The 2016 Foresters finished the year with an 8-2 record. Lake Forest's 10 selections (eight players) were the second-most in the conference. The Foresters posted an 8-2 overall record and finished in third place in the league standings with a 6-2 mark in MWC play this season.
The 2015 Foresters climbed a spot the third place in the Midwest Conference South Division standings with a 3-2 record in league play. Eight players on the team earned All-MWC South honors, including three on the First Team, and five Lake Forest seniors played in the Tazon de Estrellas (Game of the Stars) in Baja, Mexico.
The Foresters posted their second straight 8-2 overall record in 2013 and matched the 2002-03 squads for the highest two-year victory total in program history. The team also went undefeated at home for the second year in a row and its 10-game home winning streak matched the school record set more than 100 years earlier. The 2012 Foresters went 8-1 in league play and earned share of the fifth conference title in team history.
Catanzaro was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and has been a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award twice in his tenure. After just seven seasons as head coach, Catanzaro already ranks tied-for-third in program history in career victories. His players have earned 63 All-MWC honors since he took over as head coach, including 21 First Team accolades and an Offensive Player of the Year award. Four players on the team have been named All-Region by D3football.com and two have earned All-American distinction. The Foresters have also broken or tied 39 school records during that time.
Lake Forest has been especially successful on the defensive side of the ball since Catanzaro took over as defensive coordinator in 2006. In addition to ranking among the conference and national leaders in several statistical categories as a team, individual defensive players have tallied 51 all-conference honors in 10 seasons.
Catanzaro’s team’s improvement on the field has coincided with its increased success in the classroom. The Foresters earned a team record 16 Academic All-MWC awards in 2015-16 and have amassed 87 such honors in his seven seasons as head coach. In addition, five players on the team have been selected to the prestigious Hampshire Society of the National Football Foundation and one was named Capital One Academic All-District® in 2013.
Forester Football has also been extremely involved in the community under Catanzaro’s watch. The team’s annual Heroes Day efforts have generated more than 250 care packages to be sent to American troops overseas and the squad has raised more than $75,000 over the last seven years in Lake Forest’s Relay for Life initiative. The College has twice presented the team with the Program of the Year award for its participation in on-campus events. Catanzaro’s players have also contributed to numerous other community service projects, both individually and as a group, and have averaged more than 500 hours of community service per semester over the last four years.
Catanzaro came to Lake Forest from NCAA Division II Wingate University, where he was the defensive line coach for three seasons. The Bulldog defense tallied 86 sacks, led the South Atlantic Conference in turnovers twice, and helped the 2004 team post the best single-season record in the program’s history. In addition, a pair of Wingate players earned All-American honors under his direction. He was also the head strength coach for all Wingate sports.
Prior to his time at Wingate, Catanzaro served as the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, and head strength coach for three seasons at Glenville State College. The Pioneers claimed the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2001 and he was a member of that year’s SAC Coaching Staff of the Year.