DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove North High School teacher Eric Landschoot is the new head coach of the varsity softball team.
Physical education, drivers ed and health teacher Erin Doyle will also join the softball coaching staff in the spring. Social studies teacher Amy Bugner will continue to serve as an assistant coach and veteran coach Mike Johnson will be returning as well.
An English teacher at the school, Landschoot has served as the freshman softball coach at North since 2011. Additionally, he has coached baseball and softball teams at other area high schools, including at Morton, Westmont and Lyons Township.
Downers North athletic director Denise Kavanaugh made the appointment Wednesday, announcing that Landschoot will replace the recently departed Mark Magro.
Magro guided the Trojans to four straight West Suburban Silver titles from 2010 to 2013 and three regional championships, including one this past spring. Magro took over as coach in 2006 and never won fewer than 15 games.
"I'm bummed, that's for sure, and I'm sure it will get worse in the spring when the season rolls around," Magro said. "It's a bittersweet way to go out."
Magro's head coaching position was posted each year and he had to re-apply annually to maintain his spot as coach.
The new appointments support the district’s efforts to fill coaching positions with certified staff teachers, which provides continuity of teaching and learning for students, according to Kavanaugh.
“We are so pleased that Eric will serve as our head softball coach, because it’s clear how much he loves the game by how he inspires our players,” Kavanaugh said. “As a teacher, Eric can carry forth the same learning techniques he uses in the classroom for students to be successful out on the field.”
Though he was not a teacher at North, Magro was active at the school and was the official scorer at boys basketball games during the winter.
For Landschoot, the spring can't come soon enough
"I'm thrilled to be serving as head coach this year,” Landschoot said. “I’m excited to start preparing the students for what I anticipate will be a successful season and rewarding experience for all of us."