Coach Markelz is entering his 24th 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 5th season as Varsity Head Coach and his 14th 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 2015 season will be Coach Dobson's 35th 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).
Greg graduated from Lockport Township High School in 1999. During his time at Lockport, Greg was a 3 year varsity starter as both an outfielder and a catcher. Greg was named Chicago Tribune All-State and Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All State Player. He was a member of the 1997 Porters team that finished 2nd in state and the 1998 team that made it to the Elite 8.
After high school, Greg continued his playing career at Illinois State University from 2000-2004. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. At Illinois State, he was a 4 year letter winner and a 3 year team captain. He was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All American. After college, Greg played for the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League.
Greg managed both Quarry Fieldhouse and the Illinois Redbirds from 2010-2012. In the summer of 2012, he started Rhino Baseball which has grown to 27 teams based out of Illinois and 10 teams in Wisconsin. His program has seen every one of 30+ seniors go on to play at the collegiate level in the first three years of the program.
Greg is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, National Pitching Association, and the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association. He is the head coach of the Rhino 17U National Team. Greg currently resides in Lockport with his wife April and daughter Madelynn with another one on the way in July!