By JOE STEVENSON - jstevenson@nwherald.com

Jacobs set to name Mitz coach

ALGONQUIN – Bill Mitz’s retirement as a high school football coach was a short one.

Mitz, who is retiring as physical education teacher and football coach at Stevenson at the end of the school year, will take over the head football coaching position at Jacobs.

District 300 director of human resources John Light said Mitz was offered and accepted the position. Mitz’s hiring becomes final when the requisite FBI and state police record checks come back clean. Even though District 125, Mitz’s current employer, already did similar checks, Light said D-300 had to do its own.

“We’re really excited to have someone of Bill’s caliber,” Light said. “We’re flattered he considered us.”

Light said coaches do not have to be approved by the D-300 school board.

Mitz coached at Stevenson for 28 seasons and was 197-98 (.668) during that span, with playoff appearances in each of the past 21 seasons. The Patriots were 10-1 last season, bowing out to Chicago Mount Carmel, 23-16, in the second round of the IHSA Class 8A playoffs.

Mitz replaces Dean Schlueter, who is the winningest coach in Jacobs history at 55-68 (.447) in 13 seasons. Schlueter was not hired back after the team’s third consecutive losing season. The Golden Eagles were 4-5, 2-7 and 2-7 in the past three years.

Mitz is familiar with the Fox Valley Conference because he lives in Fox River Grove and his son, Brian, was quarterback on Cary-Grove’s 2004 Class 7A state runner-up team.

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