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David Rivera- Head Coach/ Middle linebackers/ Special Teams

Coach Rivera played a key role in starting the football program from scratch in 2015. His vision of what Von Steuben football could look like one day, along with the help of other believers, eventually led to the approval of a football program at Von Steuben. As one of the founding fathers of the Panthers football program, he worked as the Defensive Coordinator while coaching middle linebackers and special teams for the first three seasons. He ascended to the position of head coach in July 2018, when the program’s first ever head coach, Alan Rood, accepted a coveted position at his Alma mater, Bishop McNamara HS. Coach Rivera credits Coach Rood as a mentor and close friend in his development as a football coach, and for laying the foundation for a perennial winning program under his guidance. 

Coach Rivera lettered in baseball and football at Lane Tech HS, graduating in 1993. He played baseball at Truman College after high school, and soon after that began coaching. His high school coaching experience in CPS spans 19 years, across multiple sports. He is also the assistant head coach of the Von Steuben baseball program. 

Coach Rivera began at Von Steuben in the fall of 2005 as a school security officer, and is currently the Dean of School Culture at Von Steuben. 

Coaching Experience:
Tilden HS- Assistant coach- 2011
Clemente HS- Defensive Coordinator- 2012
Lane Tech HS- Middle Linebackers Coach- 2013
Von Steuben HS- Defensive Coordinator- 2015-'17
Von Steuben HS- Head Coach- 2018-present


Nathan Quillen- Varsity Offensive Coordinator/ Assistant Head Coach

Coach Nathan Quillen is one of the original coaches that began with the program in it's inaugural season in 2015. He played an important role in the development of the offense our first two seasons as an offensive assistant. In 2017, he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator with full play calling duties. Coach Nate carries a professional work ethic, comes prepared everyday, and is patient and methodical in teaching our young players how to play football within our system.

Carlos Jones- Defensive Coordinator

Coach Carlos Jones is entering his first year on the Panther coaching staff as Defensive Coordinator. He brings a wealth of coaching experience, most recently serving as Head Football Coach at Senn High School in 2019. Coach Jones played at Stebbins HS in Riverside, Ohio and played Wide Receiver at Concordia Chicago.  

Coaching experience:
Senn High School (Head Coach - 2019)  
Wisconsin Dragons Women’s Tackle Football (Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator - 2018)
Lakeview High School (Asst. HC/Defensive Coordinator - 2018)
Leyden Lions Men’s Semi Pro (Offensive Coordinator - 2017) 
Chicago Force Women’s Tackle Football (Defensive Backs Coach - 2012-2017)
Depaul University Club Football (Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator - 2013-2014)
Loyola University Club Football (Wide Receivers/Running Backs Coach - 2012)
Chitown Blaze Men’s Semi Pro (Owner/Head Coach - 2008-2013) 
Illinois Seahawks Men’s Semi Pro (Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator - 2007) 


Bill Altman- JV Head Coach- Offensive line coach

Coach William Altman joined the coaching staff in 2018 as the JV offensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach. In 2019 he will be the JV Head Coach, while coaching the offensive line and outside linebackers. Coach Altman has coached all positions at some point in his coaching career. He played 4 years of high school football at Streamwood High School and Burlington Central High school. 

Coaching experience:
St. Edward High school 1995-96
Schurz high school 1997-2005
Chicago Vocational Career Academy 2006-07
Von Steuben 2018- present

Mathew Legg- Strength and conditioning- JV Defensive Coordinator

Coach Legg joined our staff over the winter working as our strength and conditioning coach. He will work with wide receivers and linebackers this season along with designing and supervising our strength and conditioning program. 

Dan Messina- ATI Athletic Trainer

Hello, I am Daniel Messina. I graduate from Carthage college with a degree in Athletic Training. I enjoy watching and playing sports, spending time with my family, and being outside. I played basketball at Carthage college at the D3 level. As the Athletic trainer I will be performing a number of duties that I have plenty of experience in. First Aid, Preventative Care, Injury Evaluation, Rehabilitation, and Liaison are just some of the duties that I will be performing throughout my years at Von Steuben. GO PANTHERS!

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