AAU Girls Basketball Program

Club Officers

Executive Board:


President                                   Riley Gardner

Vice President                          Scott Rohrbach

Treasurer                                  Dianna White

Program Development            Ron Carrothers




General Board:


Sports Trainer                         Al Nimmo

Program Advisor                     Brooke Bisping

10under Coach                        Troy Dowell

10under Coach                        Bill Larson

12under Coach                        Julia Lowe

12under Coach                        Michelle Carew

13under Coach                        Troy Dowell

14under Coach                        Kim Stratton

16under Coach                        Riley Gardner

16under Asst. Coach               Whitney Rohrbach

17under Coach                        Riley Gardner

17under Asst. Coach               Tom Itschner



Riley Gardner - President


     Riley has been coaching basketball in the Peoria area for 9 years. She was Co-Director of the Peoria Girls Sports League (PGSL) for 8 years where she managed and coached various levels of travel teams. She has been the head coach of our 17under team, previously known as the PGSL Jr. Lady Vols, for the past six years. Riley has also been the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Basketball team at Illinois Central College for the past 7 seasons. In her time at ICC she has assisted the program to 2nd place at Nationals in 2005, National Champions in 2006, and 3rd Place at Nationals in 2008. She also has gained experience by working summer basketball camps over her coaching career for Illinois Central College, Bradley Women’s Basketball team, Doug Bruno Basketball Camps, and various camps in the community. Riley is also going into her 3rd year as  Director of the Eastside Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity High School Basketball League for high school programs in the summer. Finally, she head coached Special Olympic basketball and assisted softball for the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) last year.

     Riley graduated last May from Bradley University with a degree in Business Management and Administration. She is currently attending Bradley University to get a Masters in Business Administration.

If you want to contact Riley please email rgardner@heartofillinoisbasketball.com



Scott Rohrbach - Vice President


     Scott grew up in Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University in 1979 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Scott joined Caterpillar upon graduation where he has been employed for over 30 years.  Scott is currently an Engineering Manager for Caterpillar working in Global Engine Development at the Technical Center located in Mossville Illinois.

     Scott has been involved with youth and high school athletics for 17 years.  He has experience coaching youth baseball, basketball, football, softball, and soccer.  He is currently the president of the Germantown Hills Athletic Association (GHAA).  The GHAA is a community organization that provides baseball, basketball, soccer, and softball opportunities for over 500 youth in Germantown Hills Illinois and surrounding communities.

     Scott is also a certified IHSA football official.  He has officiated high school football in the state of Illinois for 16 years.



Dianna White - Treasurer


     Dianna White received her BS in accounting from Bradley University in 1995.  She worked for Caterpillar over 10 years in the accounting department and has been running her own Tax Service business which she started in 2001.  She is also currently an account manager for Geo J. Rothan Co. – a millworks company here in Peoria.

     In the past Dianna has coached PGSL softball for 7 years and she was a volleyball coordinator at St. Mark’s grade school for 3 years and a coach for 7 years.  She has been married for 22 years and has 3 children all of which were very active in sports in grade school and high school.



Ron Carrothers - Program Development


     Coach Carrothers attended high school in Iowa and graduated from Taylor University in Upland, In. in 1973. He then embarked upon a 34 year career, teaching elementary physical education. He retired from the Dunlap School System in 2007. Coach Carrothers married his wife, Michelle, who works at OSF Healthcare in 1987.

     He has 26 years of high school varsity head coaching experience in 3 school districts; Wyoming, Dunlap, and Peoria Notre Dame. His basketball coaching experiences also include:  refereeing; high school assistant; summer AAU teams; the Prairie State Games; the IBCA Senior All-Star Game; and speaking at camps and clinics. In 2009 he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

     Coach Carrothers says, “Through the years, God has blessed me with the opportunity to coach many outstanding young ladies, who were also quality basketball players. I wish each of you the best of luck in your basketball journeys and in life”.