Chicago (Taft)

* Last updated at 10:27 pm on Monday, July 6, 2020

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Background Information


Season Summaries

(Titles, Won-Lost Records,

and Head Coaches)

Taft High School

6545 W. Hurlbut Ave. (Google map, other maps)

Chicago, IL 60631


Phone: 773-534-1000

Fax: 773-534-1027

School Web Site:


Enrollment: 3047.5

Conference(s): Chicago Public

Nickname(s): Eagles (boys), Eagles (girls)

Colors: Silver/Blue

School Type: Public Coed

County: Cook

Cities in District: Chicago 3 Million

Board Division: 1, Legislative District: 1


IHSA Official Representative: Mark Madden

CEO, Chicago Public Schools: Janice Jackson
   phone 773-553-1500   fax 773-553-1501

Principal: Mark Grishaber

Principal's Assistant: Krystyna Graca
   phone 773-534-1000   fax 773-534-1027

Executive Director of Sports Administration (CPS): Karl Kemp
   phone 773-553-6725  

Deputy Director of Sports Administration (CPS): Mickey Pruitt
   phone 773-534-0729  

Boys Athletic Director: Mark Madden

Boys Athletic Director's Assistant: Mark Madden

Girls Athletic Director: Mark Madden

Girls Athletic Director's Assistant: Mark Madden

Boys Athletics — Head Coaches

Boys Baseball Head Coach: Rich Pildes

Boys Basketball Head Coach: Jason Tucker

Boys Bowling Head Coach: Ramon Pagan

Boys Cross Country Head Coach: James Bleicher

Boys Football Head Coach: John Tsarouchas

Boys Golf Head Coach: Christopher Chesnut

Boys Gymnastics Head Coach: Darion Knight

Boys Lacrosse Head Coach: TBA

Boys Soccer Head Coach: Jeffrey Lucco

Boys Swimming Head Coach: Jason Polensky

Boys Tennis Head Coach: Justin Yesensky

Boys Track & Field Head Coach: James Bleicher

Boys Volleyball Head Coach: William Angel

Boys Water Polo Head Coach: Jason Polensky

Boys Wrestling Head Coach: Brad Engel

Girls Athletics — Head Coaches

Girls Badminton Head Coach: Rachael Nicholas

Girls Basketball Head Coach: Iveta Salkauske

Girls Bowling Head Coach: Belinda Pagan

Girls Cross Country Head Coach: Garrett McLinn

Competitive Cheerleading Head Coach: Ryan Cooper

Competitive Dance Head Coach: Jacquelyn Alunan

Girls Golf Head Coach: Cassandra Rothbart

Girls Gymnastics Head Coach: Matthew Kalina

Girls Lacrosse Head Coach: Francisco Merlos

Girls Softball Head Coach: Germaine Padilla

Girls Soccer Head Coach: Daniel Harte

Girls Swimming Head Coach: Jason Polensky

Girls Tennis Head Coach: Jim Gillespie

Girls Track & Field Head Coach: Garrett McLinn

Girls Volleyball Head Coach: Sebastian Acevedo

Girls Water Polo Head Coach: Nicole Wiktor

Athletic Medical Staff

Certified Athletic Trainer: Victor Balundis

Activities — Head Coaches, Advisers, and Directors

Bass Fishing Coach: Michael Mulligan

Chess Coach: Danial Wilson

Drama Director: Quintin Nadig

Newspaper Adviser: Anny Martinez

Band Director: Kevin Harriman

Vocal Director: Brian Lavery

Marching Band Director: Kevin Harriman

Non-Competitive Activities — Head Coaches, Advisers, and Directors

Sideline Cheer Coach: TBA

Student Council Adviser: TBA