Ted Soenksen, who graduated from Lake Forest in 2006, is in his second season as the Foresters' offensive line coach. He also serves as the staff's recruiting coordinator.
Under Soenksen's direction, the 2011 Forester offensive line tied for 29th in the nation with just 1.0 sacks allowed per game, despite its quarterbacks dropping back to pass more than 400 times on the season. The team set program records for points, yards, and passing yards per game and had its highest rushing total in seven years. Guard Gil Munoz earned Second Team All-Midwest Conference honors.
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.