Ted Soenksen, who graduated from Lake Forest in 2006, is in his third season as the Foresters’ offensive coordinator and offensive line coach and fifth as a member of the staff.
Under Soenksen’s direction, the 2016 Foresters shattered program records by scoring 38.6 points and gaining 439.9 yards per game. Members of the offense also set or tied 20 other passing, rushing, receiving, scoring, or total yardage school records. Lake Forest’s balanced offense included an All-American running back, a First Team All-Midwest Conference wide receiver, and a quarterback with the highest career efficiency rating and completion percentage in program history.
A pair of offensive linemen were named First Team All-MWC in 2016. Seven different linemen have now been named all-conference a combined eight times in Soenksen's five years as their position coach.
Soenksen was also on the Forester coaching staff in 2011 and in the 2012 MWC title season. He worked with offensive linemen and tight ends and helped the team set program records for points, yards, and passing yards per game.
Soenksen’s second stint as a coach at the College came after two seasons as the offensive line coach at NCAA Division II member Limestone College (Gaffney, S.C.). He has also spent two seasons as the offensive line coach and assistant special teams coordinator at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, as well as two years as the running backs coach and video coordinator at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, where he also earned a master’s degree in education. His first collegiate coaching job was in 2006 at MacMurray College, where he was the offensive line and tight ends coach.
A four-year letter winner and two-year starter on the offensive line, Soenksen was part of the Foresters’ 2002 MWC championship team that made the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament. Lake Forest’s 28 victories during his career is still the most of any four-year run in program history and he graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Soenksen is also a 2002 graduate of Vernon Hills High School. The offensive lineman and linebacker earned all-conference and all-area honors his junior and senior seasons.
Soenksen lives in nearby Gurnee with his wife Clare.