Matt McCarty - Head Coach - e-mail Coach McCarty

Coach McCarty

Coach McCarty enters his seventeenth year as head coach of the Cougars boys' basketball program and his twenty-eighth 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

Coach Hoveydai has been coaching boys’ basketball for VHHS since 2012. He has served the program as the Head Freshman (2013-2015) and the Head Sophomore Coach (2015-2017) before becoming the Varsity Assistant. 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 has two Master’s degrees from Loyola University-Chicago and National Louis University. He works in the special services department at VHHS. He resides in Vernon Hills with his wife Danielle.

Dale Fijalkowski - Sophomore Coach - e-mail Coach Fijalkowski

Coach Fijalkowski

Coach Fijalkowski is looking forward to his eighth year coaching at Vernon Hills High School.  Dale has over twenty five 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 through 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.

Anthony Mazza - Freshman Coach - e-mail Coach Mazza

Coach Mazza

Coach Mazza is in his fourth 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 for District 34 at Pleasant Ridge and Hoffman School in Glenview. Anthony is also part of the baseball coaching staff at Vernon Hills.


Colin Mason - Freshman Coach - e-mail Coach Mason

Coach Mason

Coach Mason is in his 20th year teaching.  He has spent 12 of those years here at VHHS as a Special Education Teacher.  He attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights and then on to Carthage College where he played football.  Coach Mason has coached a variety of sports and levels here at VHHS including Special Olympics basketball where he brought a state championship to District 128.