St. Laurence High School is pleased to announce the hiring of George Shimko as the new head varsity girls basketball coach.
As the first girls coaching hire in St. Laurence history, George brings a strong basketball pedigree to Viking athletics. He comes to St. Laurence from Queen of Peace High School, where he served as head basketball coach and athletic director. As head coach, George led a major change in direction of the program over a four year span that resulted in dramatic improvements year over year. After going 2-28 in his first year at the helm, the team increased their win total to 8 in 2014-15 and 19 in 2015-16. This past season, George led the team to a 28-4 record (the best record in school history), a GCAC regular season championship and a second consecutive IHSA Regional Championship. For his achievements, George was also named the 2016-17 Daily Southtown Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.
In addition to George’s success on the court, he has displayed a true connection with the current girls in his program who will be attending St. Laurence next year.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity given to me by President Joe Martinez, Principal Jim Muting and Athletic Director Tim Chandler to be the first head girls basketball coach at St. Laurence,” said Shimko. “Our plan for the program will be to continue the rich academic and athletic tradition that St. Laurence has established and to develop fundamentally sound basketball players and competitive teams at all levels.”
To complement his experience at the high school level, George is the founder of the George Shimko Basketball School (GSBS), a top youth basketball organization which has developed over 1,500 male and female grade school, high school and college basketball players. The program’s guiding principle is “Good Students Make Better Athletes,” displaying his focus on developing the complete person, not just the athlete. George has also held general manager positions at the Chicago Bulls Basketball Schools and Illinois Basketball Academy.
“We are very excited to welcome George, whose extensive basketball background and great reputation of developing student-athletes makes him a great culture fit for St. Laurence,” said St. Laurence Athletic Director Tim Chandler. “He did a tremendous job in turning around the program at Queen of Peace, and I look forward to working with him as he builds a successful program at St. Laurence.”