After 16 years of coaching at his alma mater, Fred Dancy is out as the girls basketball coach at Cahokia High School.
Dancy said on Monday that he has been asked to resign following a season where Cahokia once again finished in the second half of the South Seven Conference and failed to advance out of the Class 3A Regional Tournament.
“I have been asked to step down and let me say that I hold no hard feelings toward anyone. The administration has an idea of where they want the program to go and I respect that decision,” Dancy said. “Next year was going to be my last year any way because my son Tyler will be a senior at Belleville West and will be attending and playing college basketball after that. I intend on following him and watching him play a much as possible.”
Tyler Dancy is a 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward who is regarded as one of the top juniors in the area. Dancy is being recruited by several NCAA Division I programs including Wichita State.
An 1981 graduate of Cahokia, Dancy led the Comanches to just six winning seasons. But those closest to the program will point to other successes.
Dancy estimated he helped 25 to 30 girls basketball players earn college basketball scholarships, several of which are still playing and many others who have earned college degrees.
“I’m a competitive person and as a coach, I dislike losing as much as anyone. But one of things I am most proud of is that we’ve been able to help a lot of kids get scholarships. Many of which wouldn’t have been able to go to college otherwise,” Dancy said. “We have had a lot of kids move out of Cahokia to places like Edwardsville, Belleville West, Althoff and other over the years.
“But we have done the best that we could and we have had success. I’ve been very fortunate to have great assistant coaches and the fact that we’ve been able to help kids is what its all about for me. I’m very proud that we’ve been able to help kids not only graduate from high school, but then been able to graduate from college and become productive citizens.”
Dancy may be done coaching at Cahokia High School, but he’s not done helping kids learn the game of basketball.
Dancy said that later this summer he plans to open an academy to help power forwards become better players. Dancy said the academy will be open to both boys and girls aged 12 and up.
“We’re looking at several different sites but we don’t have one picked out yet,” Dancy said. “I worked with my son and helped him develop his skills as a power forward and I’ve worked with other kids as well.
“Again, its about helping kids become better basketball players and people. It’s about helping kids get to college and giving them the opportunities to get their college degrees and becoming successful in life.”