Speaker Bios - New Trier Township High School by cuiliqing


									     Central Suburban League College Recruiting Night Featured Speakers
Maureen Harty, Assistant Athletic Director, Northwestern University

                                 Maureen Harty is assistant athletic director for compliance at Northwestern
                                 University, ensuring that the program is conducted in accordance with all
                                 NCAA, Big Ten Conference, and Northwestern rules and regulations. She
                                 serves as a peer reviewer for the NCAA certification program. Previously
                                 she served as director of athletics and recreation at Dominican University,
                                 administering an NCAA Division III/NAIA program that grew from 7 to 14
                                 varsity sports in five years. As part of her duties, she oversaw compliance of
                                 Title IX and Gender Equity policies as well as the construction and
                                 renovation of indoor and outdoor athletic facilities. She has held assistant
                                 athletic director positions at Northeastern Illinois University and Saint
                                 Mary's College and coached softball and tennis at the high school and
                                 college levels. She is considered an expert in NCAA regulations governing
                                 college eligibility and recruiting. Maureen’s topic area will be the Division I
                                 Recruiting Process - Regulations and Qualifications

John Thorne, Head Football Coach, North Central College

Head coach John Thorne came to North Central in 2002 and has elevated the
Cardinals from conference contender to perennial playoff participant. Following a
12-1 overall record and a fifth straight CCIW championship, Thorne’s career mark
after nine seasons stands at an impressive 78-22 overall and 50-13 in the CCIW.
He is North Central's all-time leader in coaching victories and winning percentage
(.780). The Cardinals established a new single-season record for wins in 2010,
advancing to the national quarterfinals for the first time in the program's history.
North Central completed a second unbeaten run through its CCIW schedule in
three seasons, earning Thorne his second CCIW Coach of the Year Award. Prior
to North Central, Thorne spent 22 seasons as head coach of Wheaton Warrenville
South High School (formerly Wheaton Central High School). While coaching at
the high school level, Thorne compiled an impressive 181-64 career record and
rolled up four state championships (1992, 1995, 1996, 1998) and two state runner-
up finishes. Thorne earned his bachelor of arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan
University in 1969 and a master's in educational administration from Northern
Illinois University. Coach Thorne’s topic will be “How to develop your criteria for college selection - select
the right institution the first time.”

Jackie Slaats, Athletic Director/Senior Advisor to the President, Lake Forest College

                                 Jackie Slaats came to Lake Forest College in 1986 as the head volleyball and
                                 women's basketball coach. In 1992 she stopped coaching volleyball and
                                 became the College's Athletic Director, a title she still holds. After 22
                                 seasons as basketball coach, Slaats resigned from that position in 2008 and
                                 added Senior Advisor to the President to her responsibilities on campus.
                                 During Slaats' 17 years as athletic director, the Foresters have reached new
                                 heights while maintaining and even advancing the ideals and philosophies of
                                 NCAA Division III athletics. In terms of competition, Lake Forest continued
                                 to succeed last year when 12 of the 17 varsity sports competed in their
                                 conference or association tournaments/meets. Forester student-athletes were
named all-conference 36 times and established or tied 36 school records. They were equally successful in the
classroom, combining for nearly a 3.0 grade point average and earning 52 Academic All-Conference awards.
Slaats enjoyed an extremely successful career as the College's women's basketball coach, posting a 386-133
record in 22 seasons from 1986-2008. Her teams claimed six conference titles and her .743 career winning
percentage ranks among the top 20 in NCAA Division III history. In addition, she led the volleyball program
to a 100-84 record in six years prior to becoming the athletic director. She was inducted into the College's
Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Ms. Slaats will speak on “Characteristics of successful student-athletes –
what college programs seek in the recruiting process.

Susie Thorngren, Coordinator of the New Trier Career Development Program

                          Susie Thorngren is the Coordinator of the New Trier Career Development Program,
                          which was initiated in 1998. After serving as a New Trier teacher, advisor and head
                          coach, Ms. Thorngren returned to graduate school where she earned Master’s degrees
                          in Counselor Education and Higher Education-Student Affairs. During her leave of
                          absence, Ms. Thorngren worked at Arizona State University with college students
                          and adults in career development.

                          As the New Trier Career Counselor, Ms. Thorngren provides individual guidance to
                          help students identify personal strengths and interests as they relate to college majors
                          and various careers. Ms. Thorngren also coordinates 6-8 career events annually for
                          New Trier students and conducts a career orientation with each sophomore advisory
                          regarding the counseling and resources available through the Career Development
Program. She offers workshops in resume writing and interviewing to junior and senior adviser rooms to assist
students in preparation for college or job interviews, summer internships and New Trier’s Senior Project. Ms.
Thorngren will speak on “Building the Student-Athlete Resume – Putting your Best Foot Forward.”

Beth Arey, College and Career Coordinator, Evanston Township High School

Beth Arey has served as an Admissions or Academic Counselor in public, private
and higher education. A former nine-time All-America runner, Arey also served as
an Assistant Cross Country Coach at Northwestern University. Before accepting
her current position as College and Career Coordinator at Evanston High School in
August 2009, she served in a similar capacity at Saint Rita (Chicago) High School
between 2005 and 2009. She also completed a four-year stint at Northwestern
University working as an Academic Counselor in the College of Continuing
Studies while serving the Athletic Department as an Assistant Cross Country
Coach. She is a member and has served in leadership positions in both the NACAC
(National Association for College Admission Counseling) and IACAC (Illinois
Association for College Admission Counseling). Ms. Arey will introduce the
Central Suburban League Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete tri-
fold and the recommended four year progression in preparing for the college
selection process.

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