Football Coach Michaelsen selected as Lemont High School’s next principal

LEMONT – Lemont High School District 210 Superintendent Dr. Mary Ticknor has recommended Eric Michaelsen to serve as Lemont High School’s next principal, according to a district news release

Currently the Director of Guidance, Michaelsen is best known as the school's head football coach.

The appointment is pending approval by the Board of Education, which next meets on Nov. 18.

“Eric Michaelsen is the right person to facilitate success for all of our students, and he is resolved to do whatever is necessary to ensure Lemont High School continues to be one of the most successful comprehensive high schools in the state,” Ticknor said in the release.

An alumnus of Lemont High School and a longtime Lemont resident, Michaelsen joined the school as a social studies teacher in 1998. He has served as Director of Guidance since 2004.

District 210 Board of Education President Mike Shackel, who interviewed the candidates with the board, said Michaelsen stood out from the rest.

“Simply put, he is a leader – in the academic arena, as a coach and in the community,” Shackel said in the release.

If approved, Michaelsen will start his new position on July 1. He would be the fourth principal since 1979.

He is replacing Thomas Trengove, who is retiring after 21 years as principal.

Michaelsen will be leaving his position as football coach next season, according to the release.

In his 12 seasons, the Indians compiled a 106-33 record, made nine straight playoff appearances from 2004-12, won seven conference championships and finished as state runner-up twice.