Meet our coaches, board, and volunteers
Board President and Program Director
Brian leads the overall administration and vision for the Knocker program and the governing non-profit organization. After moving back from Chicago, Brian took over in 2015 with Nick Cottone. Since then he has added the flag program, developed a number of strategic community and business partnerships, and grown the number of athletes from around 100 to over 230 on an annual basis. He believes the Knocker program is a platform that extends beyond sports as an incubator for our future generation and catalyst for the community. 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 state medalist in the hurdles. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and works as a Managing Director of a management consulting firm and is the co-founder of several small businesses. He and his wife Kara have two children. A daughter who participates in the cheer program and a son who is a future Knocker.
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 Flag 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.
Board Member and Coach
This will be Charlie's 2nd year with the Knocker program at both the tackle and flag programs. Charlie played quarterback at St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, AZ and then went on to play 4 years at St. Ambrose University. Prior to joining the Knocker program he coached t the high school level as well as local flag teams. Coach Charlie believes there is no other sport that teaches more disciple, teamwork, and life skills than the game of football, and focuses his coaching around this. When not coaching, Charlie is a Creative Director for State Farms in-house advertising agency. Charlie and his wife Ashley have 2 children who participate in the Knocker Program. 1 in flag and 1 in the Varsity tackle program.
Head of Community Engagement / Head Coach
Nickandro Sanchez started coaching with the Knockers in 1995 and serves as a head coach for the Bantam level. In addition to coaching with the Knockers he coached at the high school level in the Chicago Catholic League as the offensive and defensive line coach at St. Laurence High School. Coach Sanchez believes football teaches our youth how to recognize and overcome adversity. Through hard work and a commitment to improve each day, they begin to set themselves on a path to become caring, responsible, productive adults in our community. In the end it’s more important to develop a great person over a great athlete. He is a National Recruiting Manager for the National Agents Alliance. Nick and his wife Christina have four children,
Jacob, Andrew, Olivia, & Anna.
Mike has coached flag football for the Knockers for the past two seasons and serves as the Flag Program Director. He enjoys teaching young athletes the fundamentals of football and working together in a positive and fun way. Prior to coaching, Mike played football at Normal West High School where he was captain and two-way starter at linebacker and fullback. Off the field, Mike is a Business Intelligence Analyst at COUNTRY Financial helping business areas make data driven decisions. Mike and his wife Michelle, a junior high teacher, have three sons - Jacob, Tyson, and George, all part of the Knocker Flag program and a daughter Emerson, a future Knocker.
Jeremy has been coaching with the Knocker program for several years at tackle program. Prior to joining Knocker program, Jeremy played center and defensive tackle for the Pontiac Indians ad was the starting center for 1993 3A state championship team that went 13-1. Coach Jeremy has always emphasized that football isn't just showing up for practices and game days, but also being a respectable and honorable young adult, maintaining good grades, and staying out of trouble. Those four beliefs is what makes the complete Knocker athlete. Jeremy has lived in Bloomington community for past 20 years with his wife Kelly, and three children. His 8 year old twins Blake and Olivia are part of tackle and cheer leading programs, and youngest son Boden will be a future knocker. Jeremy and his brother Joel are owners of commercial HVAC and Plumbing business in Bloomington Illinois. Coach Jeremy emphasizes that the Bloomington Knockers is one of the top premier youth organizations in this area and Coach Jeremy and his entire family can be found volunteering their free time for whatever job needs to get done at the field.
Coach Tony has been a part of the Knocker program for 4 years. He previously led the flag football program and is an 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.