basketball behind the transfer? Continue reading