Drew Potthoff Executive Director
Hello Everyone and Welcome to the ICA Website!
I hope that everyone is enjoying a great Fall sports season so far. It is always exciting when a new school year begins, and everyone is in full gear with their student-athletes sports and academics. There are so many things that our coaches, and especially our head coaches must contend with in season and out of season. A coaches list is long and includes the health and well-being of our athletes, athletes’ academics, practice schedules, rosters, inventory, game films, coaches’ meetings and the list goes on. It can be daunting at best for a seasoned coach and downright challenging for young coaches.
One thing sometimes overlooked by the head coach is the health and well-being of his or her coaching staff! Head coaches make sure you are taking care of your staff. These are the people you will be spending enormous amounts of time with them all season long. As the leader of your program and your staff you need to make time for just relaxing with your coaches, even if you just set aside 10 minutes a day with your assistant coaches not talking about the program, it will pay dividends.
I found a good quote about team leadership from D.W. Rutledge:
“I believe that the most important leadership for your team will come first from your coaching staff, your work ethic, your enthusiasm, your unselfishness, your positive attitude and your beliefs as a staff, are what will lead your team.”
This issue of the TORCH has some great new articles and some important information on deadlines for submitting the Scholarship forms and for nominating your players for the ICA/Shrine All Star Football. Game.
I hope everyone has a great Fall season and I hope to see you at the state finals! As always if there is anything I can do for you do not hesitate to contact me.
Enjoy the Fall Issue of the TORCH!
Lisle and ICA legend always Prayed For Sunshine.
Carlin Nalley February 16, 1937—May 20, 2022
by Ken Jakalski
Carlin Nalley…I don’t know if he clicked his heels and prayed for Lisle when he left Kansas and came to the small school district 25 miles west of Chicago 55 years ago, but I’m pretty sure the Lisle community was looking forward to someone who could assume multiple roles in a school district in need of someone who could transform the Lions athletic program.
Carlin became Lisle’s athletic director, head football, and head track coach. More importantly, he became an essential part of the Lisle community that quickly embraced him for his creativity, innovations, and work ethic.
He installed the wishbone offense in football, and the first high school all-weather polyurethane track in Illinois. Once that facility was completed, he worked hard to host a track event that quickly gained a reputation as the largest outdoor track event of its kind in the Illinois outside of the state championships. At one point, Lisle had as many as 56 high school teams competing.
But in 1986 the Lisle community called upon Carlin to take on a new position in the district: assistant superintendent. That meant he had to find replacements for the football and track programs he had built into state powers.
Out of the blue, he called me, asking if I’d be interest in teaching English and coaching track in Lisle. That was an unexpected opportunity for me, one that would transform my career. During our interview, I ask him what he expected of me as track coach. He said just two things: be creative and respect traditions.
Lisle became the first high school in Illinois with a fully automatic timing system for track. In terms of tradition, I never changed the track uniforms Carlin designed. The only minor dispute came when the Lisle Sports Boosters wanted the Lisle track invite renamed the Carlin Nalley Invitational. Carlin was uncomfortable with the name change, but he eventually came around, and smiled when he saw that the new logo included at the bottom the one line he shared with coaches in every correspondence regarding the meet: “Pray for Sunshine.”
Carlin’s next position in Lisle reflected creativity, innovation, and community respect: Superintendent. Despite all the responsibilities of such a major role, Carlin continued to serve as head finish judge at our invite, and head finish judge at the Illinois State Track Championships.
Though wheelchair bound, 85 year old Carlin made an appearance at the Nalley Invite this past May. Just two weeks after the meet, we lost the man who meant so much to the Lisle community and fans of track and field. It’s as if he wanted this opportunity to say goodbye.
Of all the great memories I have of Carlin, this one is my favorite. Even at his advanced age, he renewed his cross country and track officials certification, and was looking forward to starting meets. The picture below is Carlin working his last big event, our Mane Event Cross Country Invitational.
Carlin loved Lisle, and we all loved him. As a result of all that he meant to me and our community, not a day goes by without my saying….Pray for Sunshine.
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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.
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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Softball head coach position.
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Congratulations to the 2022 NHSACA Coach of the Year Finalists
It is with great enthusiasm that your Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) offers our second Virtual Clinic to be held 2022 TBA
YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!
All of the zoom clinic presentations will be recorded, so if you are unable to watch them live you will be able to watch them later!
When you register early, you will have access to all presentations for only $75.00! After the early registration deadline it will be $100.00.
Click on this link to start your experience! You will be amazed! PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR ASSISTANT COACHES AND OTHER OUT OF STATE COLLEAGUES.
If you need to pay by school check for IHSFCA Virtual Clinic please mail to:
1137 Barbary Ct.
Rochelle, Illinois 61068
Make check payable to: IHSFCA
Dave Jacobs and George Turnbull/IHSFCA
Serving All Coaches in All Sports
2021 ICA STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Nicholas Johnson Homewood-Flossmoor
Landon Zurliene Fairfield High School
Kyleigh Block Villa Grove High School
Sydney Hartoin Triad High School
Isabelle Neville Canton High School
2021 Tim "Mo" Caldwell
Memorial Scholarship Winner
Ella Bolling Homewood-Flossmoor HS
For the twenty-third 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, 2021 for ICA Scholarships
Application Deadline is January 25, 2021 for the Tim "Mo" Caldwell Memorial Scholarship