Tony Whelan

Coach Tony is entering his 3rd season with the Carol Stream Panthers and his 7th season coaching youth football.  Coach Tony will serve as the Head Coach for our 8U Panther team.  Prior to the Panthers, he was the Defensive Coordinator for various teams in the Bartlett Hawks youth football program.  He led the Hawks to four straight play-off appearances and many of his former players went on to play high school and college football.  

Coach Tony earned his Master of Business Administration from Elmhurst College in 2008 and his Bachelor of Arts with emphasis on Accounting and Business Administration from Carthage College in 2001.  Here he played as an outside linebacker on the Carthage College football team.  

He grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL attending Glenbard West High School.  He was a two-sport athlete, playing in both football and baseball.  Coach Tony and his wife, Ivy have three children: Gia 12, Ty 10, and Declan 8.

Coach Tony states that his coaching philosophy is to focus on the fundamentals of blocking and tackling, as that is the basis for developing a successful team and player.  As all teams want to measure success as wins, he feels that when the team is unifiedand consistently gives their best effort at practice and games, this will create a true successful team.  He believes an athlete’s character is extremely important as Coach Tony strives to build strong, well rounded players, both on and off the field.