Lemont’s Tomczak named top assistant
February 14, 2013 1:44PM
Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association President Joe Moreau, the head girls soccer coach, at Neuqua Valley High School, presents the 2012 Boys Soccer Assistant Coach of the Year award to LemontÕs Mark Tomczak.
Updated: March 18, 2013 6:14AM
Lemont High School’s Mark Tomczak, a Social Studies teacher who also serves as an assistant coach with both the boys and girls soccer programs, has been named the 2012 Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Boys Soccer Assistant Coach of the Year.
Tomczak received his honor at the IHSSCA’s annual awards ceremony at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall.
Tomczak has served on head coach Rick Prangen’s boys soccer staff for 10 years - the first three as a sophomore coach, and the last seven as the varsity assistant coach. During his time as a boys’ soccer varsity assistant, Lemont has enjoyed the most successful stretch in the program’s history.
Since 2006, the Indians have secured three 20-win seasons, averaged more than 18 wins per year, and posted a combined record of 129-36-20, good for a .751 winning percentage.
Lemont’s boys soccer trophy case has swelled during Tomczak’s tenure. The Indians won six straight IHSA Regional titles from 2006-2011, and didn’t fail to reach the IHSA Sectional in any of those seasons.
Lemont has won its IHSA Sectional five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), and also posted an IHSA Super-Sectional crown in 2007 when it established a school record for victories by finishing 22-3-3 and advanced to the IHSA Class AA Boys Soccer State Finals.
The Indians also have won four South Suburban Conference titles (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) since the league’s inception in 2006.
Tomczak also serves as a varsity assistant for Prangen’s girls soccer program.
The Indians finished as the IHSA Class 2A State runner-up in 2009, and were third at the 2011 IHSA Class 2A State Finals.