Please welcome the GREAT additions to our
A.J. Guyton, Head Coach
Arthur James (A.J.) Guyton was born February 12, 1978 in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Peoria Central High School in 1996, then attended Indiana University where he graduated in 2000, receiving a General Studies Degree in Education and Telecommunications. While attending Indiana University, he was named Big Ten Co-MVP in 2000 and first team All-American during his senior year, averaging 19.7 points per game. AJ was selected in the second round (32nd overall) by the Chicago Bulls in the 2000 NBA Draft. During the 2002-2003 season he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Lakers, and not long after that, signed with the Golden State Warriors. After leaving the NBA, he began the 2003-2004 season in Israel, but in January 2004, signed with Fortitudo Bologna. In 2007, he moved to Croatia's Cedevita Zagreb, in the top division, and the season after that, he joined Olympia Larissa BC in Greece's A1 Ethniki. After serving as the Assistant Coach at Illinois Central College, we are ecstatic to have AJ join the Midwest Flames organization as our head coach. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and looks forward to leading the Midwest Flames to a Championship season!
Steve Turner, Assistant Coach
Steve Turner was born April 28 1963 in Chicago, IL and came to Peoria as a baby where he was raised and continues to live. As a youth, Steve attended the old Lincoln grade school where he was a star athlete. He then went on to attend Peoria Woodruff High School. At Woodruff he was a four year varsity letter man in track and basketball. Steve accomplished many goals while at Woodruff earning most valuable player in track and went to state in the 400 meters. At one time, Steve held the record in the 400 meters by running a 49.2. Steve’s passion has always been basketball while at Woodruff and in his junior year his team won the Regional championship. Steve earned the honors of being 1st team all conference (82), most Valuable player, and Lyle Dekalb award for the highest free-throw percentage on the team. He was also a member of the I.B.C.A All- Star team which was the 1st team to play in the Peoria Civic Center in 1982.
After high school, Steve went on to play at Illinois Valley Community College and Illinois Central College where his teams’ average 20 wins a season. Steve started working for Peoria Public Schools in 1984 as a Home School
Facilitator and worked as a mentor For the Children’s Home for 13 years. He started his coaching career at Greeley Middle School coaching boys and girls basketball where he took his teams to finish in the top four in the tournament. After his time at Greeley he went on to coach at Loucks Middle School to win two
back to back city titles and then moved over to White Middle school.
Continuing on with coaching, Steve accepted an assistant coaching position at Illinois Central College for four years. After a brief stint at the junior college level, Steve then went on to coach at numerous high schools which included, Peoria Notre Dame, Woodruff High School, Manual High School and now currently working at
Peoria High as a Home School Facilitator and Head girls track coach. In between high school basketball seasons, Steve has worked with the Moonlight Basketball League ages (18 -27) for 17 years and have coached many AAU basketball teams during the summers.
In June of 2007 Steve was named the Head coach of the Peoria Kings. The Kings were about to enter their second season before the League folded. “I am very excited to be apart of the Midwest Flames Of Peoria!”
Steve has spent many years helping at risk students. Whether it was helping students get a job, getting them into school to further their education or counseling, Steve was there to assist. The passion to work with kids and to coach came at an early age. He learned from his family and his role models that it's always good to help others even when you may not have much yourself; but your kindness will always be greatly appreciated by those you helped. This philosophy has shaped the person he is today.
Steve is married to Angelia Turner of 11 years they have three kids Steve II (28), Jada (12) and Nyla Turner (10months). Steve is a life long community servant of Peoria. Steve’s family is his rock and biggest fans of which he couldn’t do it with out them.
Tim Sack, Director of Operations
Tim attended Bergan High School in Peoria IL. He then attended Illinois Central College for two years where he served as the basketball manager. In 1982 he was the team manager for Bradley University. While attending ICC and Bradley he was the Head Clubhouse Manager for the Peoria Chiefs Baseball Club. Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. In 1986 he was head sophomore and varsity Assistant boys basketball coach at Calvary High School in Springfield IL. In 1990 he returned to ICC where he was named Assistant men’s basketball coach. In 1997 he was named Associate Coach. He is a member of the 2006 Bradley Hall of Fame and The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame 2011.
He is married to the former Kim Bramham and they have three children, Kayla (20), Nick (12) and Mason (10).
We are extremely excited to welcome A.J. , Steve, and Tim to the organization, dedicated to leading the Midwest Flames to a successful season!