Coaching Staff

2024 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 was Coach Allison’s first year as Head Coach of the Sacred Heart-Griffin Cyclones. (

2024 Assistant Coaching Staff

Varsity Defensive Coordinator: Jim McMann (34th Season) (1991)

Varsity Offensive Line: Chad Anderson (19th Season)  ( (2006)

Varsity Inside Linebackers: Dan Schafer (16th Season) (2009)

Varsity Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers: Doug Martin (13th Season)  ( (2003,2013)

Varsity Quarterbacks: Todd Chance  (9th Season) (2016)

Varsity Defensive Backs Coach: Chris Flaggs (7th Season) (2018)

Varsity Running Backs and JV Head Coach: Chris Rouse    (3rd Season) (2022)

Special Teams: Don Goff (4th Season) (2008,2009,2010,2024)

Varsity Assistant Offensive Line: Tom Fiaush (32nd Season) (1993)

Varsity Assistant Offensive & Defensive Line: Barrett Kraft (3rd Season) (2022)

Varsity Assistant Defensive Line: JT McMann (2nd Season) (2023)

Varsity Assistant Defensive Backs: Tim Denney (1st Season) (2024)

Varsity Assistant Offensive & Defensive Line: Byron Deaner (4th Season) (2021)

Freshman Head Coach:  Mike Horstman (9th Season) (2016)

Freshman Assistant & Character Development: Charlie Brown (5th Season) (2020)

Freshman Assistant: Jim Fahey (5th Season) (2020)

Freshman Assistant: Mark Stover (6th Season) (2019)

Freshman Assistant: Taylor Kaufmann (3rd Season) (2022)

Freshman Assistant: Matt Goldasich (2nd Season) (2023)

Strength and Conditioning: Doug Ludolph (19th Season) (2006)

Athletic Trainer: Cole Thorton

Video Coordinator: "Doc" Peterson 

Equipment Transportation: Don Gray

Athletic Secretary: Lisa Burg

Chain Crew: Joe Zock Mark Winkler Don Viele Mike West