Track & Field
The track & field program at LHS is centered around growing young people in their faith in Jesus Christ. Daily prayer, team devotions and a team retreat every season help to keep the focus on the Author and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus. Coaches and athletes believe that remaining focused on faith as a central aspect of activity participation leads to greater success both on and off the track. Recent successes for the program include 2 Girls MSHSAA 2A State Championships, 5 MSHSAA State Championships in relays, and 5 individual MSHSAA State Champions. The same time period has seen over 40 All-State track & field finishes from LHS athletes.
Coach Tripp will begin his first season as the head track coach at LHS, after serving the previous two years as an assistant coach. He also serves as the head football coach at LHS. Since 2003, Coach Tripp has been a volunteer, assistant, head coach and director of middle school, high school, collegiate and club athletics.
He is a 2001 graduate of Thornton Township High School (Chicago, IL.) and 2006 graduate of Greenville College (Greenville, IL.). He was a 3 sport athlete (Football, Wrestling & Track) in which he was an 8x All-State & 6x NCAA All-America award recipient. Greenville College also competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in which Coach Tripp received 18 All-America awards and was a part of 7 National Championship teams. Coach Tripp played 3 years Semi-Pro Football as a WR/RB for the Effingham Panthers and led the USFA in receiving yards (1,388) in 2007.
He began his coaching path with the Fellowship of Christian Athlete program and has been blessed with the opportunity to coach Football and Track & Field at both of his alma-maters Thornton Township High School (IL.) & Greenville College (IL.). From 2008 – 2015, Coach Tripp served as the Head Track & Field and Assistant Football coach at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School. Coach Tripp has coached 11 IHSA/ MSHSAA State Champions & 2 NCAA National Champions in Track and Field. Coach Tripp led the CBC Track & Field Cadets to back to back team trophies in 2013 & 2014 and assisted the Cadets Football program to a State Championship victory in 2014.
Coach Tripp is currently working toward an M.A.E in Coaching and has a USATF Level II Certification in Sprinting. He and his family live in Maryland Heights.
STATE FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES
First: 2013, 2014
Second: 2004, 2005
Third: 2003, 2012
Fourth: 2011, 2021
2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017