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Former Bradley AD, Thornridge basketball coach Ron Ferguson dies at 89

Former Bradley AD, Thornridge boys basketball coach Ron Ferguson dies at age 89

Dave Eminian

Journal Star
Ron Ferguson

PEORIA — Former Bradley athletic director Ron Ferguson died in the early morning hours Thursday at a Peoria senior care facility at age 89.

Ferguson had suffered from dementia the last few years. But he built an indelible legacy at Bradley and through a lifetime in sports.

The longtime coach and administrator took over as BU athletic director from Chuck Orsborn in 1978 and re-made the Braves athletic department through his reign, which ended in 1996.

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One of the last things Ferguson did was hire Jim DeRose to coach a Bradley soccer program for which Ferguson envisioned big things.

“Ron just loved Bradley, loved Peoria,” DeRose said. “In the years after he left, he’d always reach out and ask if there was anything he could do to help me, anything we needed. What a great man to have in BU athletics.

“I wouldn’t be here celebrating 25 years if not for Ron Ferguson taking that chance.”

Ferguson — head coach of the iconic Dolton Thornridge boys basketball teams of the early 1970s — was a charter member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and also a member of the Bradley Athletic Hall of Fame and the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.

Players and staff members of Bradley's 1981-82 team that won the NIT was honored at halftime during Wednesday night's game at Renaissance Coliseum. Front row, from left, are sports information director Joe Dalfonso, player Willie Scott, athletics director Ron Ferguson, manager Eugene Link and associate head coach Tony Barone. In the back row, from left, are players Mitchell Anderson, Pierre Cooper, Eddie Mathews, Donald Reese, Barney Mines and assistant coach Jay Eck.

Ferguson set a high bar for athletic directors to follow after him at Bradley. And he did all he could to help them succeed.

“I will always be appreciative of the warm welcome Ron gave to me when I arrived at Bradley six years ago,” Bradley vice-president of intercollegiate athletics Dr. Chris Reynolds said. “During a lunch, his love of Bradley University and Bradley Athletics was abundantly clear as he recounted fond memories he experienced with our Braves sport programs.

“Ron is an icon throughout our community, the state of Illinois and the Missouri Valley Conference and his passion for Bradley Athletics serves as an inspiration to me and many others.”

Ferguson was a standout three-sport athlete at Harvey Thornton High School, helping the basketball team reach the Sweet 16 at Huff Gym in Champaign as a junior in 1948.

He studied physical education at Illinois with hopes of becoming a coach. After graduation and a stint in the army, he became an assistant coach in three sports at Thornton Junior College (now South Suburban College).

Ferguson was renowned as the coach of the Thornridge boys basketball team, which won back-to-back state titles in 1971 and 1972 and is regarded as the best team in state history. That team included Quinn Buckner, who went on to Olympic and NBA fame.

Ferguson went on from Thornridge to serve as assistant coach and assistant athletics director at Illinois State for three years, then moved to BU’s athletic helm.

“I was blessed to inherit a great situation from Ron,” said former BU athletic director Ken Kavanagh, who took over after Ferguson left in 1996 and now is in his 12th year as AD at Florida Gulf Coast. “Both Ozzie (Orsborn) and Fergie lived in Naples when I came down here, and I got to visit with them a lot, was blessed to have their friendship for such a long time.

“We had Peoria Day down here, because there were a lot of people from central Illinois in this area and they’d get together. Ron got talked into going to one, and at the end of the first banquet he attended, they announced he and his wife, Linda, were the new co-chairmen of the group. That’s just how he was, you could always count on him to be involved.”

Former Bradley athletics director Ron Ferguson

Ferguson led Bradley’s basketball exit from the confines of Robertson Field House for the brand new and much larger Carver Arena.

On his watch, Bradley basketball returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years. He also spearheaded Bradley athletics into a new fundraising era and enhanced or built facilities for softball and soccer.

The soccer program and women’s sports were launched. He developed what is now the Braves Club and took athletic fundraising to new levels at the university.

Ferguson also pushed for Illinois State to join the Missouri Valley Conference, seeing an opportunity to save travel expenses and create a rivalry.

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A heavyweight state-wide, he helped bring the state high school all-star basketball games to Peoria, and later, his expertise was invaluable in assisting the city land the Class A and Class AA state high school basketball tournaments for Carver Arena.

