Lakeland T-Bird Football Coaches

Head Coach
Dan Barutha (4th 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)
     *Co-Special Teams Coordinator
     *Wide Receivers
     *Outside Linebackers
2012-2015 - Beloit Turner High School (Assistant Varsity Coach/Head JV Coach)
     *Special Teams Coordinator (2012, 2016)
     *Offensive Coordinator (2013-2014)
     *Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs (2012, 2016)
     *Quarterbacks/Linebackers (2013-2014)
2013-2014 - NFL High School Player Development Camp (Instructor)
     *Quarterbacks (2014)
     *Defensive Line (2013)
2011 - Whitnall High School (Assistant Varsity Coach/Head Freshman Coach)
     *Co-Special Teams Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2008-2010 - Franklin High School (Assistant Varsity/Freshman Coach)
     *Quarterbacks/Special Teams Assistant

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

Franklin HS '05
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee '09 (Broadcast Journalism) / '12 (Special Education)
Special Education Teacher, Lakeland Union High School

Assistant Coaches
Matt Krueger (Offensive Coordinator/QB)

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

     *First Aid/CPR/AED

Medford Area HS '09
Lakeland College '13
5th Grade Teacher, Lac du Flambeau Elementary/Middle School


Justin Nimsgern (Defensive Coordinator/DB)

2015-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity Coach)
     *Defensive Coordinator
     *Defensive Backs
2013 - Cudahy High School (Assistant Varsity/JV Coach)
     *Linebackers/Running Backs
     *JV Offensive Coordinator

     *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

Duane Updike (OL)

2019-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity Coach)
     *Offensive Line
1968-2001 - Evansville High School
     *1981-2001 - Offensive Coordinator
     *1980 - Head Coach
     *1968-1979 - Assistant Coach
     *WFCA Hall of Fame (2003)
     *2 Time District Coach of the Year
     *All-Star Shrine Game Coach

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

Mike Mestelle (RB/DB/Head JV)

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

     *First Aid/CPR/AED

Ashland HS
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Social Studies Teacher, Lakeland Union High School

John Kafura (DL/Special Teams)

2005-2015, 2018-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity Coach)
     *Defensive Line
     *Co-Special Teams Coordinator
1975-2004 - Cudahy High School (Assistant Varsity Coach)
     *Defensive Line
     *Wide Receivers
     *Special Teams
     *WIAA Division III State Champion (1994)

     *First Aid/CPR/AED

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Retired / Former At-Risk Teacher, Cudahy High School

Sid Hunter (ILB)

2016-Present - Lakeland Union High School (Assistant Varsity/JV Coach)
     *Inside Linebackers
     *JV Defensive Coordinator

     *First Aid/CPR/AED

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

Contact: Dan Barutha