MAHOMET — Approximately 100 people gathered in the Mahomet-Seymour High School Field House on May 10 to salute a man described as “selfless” and “tireless,” and dedicate the high school weight room in his name.
Retired teacher and coach Jim Risley and his family attended the event where he was honored for his commitment to Mahomet-Seymour students over decades of service.
“There is no one with a bigger heart,” said Superintendent Lindsey Hall of “Riz.”
The program pamphlet for the event described Risley as “educator — coach — friend.”
Risley started teaching at Mahomet-Seymour schools in 1980.
A 1975 graduate of St. Joseph-Ogden High School, he was assistant wrestling coach fo Hall of Fame coach Marty Williams from 1981-89, according to information from the district.
During his work with the Bulldog program, Mahomet-Seymour took Illinois High School Association Class A team titles in 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1989.
Mahomet-Seymour teams also finished second in 1985, third in 1987 and fourth in 1989, the district stated in the program for the dedication event.
Risley also has been head volleyball coach for Mahomet-Seymour, leading the team to an IHSA Class 2A regional team championship in 1982. He served as head girls’ track and field coach at the high school, helping lead the teams to multiple IHSA Class 2A sectional titles. In 1997, the Bulldogs earned IHSA Class 2A champion status.
Present for the event were members of Risley’s family, including Angie, his wife of 36 years. They have two sons, Grant and Garret, both of whom have followed in their father’s footsteps as teachers and coaches, and two grandchildren, Levi and Emmitt.