Ferguson moved from the athletic director’s chair in 1996 to assistant to the president, where he remained for three years before retiring.

“When I was AD, I wasn’t a desk guy sitting there going over the budget every five minutes,” he said in a 2013 Journal Star story. “I got out in the community. That’s what I was hired to do was be the front guy for the athletic department.

“I was very happy at Bradley and love Peoria. I was happy at Illinois State, too. I never had a job in my life where I was unhappy or got fired. I enjoyed every place I’ve been.”

Dave Eminian is the Journal Star sports columnist, and covers Bradley men’s basketball, the Rivermen and Chiefs. He writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or deminian@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.

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HBS Author’s Spotlight: Invincible Destiny Collection of Romance Novels is featured at the HBS Author’s Spotlight Showcase

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Invincible Destiny Collection of Romance Novels is featured at the HBS Author’s Spotlight Showcase

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Seven NY Times and USA Today Bestselling authors have come together to give you a collection of strong heroes and heroines that prove when you put your mind to something, your destiny is your future.

Whether you’re just starting out or starting over, losing your love or finding a new one, a first chance, or a second…maybe even a third, destiny is in your hands. It’s in your grasp. You find a way, you work hard, and you believe enough to make it happen.

WHISKEY SMASH (New): Jen Talty, USA Today Bestselling Author
While he prefers a double shot of whiskey, he’s not opposed to taking a stroll down champagne lane, but not if it’s going to cost him at the track.

DON’T BRUISE THE BANANAS (New): Susan Jean Ricci, USA Today Bestselling Author
As Cindy and Jay DeMatteo approach the seven-year itch, will their treasured memories inspire their relationship to move forward, or do other circumstances interfere with their marriage?

GIRLS IN THE CITY – ALISON (New): Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today Bestselling Author
Surgical resident Alison catches the eye of Chief Rich, but she doesn’t want to start anything with him because of a longed for transition. But her heart has other ideas.

IN TANDEM: Tamara Ferguson, USA Today Bestselling Author
When Jake Loughlin and Danielle Reardon are fatefully reunited at Dragonfly Pointe during the restoration of the Inn, will unveiling the dark secrets of the past help expose a ring of human traffickers?

GIVE ME A CHANCE: Natalie Ann, USA Today Bestselling Author
A single father. A woman on the run. Can they find comfort in each other?

SEEKING RACHEL: Josie Riviera, USA Today Bestselling Author
When faith is adrift, the heart is the compass leading the way home.

FOR THE LOVE OF CANDY: Patrice Wilton, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
The life Candy scratched out for herself and son is coming to an end. Her Miami bar provided a decent income, but more important it provided a touch of magic. During storms the lights will flicker, the wall will sweat, and if you wish for something it will happen. Now with all that’s going on, the last thing she needs is the magic of love.


Whiskey Smash

It’s all in the Whiskey Book 7

Author: Jen Talty

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Two years ago, Hayden Fox wasn’t sure she would walk again, much ride a bucking bronco. Being on the backside of a horse was bittersweet and while being a cowgirl was all she’d ever dreamed of, it came at a price.

One she knew this time she might pay with her life. However, she didn’t know what else to do. Her uncle had paid all her bills. He’d made sure she was well-taken care of and he never let her forget he’d given up everything to ensure she had the best doctors and the best training money could buy.

For the last ten years, Sawyer Lawson has been making his way from one country bar stage to the next. All he cared about was plucking his guitar, keeping his head, and staying out of trouble.

Only trouble had a way of finding him and this time it came in the form of a sexy cowgirl who needs the same kind of help that once landed Sawyer behind bars.

Author: Jen Talty
Author Genre: Romance, Suspense

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Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.

Don’t Bruise the Bananas

Cindy’s Crusades, Book 3

Author: Susan Jean Ricci

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“Intense emotion, leading to prose or poetry, cannot be described in any other fashion… I embrace Jay’s existence with the honor he deserves, because he always got me, even when I didn’t get myself.”

Returning from the award winning Cindy’s Crusade’s Series, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and the sequel The Sugar Ticket, kindly join Cindy and Jay DeMatteo’s journey in the third saga Don’t Bruise the Bananas, as these two lovebirds approach the seven year itch.

