Lakeland T-Bird Football Coaches

Head Coach
Dan Barutha (5th Year)
Welcome to a brand new season of Lakeland Thunderbird football in 2019! I look forward to taking the program and moving it forward together in one direction and restoring the pride and tradition that built this program's foundation. Go T-Birds!

2016-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Head Coach)
2012-2015 - Beloit Turner High School (Assistant Varsity Coach/Head JV Coach)
2013-2014 - NFL High School Player Development Camp (Instructor)
2011 - Whitnall High School (Assistant Varsity Coach/Head Freshman Coach)
2008-2010 - Franklin High School (Assistant Varsity/Freshman Coach)

     *First Aid/CPR/AED
     *Tony Franklin Offensive Coordinator Magic

Franklin HS '05
UW-Milwaukee '09 (Broadcast Journalism) / '12 (Special Education)
Math Interventionist, Lakeland Union High School

Assistant Coaches

Justin Nimsgern (Defensive Coordinator/OLB)

2015-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity Coach)
2013 - Cudahy High School (Assistant Varsity/JV Coach)

     *NFHS - Certified Interscholastic Coach
     *USA Football - Heads Up Football Coach
     *First Aid/CPR/AED

Lakeland Union HS '06
Milwaukee Area Technical College '15
Funeral Director Apprentice, Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services

Mike Mestelle (Head JV/RB)

1992-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity/Head JV Coach/Former Head Varsity Coach)

     *First Aid/CPR/AED

Ashland HS
UW-La Crosse
Social Studies Teacher, Lakeland Union High School


John Kafura (Special Teams Coordinator/DL)

2005-2015, 2018-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity Coach)
1975-2004 - Cudahy High School (Assistant Varsity Coach)
     *WIAA Division III State Champion (1994)

     *First Aid/CPR/AED

Retired / Former At-Risk Teacher, Cudahy High School

Duane Updike (OL)

2019-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity Coach)
1968-2001 - Evansville High School
     *WFCA Hall of Fame (2003)
     *2 Time District Coach of the Year
     *All-Star Shrine Game Coach

Boscobel HS '63
UW-Platteville '68
Retired / Former Math Teacher, Evansville High School

Sid Hunter (JV Defensive Coordinator/ILB)

2016-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity/JV Coach)

     *First Aid/CPR/AED

Lakeland Union HS '09
Winona State University '14
Resource Teacher, Minocqua J1 Schoo


Steve Wiczek (DB)

2020-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity/JV Coach)
2014-2019 - Lakeland Youth Football (Head Coach)

     *First Aid/CPR/AED

Stevens Point Area HS '01
UW-Stevens Point '05
Sales Producer, Meyer Insurance

Matt Krueger (Offensive Assistant)

2016-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity Coach)
2015 - Laona/Wabeno High School Co-Op (Head Varsity Coach)
2013-2014 - Laona Middle School (Head Coach)

     *First Aid/CPR/AED

Medford Area HS '09
Lakeland College '13
Investment Advisor Representative, Lakeside Financial Consultants

Contact: Dan Barutha