Coaches

Steve Sarauer

Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach

Steve grew up playing his youth hockey in West Bend Wisconsin and eventually played Midget AAA hockey in Milwaukee with the Pettit National Selects and Wisconsin AAA, both of which are now the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals.  After playing Midget Hockey Steve was invited in 2002 to the Phoenix Coyotes rookie camp where a knee injury took him out of camp.  After recovery Steve played for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee while going to school.  Steve began coaching during this time and coached multiple teams at Wisconsin AAA as well as the Pettit High School team in Milwaukee.  After graduating school Steve was recruited to coach in Barrington Illinois where he became the Asst. Hockey Director of the Barrington Redwings and the Barrington Broncos High School program.  Over the 4 years at Barrington High School Steve coached the JV and Asst. Coached the Varsity team.  Steve's JV team won the High School State Championship 2 times and had 2 state-runner up finishes in four consecutive years.  After Barrington Steve moved on to coach at the Mission AAA program and coached Peewee Majors, Bantam Minors, Bantam Majors and U16s and was runner-up in the National Tournament with the Bantam 99's and a semi-finalist with the Bantam Major 03's.  Steve also took over as Director of the Lake Zurich High School hockey program and was able to develop a single team struggling high school program into a three school co-op that was able to field two teams and post impressive finishes in the IHSHL each season.  Steve has been the Lake Forest High School Hockey Director and Head Varsity Coach for the past two seasons and the program has taken off since.  In his first season the Varsity team won the IHSHL Varsity division league Championship and for the past two seasons the Varsity team has been in the top 15 of the Varsity programs in the state.  Steve also took over the reins at the Winter Club as Hockey Director this past November and it has already made a difference for the High School program.  The 2020-21 LFHS Scouts will roster three teams and are moving in the right direction for the upcoming years.

Mike McCann 

JV Gold Head Coach

Prior to coaching Mike played three years at Salisbury Prep School Varsity and four years at Colgate University NCAA Division 1.  Mike then played a minor pro for the Peoria Riverman and the Mississippi Riverkings in 2014-15.  Mike played the 2015-16 season playing professionally in Hungary. 

This season will be Coach Mike's 4th season with the Scouts and is a Assistant Coach on the Varsity team as well.

Mike has a clear vision and strategy that is crucial in training and preparing for the Varsity level.

Jimmy Warrick 

JV Blue Head Coach

Jimmy Warrick grew up playing in the north shore area of Illinois before going on to play for 2 years at Shattuck St.Mary's. From Shattuck Jimmy starred for two years playing junior hockey in New York where he won league MVP and a scoring title. Following his junior career Jimmy committed to play for the Aurora University Spartans an NCAA D3 team. 

Jimmy has a background in coaching at the AAA level coaching with the Chicago Young Americans U18 team for two seasons as well as the high school level. He was also a scout for the Johnstown Tomahawks in the NAHL and the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.  Jimmy also does skating and skills training with all age levels. 

He is currently the Assistant Hockey Director for the Winter Club of Lake Forest and Director of Player Personnel for the New York Aviators in the USPHL. 

Jimmy's passion for coaching started at a young age. He has been working with many youth AA and AAA teams as well as players individually. He is a very energetic and motivated coach who loves the game and loves to teach it. His passion is shared on the ice during every skate.

Claude Desgagne 

JV Gold Assistant Coach

Claude has a Degree in Kinesiology from Laval University Majoring in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology.

This is Claude's 4th season with the Scouts program.  Claude has a extensive coaching resume in both Canada and the US and has been a important contributor to the LFHS players individual skills

  1990-1995 owned and operated high altitude training camp in British Columbia 

  1991-1994 Okanagan Hockey school as Director of Hockey Development and Power Skater

  1995-2001 Chicago Young Americans Skills Director and Off-ice Training  Director 

   2002-2006 Chicago Young Americans Head Coach 

   2012-2015 Highland Park JV Head Coach 

   2016- 2018 Lake Forest JV Head Coach 

   2019-2020 Lake Forest JV Assistant Coach 

Claude also owns and operates a training facility in Highwood since 2010.

Casey LaBonte 

JV Blue Assistant Coach

Casey LaBonte is a prominent skating and skills coach for Warrick Hockey Advantage. Casey grew up playing for the Skokie Flyers and played for the Topeka Capitals in 2013-14 of the NA3HL and continued to play in the CIHL, the MNJHL and the ACHA.  Casey is currently a finance major at Lake Forest College and this is his first year with the Scouts program.  Casey also coaches multiple teams at the Winter Club including Peewee's and Squirt's this seaosn. Casey has benefited many young adults throughout their playing careers. He has worked with players of many different levels and age groups. Casey’s goal is to assess player skills to design and implement his program to develop hockey players to the best of their ability in hopes of moving them onto the collegiate level.

Oliver Freij 

Goalie Coach

Oliver has been coaching goalies since 2007 after leaving hockey as a goalie. He spent four year as Falcons Goaltending Director for the CSDHL Falcons Hockey Association. In his four seasons as Director he moved 19 goalies on to higher levels (Tier 1, Prep, Juniors) and had two goalies make the Chicago Brick team. He helped the Falcons win their first USA Hockey National Championship and finished as a finalist two other times. This is his second season with Lake Forest High School. In his first season he helped LFHS win a league championship at the Junior Varsity level and had one of his goalies selected to the league All-Star game.

Oliver is currently in his first year as the Goaltending Development Coordinator for USA Hockey in Illinois to help grow goaltending in the State. His other coaching responsibilities include serving as an assistant coach for the Chicago Mission Bantam Major team (2006) and Pee Wee Major’s (2008). He helps various camps including the CCM Selects, CCM 68, and NSHDA.

His teaching philosophy is driven by building a strong detailed technical foundation and using situational examples based on his experience at the Minor Pro, Collegiate, and Junior level. He is keen on a relationship building approach to help teach the goalies as individuals and maximize their potential. Over the past five seasons in Chicago more than 10 of his private students have been selected to the Tier 1 level and various Junior levels including the OHL.

Oliver attended the University of Utah and achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Strategic Communication. He played  for the university’s ACHA team and was regularly summoned to duty for the ECHL (AA level pro) Utah Grizzlies as their emergency backup and practice goaltender after his collegiate career concluded. He currently serves as an emergency back up for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Oliver is an avid sports fan who enjoys playing soccer when he is outside the rink. He is 33, originally from San Francisco, CA and grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. He currently resides in Chicago, IL.

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