Jerry Krieg’s career as an educator, administrator, and coach began in 1970. Nearly 50 years later, he still remains actively involved at Bishop McNamara as the assistant varsity basketball coach and as an assistant junior varsity football coach. Although Jerry is most notably known as being a successful coach, his first priority was the education of our students. He was always a staunch advocate of academic effort, rigor, and integrity. He was always concerned with our students’ growth, assisting them in maximizing their potential and helping them to become fully formed young adults. Jerry himself, earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education as well as a master’s degree in science from Illinois State University. He holds a master’s in administration from Governor’s State.
Jerry served many roles during his tenure at Bishop McNamara which spanned from 1972-1995 to include: science teacher, physical education teacher, department chairperson for physical education, athletic director, assistant varsity football coach, and defensive coordinator which included 4 state championships and 2 runner-up titles, and head varsity basketball coach earning a 20-year record of 309 wins and 233 losses, 10 regional titles of which 7 were in consecutive years, and 8 conference titles.
From 1996-2011, Jerry continued his career at various schools to include Watseka High School, Ottawa Marquette High School, St. Charles/St. Charles East High School, and Providence Catholic High School. He continued to be involved in a variety of educational and coaching roles which included head basketball coach, assistant principal, dean of students, athletic director, and assistant basketball coach.
In 2012, Jerry came back to Bishop McNamara as the head freshman football coach. He continues as an assistant coach for junior varsity football and since 2014, he has taken on the role as assistant varsity basketball coach where they have won 2 regional titles, 1 sectional and 1 super-sectional title, and saw their 1st trip to the final four where they took 3rd place in 2017.
In 1995, Jerry was inducted into the Illinois State Athletics Percy Hall of Fame. While at Illinois State University, Jerry was a 3-year football letter winner. He started in 30 consecutive games; was an all-interstate conference selection his junior and senior year; a Kodak College Division All-American; and an Associated Press All-American honorable mention in 1969. In 2003, Jerry was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Hall of Fame.
Jerry and his wife Corinne have a daughter, Melissa Krieg ’89 White and two grandchildren, Payton Gerberding ’19 and Danica White who is an 8th grade student at the Bishop McNamara Kankakee site.