Coach & Player Bios
Reed Nosbisch, Head Coach
Coach Nosbisch is entering his twelfth year as head coach of the ECC Spartans. As this season gets underway, his teams have won 159 games, two Illinois Skyway Conference titles, two Region IV title game appearances, one Region IV title, one District II title, and finished the 2016-17 season as the NJCAA Division III National Runner-Up. Nosbisch was named Illinois Skyway Conference Men’s basketball coach of the year in 2016 and the conference’s all-sports Male Coach of the Year in 2017. He was also named 2017 Coach of the Year for Region IV and District II.
Nosbisch has coached three NJCAA Academic All-Americans, two NJCAA All-Americans and has had 27 former players continue their athletic careers at four-year schools. Nosbisch was also an assistant coach for the Spartans during the 1995-96 season as well as the 2006-07 season under head coach Greg Herenda when the Spartans finished 18-11 and made it to the Region IV title game for the first time in school history.
A former ECC Spartan, Nosbisch was a 2nd team all-conference athlete during the 1991-92 season. As a special education teacher at Jacobs High School for 23 years, he also coached for 10 years at Jacobs. Nosbisch was the head coach for the boy’s golf team for 10 years and the varsity baseball pitching coach for four seasons. Nosbisch earned an associate degree from ECC, a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, and his master’s degree in teaching from Aurora University. He resides in Elgin with his wife and two daughters.
Tarnell Davis, Assistant Coach
Coach Davis, originally from Milwaukee, has been with the Elgin program for seven seasons. He joined the Spartans as a student-athlete. After completing his playing career, he joined the coaching staff as a volunteer in 2011-12, the season in which the Spartans won 16 games and made it to the Region IV title game for the second time in school history. Coach T has helped recruit teams that have won back-to-back conference titles, as well as the NJCAA Division III National Runner-Up, finish in 2016-17.
Coach T is active in the community with the local Epic Youth Movement, an Amateur Athletic Union basketball program. He provides mentorship to area youth both inside and outside the Epic platform. Coach T works as a basketball skills trainer with Coachup.com. His primary goal is to help players reach their goals, develop their potential, and move on to four-year programs.
Mike Kozenczak, Assistant Coach
Coach Kozenczak is a graduate of Hampshire High School, where he was coached by Illinois High School Association Hall of Famer Bob Barnett. After graduating from Hampshire in 2009, he arrived at ECC where he played for the next two years. “Choosing ECC was one of the best decisions that I made,” said Coach Kozenczak. “I met some of my greatest friends while I was here and was able to play against some good competition on the court.&
After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northern Illinois University, Coach Kozenczak started his coaching career at Hampshire High School and became a certified skill enhancement trainer for Micah Lancaster’s “I’m Possible” Training. After three years at Hampshire that included a regional championship, Coach Kozenczak decided to return to ECC as an assistant coach. His primary jobs with the program include working with the post players, recruiting, and game film breakdowns.
Mario Garrett, Assistant Coach
Coach Garrett is entering his second season as an assistant coach with the ECC Spartans. His primary duties include working with the guards, game planning, and recruiting. Mario is originally from Detroit but moved to the Elgin area in 1999 when he joined the Spartans as a player for two years.
Coach Garrett played for Coach Joe Wharton his freshmen season and under Kent Payne his sophomore year. He led the team in assists both years. After earning his associate degree, Mario transferred to Wilberforce University in Ohio where he finished his playing career and earned a bachelor’s degree in business. Several years later, Coach Garrett returned to the area and joined the ECC coaching staff. He currently resides in Algonquin.
Davis is a returning player who has continued to improve his perimeter shooting and has become a consistent catch-and-shoot guy. He will bring energy off the bench this year with his ability to put up points in a hurry.
Don’t let his size fool you—Dawson is a quick point guard who can handle the ball and pass it with the best of them. He will lead our fast break as well as get us into our offense. Dawson has a high basketball IQ and was a high school teammate with fellow Spartan Fred Greer.
Returning after redshirting last season, Desmond was on the 2016-17 team that finished as NJCAA Division III National Runner-Up. He is extremely quick with the ball in his hands and can knock down open shots. Douglas added muscle during the off-season and will play a big role at guard for us this season.
Flynn is a returning starter who averaged over 10 points and 6 rebounds per game while also leading the team in blocked shots last season. He added over 10 pounds of muscle this off-season and improved his perimeter shooting to make him an even more dangerous threat. Flynn will be a vocal leader this season.
Greer, a transfer to ECC from Robert Morris University (Peoria), is an extremely athletic wing who gets to or above the rim and finishes. He has worked extremely hard this off-season on his perimeter shooting and is an excellent on-the-ball defender.
After attending Western Illinois University, Hall decided that he missed basketball and was ready to get back on the court. He has the ability to score inside and out and will be counted on to contribute to our success this season. Hall was an all-conference performer in high school.
Kelvin Cortez Harvey
Harvey returns to ECC after spending one semester at Quincy University. Harvey is a former all-conference and all-area performer at St. Edward Central Catholic High School (Elgin) where he set numerous school records. He will be counted on to defend, distribute the ball, and score for us this season.
Howard is a returning sophomore who averaged over 12 points per game last year while knocking down 66 3-pointers. He has added 10 pounds of muscle this off-season and has become more versatile on offense. Howard will take on the responsibility of defending our opponent’s best guard every game, and he will be a vocal leader this season.
Kalusa was member of a sectional final team last year at Burlington Central High School. He was known as a tenacious defender with high energy for a team that set several school records. Kalusa spent the summer improving his perimeter shooting skills and will be asked to give us an emotional boost with his energy and enthusiasm.
McKinnie, a freshman guard, comes to ECC from Tennessee, because has family from Elgin and wanted to be a part of our program. He is an excellent perimeter shooter who will give us another outside threat. Once he adjusts to the speed of the game, he will be a valuable player for the Spartans.
Montgomery is a freshman from Iowa who has good size and the ability to play several different spots on the floor. He can get to the rim with his ball handling skills and can also knock down the “3.” With his quickness and strength, Montgomery can also defend a number of positions.
Williams is a returning sophomore who averaged over 12 points and 6 rebounds per game last year, in which he was also named to 1st team all-conference and 1st team all-region. Williams has the ability to score inside and out and can get to the free throw line. He is a fierce competitor.
Winters is an incoming freshmen who can flat-out score in a number of ways. He was voted all-conference and all-area last year as a high school senior after averaging over 20 points per game. Winters is a knock down 3-point shooter who is also sneaky athletic. He will be a big part of our success this season.