Athlete, Basketball 1968-1970
Larry Lennartz was one of Waubonsee’s first sports stars. A basketball standout at St. Charles High School, Lennartz was recruited to come to Waubonsee by Fran Issacs. The Chiefs point guard averaged 19.4 points per game to lead the college’s first men’s basketball team in 1967-1968. Lennartz served as team captain his second year, sacrificing his own personal statistics to help the team improve dramatically. He averaged 13.9 points per contest as one of five Chiefs averaging double figures in scoring. Lennartz went on to George Williams College on a full scholarship to play basketball.
Lennartz is also an academic success story. Before he came to Waubonsee, he was an average student who did not intend on continuing his education. However, he earned his associate degree from Waubonsee and his bachelor’s degree from George Williams College, where he graduated with honors. His love of education and coaching led him to pursue both as a career.
Lennartz began his teaching and coaching career at Lockport Middle School before moving on to coach the boys’ varsity program at Mt. Carroll High School in far northwestern Illinois. The school — now defunct — did not have a strong program or reputation for success. By Lennartz’ third year, the team went undefeated (25-0) during the regular season before losing their first game in the playoffs. The next two seasons were similarly successful as Mt. Carroll won 20 games each year. Lennartz left Mt. Carroll at the end of the 1979 academic year with an overall 81-41 record, a 66 percent winning percentage.
In 1979, Lennartz took a position teaching health classes and coaching the boys’ varsity basketball team at Waukegan East High School. Over his 10-year stay there, he led the team to five regional championships and a 133-114 overall record. Lennartz was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the late 1980s. He died in 1989.