Andrew High School Principal Bob Nolting announced Adam Lewandowski as the new head football coach and Loren Zolk as the new head boys soccer coach for the Thunderbolts after the District 230 Board of Education approved their hiring at February 25 board meeting.
Lewandoswki named Head Football Coach
Lewandowski’s seven-year coaching experience includes working on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball at University of Chicago Charter School, Rich East, Thornwood and Crete-Monee High Schools. In 2015, he was assistant coach for the Class 6A State Championship Runner-Up Crete-Monee Warriors. In 2013, he was defensive coach for the National Champion and World Champion USA Chicago Force Football team.
"We are very excited to have Adam join the Andrew community,” said Nolting. “He is an outstanding educator and a coach that will ensure a bright future for our program. Our coaches, students, and community are ready to welcome Coach Lew with open arms and will quickly work toward developing pride and competitiveness in the Andrew Football program."
“Adam stood out in my mind because of his approach to defense, the weight room, and the overall football experience,” said Andrew High School Athletic Director Mike Dwyer. “He wants his players to be proud, mentally and physically tough, and dedicated to the Andrew football family. He brings a great passion to win from a successful program along with a tremendous football IQ. We are very fortunate to have him leading our program.”
Lewandowski, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, was a member of the 1994 state championship team as a player at his alma mater. He also was named All-Area, All-Conference and Team MVP in 1995. While he was recruited to play Safety at both Trine University and Eastern Illinois University, he chose to attend National-Louis University to pursue a degree in business management. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Master of Arts in Teaching and a Learning Behavior Specialists Certification from National-Louis University. He also holds a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University.
Zolk named Head Boys Soccer Coach
Zolk’s 11-year coaching experience includes working with both the Girls and Boys Soccer Teams at Andrew High School. He has been Head Girls Soccer Coach since 2007 and has been Assistant Coach for the Boys team since 2005. Under his leadership, the girls soccer team has brought home five Regional Championships, one SWSC Championship and 94 varsity wins.
"Coach Zolk has proven to be an outstanding head coach, leading our girls program to one of the best in the area,” said Nolting. “As we transition to a new era of Andrew Soccer, we believe Coach Zolk has the leadership and vision to make our program an elite program in the State of Illinois."
“Loren brings a dedication and passion to the boys program to pick up right where it left off”, said Dwyer. “His drive to succeed and outstanding leadership will continue to promote the great things the program has accomplished and help lead the Bolts into a very exciting future. Loren brings great experience as well as a commitment to character that will continue to foster excellence in our boys soccer program.”
Zolk, a Lyons Township High School graduate, was a three-year varsity starter at his alma mater. After graduation he became a member of the All-Navy Soccer Team. In college he was a two-year starter at the College of DuPage and later a two-year starter for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His coaching experience includes several years with the HUSA Soccer Club of Hinsdale and several years as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Stagg High School for both boys and girls. Zolk is currently in his eighth year of teaching Social Studies in District 230.