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Updated: March 9, 2013 6:18AM

West Aurora will induct four new members into the school’s sports Hall of Fame Friday.

This year’s inductees are Brian Brooks (Class of 1973), Randy Norman (Class of 1984), Greg Miller (Class of 1997) and coach Jim Pittman.

The event begins with a community reception at 4:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The induction ceremony will take place between the sophomore and varsity basketball games against Wheaton North. The sophomore game begins at 5:30, with the varsity slated for 7:30.

Brooks played on the varsity tennis team for three years and played in the state doubles tournament in 1973. Later, he had a distinguished career as a teacher and coach in District 129. Brooks received the Golden Apple Award for his work in the classroom in 2009, and he served as a tennis coach for 34 years at West High.

He was the head boys coach from 1980-1996 and the head girls coach from 1997-2011. His teams compiled a 415-134-3 record and won 16 conference titles and 24 sectional championships. From 1996 until 2000, his teams won 82 consecutive dual meets.

In 1996, he assisted the girls tennis team to its first state title, and in 1997 he guided the girls team to a second state title and was voted Coach of the Year by the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association.

Brooks is currently the assistant coach for the women’s tennis team at Northern Illinois University.

Miller was a tremendous two-sport athlete and played varsity basketball and baseball for three years during his time at West High.

He compiled 524 career points and 490 career rebounds during his basketball career and was a starting guard on the 1997 team that finished second in the state with a 29-4 record.

Baseball, however, was Miller’s best sport. He holds school records in career strikeouts, career innings pitched, highest single-season batting average (.480) and is tied for the most wins in a career with 23. He was named West Aurora Male Athlete of the Year in 1997. That same season, he was named The Beacon-News Baseball Player of the Year.

Miller was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round of the 1997 Amateur Baseball Draft. He pitched professionally in the Boston and Houston Astros’ organizations for six seasons before retiring due to injuries to his pitching arm.

Pittman served District 129 for 34 years as an outstanding teacher and coach.

He was the head boys golf coach from 1965-73. His teams qualified for the state finals six times and won eight Aurora City Championships, three District titles and two conference titles. His 1974 team placed fourth in the state.

Pittman was also the assistant varsity and head sophomore boys basketball coach from 1961-78. His teams won numerous conference championships and several of his players went on to outstanding careers on the West High varsity.

He retired from teaching and coaching in 1992 and worked for 20 years as a part-time starter and marshal at Orchard Valley Golf Course. He was also part owner of Images on Video in Aurora and was a Realtor with McEnroe Real Estate.

Pittman passed away on Dec. 2.

Norman ranks among the top basketball players in West Aurora history. He was a three-year varsity letterwinner and on three Upstate Eight Conference championship teams. He played a vital role on the 1984 West team that placed third in the state tournament.

He scored 30 points in the sectional championship game that season and added 20 more points in the Blackhawks’ super-sectional victory. He averaged 12.3 points per game in West’s three games downstate.

Norman averaged 14.7 points per game during his senior year, finishing with 592 career points, and scored in double figures 26 times.

He continued his playing career at Northern Illinois University, where he was a member of the “Magnificent Seven” recruiting class of 1984-85. He won four varsity letters as a Huskie, appearing in 101 games and starting 30. He graduated with seven school records for three-point shooting, including most single game three-pointers (7), most single-season three-pointers (56), most career three-pointers (100) and best single game three-point percentage (5-for-7, .714).

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