Thursday, July 10, 2014

Foresters Add Four New Coaches for 2014

Head Football Coach Jim Catanzaro has announced four additions to the Forester Football Coaching Staff for the 2014 season. 

"We lost a few good coaches from last years coaching staff. I am excited about the opportunities that they have left for. I know that Coach McNulty's new position as the head coach at Warren Township is one that is a dream position for him. Having Coach Vout leave to join him as his offensive coordinator continues to show the strength, bond, and great working relationship that our coaching staff enjoys," commented Catanzaro.

Albert Greene
Replacing McNulty to coach the safeties is a former foe of the Foresters, Albert Greene. Greene, a 2006 graduate of Monmouth College, was a multi-sport athlete for the Scots, starting as a sophomore on the football team, and receiving Division III All-American Honors as a track athlete in the triple jump. Greene was a four-time Midwest Conference Champion in the event, and still holds the school record. Albert started his coaching career at Knox College as an assistant track and field coach, and currently works at Aon Hewitt. Greene lives in Rolling Meadows with his wife, Tiffany, and their two children McKiah and Blaze.
Dante Daniels

Greene's teammate and 2006 Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Dante Daniels, will also be joining the Forester coaching staff as the Wide Receivers Coach. Daniels was a record setting tailback for the Scots. Dante makes his return to Lake County, where he was a stand- out athlete at Warren Township High School. Daniels, a 2011 Lake County Ahtletics Hall of Fame Inductee, was the state champion in the 200m dash his senior year. While at Monmouth, Daniels was a multi-sport athlete. In addition to his honors on the gridiron, Dante was also a 2x USTFCCA Academic All-American, and an ESPN the Magazine 1st Team Academic All-American for football in 2006. Daniels had 1,557 rushing yards on 271 attempts in his senior year while scoring 16 touchdowns. Daniels coached both Football and Track and Field at Monmouth after his graduation. Daniels currently serves as the Payroll Operations Manager at Aon Hewitt in Lincolnshire. Daniels, lives in Chicago with his wife Malika.

"I am thrilled to welcome some Midwest Conference Alums to Lake Forest. I remember our game against Dante his senior year, it was a significant game during my first season at Lake Forest. He was one of those players that force you to gameplan around him. As a coach, I have been impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm that both Albert and Dante are demonstrating. Their accomplishments as student-athletes are impressive. The commitment that they demonstrated both on and off the field, is something that our current and future Foresters should aspire to accomplish," commented Coach Catanzaro.

Mike Gerton
The Foresters will also welcome Mike Gerton to the coaching staff as the H-Backs coach. Gerton, like Daniels, has strong ties to Lake County. A former 3-sport athlete at Mundelein High School, Gerton continued his playing career at Valparaiso University as a tight end. Gerton served as a team captain for the Crusaders in 2012, and was the 2012 Richard P. Koening Award Winner. The Koening award is given to football players who "exemplify moral character, academic, and athletic achievement." Gerton was also an extremely successful academic performer, and was honored as a four-time selection to the Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll, as well as being a 2013 inductee into the Hampshire Society of the National Football Foundation. Gerton currently serves as Facility Supervisor for the Mundelein Park District.

Dan Murray
The final addition to the Forester coaching staff is Dan Murray. Murray another local product from Maine South High School, enjoyed a stellar career at Loras College. Murray, a two-time IHSA 8A state champion, was the starting offensive tackle for the Hawks on their 2009 state championship team. While at Loras, Murray was a two-year starter and was selected as a Team Captain in 2013. Murray received several awards after his senior campaign, including being named All-Conference, and being selected for the USA Football Bowl, of which he was named the starting left tackle. While at Loras, Murray was a member of the Sons of Joseph Club and the Loras College Rugby Club. Murray will be coaching the Foresters Tight Ends in 2014.

"We have a very versatile offense. The way we use our H-Backs and our Tight Ends has evolved significantly during the last two years. Being able to add specific coaches to each position will allow us to be more efficient during our practice periods, while allowing for more specialized and specific instruction for each position. I am excited to add Mike and Dan to the coaching staff. I think that each brings a unique perspective from their college playing experiences that will serve as a great resource for our players," mentioned Coach Catanzaro. "Both Mike and Dan had very successful careers, and served as team captains. That level of trust and respect from their teammates, is usually a solid indicator that they will be strong leaders as coaches as well."

Coach Catanzaro, welcomes back the majority of his coaching staff as he enters his ninth season at Lake Forest. Quarterbacks Coach Chris Messina, Offensive Coordinator/OL Coach Mike Arthur, and Corners Coach Luke Butts '12 return for their second year on the coaching staff. Outside Linebackers Coach Nick Nikolich and Kicking Coach Mike Pease return for their third years, respectively. Dean Storkan, a defensive assistant, returns for his fourth season on the Forester sideline. The most senior veterans of the Forester coaching staff are Defensive Line Coach Tommy Myers who returns for his 14th season, and Forester legend Mike Dau '58, who will return for his 49th year coaching for the Foresters, as the running backs coach in 2014.

The Foresters are coming off an 8-2 season in 2013, and open up the 2014 season on September 6th as they travel to Wisconsin-Lutheran College for a non-conference game. The entire Forester Football Schedule can be found here: 2014 Schedule