SPRINTS & SPRINT RELAYS
Head Coach, Chad Lakatos
Coach Chad Lakatos earned his Bachelor’s from SIU-Carbondale and Master’s in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Chad Lakatos has been coaching track and field for 18 years; 15 of those being a head coach. He has also been an assistant football coach for the past 18 years. Chad's career started off at Herrin High School as his teams accumulated 3 state trophies in his short tenure while earning back-to-back State titles at the IHSA Class 1A State Championship in 2007 & 2008. He took over as the head boys’ track & field coach at Edwardsville High School in 2009 and quickly began adding hardware to their program. His teams at Edwardsville earned IHSA Class 3A State Team Championships in 2015 & 2017 and brought home IHSA Class 3A State Team Runner-Up trophies in 2012, 2014, and 2016. He has coached 5 relay and 15 individual State Champions. His athletes have won a grand total of 81 State medals while accumulating 495 points at the IHSA State Finals. Chad’s teams have won 13 conference titles as well as 8 IHSA Sectionals. Chad has been named ITCCCA Coach of the Year 5 times, SICA Coach of the Year 3 times, and NFHS IL Coach of the Year 2 times. He has spoken at several clinics including ITCCCA-South, Bureau Valley, ITCCCA-North, TF Consortium, and McKendree College "Lebanon Project" Coaches Clinic. He received his Track & Field Technical Coaching Certification from USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy in 2012. Chad has conducted speed camps every summer since 2004. Chad adopted “Feed the Cats” philosophy from Hall of Fame Coach Tony Holler and has implemented his theories into his programs since 2004.
Assistant Coach, Alec Holler
Coach Alec Holler has been a boys assistant track and field coach at Edwardsville high school since 2010. He coaches varsity defensive backs for the EHS football team and teaches Physical Education at Lincoln Middle School in Edwardsville. Coach Holler’s event focus in track and field is the hurdles. At Edwardsville, he has coached 13 state qualifiers, 9 all staters, 3 state champions, and one state record holder in the hurdle events.
Assistant Coach, George Patrylak
Coach George Patrylak is entering his fourteenth year as an Assistant Boy's Track and Field Coach at Edwardsville High School, where Coach Patrylak works with the team's distance runners. During his tenure, Coach Patrylak has worked with All-State runners in the 3200 Meter Relay, the 800 Meter Run, the 1600 Meter Run, and the 3200 Meter Run. Two of his athletes have set the EHS boys 800 record, Daniel Mazar and Wes Schoenthal (1:51.91). Coach Patrylak recently completed his thirteenth year as Head Coach of the EHS Cross Country team. In his thirteen years of coaching cross country at EHS, he has led the boys team to eleven appearances at the IHSA State Cross Country Championships. Coach Patrylak was a multiple time All-State distance runner in high school at Lincoln Way Central High School and is a 1998 graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he held the cross-country school record for 10k for 20 years (1994-2014), with a time of 31:38.
Assistant Coach, Carry Bailey
Coach Bailey has been coaching at EHS since 2008, coaching both track and field and varsity football. Previously, Coach Bailey spent the 2003-2007 seasons coaching at his Alma mater, Du Quoin. He is a 2010 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a bachelor’s degree in education and is a current teacher in the social studies department at EHS. As a jumps coach, he has produced 18 IHSA outdoor all-state jumpers, including the 2006 Class A champion in the triple jump, Ridge Thompson, and the 2015 state champion long jumper, Fontez Davis. He has been a part of five IHSA State trophy teams including the 2015 state championship Edwardsville team.