Unsure of the direction to take after high school, Jim Preston jumped at the chance to play basketball for Sauk when Coach Russ Damhoff offered him a spot. Jim became a scoring machine and earned a personal player ranking of 3rd all-time in scoring. He fondly remembers his time at Sauk and points to the comradery and life-long bond players formed with each other.
Jim earned his associate’s degree at Sauk, a bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University, and a master’s degree at University of Illinois-Springfield. Currently, Jim is the head coach of the boys’ basketball team at Sterling High School. Looking back, Jim made the right decision to come to Sauk, “When I got to Sauk and took a few classes…I knew that I [had found my passion].”