MacMurray basketball raising funds for Coach Bill Pool

By Ryne Turke on December 10, 2015 at 7:14am

MacMurray College’s Coaches vs. Cancer event this weekend will benefit a local coach battling the disease.

The Highlanders are scheduled to play Principia College Saturday afternoon at Bill Wall Gymnasium. Admission to both games is free, but donations will be accepted for Coaches vs. Cancer and Team Bill Pool.

The fundraiser for Pool, who coaches basketball for Turner Junior High, will include a silent auction with several big ticket items.

As head coach of the MacMurray men’s basketball team, Todd Creal has spent many years working with Pool. Creal says holding this event at MacMurray “means everything” to him.

“Nine years ago Pool coached at Waverly and had some really good players. We started  relationship where I went to their practices and recruited some their guys. He was really respected in Waverly and did some good things over there,” says Creal.

“A few years into my time at MacMurray Michelle White became our volleyball coach. Michelle’s sister is married to coach Pool and he started being around more for volleyball games. They are just really good people.”

Creal hopes to see a great turnout from the community.

“Our community as a whole, students, faculty and staff, have done very well at charitable things. We have Toys for Tots, canned food drives and the Set, Spike and Rally for the Cure with Illinois College for the volleyball teams. There is some history there of Mac being good in these situations.”

Coaches vs. Cancer is a national organization that coordinates with the American Cancer Society.

The women’s game starts at 1 p.m. and the men’s game, which can be heard on WEAI 107.1 FM, will follow at around 3 p.m.