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Head Wrestling Coach- Sean Lovelace
Coach Lovelace is a Special Education Teacher at Downers Grove South and  has coached wrestling on the JV/Varsity level for fiveyears.  Coach Lovelace was born into a wrestling family as his father Norm Lovelace was the Head Coach at Harper College for over 25 years and was inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame in 1997.  Coach Lovelace graduated from Lake Park High School in 1995, where he took 2nd in the state at 145 lbs.  Coach Lovelace then went on to wrestle for one year at UW-Whitewater and was a two-year letter winner at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.  He graduated in 2000 with a BA in Political Science and earned his Masters Degree in Special Education in 2006.  Coach Lovelace has coached at several levels over the past 13 years.  He re-started the Lancer WC in 2001, which is the feeder program for Lake Park High School, and the IKWF club that Coach Lovelace started wrestling in.  He has also coached at Plainfield North HS, Oak Park and River Forest High School, and Lake Park High School. In 2014, Coach Lovelace took over the reigns of the DGS Wrestling program from Rick LeBlanc, who coached the Mustangs for 25 years.  Coach Lovelace started at DGS in 2008 and the one thing that he loves about coaching wrestling is giving back to all the student athletes of today as his coaches did for him when he was competing.  Coach Lovelace is married to Patrice Lovelace and has three sons, Liam, Lazo, and Lukas
 
Assistant Coach- Larry Gassen
Coach Gassen IS wrestling in Downers Grove.  Coach Gassen graduated from Downers Grove Community High School in 1959.  After graduating from DG, Coach Gassen went on to play football at Illinois State University where he was a three time letter winner  Earning a degree in 1964, Coach Gassen had a brief stint at Crete-Monee High School.  Coach Gassen started at Downers Grove South in 1968 coaching both football and wrestling.  Coach Gassen eventually took over as Head Coach of the wrestling program in 1974.  Coach Gassen built the Mustangs into one of the top teams in the area winning Regional titles in 1979 and 1982 until stepping down as head coach in 1986.  In addition to serving as the Head Coach, Coach Gassen also served as an Assistant before and after his tenure as the head in the 1970's and 80's.  Coach Gassen has helped coach EVERY state place winner in DGS history.  Coach Gassen has also worked tirelessly to help promote the sport of wrestling.  He has served in the IWCOA Executive Board since 1984 and has served as the treasurer for twelve years.  Coach Gassen has volunteered his time to work the last fifteen IHSA State Wrestlng Tournaments,  including the last five spent as Head Bench Official and Weigh-in Master.  Coach Gassen also helps run the most prestigious NCAA Wrestling tournament, the Midlands Championships, held each year at Northwestern University.  In addition to being elected to the IWCOA Hall of Fame, Coach Gassen was honored with the Lifetime Service to wrestling by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007.  Coach Gassen and his wife Gloria live in Downers Grove and have three children (Suzanne, David, and Joseph), all of who graduated from DGS.  Joe was a captain of the 1997 Mustangs and still ranks among  the all-time leader in career wins at DGS.  Coach Gassen loves several things about coaching wrestling.  Among them include molding young men, and the satisfaction of helping those individuals who are truly interested in becoming the best that they can be to reach their goals. 
 
Assistant Coach- Jordan DeLay
Coach Delay is a Social Science teacher at Downers Grove South High School and has coached on the JV/Varsity level for three years.  Coach DeLay was also born into a wrestling family as his father Dave was an Assistant Coach at his high school, Roscomon HS, MI.  Coach DeLay was a three-time MI state qualifier and one time medalist. Coach DeLay was also on a team that won a state trophy as a team.  Coach DeLay went on to study Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science at Michigan State University in Lansing, MI.  He has also coached wrestling at DeWitt High School and Haslett High School in MI Coach DeLay started teaching and coaching at DGS in 2009.  The one thing that Coach DeLay loves about coaching wrestling is win or lose, watching an athlete give every ounce of energy to try and defeat their opponent. 
 
