URBANA, Ill. — University of Illinois Fighting Illini basketball coach John Groce will be the featured speaker during the 57th annual Agronomy Day at the U of I on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Groce will speak at noon near the Agronomy Day tent at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center.

The Illini coach comes from a 4-H background. He was a member of the Happy Farmer’s 4-H Club and had an expertise in swine.

Groce was named coach of the U of I men’s basketball team in 2012.