Lake Forest Academy's Athletic Mission
Our athletic program offers many athletic opportunities, ranging from preparing for collegiate athletics to physical fitness and individual development. The essence of our program is the promotion of sportsmanship. Whether it be varsity athletics, intramurals, physical education, or general recreation, we honor participation, achievement and effort.
We strive to find success, measured not only in victories, but also in the individual development of each athlete.
We take pride in the diversity of our student athletes and promote the value of lifelong physical fitness. Our coaches consistently challenge our student-athletes to reach their potential. We seek excellence in both athletics and academics. Our scholar athletes are a part of a mission-centered athletic tradition. We believe that the skills that our student-athletes develop during their time at the Academy will mold them into productive members of society.
1. Produce teams that are competitive and strive to win
2. Encourage teamwork and sportsmanship by teaching student athletes to be graceful in both victory and defeat
3. Emphasize the value of healthy competition
4. Accommodate any skill level, from beginning to elite, from participatory to competitive
5. Provide first-rate athletic facilities that will serve the entire LFA community
Director of Athletics/Director of Hockey
Year Appointed: 2005
Former NHL player and All-American Darrin Madeley Lake Forest Academy’s Director of Athletics/Director of Hockey Operations. Madeley joined LFA seven years ago through the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP), an Ann-Arbor, Mich.-based organization that prepares student-athletes for participation on U.S. National Teams and careers in hockey. Madeley has worked as a goalie coach and assistant coach for the NTDP and has played professional hockey for the Ottawa Senators and the San Jose Sharks. He also played in Europe with TPS Turku (Finnish Elite League) and Rosenheim (German Elite League). Madeley has a bachelor’s degree in physical and health education from Lake Superior State University and a teaching certificate (K–12) from Saginaw Valley State University. Madeley coaches the prep hockey team at the Academy. He lives on campus in North Cottages.
Assistant Athletic Director
Year Appointed: 2012
Gathia Dunn, Jr
Athletic Office Manager
Year Appointed: 2010
Gathia Dunn Jr., is Lake Forest Academy’s Athletics Office Manager. Gathia joined Lake Forest Academy in July 2008 as Head of the Security Department, and accepted the role of Athletics Office Manager in October 2010. Prior to joining Lake Forest Academy Gathia previously worked as a Executive Protection Specialist with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in Deerfield, Illinois. Gathia served 22 years with the United States Army and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Robert Morris College. Gathia is also a Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA). Gathia lives off campus with his wife, Emilia.