Coach Markelz is entering his 25th season coaching at LTHS. Coach Markelz' baseball career began at Providence Catholic H.S. As a player, he pitched from 1970-72 and had a career mark of 39 wins. As a senior in 1972 he was 14-0, had 174 K's, 7 shutouts and an ERA of 0.28.
At Lewis University he pitched for Hall of Fame coach Gordie Gillespie. While playing at Lewis, he was undefeated in 4 yrs. of Regional, Area and National tournaments. He was a member Lewis' NAIA National Championship teams in 1974-75-76. He was the starting pitcher the championship game in all 3 seasons. He was selected All-Tournament and was Tournament MVP in 1975.
Coach Markelz graduated from Lewis in 76' with a B.A. in Psychology and later earned his Masters from Governors State U. Markelz is retired and is cuurently concentrating on qualifying for the PGA Seniors Tour!! Butch has 4 children; Nicole, Matthew, Christopher and Michelle. He is married to wife Donna.
He was named "Assistant Coach of the Year" by the Illinois H.S. Baseball Coaches Assoc. in 2001 and was inducted in their Hall of Fame in 2011.
Coach Satunas is entering his 6th season as Varsity Head Coach and his 15th season as a coach in the Porterís Baseball Program. He began coaching at Lockport in 2001 and has spent one year on the freshman level, 5 years as a sophomore assistant, 3 years as sophomore head coach, and one year as the varsity hitting coach. During his time here, he has been a part of 10 conference championships including 4 SWSC Blue Championships in his four years as head coach. Coach Satunas also helped lead the 2013 Porters into the Elite Eight of the IHSA Class 4A Baseball. He has also assisted the varsity summer team to two 3rd place IHSBCA Summer State Tournament finishes in 2003 & 2004. Finally, Coach Satunas played an integral part in preparing the 2005 team for their journey after coaching many of the seniors during all four years during their Lockport baseball careers.
During his time here at Lockport, Coach Satunas has also served as our youth baseball camp coordinator and served as a clinician at the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Assoc. state clinic and at various local youth coaches clinics. Along with this, in 2006 he took part in the creation of the Southwest JV Summer Baseball league. As commissioner of this league, it has grown from 6 teams to over 30 in the past 6 years.
Since becoming head coach in 2011, LTHS Baseball has sent every player onto college as a student. Along with these 20 players attending college, 13 of them went on to play baseball at the collegiate level. In his 4 years on the varsity (asst. in 2010) LTHS Baseball has sent over 40 players to college, with 27 of them playing college baseball. Our 2013 senior class has three players who have verbally committed to Division 1 schools and 13 other seniors that will attend college in the fall. Many of them will have the opportunity to play baseball if they choose.
Andy is a 1996 graduate of Galesburg High School. He went on to play four years for the Lewis University Flyers under Coach Irish OíReilly. While playing at Lewis, he earned All GLVC DH, All Region DH and All Conference Academic honors. Andy currently teaches in the Social Studies Department and is proud to reside in Homer Twp. with his wife Mandy and three children Drew, Abigail and Joe.
The 2016 season will be Coach Dobson's 36th at LTHS. He has served under four head coaches and has assisted on all 3 levels. He was head freshman coach for 14 years compiling a record of 335 wins and 74 losses (.819). He also assisted at the varsity level under Coach Jim Hall for 12 years and on the soph. level for 4 seasons. This year he will be coaching varsity outfielders and coaching 1st base.
He was named "Assistant Coach of the Year" by the Illinois H.S. Baseball Coaches Assoc, in 1997 and was named District 4 "Assistant Coach of the Year" in 2002 by the National High School Baseball Coaches Assoc.
Coach Dobson is from Chicago and attended Northeastern Illinois University. He taught Social Studies at Lockport for 32 years before retiring in 2006. He lives in Lockport with his wife Debbie. He has two daughters (Kerri Anne and Rheanon), two sons (Rick and Dave) and eight beautiful grandchildren (Addison, Samantha, Drake, Rick, Charlotte, Noah, Gage and Grant).
Coach Harmatys graduated from Lockport in 2004. Coach Harmatys continued his baseball career playing at Lewis University as a pitcher. Coach Harmatys brings three years experience of coaching travel teams with the Naperville Reds 14U and Lockport Tankermen American Legion Team in 2013. He brings 8 years of coaching high school baseball. Coach Harmatys spent one year as an sophomore assistant at Joliet Township, and this is his 8th year coaching at Lockport. He spent five years coaching freshmen and three seasons coaching pitchers on the sophomore team. This will be Tim's first year on the varsity staff and will be working with catchers. In addition, he assists the summer varsity team as pitching coach.
Coach Harmatys teaches 6th-8th grade special education in Romeoville. and Tim and his wife Rachel welcomed a beautiful daughter this past summer and reside in Mokena, even though it is Lincoln-Way East Griffin territory.
Coach Altmann will be starting his 1st yr. as a member of the Porter coaching staff, but he is no stranger to the Porter Program. His son Joshua Altmann played for Lockport 2009-12 and was a 22nd round draft pick of the Texas Rangers this past June. Currently Joshua hopes to return to the High Desert Mavericks in Advanced A Ball located in High Desert California where he finished up last October.
Coach Altmann also served as President of the Porter Baseball Booster Club from 2009-2012. During his term, he served Coach Satunas in many roles and was the founder of the current "Strike Out for Cancer Games"! Coach Altmann has been very involved in baseball for over 30 years now, starting at the very young age of 20. He has been the head coach of elite travel teams like the Orland Park Sparks, Southside Express, and Upper Deck Cougars. Coach Altmann has a lifetime record of 838 Wins and 217 Loses while winning many elite tournament championships, regional, midwest, and even a National Championship in 2006.
During the past 2 years, he was a recruiter for Olivet Nazarene University men's baseball team until his son was drafted, and now serves as a local recruiter for the Texas Rangers. He is currently married to his lovely wife Carole for 24 years now and besides their son Joshua, has 2 daughters, Kaitlyn a 2014 Graduate of LTHS and Samantha currently a senior. Coach Altmann has been on the teaching staff at Thornwood High School for 21 years and is very happy to be joining the Porter Baseball Program!