Assistant Coach- Bob Kud
Coach Kud is a Special Education Teacher at Downers Grove South High School and has coached on the Freshman level for eight years.  Coach Kud wrestled and played football at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL.  After graduating from Glenbard East in 1995, Coach Kud went to Illinois State University and majored in education.  Coach Kud started coaching wrestling and teaching at Downers Grove South in 2004.  The one thing that Coach Kud loves about wrestling is the ability to motivate and develop wrestlers.  Coach Kud and his wife Sarah live in Lombard, IL, and have three children:  Ella, Brian, and Nathan. 
 
Assistant Coach- Greg Maloney
Coach Maloney is a Social Science Teacher at Downers Grove South High School and has coached at Downers Grove South since 2003, most of those years spent on the Freshman staff.  Coach Malony graduated from Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL in 1994.  Coach Maloney was a sectional qualifier for the Chargers during his Senior year.  After graduting from Stagg HS, Coach Maloney continued his education at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from 1994-1996.  He finished his schooling at the University of Illinois and graduated in 1999 with a BS in Social Studies Education.  While a student at U of I, Coach Maloney also served as a volunteer assistant at Urbana High School in Urbana, IL .  Coach Maloney has coached at Prospect HS, and coached wrestling and taught at St. Ignatius in Chicago, IL from 1999-2003.  Coach Maloney and his wife Kelly live in Homer Glen have three sons, Max, Drew, and Jake.  One thing that Coach Maloney loves about coaching wrestling is that mentally and physically, it is by far the most challenging sport available to high school students.  The fact that he gets to work with athletes who choose to face these challenges makes it appealing.  Coach Maloney cannot imagine not coaching wrestling or being involved in some capacity. 

Assistant Coach- Sean Raddatz
Coach Raddatz hails from Oak Forest, IL and was a highly decorated IHSA wrestler from Marist High School.  During his time at Marist, Raddatz was a 4X IHSA State Qualifier, including a 5th place finish at 112 lbs 2009 and a 4th place finish in 2011 at 130 lbs.  Raddatz was also named the East Suburban Catholic Conference Wrestler of the Year in 2011.  Raddatz also placed 5th at the USAW Pre-season Nationals in 2010.  Raddatz was also a two-time IL National Dual Team member in Freestyle and Greco.  After High School, Raddatz competed for Loras and Elmurst College before a shoulder injury cut his competitive career short.  Raddatz is currently working on his undergraduate degree and would like to pursue a career in Education.  He currently resides in Oak Forest with his roommates Larry and Laurie.  

Assistant Coach- Jerry Gates
Coach Gates is a 1974 graduate of St Thomas More High School in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Coach Gates started wrestling as a freshman at Pio Nono high school under coach Neil Pietrangeli and qualified for state as a member of the 1972 WISAA State team champions. The following year Pio Nono merged with another Milwaukee school Don Bosco to become St Thomas More. Coach Gates was team co-captain his junior and senior years wrestling under Coaches Ron Fieber and Thomas Knitter and placed third at WISAA State in 1973 and 1974. St Thomas More was also the 1974 WISAA State team champions. Coach Gates graduated in 1978 from UW Madison with a BS in Nuclear Engineering. Coach Gates retired in 2012 from Exelon Nuclear where he was a licensed Senior Reactor Operator for 29 years performing various Operations duties including Operations Shift Manager at the Dresden Nuclear Power Station. Coach Gates and his wife Cindy live in Downers Grove and have two children Zachary and Rebecca. When not helping with wrestling or strength training Coach is a volunteer instructor for the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club where he holds a rank of Ni Dan. Coach is also a NKF(Karate) and IHSA wrestling referee.  When not volunteering can be found fishing at the cottage in the Uper (Upper Michigan). Coach Gates believes that high school wrestling teaches some of the most difficult and important life lessons if the kids are willing to endure the challenges. Being part of this process Is especially rewarding.


Assistant Coach Dave Lee