Foresters take the game INTERNATIONAL

Foresters take the game INTERNATIONAL
Seven Lake Forest Seniors and Head Coach Jim Catanzaro travelled to Mexico with Team Stars and Stripes and defeated the CONADEIP All-Star Team 29-7 in December.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Winner's Manual Speakers Highlight Beginning of Camp for the Foresters

Since 2009, when Jim Catanzaro became the Head Coach of the Forester Football team, "training camp" has involved more than just instruction in blocking and tackling.

"Football is a great game, not just because of the actual sport, but because of the character development that comes from our game. You must become disciplined, responsible, and able to handle adverse situations. Sometimes it takes a stranger to show our players how what they are doing now, can prepare them for the greater challenges in life," commented Catanzaro. "In 2008, I read the book Winner's Manual by Jim Tressel. I reached out to Coach Tressel and he outlined what the Winner's Manual at Ohio State looked like, including sending me a copy. I took some of what Coach Tressel was doing and adopted it to our Forester Football team. We obviously don't have the resources that the Buckeyes have, but we have done quite well with what we have."

Since 2009, the Foresters have heard from CEO's, Professors, Business innovators, Alumni, Olympians, and several Military officers. In the first five days of camp, the Foresters have played host to several individuals who have challenged them to think about life outside of the football field.

Eric Davis

Eric Davis, the captain of the 1982 Final Four - PHI SLAMMA JAMMA team at the University of Houston, and former NFL Player for the Houston Oilers came and spoke to the Foresters on Sunday morning. After his professional sports career, Mr. Davis became a highly decorated veteran of the Chicago Police Department specializing in his efforts as a member of the Gang Crimes and Public Housing task forces.

Eric spoke to the Foresters about making choices and striving towards creating opportunities for themselves. His focus on "getting in the room," struck a chord with many of the players. Through stories about his interaction both with Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeen Olajuwon and the similarities that his interaction with drug dealers, Mr. Davis was able to help the Forester see that interactions aren't different, they are just important. Additionally, Mr. Davis spoke to the players about breaking down barriers within their team, while focusing on a common goal. He spoke about teams with cliques and their faults, and encouraged the players to eliminate "classism" and "position" elitism that can occur on a team. Mr. Davis challenged the Foresters to grow with a big goal in mind so that a number of little goals will be reached along the way.


Dr. W. Roy Smythe

A former offensive guard for the Baylor Bears, where he was a teammate of Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, Dr. W. Roy Smythe spoke to the Foresters on Monday afternoon. A successful speciality surgeon, and current contributing author for Forbes Magazine, Dr. Smythe currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for AVIA, and was recently named the first Chief Executive Officer at HX360. An innovator in health care, Dr. Smythe has previously served as the Roney Endowed Chair for Texas A&M's Medical School.

Dr. Smythe encouraged the Foresters to understand their "life slope." Dr. Smythe's personal experiences dealing with losses far greater than football games, authored a genuine discussion revolving around dealing with loss, and using it as a spring board for something greater. His use of visual aids, and specific experience's from his lifetime were very specific to the players in the room. Dr. Smythe also engaged in a Question and Answer session with the players about being student-athletes, how to deal with specific loss, and what type of growth they should be focusing on while in college. Dr. Smythe did not limit his challenges to just the Forester football players, he also challenged the coaches.

"When my dad died during my freshman year, it was Coach Teaff who picked me up. Don't ever underestimate the impact that you can have on the guys in this room," reminded Dr. Smythe.







Tim Connolly, returned to Lake Forest for his second experience as a Winner's Manual speaker. One of the original Winner's Manual Speakers in 2009, Tim delivered an emotional and challenging "real talk" with the Foresters. Tim currently serves as the President of Operations and Logistics at United Stationers. Tim, is also the President of United Stationers Charitable Foundation.

Tim, delved into the decisions that each player would face, and challenged them to make the right one. He spoke specifically of the "it's only" decisions that create horrible situations. He also discussed the relationships that he has forged with those that have "less" than he and his family and that each member of our team is responsible of the greater community. Tim's final challenge struck a major chord with a lot of our players, encouraging them to value their "important" relationships, and not take them for granted. As he spoke of his relationship with his late father, Tim poured into the soul of a number of Foresters. Tim encouraged the players to call and thank those who have helped make the opportunity to be at Lake Forest College and play football for each individual player.

"No set of words can describe the impact that his words had," said one Forester.

Post talk social media was on fire with commentary from Coaches and players alike:












Look for more updates on the upcoming Winner's Manual speakers throughout camp.



