COACHING STAFF

Coach Brian Glashagel
Head Football Coach

Coach Glashagel will be entering his 13th year as Head Football Coach, Assistant Track Coach and Social Studies teacher at Antioch.  Prior to Antioch Coach Glashagel was a varsity assistant (DBs) at Wauconda H.S. (2006 and 1999), assistant track, varsity assistant (WRs/DBs) and defensive coordinator at Carmel Catholic H.S. (1995-1998 and 2000-2005) where they won a state championship in 2003.  In 1994 Coach Glashagel coached runningbacks and track at his alma mater Knox College.  Besides teaching Social Studies, Coach Glas served as an athletic director at Transfiguration School in Wauconda from 1997 to 2006.  

 

Coach Glashagel went out for football his sophomore year at Conant H.S. (also played basketball and track) and by his senior year he was hooked.  His senior year (1989) he received All Conference Honors (DB) as the Cougars lost in the state semi finals to East St. Louis.  At Knox College Coach Glashagel played wide receiver and ran track qualifying for the NCAA National track meet in the 110 high hurdles and 400 intermediate hurdles in 1994.  After college (1996) Coach Glas played football for one season in Barcelona, Spain playing wide receiver and defensive back.

 

"Football brings so many people together.  The band, cheerleaders, cardinal crazies, faculty and parents come together.   Friday nights in the fall are the best and so exciting here at Antioch H.S.   I cannot think of anything better for young people to be a part of than 80 of their teammates and coaches.  I enjoy the entire process.  I enjoy seeing young boys develop into young men. Learn to put teammates first, instead of themselves.  It's really such a wonderful positive experience."

 

Coach Glas is married to Sara Glashagel.  Has 2 beautiful children Cameron and Chloe and a dog Athena.  Coach Glas has a B.A. from Knox College and a M.A.E.D. from Dominican University.

Coach Glashagel will be coaching his 26th season of football.

Coach Del Pechauer
Assistant  Head Coach-Offensive Line
 
Coach Del Pechauer graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1976.  He started his teaching and coaching career at Antioch High School in 1977. After 33 years of teaching physical education and driver education, Pechauer retired in 2010.  As well as being a teacher at Antioch, he was the head football coach for the Sequoits for 19 years
(1988-2006). This year he is starting his 43rd year of coaching both football and track for the Sequoits.  In 2016 Coach Pechauer was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Coach Pechauer will be coaching his 43rd year of high school football.

Coach Michael Gordy
Assistant Coach-Defensive Line-Head JV 
Coach Gordy grew up in Grayslake and attended Grayslake High School. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin -Whitewater, where he earned both, his Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
 
Coach Gordy started teaching and coaching football at Antioch in 1977.
 
"I've always loved football; to me there was always something special about taking the 22 starting positions, plus special teams, and choreographing all of those individuals into one interactive unit, with a single goal in mind. I retired from teaching in 2010, but I have continued coaching football and softball, since then. I've been the linebackers coach for my entire career, as well as being the defensive coordinator for 23 years."  In 2019 Coach Gordy was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Coach Gordy will be coaching his 43rd year of high school football.
Mike Karner
Assistant Coach-Defensive Backs
Coach Karner has been coaching high school football for 13 years, 9 of which have been with the Sequoits.  Coach Karner started his coaching career with the Sequoits in 2008 as a defensive line coach and remained on staff until 2009, when he returned to his alma mater Zion Benton to serve as their defensive coordinator.  In 2012 Coach Karner rejoined Sequoits as a defensive line coach and then in 2014 became the defensive coordinator for the Sequoits.  As a defensive coordinator the Sequoits defense has always been at the top of the areas defenses and has produced All State players like Jon Haeffele (2014 DL), George Bessette (2016 LB) and Andrew Hare (2017 DB). 
 
Coach Karner played his college football at Lake Forest College, where he received his B.A. in education, he continued his education and has a Masters from Aurora University and Doctorate from Aurora University.  
 
Coach Karner will be coaching his 13th year of high school football.  
Coach Rico Ellis
Assistant Coach-Offensive Line-Tight Ends
Coach Rico Ellis attended Bloom High School, and graduated in 1977. He then went on to attend Joliet Junior college, and graduated 2 years later in 1979. Ellis then decided to further his education even farther, and attended: Eastern Illinois University, minoring in Special Education from 1979-1981, Eastern Illinois University (M.S. Physical Education) from 1981-1983, with the highest GPA amongst African American Students at Eastern Illinois University in 1982, National Louis University (CAS in Special Education) from 1999-2001, and finally National Louis University (CAS in School Administration)  from 2001-2003. 

 

Despite his extensive education background, Elllis:

Played football, baseball, basketball from years 1974-1977

 All Conference Guard – Joliet Junior College (1979)

 All Conference Guard – Eastern Illinois University (1981)

 Coach football at Antioch High School from 1987 – present

 Coached basketball at Antioch High School from 1987 – 2008

 Coach basketball at Grayslake High School from 2009 – Present

Coach Ellis will be coaching his 33rd year of high school football.

Coach Thor  (Pat) Swanson
Assistant Coach
Coach Swanson will be starting his 11th year of coaching football for the Sequoits.  During that time coach Swanson has coached varsity defensive line and outside linebackers, run the youth camp,  coach in the youth football program (Vikings), coach feeder wrestling as well as lacrosse for district 117.  For his 11th season Coach Swanson will bring his varsity experience to the freshmen level, serving as the defensive coordinator.
Coach Swanson is an Antioch alum graduating in 2001, then attending College of Northeastern (Chicago) with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education.
Coach Swanson will be coaching his 11th year of high school football.
Coach Mitch Munda
Defensive Backer Coach
Mitch Munda is entering his 3rd season as a football coach at Antioch High School. He will coaching the Varsity Wide Receivers.
 
Quick background/info: High school All-state Wide Receiver at Warren Township High School. Graduated and played 4 years of college football at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Coach Munda earned his Bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Health and Human Performance (Physical Education & Health).
 
Coach Munda is a third year Physical Education/ Health Teacher at Antioch High School. He has previous coaching experience at Warren Township High school as a Wide Receivers and Quarterbacks coach. He currently resides in Gurnee, IL.
 
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