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Executive Director Column

Drew Potthoff Executive Director


Hello Everyone and Welcome to the ICA Website! 

Hello Everyone,

Hopefully everyone had a great summer and all of your Fall sports are in full swing! Fall is an exciting time of the school year filled with great anticipation and expectations. A successful Fall sports season can springbooard the entire school community in to having a great year all around school year! We have put together another outstanding issue of the TORCH. There are great articles and loads of useful tools for coaches, information from our sponsors, scholarship information and applications.

As coaches in the Fall there are many things that we have on our plate other than getting teams prepared for compition. The coach is also responsible for making sure athletes have their physicals, transfer protocols, parent meetings, booster meetings and a myriad of other important necessities that go into the start of the year. Don’t fall in the trap of just thinking you are just responsible for practice and compitions. Being highly organized and attentive to details is the key to being a successful coach.

The ICA would like to congratulate Darren Howard, athletic director from Oswego High School, for being named the National Athletic Director of the Year this summer at the NHSACA Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska!

We also welcome a new sponsor to the ICA, Midwest Scholastic who provides quality championship rings for all sports. Check out their Ad in this issue of the TORCH!

Good luck to everyone in your Fall seasons and we hope to see you at the IHSA State Championships! As always, the ICA is here to serve all coaches in all sports! If there is ever anything that I, or the ICA, can do for you feel free to contact us anytime.






Who are We?

A State Coaching Organization that is intent on representing all coaches of the state of Illinois. Founded 1928; continuous service to date. National Affiliation - (NHSACA) National High School Athletic Coaches Assoc., (NOCAD) National Association of Coaches Association Directors, (NHSFCA) National High School Football Coaches Alliance   

2024 All Star Football Shrine Game Coaches

Cully Welter- HC  HFC Monticello HS
Ron Planz HFC Lake Zurich HS
Ryan Hebard HFC Knoxville HS
Colton Rhodes HFC Collinsville HS
Eric Lyons HFC Stanford Olympia HS
Tolly Tsiamas HFC Peotone HS
Chris Malette-HC HFC (Chicago) Hope Academy
Mike Noll HFC Richmond Burton HS
Patrick Lower HFC Fulton HS
Anthony Sheehan HFC Richards HS
Justin Groves HFC Benton HS
Jason Drengwitz HFC Normal Community

2024 IHSFCA Football Coaches Clinic

March 21-23, 2024


What the ICA Offers and Member Benefits

  • The ICA Newsletter ‘The Torch’ times a year
  • $2,000,000 Liability Insurance Policy
  • NEW! FREE access to Coach & Athletic Director magazine digital editions, which includes the All-Sport Education Series from Proactive CoachingCoaching for Significance. 
  • Discount on Accident/Medical Insurance for participants in sports camps (Available to Illinois Coaches Association Members Only)
  • Illinois Coach of the Year Awards and membership in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA)
  • Eligibility of Son or Daughter to Compete for one of five $750 Scholarships Annually
  • Eligibility of Son or Daughter to compete for our new “Memorial Scholarship” for $500
  • Eligibility to nominate athletes for the ICA/Shrine Football All Star game & All Star Baseball game
  • Sponsorship of All Star Activities in Football and Baseball since 1975 
  • ICA Golf Clinic and Golf Hall of Fame Banquet
  • Serve the Illinois High School Association by helping in various activities. 

Job Openings 2023-2024

Resurrection College Prep High School

Asst Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach
Asst. Girls Soccer Coach
Asst. Girls Lacrosse Coach
Girls Track Throws Coach

Eddie Kane, CMAA | Athletic Director
Resurrection College Prep High School
7500 West Talcott Avenue | Chicago, Illinois 60631

P: 773.775.6616 Ext 134 |
F: 773.775.0611

2023-24 NHSACA Coach of the Year Nominees

2023-2024 ICA/NHSACA Coach of the YEAR Nominees

Matt Hensley     Athletic Director               Mahomet Seymour High School


Darren Howard

Congratulations to the 2023 NHSACA
Athletic Director of the Year 

Darren Howard      Athletic Director               Oswego High School



John Wrenn

Kevin Hayhurst

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Plans for the Future

  • To Expand All Star Competition to include other sports 
  • Continue on-going professional relationship with existing coaches groups throughout the state and nation 
  • Improve opportunities for all athletes and coaches throughout Illinois 
  • Continue expansion of Awards Program to honor deserving coaches and athletes 

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Coaches Assistance Program (Click Above Image)



  • Samantha Hartoin
  • Justin Pedersen
  • Alivia Crisco

2023 Tim "Mo" Caldwell
Memorial Scholarship Winner

Samantha Hartoin

ICA Student Scholarships

For the 27th year that the ICA has scholarships available to a son or daughter of a member.  Students compete for one of five ICA $750 scholarships every year. Also, this year we start a new scholarship offering the Tim "Mo" Caldwell Memorial Scholarship for $500.

Students' application process includes an essay, academic standing and recommendations by school personnel. The screening process is handled by the ICA Board of Directors.

Application Deadline is April 5, 2024 for ICA Scholarships

Application Deadline is April 5, 2024 for the Tim "Mo" Caldwell Memorial Scholarship


Serving All Coaches in All Sports

Twitter: @ICA_Illinois

Send ICA Scholarship Applications New Address

Drew Potthoff, CMAA
Executive Director ICA
2730 Via Tivoli 335 B
Clearwater, FL 33764

Coaches, in the end, our career W/L record just won’t matter. 
It won’t be what we will want others to remember us by. 
All that will matter will be who we helped, how we went about it
& the lasting impression we left on those who crossed our path.

Live each day with that in mind.

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Good afternoon, Coach Potthoff,

Hope all is well, and a new year is off to a great beginning. The Jason Foundation is proud to collaborate with the Illinois Coaches Association. We are extremely appreciative of you sharing our programs to further educate coaches. I am sending a brief video from Clark Flatt, the president of JFI, expressing grateful appreciation to the ICA for the great work you do in prevention of youth suicide. My request would be to share with coaches and place the video on your website. Thank you for your conscientious effort to educate coaches about the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. JFI would be honored to serve you any way possible to help save lives.


Here is the link to the video.


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