(4-22-23) Bill Clem spent his early childhood years years in Celina before moving with his family to Marion just before starting his high school years. Clem would graduate from Marion Pleasant in 2001, including being a member and the starting catcher for the Spartans 1999 and 2001 D III State Baseball Champions.

Marion Star storyElgin boys basketball coach Bill Clem stepping aside

Clem announced this past week that he was stepping down as the Elgin boys basketball coach.

Clem had the longest run as the Elgin boys basketball head coach with 10 seasons. During that time he had a 104-128 record and is just the second boys coach to reach 100 wins at the school just behind Kirk Ballinger’s 123.

During Clem’s time the Comets would win the Northwest Central Conference (NWCC) championship in 2018, including 18 wins tied for the program record for victories in a regular season sharing that with the 1995-96 and 1996-97 teams. The past six seasons, Elgin would have double-digit wins four times, winning 17 games in 2021-22 and 14 this psat season.

Why step down now?

Clem told the Marion Star

“It was purely a family decision to spend time with my kids and the family. The kids (who are 9 and 6 years old) are getting to the age where they were getting more involved in things, and I definitely don’t want to miss any of that.”