Earlier this season, assistant coach Andie Allison asked me if I was putting an all-time Galesburg team together, who would I put on it. That is one of those no win deals for me. There are too many quality players. If you asked me to name the top 10, I would want to name 15. If you asked me to name the top 15, I would want to name the top 25. My answer today would be different than may answer tomorrow. I know you could take anyone of about 100 Galesburg players, make up a team, and have a great year.
Alicia Brannon is not the best shooter or the best ballhandling point guard who has played at Galesburg. But if I was putting together a team, I would want Alicia on my team. She was a tough competitor, who always played hard. She was loyal to her teammates and she was a leader. They always say that the measure of a great player is whether they make their teammates better. Alica had the ability to do that for Streaks basketball.
As a soph, I brought her up to the varsity at the end of the year. She didn't want to. I viewed it as being defiant at the time. Later I realized it was a case of her lacking confidence. She started her junior year as we went 12-15. Then she started her senior year, averaging 6.3 assists and leading us to a 20-8 season. Why did things turn around in Galesburg basketball? It is simple- a whole bunch of quality people like Alicia Brannon made us winners. Did Alicia turn around Galesburg basketball by herself? No. But she did with the help of a lot of other quality young women.
As you read this interview, you will find that Alicia Brannon's story is an extremely inspiring story about a Galesburg girl who had big dreams. She is a winner in everything she has done in life. And just like she made her team better, she seems to have made everything she touches in life better. I know I am thankful for having gotten to coach Alicia- she has been an inspiration to me.
Is she one of my favorites? Yes- one of many- I have a great job.