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Head Coach

Reed Nosbisch

Reed Nosbisch

Phone: 847-697-1000, Ext. 2009
Office: Bldg J, Room J110, Main campus

 Coach Nosbisch is entering his ninth season as the head coach of the Spartans after spending two seasons (1995-1996 and 2006-2007) as an assistant to Joe Wharton and Greg Herenda. Coach Nosbisch also played for the Spartans from 1990-1992.

During his freshman year as a player, Coach Nosbisch started 19 games averaging 12.4 points per game. During the season, he set school records for most 3-point field goals made (92), most 3-point field goals made in a game (10), and free throw percentage (82%). He also ranked fifth in the nation for 3-point field goal percentage making 49% (92 for 187).

During his sophomore campaign, Nosbisch was voted team captain and helped the Spartans finish with an overall record of 16-15. He also reset his record from the previous season for 3-point field goals made (102). He finished that season averaging 14.8 points per game. His career stats included: 62 games played, 194 made 3-point field goals, 47.2% 3 point field percentage, 81% free throw percentage, and 13.8 points per game.

As an assistant coach during the 1995-1996 season, he helped guide the Spartans to a second place finish in the Skyway Conference as well as help recruit the class that would eventually win a conference title in 1997.

After his one year stint on the Spartan staff, Coach Nosbisch joined former Spartan coach Jim Hinkle at Jacobs High School as the head sophomore coach. He would spend the next 10 years on the Golden Eagle staff as well as being the head golf coach for 10 years and varsity pitching coach for the baseball team for four years. Jacobs won two regional basketball titles during that span while the golf team won seven different tournaments and qualified for the sectionals three times. Coach Nosbisch coached three individual golfers to state tournament appearances.

In 2006, Coach Nosbisch decided to return to the Spartan sidelines as Greg Herenda’s top assistant. The Spartans would eventually finish second in the Illinois Skyway Conference and make a run to the Region IV District B title game. The Spartans would win 18 games that season and have three all conference players as well as two All-Region players.

During the summer of 2007, Coach Nosbisch would replace Coach Herenda as its leader.  During his first season he would coach a freshmen that would finish 5th in the nation in points per game.  Four years later he would lead the Spartans to a 16 win season and for the 2nd time in school history would help the Spartans get back to the Region 4 District B championship game before losing to eventual 2nd round NBA pick Richaun Holmes.

Last season marked the most successful regular season under Coach Nosbisch as the Spartans finished 21-10 and would be Nationally ranked for 3 weeks reaching as high as #20 in the country.  3 players from that team moved on to 4 year schools.  Coach Nosbisch is 6 wins short of his 100thcareer victory at Elgin.

During his 8 years as head coach of the Spartans, Nosbisch has helped 18 players move on to 4 year schools to continue their academic and athletic careers.  He has also coached 13 1st team All-Conference players, 12 2nd team All-Conference players, 3 1st team All-Region players and 3 2ndteam All-Region players.  He has also coached 3 Academic All-Americans.

Coach Nosbisch grew up in Elgin and is a graduate of Larkin High School. He received his Associate’s Degree from Elgin Community College, his Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Eastern Illinois University, and a Master’s Degree in teaching from Aurora University. He is in his 21st year of teaching at Jacobs High School. He lives in Elgin with his wife Keiren and two daughters.

Assistant Coaches


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Pat Barnhart

Phone: 847-697-1000, Ext. 2009
Office: Bldg J, Room J110, Main Campus

 Pat is a lifelong Elgin resident that attended Elgin High School and was a starter for the state qualifying Maroons in 1987.  Elgin High would lose the quarterfinal game to Chicago King and future NBA player Marcus Liberty.

Coach Barnhart has been involved with AAU coaching for 5 years before joining the Spartan staff for the 2013-14 season.  Pat’s major responsibilities include working with the Spartans post-players, game day preparation, scouting, and recruiting.

Pat has been instrumental in the Spartans in their off court community work as well.  As a member of the organization “Friends of Jaclyn”, Pat prepares events with the family of our adopted team member Matthew.  He also organizes our annual recycle day in Hanover Park where the Spartans helped unload over 3,000 pounds of electronics last year in a 4 hour time period.  Pat also runs the concession stand for our annual Spartan Jamboree.

Over the last 2 seasons, Pat helped Spartan post player Zach Harris become an All-Conference player and earn a scholarship to Roosevelt University.  He was also instrumental in Zach Cooper’s growth during his final year as a Spartan.

Coach Barnhart lives in Elgin with his wife and 2 sons.

Tarnell Davis

Tarnell Davis

Phone: 847-697-1000, Ext. 2009
Office: Bldg J, Room J110, Main Campus

Tarnell was a member of the Spartans during the season of 2008-2009. He has been an assistant coach over the last 5 years and has been an important factor in the Spartans’ recruiting success.

Tarnell grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a graduate of James Madison High School and attended Kirkwood Community College prior to Elgin. As a player for the Spartans, Tarnell averaged 2.3 points per game and 1.2 rebounds. He was a wing player for the Spartans.

As a coach, Tarnell was instrumental in helping recruit the core of players that would take the 2011-2012 team to the Region IV championship game as well as the Nationally ranked and 21 win 2014-15 team. Tarnell’s responsibilities include working with the wing players, and he helped develop Lance Vesper (2010-12 Spartan) into an All-Conference player as well as receive a scholarship to DII Colorado Christian University.

Tarnell’s other responsibilities include scouting and game day preparation. During the off-season, Tarnell is also involved in coaching an AAU boys’ basketball team.

Cory Rau

Phone: 847-697-1000, Ext. 2009
Office: Bldg J, Room J110,  Main Campus

Coach Rau is a Burlington Central High School graduate that played for the Spartans in the 2007-08 season.  After his freshmen season, Corey left ECC and attended Illinois State before returning to Elgin and helping them  to the Region 4 District B championship game in 2011-12 season.

After the 2011-12 season, Corey was named to the Illinois Skyway 1stteam All-Conference as well as being named 1st team All-Region.  Corey finished with 732 points and 525 rebounds during his 2 year career as a Spartan.

Corey was hired as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 season and works primarily with the guards.  His other responsibilities include recruiting, scouting, and game day preparation.  Last season he has one guard earn 2nd team All-Conference honors.

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