Coach Markelz is entering his 23rd 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 currently Dean of Students at the East Campus. 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 4th season as Varsity Head Coach and his 13th season as a coach in the Porter’s 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. Coach Satunas 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 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 O’Reilly. 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 Lockport with his wife Mandy and two children Drew and Abigail.
Coach Bartley grew up in the town of Park Forest where he attended Rich East High School and played soccer, wrestling, and baseball. He graduated in June, 1994 and accepted a Division I baseball scholarship to Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. At Butler, he majored in physical education and minored in health. He also earned four varsity letters and was a 2 year captain of teams that captured the Horizon League conference title and a regional playoff berth. He graduated from Butler in 1999.
After Butler he signed with the Independent professional baseball team in Crestwood, IL. - the Cook County Cheetahs, where he played for part of one season. He then optioned to take his first teaching job at Bloom Trail High School where he taught P.E./Health. He also coached girls and boys soccer along with wrestling for two years.
He then went to Rich East H.S., his alma-mater, where he taught P.E./Health and spent two years as the head varsity wrestling coach and assistant varsity baseball coach. In the fall of 2004 he accepted a teaching position at Lockport High School coaching boy’s soccer, wrestling, and baseball. Currently he is the assistant varsity wrestling coach and assistant varsity baseball coach. He will be the Porters hitting and catching coach.
He is married to his wife Traci and is the proud father of two boys Tyler and Leyton and daughter Jordan.
The 2014 season will be Coach Dobson's 34th 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 grew up in 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 Decaire is an '04 Lockport graduate who has returned to LTHS to coach football the last five seasons. He
graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in
Secondary Education. After subbing full-time for two years at Lockport, he got a full-time job teaching Economics
and AP Macroeconomics.
Although he never played baseball past little league, baseball has always been his favorite sport to watch. He is a
huge White Sox fan and just an overall avid fan of the game both past and present. While student teaching at Argo
Community High School, he volunteered as a sophomore coach working with the outfielders. He really enjoyed
getting to learn the game of baseball from the coaching aspect and look forward to building on his knowledge
working with a great staff and a great baseball program here at LTHS.
Coach Decaire is going on his fourth season with the baseball program and is the Strength & Conditioning
Coach, as well as assisting Coach Dobson with the outfielders. He is also the official scorekeeper during the varsity
games, the self-proclaimed “Best GameChanger in the STATE!”. He loves getting to research different ways to get
our athletes bigger, faster and stronger and hopes to bring some of those aspects into the baseball program.
Coach Decaire and his wife Julie, also a teacher/coach at Lockport, and puppy Bow (named after Coach
Decaire’s beloved Michigan Wolverines legendary coach Bo Schembechler and his favorite athlete Bo Jackson) will
be welcoming a new addition to their family at the end of the season, their first child-a baby boy! GET EXCITED
PORTER NATION BECAUSE ANOTHER DECAIRE IS COMING TO TOWN!!!!