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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.

Program Goals

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

Alex DeBrincat Wins OHL Rookie of the Year

Alex DeBrincat, a former LFA student, has been named Rookie of the Year for the Erie Otters!
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Girls Varsity Hockey Team Defends Founders Cup Championship
Congratulations to the girls varsity hockey team on winning the Founders Cup Championship 4-1 over Glenbrook on Monday, March 9th, 2015.
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Diago Quinn Signs College Letter of Intent

Katie Kim Signs Letter of Intent for Boston College
Katie is a four-year letter winner, playing consistently at #1 or #2 varsity for the past three years, and this year’s captain.  Playing from the same tees as the boys – courses up to 6800 yards – her score counted in an amazing 40 out of the 43 career varsity matches she played, and she was LFA’s medalist (low scorer) an equally amazing 21 times.  This year, she became the first girl in the history of the Zion-Benton Invitational to medal, finishing 6th out of 120 golfers, and medaled at the Genoa-Kingston Invitational for the third consecutive year, finishing 3rd out of 112.   She’s been an incredible competitor,  an inspirational leader, and above all an outgoing and friendly teammate.   She’ll be hard to replace atop the lineup, but even harder to forget.

Athletic Contacts
Darrin Madeley
Director of Athletics/Director of Hockey
Year Appointed: 2005
Former NHL player and All-American Darrin Madeley is Lake Forest Academy’s director of hockey operations and the assistant athletic director. Darrin joined LFA ten years ago through the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP), an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based organization that prepares student-athletes for participation on U.S. National Teams and careers in hockey. Darrin 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). Darrin 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 Cottage as a dorm parent.

Becky Arrowood
Assistant Athletic Director
Year Appointed: 2012
Becky Arrowood is the Assistant Director of Athletics and started her career at LFA in 2012. She comes to us from Immanuel Lutheran in Crystal Lake Il where she was the Director of Admissions and Summer programs for the school and the Director of the Upward sports program for the church. Prior to that she has 9 years of experience at a boarding school in NC where she was the Assistant Athletic Director, dorm parent, and coached Varsity volleyball, softball, and track. Becky attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL on an academic scholarship and played both volleyball and softball for Eckerd while earning her BA in psychology. She earned her MS in Human Resources from Western Carolina University. She has studied abroad in both England and Austria along with doing a 6 week mission trip to China. At LFA Becky is a dorm parent for Field, coaches Varsity girls volleyball in the fall, JV boys volleyball in the spring, and is the advisor for the Christian Fellowship for Caxys. After spending 11 years total living in a girls dorm she now resides on Faculty Circle with her husband Dwight, three sons Joshua, Jacob, and Justin, two cats and dog Kodi.

Gathia Dunn, Jr
Assistant Athletic Director
Year Appointed: 2010
Gathia Dunn Jr. is Lake Forest Academy’s Assistant Athletic Director.  Gathia joined Lake Forest Academy in July 2008 as Head of the Security Department, and begin his positon in Athletics in Ocotber 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.

David Atas
Head Athletic Trainer
Year Appointed: 2015