Coaches

Jim Schwantz

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  • Part of the winning Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl XXX team.
  • 1996 Pro-Bowl selection as a Special Teams Player.
  • Set the franchise single season Special Teams tackle record with 32 with the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Freshman All-American, All Big-Ten Player, Team MVP and a recipient of the Kiwanis Citizenship Award at Purdue University.
  • Received the NFL’s “Unsung Hero Award” for his unselfish dedication and commitment to his community.
  • NFL Alumni’s Special Teams Player of the year in 1996.
  • Honored with the title of “Distinguished Graduate” for his achievements in professional sports and service to the community.
  • Co-hosts the Chicago Bear’s pre-game and post-game radio shows on WBBM.

Corey Olson

Coach Olson played offensive tackle at Western Illinois University, where he earned the role of Team Captain and Offensive Co-MVP. After graduating, Olson went on to start coaching at WIU as a Defensive Line Coach, as well as Strength and Conditioning Coach for four years. Olson then went on to coach at a number of Illinois high schools, serving as assistant coach at Hoffman Estates High School (2003-2006) and Conant High School (2008-2014). Olson has served as Head Football Coach at Palatine High School since 2017. Coach Olson has received his bachelor’s degree in individual studies and special education from WIU, in addition to a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Olivet Nazarene University.

Dave Gurion

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Coach Gurion played Varsity Football with Palatine High School for three years, earning All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State honors, before going on to become certified by the American Sports Education Program. Dave has had an extensive history in coaching positions including Palatine Amateur Football Association coaching, coordinator of Flag Football at the Salt Creek Park District, as well as Offensive Line Coach at Fremd High School.

 

Tony Spizzirri

Tony Spizzirri

After graduating from Conant High School in 1994, Coach Spizzirri played football at Knox College for four years before going on to coach at multiple D211 Schools for over 20 years at all levels, Freshman to Varsity. Tony is currently coaching at Conant High School as Defensive Coordinator at the Freshman level.