Girls Basketball: New coach Terrence Streater eager to make things go at Eisenhower
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org August 6, 2013 9:58PM
Eisenhower girls basketball coach Terrence Streater. | Tony Baranek~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 8, 2013 6:24AM
Terrence Streater has experience with reviving struggling girls basketball programs.
At St. Francis de Sales, he took a varsity team that was 2-26 in 2007-08 and within two years had it playing like a state contender.
It’s been decades since Eisenhower has had a winning season.
As challenges go, this is a whopper.
“I like challenges,” Streater said. “I’m very excited. It’s going to take a lot of work and dedication, getting around the area, getting in touch with our kids out there (in Blue Island) and getting kids to want to come to Eisenhower.”
Streater replaces Dana Krilich, who resigned her position but will remain at the school as a history/AP government teacher and assistant tennis coach.
In 2012-13, Streater’s St. Francis team was 18-14 and advanced to the Class 2A sectional final, where the Pioneers were beaten by host Seton 55-51.
It was the fourth straight season in which Streater won 18 or more games at St. Francis, after a debut campaign in which he won four games — twice as many as the team did the year before.
“Coaching at St. Margaret (grammar school), I kind of knew a lot of the kids in the Catholic school system already,” he said. “I also had my own AAU team for six years. So it kind of worked itself out when I got the job coaching at St. Francis.
“The work that I put in there to get the program from where it was to where it is now was a challenge. But my main goal was to make sure those girls got college scholarships.”
Five seniors from Streater’s 2012-13 team received college scholarships, including team leaders Tyler Brown-Henderson and Taylor O’Bannon.
Eisenhower’s best record in girls basketball during the past quarter-century was in 2006-07, when Rick Mundo coached the Cardinals to a 14-14 record.
There are no girls basketball records listed for Eisenhower on the IHSA website, and athletic director Tim Baker could not provide information as to the program’s last winning record.
He was well aware, however, of Streater’s impact at St. Francis.
“He kind of came in with exactly the working attitude we were looking for,” Baker said. “He had a good rapport with the kids at his old school, and some of the girls at our school had played for his AAU team and knew him a little bit. When they found out he got the job they were real excited.
“In the interview process he just nailed it. He’s absolutely what we’re looking for, someone with the ability to put in what’s needed to get a program that has been at the bottom of the conference to the top of the conference.”