Posted on May 4, 2021 · Posted in Athletic News, General, News

(BURBANK, IL) St. Laurence High School announced Jaime Alonso as the school’s new head boys soccer coach. Alonso takes over for Kyle Boekeloo, who stepped down from the position due to his family relocating out of state. In addition to leading the boys program, Alonso will continue his duties as the school’s head girls soccer coach.

In his first year leading the girls program, Alonso has already led the team to a top 10 ranking in the Southland. He also served as the head assistant for the boys team that finished ranked number one in the Southland and top 15 in all of Chicagoland this past season. Alonso is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. As a member of the soccer team at UIC, he was part of Horizon League conference championship teams in 2015, 2017 and 2018. In addition to his success as a player, he was praised by the Flames’ coaching staff for his leadership in the locker room and positive work ethic. Alonso now continues his passion for the game as a coach for Inter FC, in which he guides boys and girls in becoming successful on and off the soccer field.

“It is an honor to add the boys soccer team to my coaching duties at St. Laurence,” said Alonso. “Coach Boekeloo has left this program in a great place, and I am excited to carry the torch so that we continue to live up to the standard that the team has built in recent years. I look forward to bringing the same amount of passion to both the boys and girls programs to ensure that they are considered among the best in the area, Chicagoland and all of Illinois.”

In three years as head coach, Boekeloo led the program to a 50-11-2 record. On top of finishing as the Southland’s top ranked soccer program each of the last two seasons, the team finished fourth in state in 2019.

“I have the utmost confidence that Jaime is the perfect fit for this job,” said Boekeloo. “As my top assistant this past year, he showed an incredible wealth of soccer knowledge for his age. He also is well-connected in the landscape of Chicagoland soccer. Most importantly, however, I saw firsthand his ability to make positive connections with our players. While I loved my time as head coach at St. Laurence, I know that the program is in great hands.”

“Coach Alonso was a natural fit to make this transition,” said St. Laurence Athletic Director Tim Chandler. “In just a few short months, he has left an incredible impression on everyone in the St. Laurence community, from administrators to teachers to students. Combined with his outstanding background in soccer, we know that he can help maintain the strong tradition this program has built.”

Grade school soccer players can meet Coach Alonso at the coed soccer summer camp from July 12-15 at St. Laurence. Soccer camp allows fourth through eighth grade boys and girls to explore the game in a competitive and fun environment. Coach Alonso will be joined by players from both the boys and girls programs who represent some of the best in the area and state. You can find more details on how to sign up at www.stlaurence.com/summercamps.