Athletic and Extracurricular Activity Announcement Regarding CPS Policy of Cancellations

Hello Taft Students and Parents,

 

SUMMER CAMPS (CANCELED)

Summer contact days for coaches have been CANCELED and eliminated due to the pandemic for coaches and students.  We apologize about any inconvenience as we are being proactive in the health and well being of our students and family.  If you have paid for camps, please check your email as there will be a refund provided by our Illinois 8 to 18 account.

 

Chicago Public Schools has released new guidelines for group and athletic gatherings and district sanctioned travel through the latest Governor's announcement of schools remaining closed through the rest of the academic year, I am updating this message as a final cancellation for any event we had scheduled.

  • Essential school activities involving students and school staff during the school day will proceed as usual.  This includes lunch periods and our daily class schedule.
  • All athletics and extracurricular activities are suspended until further notice.  This includes practices, meetings and any athletic and sport competitions.

 

FIELD TRIPS AND ASSEMBLY PROTOCOL

  • Assemblies and field trips are classified as non-essential and will be postponed.
  • All school sanctioned trips beyond Chicago city limits are cancelled through the end of Spring Break.  Additional guidance will be issued for travel post post Spring Break in the upcoming weeks.

 

STAY SAFE AND BEST TO YOUR FAMILIES

If there are any questions, comments or concerns, please feel to reach out.  I apologize about any inconveniences and thank you again for your efforts and commitment.

 

8/1/2020 5:00 AM

Staff

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT

HIGH SCHOOL

Position

Name

Superintendent

Dr. Janice Jackson

Principal

Mark Grishaber

Athletics and Activities Director

Mark Madden

Athletic Trainers

Victor Balundis

Adam Babiarz

FALL SEASON

Coaching Staff

Sport

 Coach

Competitive Cheerleading

Varsity Coach: Ryan Cooper

Assistant Coach: Jessica Gee

Competitive Pom Pons

Varsity Coach: Jacquelyn Alunan

Cross Country - Boys

Varsity Coach: James Bleicher

Assistant Coach: Don Desalvo

Assistant Coach: Kevin Hart 

Cross Country - Girls

Varsity Coach: Garrett McLinn

Assistant Coach: Don Desalvo

Assistant Coach: Daniel Dziubski

Football

Head Varsity Coach: John Tsarouchas

Head Asst. Coach: Zach Elder

Asst. Coach: Robert McInerey 

Asst. Coach: Ryan Bullock 

Asst. Coach: Brad Engel

Asst. Coach: Neil Farlow

Asst. Coach: Don Kaminski

Asst. Coach: Al Maldonado

Asst. Coach: Tony Minestra

Asst. Coach: Martin Shine

Asst. Coach: Matthew Zilz

Videographer: Sherri Fitte 

Golf - Boys

Varsity Coach: Chris Chesnut

Golf - Girls

Varsity Coach: Cassandra Rothbart

Soccer - Boys

Varsity Coach; Jeff Lucco

Asst. Varsity: Christopher Gordillo

Junior Varsity Coach: Maciej Myszka

Fresh/Soph Coach: Dan Harte  

Fresh/Soph Coach: Jeff Mikula Jr. 

