Stagg High School 2008 graduate Marty Strus has been named the new boys basketball head coach for the Chargers. He was hired as a mathematics teacher at Stagg last month.
As a student, Strus was a two-year varsity starter for Stagg High School basketball team, was an NHS Member and an AP Scholar. He went on to be member of Lewis University’s men’s basketball team from 2008-2012, as well as captain of that team from 2009-2012.
Strus taught algebra and geometry in the mathematics department of Lyons Township High School prior to joining District 230. He was also an assistant boys’ basketball coach at Lyons Township. This is his first head coaching position.
“We are extremely excited for Marty’s return to Stagg High School” said Stagg Athletic Director Terry Treasure. “Marty is an exceptionally talented educator who will bring a lot of energy and excitement to our program.”
Strus graduated from Lewis University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Mathematics and was a starter on their basketball team all four years. He set school records for single season blocked shots twice, was a member of the GLVC All- Academic team for three years, and a member of All- Defensive team for one year. Strus then went on to get a Masters of Literacy at Saint Xavier University.
Treasure said, “He is very passionate about basketball and has a clear vision for the direction of our boys’ basketball program. We feel confident that Marty’s background and desire to grow will allow for a seamless transition for our student- athletes”.
“We love to see our students come back to Stagg,” said Stagg High School Principal Eric Olsen. “Marty was an exceptional student-athlete while at Stagg and we are very excited for him to bring his experience and talents to our boys’ basketball program.”
Written by Keagan Gay, District 230 Communications Intern