Coach Brian Glashagel
Head Football Coach
Coach Glashagel will be entering his 14th 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 3 beautiful children Cameron, Chloe and Olivia 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 27th season of football.
Coach Michael Gordy
Assistant Coach-Defensive Line-Head JV
Coach Gordy grew up in Grayslake and attended Grayslake Community 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 at Antioch. At different times I've been the linebackers coach as well as the defensive line coach, and also did a 23 year stint as Antioch’s defensive coordinator."
In 2019 Coach Gordy was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Coach Gordy will be coaching his 44th 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 34th year of high school football.
Coach Mitch Munda
Wide Receiver Coach
Mitch Munda is entering his 4th 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 in his 4th 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.
“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs,”- Zig Ziglar
Coach Rejc will be starting his 43rd year as a High School Football Coach. He coached football for 40 years
at Carmel Catholic High School, 5 years as Head Coach from 1981 to 1985. Coach Rejc primarily coached
LB’s, but also coached the DB’s, and was a defensive coordinator for most of his time at Carmel. During
that time the teams won a state championship in 2003, the Chicago city Prep Bowl championship in
2002, 5 Conference titles, and had 2 semi-final appearances. He worked with both Coach Glashagel, who
was the Defensive Back coach, and with Coach Bitto who was a Head Coach, assistant coach and player.
Coach Rejc taught U.S. History for 25 years and also served as Department Chair for 10 years. After
leaving the classroom, he spent 15 years as an Administrative Assistant in the Human
Resources/Business Office at Carmel Catholic High School. Upon retiring from football and fulltime work
at Carmel Catholic High School, he joined the Antioch football staff in 2018. He is now entering his 3rd
year at Antioch.
Coach Rejc is married to Louise Rejc. He has 3 grown step-children Jaclyn, Nick and Shari. He has one
brother, Jerry Rejc. His greatest influences have been his parents Betty, who has passed away, and his
father, Frank, a WW II veteran, now 95 years old. Frank has been his greatest teacher and his early
influence to go into coaching football.
“In all my years of coaching football, I believe the task has always been to make football a path to
teaching young people the values of hard work, persistence, and team work. “
Coach Andrew Simonis
Freshman Wide Receivers
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 44th 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 44th year of high school football.
Coach Mike Karner
Assistant Coach-Defensive Backs
Coach Karner has been coaching high school football for 14 years, 10 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 14th year of high school football.
Coach Pat Swanson
Head Coach- Freshmen
Coach Swanson will be starting his 12th year of coaching football for the Sequoits. During that time coach Swanson has coached varsity defensive line and outside linebackers, run the youth camp, coached in the youth football program (Vikings), coached feeder wrestling as well as Head Lacrosse fCoach for the Sequoits. For his 12th 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 12th year of high school football.
Coach Dave Proffitt
Assistant Varsity Coach - Defensive Coordinator
Coach Proffitt retired from teaching in 2017 and brings with him over 39 years of High School Football coaching experience and 120 wins as a Head Coach. Other notable achievements include:
*Member of Woodstock Marian High School Hall of Fame as a Football Coach
*Member of Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame
*Chicago Illinois Catholic League Coach of the Year (1979)
*McHenry County Football Coach of the Year (1995)
*Asst. Football Coach (D Coordinator 74-77) - Gordon Tech High School, Chicago (1969-77)
*Head Football Coach - Weber High School, Chicago (1978-79)
*Head Football Coach - Woodstock Marian, Woodstock, Ill (1991-2002)
*Asst. Football Coach - Cary Grove High School, Cary, Ill (2004-05)
*Asst. Football Coach (D Coordinator) - Lake Zurich High School, Lake Zurich, Ill (2006-10)
*Head Football Coach - Lake Zurich High School, Lake Zurich, Ill (2011-2016)
*Asst. Football Coach (D Coordinator) - Wood River High School, Hailey, Idaho (2017)
*Asst. Football Coach (D Coordinator) - Antioch High School, Antioch, Ill. (2018-present)
*Class 7A - Asst. Coach - Football State Runner Up at Cary Grove High School (2004)
*Class 7A - D Coordinator - Football State Runner Up at Lake Zurich High School (2006)
*Class 7A - D Coordinator - Football State Champs at Lake Zurich High School (2007)
*Class 7A - D Coordinator - Football State Runner Up at Lake Zurich High School (2010)
*Class 7A - Head Coach - Football State Runner Up at Lake Zurich High School (2013)
Coach Bitto will be entering his 2nd year as a defensive assistant at Antioch. Prior to coaching at Antioch, Coach Bitto coached 33 years at Carmel Catholic in Mundelein. From 1986 to 1997 Coach Bitto served as defensive coordinator at Carmel, and from 1998 to 2017 he was Carmel Catholic’s Head Coach. During his 20 years as head coach Carmel compiled 142 victories, 5 conference championships, 14 playoff berths, 6 quarter final appearances, 3 semi-final appearances, 2002 Chicago Prep Bowl Championship going 13-1 and 2003 6A State Championship going 14-0. At the end of the 2003 season Carmel was rank 1st in the State in all classes by the Sun Times and Tribune. The 2003 Carmel Catholic team was ranked 7th in the United States by USA Today.
Additionally, Coach Bitto served 25 years as Carmel Catholic High School’s Athletic Director. (1993 to 2017). He was inducted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame as a player, coach and athletic director in April of 2016.
Coach Bitto played 4 years of football and 4 years of baseball at Carmel Catholic from 1977-1981. He received All Conference and All County awards in both sports. He went to Ball State University and played fullback and special teams from 1981-1984, he graduated in 1985 with a BS degree in marketing. The fall of 1985 Coach Bitto started his coaching career at Carmel, and eventually he went back to school to get his teaching degree from Roosevelt University (1990).
Coach Bitto is happily married to his wife Kate. They were married in November of 1988 (31 years), they have two sons Pete (1997) and Jack (1999).
Coach Ryan Shifley