Sunday, January 30, 2011

NIKE Super Bowl Commercial 1995

Frank Beamer, Mark D'Antonio, Ron Zook, and Coach "Cat"-- SWOOSH

What do Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer, Michigan State Head Coach Mark D'Antonio, University of Illinois Head Coach Ron Zook, and Lake Forest Head Coach Jim Catanzaro have in common?

They were featured speakers at the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic in St. Louis, MO this past weekend. In addition to these individuals, Jim Hanifan (former OL coach of the St. Louis Rams), Art Briles (Head Coach at Baylor), John Haines (University of Missouri Offensive Line) and Mike Stoops (Head Coach at the University of Arizona) were featured speakers at the clinic.

This is the second time in two years that Coach Catanzaro has been invited to speak at this clinic. His top this year "Effective Defensive Line Play Against the Spread," was well recieved by a number of coaches in attendance.

"It was a great opportunity to speak to a group of coaches that I have a great deal of respect for. The interaction with the area high school coaches was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed, not only the presenting, but the Question and Answer period that took place after. When I exited the room, it was amazing the number of coaches that wanted copies of some of our drills, our practice planning, and some of our cut up tapes. I was humbled that some of the coaches from much larger universities were asking for some very specific pieces of our program. It further confirms that we are doing a lot of great things in our program," said Coach Catanzaro.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Foresters start off the semester with a number of events!

The Lake Forest College Football team is starting the semester off strong. In addition to working out in the new 10,000 sq. ft. Wes Dixon Weight Room in the renovated Sports and Recreation Center, the Foresters have begun their involvement in the local community.

On Thursday afternoon, the "Offense" went to Forrestal Elementary School in North Chicago. In an effort to continue supporting the efforts of the North Chicago Community Partners and their after-school program. The "Defense" will be heading up to follow in their footsteps in two weeks.

The children had the opportunity to "workout" with the football players, as well as participate in a number of relay races. In addition, there were some question and answer opportunites for the student.

On Sunday, January 23rd, the Forester's will be participating in a joint effort with the Lake Forest Athletic Department, S.N.A.P., and the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association to help bring "Sled Hockey" to our campus. Through the efforts of a number of individuals including former Men's Hockey Coach Tony Fritz, GLASA and their athlete will put on display a complete game of Sled Hockey on Sunday at 6pm. Deatails for the event can be found here:

Please check periodically to find out what else the Forester Football team is doing.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


The Lake Forest College Football Coaching Staff is proud to announce that the winners for the fall 2010 leadership board competition were announced this weekend. With the reporting of fall semester grades, a close race in the individual competition was tipped in the favor of Senior Fullback Chris Lang. Lang individually accounted for 49 points in the Fall semester.

Lang's point total also paced his leadership board team, The Lumberjacks, who were captained by fellow senior Steven Yena. Both individuals whill be honored on a permanent plaque in the basement of Halas Hall.

Coach Catanzaro on the award winners:

"Steve did a great job of putting together a very solid and well rounded team. His leadership board team earned points in numerous ways. In addition to leading the team in academic points for the fall semester, they earned points in community service, and for athletic accomplishments. I am excited that the Lumberjacks paced our team competition, slightly edging out the defending champion Gold Coasters (six points.)"

"Chris was one of the best examples of a team player throughout his career. I couldn't be more proud that his name will be up on the wall in Halas Hall for as long as the award is still given. He fits the mold of Mike Nelson (Spring '10 winner) and is someone that I know will take great honor in receiving this award."

The new leadership board competition began with the start of classes on Tuesday.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles..... literally

The period around New Year's is one of the most busy travel periods in the United States. With the holiday's, bowl games, college spring semesters, among the contributing factors, this is also a big travel time for the coaches at Lake Forest.

Starting on January 3rd, Coach Kerr and Coach Catanzaro have been traveling, literally by trains, planes, and automobiles (plus by foot, light rail, metra, etc).

We started our journey, on the Metra from Lake Forest, to Chicago to meet other coaches and admissions counselors to catch the Amtrak train to St. Louis. In St. Louis, LFC Football alumnus Jack Carruthers hosted the annual connecting communities event at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis. Over 60 alums, current students, prospective students and their families had a great evening. Many of our football recruits enjoyed their opportunities to find out more about LFC. Their interaction with the coaches, current players, and alums has proven to be a valuable experience in their decision making process.

The following morning, we hopped on a plane from St. Louis to Phoenix, Arizona. Today, we are having an Arizona event, similar to the St. Louis one, at the home BJ and Kim Ungvarsky, the parents of Brock #34. Currently, there are over 75 people signed up to come to this event. After a a great recruiting class from Arizona last year, we hope that this will help continue to build our Southwestern recruiting pipeline.

Tomorrow, the coaches will be heading to Dallas for the Dallas connecting communities event and the annual American Football Coaches Association Convention. It provides us an opportunity to speak to a number of coaches, both collegiate and high school about recruiting, playbook wrinkles, new techniques, equipment, drills, and other pertinent information.

We will then fly from Dallas back to Chicago and help or players begin their spring semester. One of which we have great excitement for, and can't wait to get started.