Laugh with this special couple as they re-nest, hope that their treasured memories will inspire their relationship to grow stronger, and pray as they experience hard challenges they never expected to face.

Author: Susan Jean Ricci
Author Genre: Romance

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A USA Today, Award-Winning Author, Susan Jean Ricci is best known for her Cindy’s Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These characters were first introduced in the multi-award winning novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and return to entertain you in its sequel The Sugar Ticket. Look for the soon to be published, and final saga Don’t Bruise the Bananas, releasing 2021.

Cindy and Jay’s mischief making lives on in these shorts: A Sweet Snafu, Christmas With Niagara, His Sacred Vow, Passion’s Secret Ingredient, and Turning up the Heat. Please also consider the other stand alone works of fiction and short stories in Ms. Ricci’s new collection Love’s Salvation, with more on the immediate horizon.

A member of the RWA, The Authors’ Billboard, and the Independent Authors’ Network, several of Ms. Ricci’s titles have been recognized as the Outstanding Novella Winner in the IAN 2020, Outstanding Finalist in the IAN 2020, and Finalist in the Outstanding Novellas Categories 2019,2018, 2017, and the Women’s Outstanding Fiction Winner in the IAN 2016.

Ms. Ricci’s stories have been included in Cute But Crazy – Ditzy Dudes, Invincible Diversity, Sweet and Sassy Summertime, Volume One, Summer Shorts, Unforgettable Joy: Unforgettable Pleasure; Cute But Crazy: Wild, Wacky Women; Christmas Shorts; Unforgettable Christmas Dreams: Gifts of Love; Sweet and Sassy Heroes; Sweet and Sassy in the Snow, Unforgettable Charmers – Unforgettable Hunks; Unforgettable Thrills – Passion and Power; the USA Today Bestselling Love, Christmas 2 – Movies You Love; the Sweet and Sassy at the Beach Collection, the Sweet and Sassy Weddings – A Time for Romance Anthology; Sweet and Sassy Valentine Collection; Sweet and Sassy Christmas – A Time for Romance Collection; the Unforgettable Christmas – Gifts of Love, and Unforgettable Heroes – Unforgettable Passion.

SPARKLES OF THE SEASON – Gold Medal Winner for The Readers’ Favorite – Novella Category 2020

CHRISTMAS WITH NIAGARA – Finalist in the Novella category: The IAN Book of the Year Awards 2019 SHARING SEA GLASS –Finalist in the Novella Category: The IAN Book of the Year Awards 2019

Girls in the City: Alison

Author: Suzanne Jenkins

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After medical school, Alison Saint lands the coveted surgical residency at her father’s alma mater in San Diego, but it means saying goodbye to Eddie for good. The first week in the OR, she catches the eye of Rich Mortimer, hunky chief resident. She doesn’t want to start anything with him though because that transition she’s longing for is in the plan. But her heart has other ideas.

Author: Suzanne Jenkins
Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

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USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Jenkins writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women’s fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The Detroit Detective Stories, beginning with The Greeks of Beaubien Street are truly American with a touch of fantasy. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama with over 500,000 downloads.

A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins lives in Southern California.

In Tandem

Author: Tamara Ferguson

When Jake Loughlin and Danielle Reardon are fatefully reunited at Dragonfly Pointe during the restoration of the Inn, will unveiling the dark secrets of the past help expose a ring of human traffickers?

Author: Tamara Ferguson
Author Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

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Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series, the Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series and the Tales From Dragonfly Pointe Short Story Series.

If you don’t believe in the power of fate, you shouldn’t read her stories, because Tamara always writes a happily-ever-after for her heroines and heroes, since it doesn’t always work out that way in real life.

Since 2015, she has earned more than thirty awards, twenty of those for her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior romances, including five Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards with Two Hearts In Accord (2019) and Two Hearts Unbroken (2018) earning the BRONZE, Two Hearts Under Fire (2019) and Two Hearts Unspoken (2016) earning the SILVER and Two Hearts Find Christmas earning the GOLD Medal in Military Fiction (2018.) Two Hearts Surrendered was also a New Apple Romance Selection for excellence in Indie Publishing and 2018 Top Shelf Finalist. Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish is a 2017 IAN Book of the Year Finalist. And it’s the #13 BEST INDIE BOOK of 2017.

