At a time when Loras' basketball fortunes were ebbing, Troy Cicero (Class of 1984) came along to assist the Duhawks and usher in the Bob Mullen and Doug Smith-coached glory days in the early 1980s. In his four seasons, the 6-foot-2 point guard was a starter as early as his freshman season and was a playmaking sparkplug in 77 victories over four years. He was the floor general for the 1982-83 team that went 29-6, earning a berth in the NAIA national tournament.
More than two decades later, Cicero's name pops up often in the basketball record book. He is a member of the exclusive 1,000-point club (1,034) and is third in season assists (198 in 1982-83) and steals (54 in 1982-83). An all-conference selection in his junior and senior seasons, Cicero was the leader of the 1982-83 team that advanced to the ``Sweet 16'' of the NAIA before losing in the quarterfinals to Ft. Hays State (KS-third in the 32-team field). The Duhawks' 29 victories remains a school single-season record.
On the floor, the former Windsor, CT, High School standout was known -and honored - for his leadership and unselfish play. Career Loras statistics bear out his sterling performances as the guy who got the offense rolling - No. 2 all-time in career assists (339) and No. 3 (198 in 1982-83) and No. 6 (141 in 1983-84) in single-season assists. His career total is misleading, as the NCAA didn't officially keep assists until Cicero's junior year. He likely would be 600 or higher. A stellar defender, his steals during the great 1983-84 season sparked the Loras offense to 77.5 points a game - third best in history at the time. Overall, Cicero averaged nearly a ``double-double'' (double figures in points and assists) over 119 games.
In looking back Cicero calls his Loras years ``a total blessing'' and gives a lot of credit to many in the Loras family, on and off the court, from the school president to Coaches Mullen (who recruited him) and Smith, to his academic advisor Dr. Thomas Auge and Sister Bernadine Curoe. In his freshman year, The Purgold best summed up Cicero's value to the Duhawks as the guy who ``could always be counted on to make things happen either on offense or defense.'' Cicero also coined the term ``power guard'' by using his strength and tenacity to leverage his will and skill against his opposing points guards, a revolutionary concept at the time.
Cicero was and is an accomplished leader off the court. He was founder and four-year president of the Loras Interracial Club. Today he is active in his Joliet, Illinois community as a church leader and a mentor and role model to young boys. He is president and chief skill officer of MulticulturReal Communications, Inc., a training and consulting firm that brings culture -and how it impacts work- into the training and skills for new employees. Cicero and his wife Tara have a son, Troy Jr. and a daughter, Taylor.