Monday, July 28, 2014

Forester Recruiting Class of 2014

Aaron Gallini
Belmont, MI
Rockford High School

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 205


Major: Communications

Tom Steen
Gurnee, IL
Warren Township High School

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 230


Major: Psychology

DeShawn Bloom
Elgin, IL
Westminster Christian School

Position: Running Back
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 197


Major: Business

Jake Burkard
Greenfield, WI
Whitnall High School

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 270


Major: Physics

Trey Gregory
Fort Wayne, IN
Canterbury School

Position: Tight End
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 240


Major: Undecided

Pat McDonaugh
Niles, IL
Notre Dame High School

Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 190


Major: Sociology

Robby Mecham
Yuma, AZ
Gila Ridge High School

Position: Wide Receiver/Punter
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 195


Major: Math/Physics

RJ Pompey
Gurnee, IL
Warren Township High School

Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 170


Major: Business

Daniel Solano
Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Charter School

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 240


Major: Economics

Jenri Viola
Park City, IL
Warren Township High School

Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 155


Major: Computer Science

Kevin Curameng
Bartlett, IL
South Elgin High School

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 270


Major: Undecided

Jack Fishman
Wesley Chapel, FL
Academy at the Lakes

Position: Linebacker
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 225


Major: Business

Hector Mendoza
Oswego, IL
Oswego East High School

Position: Linebacker
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 210


Major: Undecided

John Lepper
Tarpon Springs, FL
East Lake High School

Position: Linebacker
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 195


Major: Finance

Mitch Coha
Downers Grove, IL     
Downers Grove North High School

Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 172


Major: Finance


Trevor Bain
Chesterfield, MO
John Burroughs School

Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 165


Major: Undecided

Nikko Italia
Lombard, IL
Montini Catholic High School

Position: Running Back
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 200


Major: Pre-Med



Noah Poindexter
Boston, MA
Noble and Greenough School

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 225


Major: Business

Michael Prate
Port Barrington, IL
Wauconda High School

Position: Running Back
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 175


Major: Communications/English

Charlie Roth
Livonia, MI
Franklin High School

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 182


Major: Business

Matt Roth
Scottsdale, AZ
Notre Dame Prep High School

Position: Defensive Line
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 260


Major: Business/Computer Science

Michael Cole
Scottsdale, AZ
Notre Dame Prep High School

Position: Linebacker
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 215


Major: Undecided

Joel Nierling
Marietta, GA   
Hillgrove High School

Position: Fullback
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 235


Major: Computer Science



Max Sorby
Gurnee, IL
Warren Township High School

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 160


Major: Secondary Education

Sam Plutchak
Janesville, WI
Craig High School

Position: Defensive Back/Punter
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 170


Major: Biology

Jon Esrock
Chesterfield, MO
Whitfield School

Position: Kicker
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 150

Major: Undecided

Khalil Murphy
Stamford, CT
Pomfret School

Position: Running Back
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 195


Major: Undecided


 Andrew Johnson
Tempe, AZ
Marcos de Niza High School

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 260


Major: Business

Chase Slagboom
Nunica, MI
Spring Lake High School

Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 160


Major: Business

Manny Gonzalez
Evanston, IL
North Shore Country Day School

Position: Running Back
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 201


Major: Undecided

DJ Baker
Decatur, IL
St. Teresa High School

Position: Defensive Line
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 250


Major: Undecided

Anthony Velazquez
Chicago, IL
Amundsen High School

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 315


Major: Accounting

Ryan Shalosky
Austin, TX      
Vandegrift High School

Position: Long Snapper
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 160


Major: Business

Kyle Lewis
Herculaneum, MO
Festus High School

Position: Long Snapper
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 195


Major: Computer Science

Tim Finucane
Orland Park, IL
Marist High School

Position: Defensive Line
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 225


Major: Business

Bailey Grant
Yuma, AZ
Gila Ridge High School

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 175


Major: Pre-Med

Michael Delacruz
Phoenix, AZ
Brophy College Prep.

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 270


Major: Communications

Charles Courtney
Plantation, FL
St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Position: Kicker
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 165


Major: Biochemistry/Psychology

Pete Rantis
Lake Zurich, IL
Lake Zurich High School

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 215


Major: Finance

Luke Oosterbaan
Palos Heights, IL
Marist High School

Position: Quarterback
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 160


Major: Undecided

George Edlund
St. Charles, IL
St. Charles North High School

Position: Running Back
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 191


Major: English

Eli Ortiz
Whittier, CA
Calvary Chapel High School

Position: Linebacker
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 200


Major: Business Administration

Nick Lemley
Racine, WI
Prairie School

Position: Tight End
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 285

Major: Undecided

Brandon Lewis
Bolingbrook, IL
Bolingbrook High School

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 185


Major: Undecided