Coaching Staff

2023 Head Coach John Allison

       Coach Allison was born and raised in Lincoln, Illinois where graduated from Lincoln High School in 1998. He was a three-sport letter winner in football, wrestling and track. Following high school Coach Allison attended and graduated from Illinois College (2002) in Jacksonville, Illinois where he played football and was a four year letter winner on the Offensive Line for the Blueboys and majoring in Biology/Pre-Med.

       After college he began coaching football at Edwardsville High School in 2002 and working on his Masters Degree at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. The following season, 2003, he became an assistant football coach at Granite City High School. Coach Allison arrived at Sacred Heart-Griffin in the Spring of 2004 and began his coach/teaching career at SHG. He has held the position of Offensive Coordinator helping to lead SHG to State Championships in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2022 and State Runner Ups in 2016 and 2021. Coach Allison teaches Physics at SHG. The fall of 2023 will Coach Allison’s first year as Head Coach of the Sacred Heart-Griffin Cyclones.

2023 Assistant Coaching Staff

Defensive Coordinator: Jim McMann (33rd Season) (1991)

Safeties: Neal Taylor (19th Season) (2005)

Offensive Line: Chad Anderson (18th Season)  (anderson@shg.org) (2006)

Inside Linebackers: Dan Schafer (15th Season) (2009)

Wide Receivers: Doug Martin (12th Season)  (martin@shg.org) (2003,2013)

Quarterbacks: Todd Chance  (8th Season) (2016)

Defensive Backs Coach: Chris Flaggs (6th Season) (2018)

Special Teams: Neal Taylor (19th Season) (2005) and Doug Martin (12th Season) (2003, 2013)

Freshman Head Coach:  Mike Horstman (8th Season) (2016)

Varsity Offensive Line Assistant: Tom Fiaush (31st Season) (1993)

Strength and Conditioning: Doug Ludolph (18th Season) (2006)

Varsity Assistant Offensive & Defensive Line: Byron Deaner (3rd Season) (2021)

Freshman Assistant & Character Development: Charlie Brown (4th Season) (2020)

Freshman Offensive Line: Jim Fahey (4th Season) (2020)

Freshman Defensive Line: Mark Stover (5th Season) (2019)

Defensive Line: Barrett Kraft (2nd Season) (2022

Running Backs: Chris Rouse (2nd Season) (2022)

JV Head Coach and Freshman Assistant: Taylor Kaufmann (2nd Season) (2022)

Athletic Trainer: Liz Binn (9th Season) (2015)

Video Coordinator: "Doc" Peterson 

Equipment Transportation: Don Gray

Athletic Secretary: Lisa Burg

Chain Crew: Joe Zock Mark Winkler Don Viele Mike West