John McCarthy

Lincoln-Way East High School is proud to announce John McCarthy as its new head varsity baseball coach beginning the 2023-2024 school year. McCarthy, who will also serve as a counselor at East, has most recently worked at Homewood-Flossmoor High School as their head varsity baseball coach and as a counselor. 

McCarthy has a strong background in baseball, previously working as the director of baseball operations for Illinois Sparks Baseball and as the head varsity coach at Brother Rice High School before joining the staff at H-F in 2018. McCarthy was a Major League Baseball draft pick of the Texas Rangers in 2002 after a great career at St. Rita High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  

McCarthy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master’s degree in school counseling and guidance from Lewis University, and he joins the Griffins with more than ten years of experience in school counseling. 

“John comes to Lincoln-Way East with a great track record and reputation. As good as he is as a baseball coach, he also takes pride in being a great guidance counselor. He has been very successful as a head baseball coach at two programs that compete against the best in the state. John has impressive vision and goals, is a good communicator, and cares about people. We are excited to see where he can take the baseball program,” said Mark Vander Kooi, Lincoln-Way East athletic director.