D211 Post: Hawks announce new head basketball coach

Peter McBride has been named head boys basketball coach at Hoffman Estates High School.  McBride, who has been the school’s head sophomore boys basketball coach, takes over the program from Luke Yanule, who is stepping down after 10 years as the Hawks’ head coach.

“We are thrilled that Coach McBride will be leading our basketball program,” said Hoffman Estates High School Principal Michael Alther.  “Coach McBride has an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm to share with our student-athletes.  He is well-respected by our students and parents, as well as the basketball community, and he knows what it takes to lead a successful program.”

McBride has been the Hawks’ sophomore boys basketball coach since 2020.  Prior to this, he served as the sophomore boys basketball coach at Schaumburg High School from 2018-2020, with an overall record of 27-25, while also serving as an assistant varsity coach at the school.  The 2018-2019 Saxon varsity team posted an overall record of 23-7 and was regional champions, and the 2019-2020 team finished 25-7 as Mid-Suburban League champs.  During the 2017-2018 season, McBride was an assistant varsity boys basketball coach for St. Charles East High School, also coaching the junior varsity squad to an 8-0 record.  McBride served as a graduate assistant mens basketball coach at North Park University for the 2016-2017 season, helping the team to an 18-8 record, its best mark in 30 years, along with a share of the conference title and the team’s first appearance in the conference tournament in school history.  McBride began his coaching career at Maine East High School in 2012, coaching freshman boys basketball (2012-2013), and then serving as an assistant varsity boys basketball coach (2013-2016).

“We feel Coach McBride is a great fit for us,” said Hoffman Estates High School Athletic Director Steve Lacni.  “Having served as an assistant coach this past year helped him gain familiarity with our program and our student-athletes. We’re not only excited about the expertise he brings to our program, but also the enthusiasm he has for the kids and the sport.”

McBride earned both his bachelor’s degree (elementary education with middle school endorsements/minors in mathematics and Spanish) in 2012, and his master’s degree (education) in 2017 from North Park University.  McBride has been an ESL teacher at Hoffman Estates High School since 2018.  He began his teaching career at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Waukegan as a mathematics teacher (2012-2014) before moving to Haven Middle School in Evanston as a mathematics teacher (2014-2016).




D211 Post: New principals named at Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg High Schools

           Palatine, Ill. — At its January 16, 2020 meeting, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Michael Alther as principal at Hoffman Estates High School, and the appointment of Brian Harlan at Schaumburg High School.  Both appointments will be effective July 1, 2020.  Mr. Alther, currently an assistant principal at Palatine High School, assumes the principalship from Josh Schumacher, who was recently named District 211 assistant superintendent for instruction.  Mr. Harlan, currently an assistant principal at Hoffman Estates High School, will take over the principalship from Tim Little, who will retire after serving District 211 for 33 years, including the past 13 as principal at Schaumburg High School.

Mr. Michael Alther has been selected as the new principal for Hoffman Estates High School.

         Mr. Alther has been an assistant principal at Palatine High School since 2004, serving first as 10-month assistant principal for two years and then in 2006 as 12-month assistant principal lead disciplinarian, before being promoted in 2008 to the position he currently holds as 12-month assistant principal for staff development, building and grounds, and student activities.  Mr. Alther came to District 211 in 2002 as a business education teacher at Palatine High School.  He began his teaching career as a high school business education teacher in Community Unit School District 303 in St. Charles where he taught for seven years before coming to District 211.  Mr. Alther earned his bachelor’s degree in business education from Illinois State University in 1995, and in 2000, he received his cooperative education certification from Southern Illinois University.  Mr. Alther earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from Aurora University in 2002 and has since taken coursework towards a doctorate in curriculum and instruction through Aurora University.

        “Mike Alther is a dedicated and reflective leader,” said Superintendent-Elect Lisa Small.  “During his 16 years as an administrator in District 211, I have watched him partner with students, staff, and parents to positively impact students – enhancing their experiences in the classroom, increasing career exploration opportunities, creating diverse afterschool connections, and preparing them for success.  Mike is the perfect fit as principal at Hoffman Estates High School, and I know that his enthusiasm will add to the unwavering Hawk pride found throughout the school community.”

Mr. Brian Harlan has been selected as the new principal for Schaumburg High School.

        Mr. Harlan began his career in education as a science teacher at Hoffman Estates High School in 2007.  He served as the school’s dean of students during the 2012-2013 school year, before being named a 10-month assistant principal at Fremd High School in 2013.  In 2015, Mr. Harlan returned to Hoffman Estates High School, accepting a 12-month assistant principal position at the school, responsible for student intervention and discipline.  The following year, he was appointed to his current position as 12-month assistant principal, overseeing staff development, building and grounds, and student activities.  Mr. Harlan earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, and his master’s degree in geology from Northern Illinois University in 2007.  He earned a second master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University in Chicago in 2012.  In 2015, he earned a master’s degree in school business from Northern Illinois University and a chief school business official endorsement.

        “For many years, Tim Little has been an important member of our administrative team, not only at Schaumburg High School, but throughout District 211, and he will be missed,” said Dr. Small.  “I am excited about Brian Harlan taking over the principalship at Schaumburg High School.  He is leader who embraces a culture of continual improvement and will provide dynamic support to help all students succeed.  He believes in high expectations for every student and will work diligently to implement successful approaches to help guide students toward their post-high school choices.  He truly values direct connections with all school community stakeholders, and this will make his student-centered focus rewarding for all within the Schaumburg High School community.