Asst. Coach: Norman Astudillo

16-Inch Softball

Varsity Coach: Kirk Vidas

Assistant Coach: Thomas Angsten

Swimming and Diving - Girls

Varsity Coach: Jason Polensky

Fresh/Soph Coach: TBA

Tennis - Girls

Varsity Coach: Jim Gillespie 

Fresh/Soph Coach: Justin Yesensky

Volleyball - Girls

Varsity Coach: Sebastian Acevedo

Junior Varsity Coach: Taylor Dreher

Fresh/Soph Coach: Christina Christopher 

Fresh/Soph Coach: Lisette Chavez 

ACADEMIC CENTER FALL SEASON

Coaching Staff

Sport

 Coach

Cross Country - Boys

Coach: Don Desalvo

Cross Country - Girls

Coach: Don Desalvo

Soccer - Boys

Coach: TBA
Volleyball - Boys Coach: TBA

Volleyball - Girls

Coach: Rigoberto Torres

WINTER SEASON

Coaching Staff

Sport

 Coach

Basketball - Boys

Varsity Coach: Jason Tucker

Varsity Assistant: TBA

Varsity Assistant: Tyler Kurz

Junior Varsity Coach: Tim Reamer

Junior Varsity Coach: TBA

Fresh/Soph Coach: Brian Mendenhall 

Basketball - Girls

Varsity Coach: Iveta Salkauske

Varsity Assistant Coach: Andy Torres 

Junior Varsity Coach: Rocco Pascente  

Junior Varsity Coach: Tom Ellew 

Fresh/Soph Coach: Dean Gorder

Fresh/Soph Coach:  Erik Gorder

Fresh/Soph Coach:  Jeff Bates 

Bowling - Boys

Varsity Coach: Ramon Pagan

Assistant Coach: Tony Mercado  

Bowling - Girls

Varsity Coach: Belinda Pagan

Assistant Coach:  Shannon Lee 

Assistant Coach: Kayla Jaffe

Competitive Cheerleading

Varsity Coach: Ryan Cooper

Assistant Coach: Jessica Gee 

Competitive Pom Pons

Varsity Coach: Jacquelyn Alunan

Swimming and Diving - Boys

Varsity Coach: Jason Polensky

Fresh/Soph Coach: TBA

Track and Field - Boys

Varsity Coach: James Bleicher

Assistant Coach: Natalie Tomei

Assistant Coach: Adrienne Carmona

Track and Field - Girls

Varsity Coach: Garrett McLinn

Assistant Coach: Don Desalvo

Assistant Coach: Kevin Harte

Wrestling

Varsity Coach: Brad Engel

Assistant Coach: Mike DiFrisco

Assistant Coach: Dave Marin 

Assistant Coach: Thomas Angsten

ACADEMIC CENTER WINTER SEASON

Coaching Staff

Sport

 Coach

Basketball - Boys

Coach: Casey Grzeskiewicz

Basketball - Girls

Coach: TBA

Chess – Co-Ed

Coach: Danial Wilson 

SPRING SEASON

Coaching Staff

Sport

 Coach

Badminton

Head Coach: Rachael Nicholas

Assistant Coach: Yali Zhang 

Baseball

Varsity Coach: Richard Pildes

Assistant Coach: Ray Cekus 

Assistant Coach: Mike Raher

Fresh/Soph Coach: Matt Malarski

Fresh/Soph Assistant: Chad Nishibayashi

Bass Fishing

Coach: Scott Plencer  

Assistant Coach:  Michael Mulligan

Assistant Coach: Pat Henehan

Lacrosse

Boys Coach: TBA

Boys Assistant Coach: Jonathan Cohen

Boys Assistant Coach: TBA

Girls Coach: Francisco Merlos 

Rugby 

Boys Coach: Brian Hayes

Girls Coach: Jamie Stephen

Soccer - Girls

Varsity Coach: Dan Harte 

Varsity Assistant: Jeff Mikula Jr. 

Junior Varsity Coach: Jorge Martinez 

Fresh/Soph Coach: Leslie Leleniewski 

Fresh Coach: Gabriela Wala 

   

Softball

Varsity Coach: Germaine Padilla

Varsity Assistant Coach: Bob Bastek

Fresh/Soph Coach: Greg Liske

Fresh/Soph Assistant: Morgan Brauer

Freshman Coach: Ivette Cano 

Freshman Assistant: Cassandra Rothbart

Tennis - Boys

Varsity Coach: Justin Yesensky

Asst. Coach: Jim Gillespie 

Fresh/Soph Coach: Casey Grzeskiewicz

Track and Field - Boys

Varsity Coach: James Bleicher

Assistant Coach: Don Desalvo

Assistant Coach: Kevin Hart

Track and Field - Girls

Varsity Coach: Garrett McLinn

Assistant Coach: Natalie Tomei

Assistant Coach: Adrienne Carmona

Volleyball - Boys

Varsity Coach: William Angel

Fresh/Soph Coach: Allison Taylor

Assistant Coach: Pavel Rusev

Water Polo - Boys

Varsity Coach: Jason Polensky

Water Polo - Girls

Varsity Coach: Nicole Wiktor

ACADEMIC CENTER SPRING SEASON

Coaching Staff

Sport

 Coach

Soccer - Girls

Coach: Ryan Glowacz

Track and Field - Boys

Coach: Karen Devine 

Track and Field - Girls

Coach: Karen Devine