|Sport(s):||Athletic Director, Basketball and Golf Club|
Chuck DeWild '84 (Honorary), Professor Emeritus of physical education with a master's degree in Physical Education from Michigan State University, taught at Rockford College for 25 years. He arrived in the fall of 1961 as department chairman (12 years), Director of Athletics (19 years), head basketball coach (23 years) and golf coach (24 years). He also coached the Regent soccer team for two years and the track team for three years on the old campus.
Faced with a huge rebuilding program at Rockford College, DeWild struggled through his first six seasons with only 23 wins. The opening of Seaver Gym and an extensive recruiting program bore positive results. Since the 1967-68 seasons the Regents have logged an overall 218-220 record including a 98-76 mark in Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference play.
At the conclusion of the 1977-78 season, in which he guided the Regents to the conference co-championship with a 10-2 record, a quarterfinal berth in the NAIA District #20 Playoffs and a then best-ever 20-7 overall mark, DeWild was voted the NAIA District #20 Coach of the Year by the 21 head coaches of small colleges in Illinois.
He also coached Rockford College to conference crowns in 1969-70 (9-3 NIIC, 17-7 overall), 1974-75 (9-1 NIIC, 16-12 overall, voted NAIA District #20 Coach of the Year) and 1981-82 (10-2 NIIC, 18-9 overall).
DeWild ended his 23-year career as Regent basketball coach with a 275-385 overall record. His teams produced several All-American, All-District and All-Conference selections. His 38-year cumulative record stands at 480-548.
DeWild was Chairman of the NAIA District #20 (Illinois) for four years, President of the Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference and the NAIA National Golf Coaches Association.
In his 24 years as Rockford's golf coach, DeWild's teams hosted two National Golf Tournaments (1965 and 1971) and won four conference titles. His 1978-79 Regents posted a 16-2 record, took the Chicagoland Intercollegiate Golf Conference and played in the NAIA National tournament to earn DeWild 1979 NAIA District #20 Golf Coach of the Year.
In the fall of 1979, Rockford won the Chicagoland Conference dual meet title with a 15-1 mark.