Coaches

Head Coach & Varsity Coach - Mike Cunningham

Michael.cunningham@d128.org 

Coach Mike holds a B.S. in Physical Education and coaching, with a minor in History and Kinesiology from Western Illinois University. He is a life plus Level 4 member of ASCA, and a fully certified USA swimming coach.  He has coached numerous regional, age group state, and senior state qualifiers in his 20 plus years of coaching.  He was the 13-18 USA Central Zone coach for Illinois in 2005 and 2009, and the Head Zones coach for Team Illinois 2013-2015.  In 2005 he started Midway Aquatics at the University of Chicago, where he grew the club from 25 swimmers to 200, and developed repeated regional, age group state, central zone, and senior state qualifiers.  While at Midway he also was the Varsity Girls Head Coach of the girls University High Chicago team, where he had state qualifiers and many team record holders.  Currently along with being the Girls Head Varsity Swim Coach, he also works with the CATS Aquatics team in D128.

In 2012 he started Life Time Illinois Swim Team, and introduced the health club to the competitive world of USA and Illinois Swimming.  

In 2014 Coach Mike joined CATS as a full time coach, and started working as the Libertyville Boys Varsity Head Coach.  As the LHS varsity coach the team won sectionals and qualified all three relays for state each year, along with the individual qualifying swims.  

Coach Mike also serves on the Illinois Swimming Board of Directors as Secretary, and has been the Coaches Representative and Senior Vice Chair.  Along with his love of coaching swimming, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.

He looks forward to working with the LHS Girls swim team, the Girls team coaching staff, and the LHS athletic staff.

Head Coach Mike Cunningham

Head Varsity Coach Mike Cunningham

Diving Coach - Dave Fowler

Dave.Fowler@d128.org

Dave Fowler was born and raised in Evanston, IL. He now lives in Lake Bluff with his wife Sue and daughter Merritt. Dave has a BS in Physical/Health Education from St. Cloud State University (MN). Dave is now in his sixthyear of coaching at LHS. Past coaching positions have included St. Cloud Tech HS, St. Cloud State University, Deerfield HS, and Lake Forest College. Along with coaching girls and boys diving at LHS and running the CATS Diving Club, Dave is a Sales Engineer for Nu-Tec Systems, a welding and plasma manufacturer in Gurnee.

Diving Coach Dave Fowler

Diving Coach Dave Fowler

JV1 Coach - Greg Herman

Greg.Herman@d128.org

Greg Herman has been part of Libertyville swimming for over 30 years. Greg swam for Libertyville and was voted most valuable and team captain his senior year.  Greg went on to swim four years at Wheaton College where he was all conference CCIW. Greg has coached at the club level, the junior varsity level, and the varsity level of Libertyville High School swimming. When not at the pool, Greg serves as the Science Department Chair and teaches Physiology. Greg lives in Libertyville with his wife Doreen and has two children, Brian and Casey, in college.

JV Boys Coach Greg Herman

JV Boys Coach Greg Herman

JV2 Coach - John Fischl

John.Fischl@d128.org

Coach Fischl returns this season to his 51st year of coaching high school swimming. Since 1994 he has coached the JV2 swim team at LHS with last year being the one year missing from the pool when he served as an interim athletic director. He had 25 seasons of head coaching experience prior to joining the Wildcat coaching staff. His favorite memory was being on staff for the 2013-14 season when the varsity team finished 2nd place in the IHSA state meet.