Coaching Staff

Steve Sarauer- Hockey Director, Mite White Assistant 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 2021-22 LFHS Scouts will roster three teams and are moving in the right direction for the upcoming years.

Jimmy Warrick- Assistant Hockey Director, Squirt White Head Coach, Peewee White Assistant 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 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 sessions with all age levels. 

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. Jimmy takes a personal interest in each and every player, and is committed to ensuring that each player with whom he works is challenged to reach his/her full potential. He does this by using a wide array of experience and success, along with his vast knowledge, to develop and create complete players at all ages and levels. 

Casey LaBonte- Peewee White Head Coach, Squirt White Assistant Coach-

Casey LaBonte is a prominent skating and skills coach for Warrick Hockey Advantage. Casey’s background and knowledge extends from his past playing career to his current coaching positions. 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 or professional levels.

Claude Desgagne 

Bantam White Head 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.

Dave Swarthout- Peewee White Assistant Coach- 

Dave began his coaching career in 1994 working with players from the ages of mites-peewees until 2008 where he then began to coach at Brookfield High school. Dave came to the Winter Club three seasons ago and brings years of experience as well as a positive attitude and a desire to make players reach their potential. Dave has a ton of passion and it shows every single time he touches the ice. Dave played a key role in helping our Peewee White team make a NIHL Championship appearance in the 2020 season and we are lucky to have him on staff. 

Matthew Kunach- Squirt White Assistant Coach and Peewee Green Assistant Coach-

Matt started playing hockey around 6 years old and played hockey for about 15 years. Matt's two most recent seasons he played for the Chicago Young Americans AAA. This last 2019/2020 hockey season he played junior hockey out in New York, out there he helped coach practices for all the youth teams. Matt is a young coach bringing a lot of experience to the players and will help each player develop and get ready for whatever there next level may be. 

James Coates- Squirt Green and Peewee Green Assistant Coach

James Coates grew up playing hockey in the Northbrook Bluehawks and Skokie Flyers organizations, with experience at the NIHL Gold and Elite levels. He then went on to play Junior A hockey in the USPHL for three years. Following the conclusion of his playing career, James coached for the Hoffman Estates TImberwolves hockey club for two years at the Peewee Gold and Elite levels. He then went on to coach for the Northern Express hockey club for one year at the CSDHL Bantam Minor level. During that time, James pursued his college education and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in December of 2020.

Tristian Malone- Mite White Co Head Coach and Peewee Green Head Coach

Alex Budzinski- Squirt Green and Peewee Green Assistant Coach

Bob McKeon- Mite White Co Head Coach

Over the course of his fifteen-year hockey career, Bob McKeon progressed from the lowest levels of youth to nearly walking on to the Lake Forest College men's team at the age of nineteen. A native of Frisco, Texas, Bob grew up playing hockey in the Dallas area before attending Northfield Mount Hermon School for a postgraduate year. After failing to walk on at the NCAA level, Bob's passion for the game prompted him to pursue an opportunity in coaching. He joined the Winter Club in January of 2018 as an assistant coach, helping run skills sessions and practices at the Mite, Squirt, PeWee, and Bantam levels and occasionally spending time behind the bench. This year, he looks forward to joining Tristian Malone as Co-Head Coach of the Mite team.

Denean Gorman- Figure Skating Director

Denean has over 20 years of coaching experience. She began coaching and doing choreography at a local rink her senior year of college in De Pere, Wisconsin. Since then, she has coached all levels of children through adult skaters. She has choreographed routines for individuals, pairs, and groups for multiple ice shows and various skating exhibitions. She also has experience as a competitive IS and US figure skating coach. She has been skating since she was 10 and completed her own skating career as a competitive Intermediate Ladies competitor before entering high school. Denean has a passion and love of the ice that emanates as she teaches all levels of skating. Denean also has been an elementary teacher for over 25 years and currently teaches 3rd grade at a local school.

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