Along with the 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the 2016 IAN Book of The Year. Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a romance suspense winner at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

A member of the RWA, the Authors’ Billboard and the Authors’ Independent Book Network, her stories have been included in several #1 bestselling anthologies.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.



Cultivated by the wealthy and elite in New York City, plastic surgeon Dr. Max Hamilton seemed to have it all. A beautiful wife and two well-behaved children, along with a successful practice. But an ugly nasty divorce forced him to pick up his children and move north to Lake Placid away from everything that destroyed him. Now with things starting to normalize, he finds himself in desperate need of a nanny and housekeeper. That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less.

Quinn Baker spent her childhood in poverty, foster care and even detention centers. As an adult working two—sometimes three jobs—her fingertips still couldn’t grasp the edge of the vicious poverty circle to pull herself out. When she overhears of Max’s need for a nanny, she takes a risk and prays her past doesn’t come back to haunt her.

Author: Natalie Ann
Author Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Natalie Ann is a USA Today Bestselling Author that lives in Upstate NY with her husband and son. She has always had a love for books, especially romance and happy ever after. She’s written more than twenty-five books including the Road Series, the All Series, the Lake Placid Series, the Fierce Five and the Love Collection, not to mention being in several boxed set collections.

Seeking Rachel

Seeking Series Book 4

Author: Josie Riviera

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When faith is adrift, the heart is the compass leading the way home.

This poignant Regency Inspirational romance will fill your heart with love and hope.

Rachel Lockhart grew up running wild and free with nomadic Gypsy children on her father’s estate. Craving adventure, her imagination conjured up an impossibly perfect, grey-eyed man to share it with.

Now grown, her outspoken ways are about to send her home from London in disgrace. Until she unexpectedly clashes with an impossibly perfect, grey-eyed man. And the back of her mind echoes with God’s promise: I will not leave you comfortless. As if she’d find comfort with a man as arrogant as Nash Browning.

Broken by too many sea battles, soul-sick from recent loss, Nash doesn’t even know where to begin to search for his lost faith. It certainly isn’t among the addle-brained females of the ton. But when he stumbles upon an enticing masterwork of contrasts named Rachel, his weary heart sparks with life.

Is it possible the way back to his faith is with a woman who is honest to a fault, yet fiercely loyal to a shunned people? Can he set a course for a future with her, and trust that God has prepared the way?

A thread of faith, however faint, can lead you to your destiny.

Author: Josie Riviera
Author Genre: Romance, Christian, Contemporary

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Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

For The Love of Candy

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Author: Patrice Wilton

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The Candy Bar is in trouble. Crime and corruption has changed the landscape of the street. Candy can stay and fight it, or sell and run. She has called an emergency meeting with her dear friends, the sisters of her heart, to tell them her decision.

Enter Harrison Wolfe—Boston lawyer, probably a Mayflower descendent by his arrogance and arresting good looks. He has come to the Candy Bar to tell her that his daughter is engaged to her son Billy. He’s only 21 and graduating from college, and is certainly not ready to take on the responsibilities of marriage. Harrison is also strongly opposed to this engagement and wants to put an end to it before it even begins.

Thunder cracks open the sky, lightning strikes, and Harrison and Candy are caught up in the magic and madness. Now they have to fight their attraction—and keep their pants on–to stay focused on keeping their children apart.

This hilarious, touching, upbeat story will engage your emotions and hopefully have you laughing one minute, and wiping tears the next.

Author: Patrice Wilton
Author Genre: Romance

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Patrice Wilton was born in Vancouver, Canada, and knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to be a writer. She became a flight attendant for 17 years, then moved to Australia and England, before settling in Ormond Beach, Florida. She is a NY Times & USA Today best selling author and has written around forty books, mostly romance series. Here are her personal favorites:

The Candy Bar, Paradise Cove, Heavenly Christmas, and The Wounded Warrior series. Now a new exciting adventure has begun. She has joined forces with her good friend, Traci Hall to write a Salem B&B Cozy Mystery series for Kensington under the name of Traci Wilton. They have written 5 books in the Mrs. Morris Bed and Breakfast series, and will be starting book six soon. We are loving it and hope our readers do too!

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