|Henry P. Pillard|
CIVIC & SPORTS
Henry "Hank" Pillard has been a resident of Joliet since 1965 and in that time he has established himself as one of the community's most valuable assets, as well as a major force in the world of wrestling.
Henry became Dean of Students at Joliet Junior College (JJC) in 1967 and held that position for 20 years. Concurrent with being the Dean of Students, Henry was also the JJC wrestling coach (1965-1985) as well as the football and track coach (1965-1967).
"The one thing that Henry instilled in everyone he coached was Never Give Up -- and Be the Best You Can Be."
-- Bill Vail,
Olympic Wrestling Coach
In 1984, Henry received the 25 Year Service Award from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. In 1986, he was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. In 1998, he received the prestigious USA Wrestling Service Award. In 2002, Henry was presented with a Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
During his wrestling career, Henry has also provided his services to the USA National and Olympic Teams.
Henry lives in Joliet with his wife Pat and is still very actively involved in the Joliet community.