Athlete, Baseball and Basketball 1976-1978
John McQuade accomplished "Big League" achievements while at Waubonsee, and it eventually led to "Major League" opportunities. A baseball and basketball standout for the Chiefs in the late 1970s, McQuade went on to play professionally in the Los Angeles Dodgers system for two years before a shoulder injury ended his career.
A 1976 graduate of Kaneland High School, McQuade was an All-Skyway Conference First Team selection on the basketball court both his years at Waubonsee. His sophomore year he was tabbed the league's Player of the Year, was also named All-Region IV First Team and participated in the 1978 Illinois All-Star game. On the baseball diamond, McQuade was also a two-time All-Skyway Conference selection as a pitcher. His sophomore year he tossed two no-hitters and set a school-record by striking out 19 batters in one game. McQuade finished off his Waubonsee career by representing the Chiefs in the Region IV All-Star Game at Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1978.
McQuade transferred to Elmhurst College where he earned a bachelor's degree in business. He was drafted as a pitcher in 1981 before his playing career was cut short. He has gone on to coach youth baseball, basketball and soccer, while also serving with the St. Charles East High School Sports Boosters as President. McQuade is currently a sales manager for Countrywide Home Loans, where he earned the title of Top New Sales Recruit for the state of Illinois in 2007. McQuade and his wife, Donna, live in St. Charles and have two children, Jill and Brett.