Head Coach Eric Simon

Coach Eric Simon assumed the role of coaching girls cross country for Oswego in the fall of 2007.  In 2009 Simon added the role of assistant track and field coach working primarily with the distance runners. 

Prior to coaching the girls at Oswego High School, he spent twelve years(1988 to 2000) as Head Coach of Women's Cross Country and Assistant Coach of Women's Track and Field at North Central College in Naperville. 

Simon graduated from North Central College in the spring of 1986.  While there he competed in cross country and track for Al Carius, one of the most respected and successful college coaches in the country.

Coach Simon and his wife Cindy live in Oswego with their three children, Alyson, Jackson and Jaycie.

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 Assistant Coach Colleen Predl

Assistant Coach Colleen Predl begins her seventh season and is the  first official assistant girls cross country coach in the program's history.  This will be her seventh year teaching in the Kinetic Wellness department.  She teaches both health and physical education. 

Coach Predl has assisted for the past 8 seasons with the Panthers 6-Time defending SPC Champion badminton team.  

Predl is a 2007 graduate of Oswego High School and a graduate of Illinois State University in Bloomington.

Coach Predl is an avid runner and is currently training to complete another marathon whenever marathons resume again! 

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Craig Weyrich - Volunteer Assistant 

Coach Craig Weyrich joined OHS as a Volunteer Assistant Coach in 2015 after previously coaching Cross Lutheran’s (Yorkville) middle school cross country and track teams from 2009-2015.  During that time Cross Lutheran won two state and three national Lutheran championships in cross country and five state Lutheran championships in track.  Coach Weyrich is a licensed physical therapist in Sandwichwhere he specializes in orthopedics and sports medicine.

Weyrich ran cross country and track at Wheeling High School where he was a state qualifier in both sports.  Following graduation at WHS he continued competing at Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, MO, and then on to Chicago Medical School.  Today, he remains an avid runner, completing five marathons over the past ten years.  His last race(s) was the Walt Disney Challenge- a four day challenge which on the first day he completed a 5K, the second day a 10K, the third day a half marathon, and the fourth day a marathon.  WOW! 

Coach Weyrich and his wife Lynn live in Oswego with their two daughters Alexandria and Ava.

Alicia Rafferty - Volunteer Assistant

Assistant Coach Alicia Rafferty (Coach Zim) began coaching at Oswego as an assistant coach for the 2013 track season.  She began as a volunteer assistant for the cross country team in the fall of 2013 and continued as a track assistant.  She was not with Oswego for the 2014/15 school year, but returned to the staff in the fall of 2015 excited to be back with the Panthers!  This is her fourth year teaching in the math department and she teaches geometry and algebra 2 this year. 

Prior to coaching at Oswego, she graduated from Wheaton-Warrenville South High School in 2008 where she held 4 school records in cross country and track.  Coach Zim attended North Central College and graduated in 2012 having competed in both cross country and track.  She was a two-time National qualifier and was the CCIW conference champion in cross country as a senior.  She still runs and trains today and (very) occasionally races throughout the Chicagoland area!

Coach Zim and her husband Kevin (head cross country/track at Waubonsie Valley), live in Oswego with their son Philip, daughter Moira, many pets, and a multitude of racing spikes taking over their house.  

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