Suzanne Curry - Head Coach - e-mail Coach Curry

Coach Curry is looking forward to coaching her 1st season of Girls' Track & Field at VHHS.  She has been around the Track program since the school opened in 2000, working meets and helping out.  Suzanne just completed her 19th season with the Girls’ Cross Country program, 14th year as the head coach. Her previous running experience includes 4 years of cross country, and 2 years of track at York High School in Elmhurst. Suzanne was also a member of the basketball team for 4 years and played soccer for 2 years.  A graduate of the University of Illinois, Suzanne is the Assistant Principals’ Secretary at VHHS and also assists in the Athletic Office. Suzanne and her husband Chris (VH Boys’ Volleyball head coach & also a U of I grad) spend a lot of time following high school athletics but try their best to get away to attend college sporting events and spend time with daughter, Emma, who is a sophomore at the University of Michigan.  I-L-L… (Go Blue!)

Matt Clifford - Assistant Coach - e-mail Coach Clifford

Coach Clifford graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History Education from Illinois State University, a Master’s degree in History from Illinois State University, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.  This is Coach Clifford’s tenth year as the throws coach with the Vernon Hills Girls’ Track Team. Coach Clifford is a member of the Social Studies Department at Vernon Hills High School teaching World History and AP European History.

Rachel Gilbride - Assistant Coach - e-mail Coach Gilbride

Coach Gilbride ran Indoor and Outdoor Track at Middletown High School South in Middletown, NJ. During that time she earned Regional and State Championship honors in sprints and hurdles as well as several relays, and is listed in their school’s Hall of Fame. Specializing in the 100mH, Coach Gilbride was awarded a full scholarship to West Virginia University, and competed for their Women’s track team all four years. During her time as a Mountaineer, she accomplished All Big-East and All ECAC honors. Prior to joining the VHHS coaching staff, Coach Gilbride managed several fitness facilities including Equinox and New York Sports Club in NYC, and is very excited for this new venture to coach the women’s team and bring her personal knowledge and experience to help the team exceed its goals. She comes to IL with husband Kevin, who is also a coach for the tight ends of the Chicago Bears, and dog Roxy.

Don Proft - Assistant Coach - e-mail Coach Proft

Coach Proft ran Cross Country and Track at Glenbrook South High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies/History Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Carthage College.  He is a 6th Grade Social Studies teacher at Woodland Middle School in Gurnee. This will be his 3rd year coaching sprints and relays at VHHS. Coach Proft has experience as both an assistant and head coach for Track and Cross Country at Stevenson High School and has been an assistant coach for Track and at Grayslake Central High School and Warren High School.  He also coaches Girls Cross Country at Warren High School. In his free time, he loves to travel with his wife, Kari and three children, Madison, Noah and Taylor.