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Lerner, Ryan step into lead roles at Mundelein

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  • Randy Lerner

    Randy Lerner

  • Heather Ryan

    Heather Ryan

Daily Herald report

Randy Lerner has been named Mundelein's baseball coach and Heather Ryan will lead the Mustangs' softball program in the coming high school year.

Both have extensive prior experience with Mundelein teams.

Lerner has coached baseball at Mundelein for 11 years. He spend his first year with the program as a varsity assistant, his second year as freshman assistant and has been sophomore head coach since 2009.

A Wheeling High School alum, Lerner was a three-year varsity letterman in baseball and earned all-conference and Daily Herald all-area team honors in his senior year.

Lerner coach holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Illinois and a master's degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education. He has been Mundelein's math department chair since 2014.

"I am excited and grateful for this new opportunity," Lerner said. "I am looking forward to working with our players and coaching staff to continue to build on the great tradition of Mundelein baseball."

Lerner replaces Todd Parola, who recently retired from coaching baseball, a post he'd held since 1995.

• Ryan has coached at Mundelein for the past six years as the JV 1 softball team head coach. She has also coached freshman B girls volleyball for two years and freshman A girls basketball for three years.

A graduate of Royall High School in Elroy, Wis., Ryan was a three-year varsity softball player and was an all-conference choiced in her sophomore through senior years. She was also named player of the year in the conference her senior year.

Ryan holds a bachelor's degree from the Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is completing her reading specialist master's degree at Concordia University of Chicago.

The new coach has been a special education teacher in the Supported Learning Program for the past seven years and also served as a building mentor to first- and second-year teachers.

"I am honored and humbled to be selected as the new head softball coach for Mundelein High School," Ryan said. "It is a privilege and honor to coach these outstanding female student-athletes. I would not be in this position without the support of so many people throughout my coaching career. Some of these individuals include George Dressen, Brian Evans, and Brett Wilhelm -- all outstanding head coaches who have positively impacted the life of so many athletes. I am also grateful to Troy Parola and Dr. Anthony Kroll for providing me the opportunity to lead the Mundelein High School softball program."

Ryan succeeds Brett Wilhelm.

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