Meet our coaches, board, and volunteers
Board President and Program Director
Brian's grandfather founded the Knockers in 1957. After moving back from Chicago, Brian took over in 2015 with Nick Cottone and they have since added the flag program and grown the number of athletes from around 100 to over 230 on an annual basis. Brian played through the Knocker program before graduating from Central Catholic in 2002 as the school's all-time leading rusher and all-state running back and hurdler. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and works as a Director of a management consulting firm. He and his wife Kara have two children who are future Knockers.
Program Director and Head Coach
Nick was raised through the Knocker program. He finished his varisty year in '91 before graduating from University High in '96 as an all-area and all-conference lineman. Nick came back to coaching because the program helped him become who he is today and it allows him to pass on our core values to young athletes and the the community. Nick became a head coach in 2011 and Director in 2015. Nick's family has been at the core of the Knocker program for over 5 decades. An 18-year member of the Plumbers and Pipe-fitters Local99, Nick married his wife Aubree in 2007. They have 2 boys, Chenzo and Rocco in the Knocker program.
Board Member and Head Coach
Born and raised in Heyworth, Illinois, Luke graduated from Central Catholic High School in 2003 as the football team's defensive MVP and continued his career as an all-conference linebacker and team captain at Eureka College. Coach Luke is passionate about helping our young men learn and succeed not only in football, but in life as they move on from our organization. When not coaching, Luke is the Chief Executive Officer of Hermes Management, the Parent company of Starcrest Cleaners. Luke and his wife Katie have two sons and a daughter. His older boys, Gabe and Dominic participate in the Knocker flag program. Luke and Katie are active members in our community and members of Epiphany Catholic School Parish where their children attend school.
Coach Tony has been a part of the Knocker program for 4 years. He is our Director for the flag football program and is assistant coach on the Bantam team. He focuses on giving the kids the tools they will need to be successful in football and have fun. He also enjoys getting to know the kids and parents in the flag program to get them ready for tackle football. When not coaching, Tony works as a Business Analyst for State Farm. He and his wife Heather have a daughter Trinity in high school and a son Jackson, who plays in the tackle program.
Board Member and Parent
Ed McKibbin resides in Normal with his wife, Jennifer, and three sons, Dominic, Leo and Alexander. Dominic has played tackle football for the Bloomington Knockers for six seasons. Leo and Alexander play flag football for the Bloomington Knockers. Ed is an attorney who maintains a private practice in addition to working as the Students’ Attorney and Director of Off-Campus Services for the Dean of Students Office at Illinois State University.