Matt McCarty - Head Coach - e-mail Coach McCarty
Coach McCarty enters his sixteenth year as head coach of the Cougars boys' basketball program and his twenty-seventh overall as a boys' high school coach. Previously, he was the VHHS varsity assistant from 2000-2003. Before coming to District 128, Coach McCarty served as an assistant at Palatine High School, Tolono Unity High School, and Monticello High School. Coach McCarty is a graduate of Tuscola High School and the University of Illinois. He has a master’s degree in education from National Louis University. He works in the special services department at VHHS. He resides in Libertyville with his wife Heather, daughter Caitlin, and son Dylan.
Riaz Hoveydai - Assistant Varsity Coach - e-mail Coach Hoveydai
Coach Hoveydai began coaching basketball in 2012. This is his second season as the varsity assistant basketball coach and previously spent time as the head freshman and sophomore coach. He is a graduate of VHHS where he played basketball and tennis for four years. He then went on to Lake Forest College where he played basketball and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He resides in Vernon Hills with his wife Danielle.
Dale Fijalkowski - Sophomore Coach - e-mail Coach Fijalkowski
Coach Fijalkowski is looking forward to his second year coaching at Vernon Hills High School. Dale has over twenty years of coaching experience including Vernon Hills Feeder, Highwood Small Fry, Highwood All Stars, AAU, Park Districts, schools, camps and clinics; coaching boys and girl’s teams from grade school thru high school levels. Dale is a graduate of Maine East High School. He attended the University of Iowa on a football scholarship and studied Special Education. Dale resides in Vernon Hills with his wife Lori.
Matt Bellito - Freshman Coach - e-mail Coach Bellito
Coach Bellito is in his 18th year of teaching in the Social Studies Department at Vernon Hills High School. This will be his fourth full year coaching in the boys’ basketball program. He previously was the sophomore girls coach for 7 years, and has also worked for the boys’ basketball program the last 8 years helping out in summer camp. Coach Bellito attended Wheeling High School and went on to graduate from Taylor University. He currently resides in Wauconda with his wife, Rebecca, and twin sons, Luke and Ryan
Anthony Mazza - Freshman Coach - e-mail Coach Mazza
Coach Mazza is in his third year of coaching basketball at Vernon Hills High School. He is a graduate of Vernon Hills High School where he played basketball and baseball. Anthony graduated with his bachelor’s degree in physical education from DePaul University in June 2016. Coach Mazza currently teaches physical education at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Lake Zurich. Anthony is also part of the baseball coaching staff at Vernon Hills.