Coach Mertens - Head Coach
BA in Communications from Valparaiso University and MA in Education from Loyola University. Teach English 3 and American Studies at Lakes.
Entering 18th year of coaching high school football and 13th year as head coach of Lakes. Previously coached at St. Patrick HS (Chicago) and St. Rita HS (Chicago).
Coach JV/Varsity quarterbacks
Married to Nicole and proud father of Reese (10) and Rocco (7)
Coach Shifley - Head Freshmen Coach
BA in Visual Art Education from Indiana University (GO HOOSIERS!)
MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Chicago
Coach Shifley teaches:
AP Drawing, AP Art 2D, AP Digital Photography, Drawing, Painting
9th year teaching Art and 10th year coaching football (2nd year at Lakes)
Coach Freshmen quarterbacks, running backs, corners, safeties and kickers
Married to Vicki Shifley who teaches AP and Honors English at Grant HS
Coach McLaren - Asst Freshman Coach
B.A. In Elementary Education, Knox College and MA in Teaching and Leadership, St. Xavier university. Teach 8th and 7th grade at Prince of Peace Catholic School
Entering 4th year of coaching high school football
Freshman defensive coordinator, linebackers and wide receivers coach
Married to Elizabeth, and proud step-dad to Olivia (13) and Molly (9)
Coach Ellerman - Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach
BA in Physical Education from North Park University.
Health and PE Teacher at Lakes High School.
Entering 12th year teaching and coaching football, 8th year at Lakes, previously coached and taught at St. Patrick High School (Chicago).
Married to Lindsay and father to Aubrey (6) and Jackson (2).
BA in Political Science from University of Chicago
Teaches Global Studies
Entering 4th year of coaching. Previously coached at Noble Street College Prep
Coaches JV/Varsity Inside Linebackers
Coach Coon - Outside Linebackers Coach
BA in Elementary Education from Knox College, MA in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University, MA in Educational Leadership - Administration from American College of Education.
Teach 7th grade Math at Palombi Middle School for 14 years.
Entering 5th year coaching football at Lakes.
Married to Elizabeth (teacher of English at Palombi) and proud father to Joslin (6) and Emillie (2).
BA in Exercise Science from Winona State
MS In Applied Behavioral Analysis pending spring 2017
Entering 5th year of coaching at Lakes- previous strength and conditioning experience at Jacksonville University and University of South Florida
Coaches Wide Receivers/ Strength
and Conditioning Coach
Paraprofessional at Lakes (3rd year)
Married to Cindy and have father to Chance (16), Mia (11), and Xavier (7)
Assoc. in Business and Accounting. Project manager for construction firm
Entering 12th season coaching at Lakes. Have also coached at various levels of youth football
Coaches freshman O line and D line
Married to Susan, and proud father of Lakes Alumnus Randy Ratajczyk (‘08)
Coach Tubek- Running Back Coach
BA in Marketing from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL.
Graduate of Lakes Community in 2010.
Entering 1st season as a Football Coach.
Currently employed at Uline
Coach Crowell - Defensive Line Coach
BA in PE and health education at Concordia University of Wisconsin
Currently paraprofessional at Lakes
Graduate of LCHS 2007
Have coached various levels of youth football
Entering 2nd season of coaching at Lakes