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Jim Konrad

High School Soccer Coach/Dean of Students

I grew up in Naperville and attended Naperville North (89) as a kid playing soccer and basketball. After high school, I played soccer collegiately at BGSU and Benedictine and then went to medical school after college. While in medical school I was coaching a youth team and fell in love with the idea of teaching and coaching for a career. I left medical school after my second year to pursue a career in education.

I was lucky enough to end up back at Naperville North in 1997 (taught at DGS for one year) and became the head soccer coach in 2003. I have been fortunate in my career to work with some incredible kids and families, which has resulted in a fair amount of success.

A couple of interesting things about the program is that we relentlessly hammer the idea of "Nothing Without Work" (Sine Labore Nihil) into everything we do. That slogan is written on our practice shirts, jerseys, etc. Secondly, we have each level of the program do a book reading to incorporate the lesson learned into our daily practices. The varsity group has done Legacy by James Kerr for years and it has made a large impact on the boys.

NN soccer program accomplishments during my 18 years as head coach:
Myro Rys Sportsmanship Award Winner
3 State Championships (including a 45 game winning streak)
4 Final 4 appearances
7 Final 8 appearances
16 Dupage Valley Conference Championships
USC National Coach of the Year (2018)
NFHS National Coach of the Year (2019)

May 24, 2022

Nothing Without Work w/Jim Konrad

#42. Jim Konrad had a unique path into education. While in medical school, he was coaching a youth team and fell in love with the…

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