Basketball - Varsity Girls
Head Coach: Erica Wood | profile
Erica Wood is a member of the LFA Science Department. She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College where she was awarded Distinction on her Senior Thesis and graduated with Honors in Physics. After graduating from LFC she returned to her alma mater to teach a general physics lab. From there she was hired as a full time physics teacher at LFA. Erica is the assistant girls’ soccer coach and head coach of the girls’ basketball program. She lives in McIntosh Cottage serving as Dorm Head.
Tom Johnson | profile
A graduate of Deerfield Academy (MA), Tom Johnson's career in the independent school world has been centered at The Hill School. A history instructor, he has taught Economics, World History, US History, and American Studies. He served as Head Coach in Varsity Girls' Basketball and Varsity Softball, and most notably the Head Coach of Varsity Girls' Water Polo for the past sixteen years, amassing 257 wins and six championships over that time. He served as faculty advisor to the Class of 2011, and has been a member of the school's Senior Leadership Team since 2011. He has been a dorm parent and dorm head. Previously, Tom also served as Director of Student Activities for four years. Outside of the school, he has worked in summer programs for the YMCA (NY) and The Center for Talented Youth (PA), serving in various mentoring and administrative positions.
Tom earned his B.A. degree in Politics from Princeton University and his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Villanova University. At LFA, Tom will serve as Dean of Faculty, teach World History I, and assist with Girls' Basketball. Tom will live on campus on the Faculty Circle with his family.
BaSheeba Mays | profile
BaSheeba "Sheeba" Mays is a sister, daughter, friend, and has occasional wanderlust. Her differing roles, comedic personality, and international travel experiences immensely influence what she loves: being a leader.
Since childhood, Sheeba has continually competed domestically and abroad in sports such as swimming, volleyball, basketball, and track & field. She is a 2011 Triple Jump Indoor Champ for North Central College. In 2014 to 2015, she was the Assistant Jumps Coach at Mount Mercy University in Iowa. She has also taught swimming in Arlington Heights.
Sheeba realizes that she has a niche for leadership and motivating others. She is very proud to have received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership at Mount Mercy University in Iowa. She recognizes that her knowledge and skillsets combined will take her to the next level as the Assistant Director of the Stuart Center for Global Leadership and the Global Youth Leadership Institute.
She says, “As an Assistant Director, I have an opportunity I’ve felt compelled to pursue for myself, my family and our world. I feel certain that through compassion and bringing our communities together via experiential learning, we will pave the way for a better and globally united world."