Ted Soenksen, who graduated from Lake Forest in 2006, is in his first season as the Foresters' offensive coordinator and third as a coach with the program. He assumed various responsibilities as an assistant coach at the College in 2011 and 2012.
Soenksen returned to the College after two seasons as the offensive line coach at NCAA Division II member Limestone College, which began playing at the varsity level in 2014. The Saints' offensive line allowed the team to average 143 yards per game on the ground and score 17 rushing touchdowns last season.
During his two-year stint on the Forester coaching staff, Soenksen spent time directing the offensive linemen and tight ends, coordinating the run game, and also served as recruiting and strength and conditioning coordinator. He helped lead the team to an 8-2 overall record and a share of the Midwest Conference championship in 2012. Under Soenksen's direction, Lake Forest allowed just 23 sacks in two full seasons, despite its quarterbacks dropping back to pass more than 750 times during that span. The team set program records for points, yards, and passing yards per game in 2011 and averaged nearly 170 rushing yards per game in 2012. Three different offensive linemen earned All-MWC honors in those two seasons.
Soenksen spent the previous two seasons as the offensive line coach and assistant special teams coordinator at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He also served as the program's academic coordinator, video coordinator, and head junior varsity coach.
Soenksen was the running backs coach and video coordinator at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, in 2007 and 2008. 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 Midwest Conference 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.
Soenksen is also a 2002 graduate of Vernon Hills High School. The offensive lineman and linebacker earned All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Area honors his junior and senior seasons. He has worked as a camp coach/counselor at the school each summer since 2003.
In addition to his bachelor's degree in economics from Lake Forest, Soenksen also earned a master's degree in education from Central Methodist in 2009.