Coach Tyrone Richardon was named second head football coach at Midwest Prep Academy at the end of the 2018 season. He previously served as the Associate Head Coach and Defensive Line Coach. Coach Richardson entered the Semi-Professional ranks of football by playing with the Grand Rapids Crush. Tyrone dominated the line of scrimmage with impressive honors and accolades during his playing days. While studying the various coaches in the Arena Football League and at the Collegiate Level; this created the foundation of successful coaching at various levels which has translated into winning.
Richardson’s leadership traveled by obtaining a challenging high school football team then turning the Thornridge High School program into a winner. Coach Richardson is noted for turning programs around and developing student-athletes. Not only Richardson transforms football programs, but works closely with feeder programs to develop the future rising stars. Tyrone’s playing days included playing for Notre Dame’s current Head Coach Brian Kelly while Kelly was coaching at Grand Valley State. Richardson was a standout on the gridiron while accumulating many honors. Tyrone transferred to Grand Valley State from Grand Rapids Community College where he was selected First Team All-Conference Defensive Tackle for two consecutive years.
Michael Blair graduated from Thornwood High School in 1992, after an outstanding high school football career, Blair was awarded a four year scholarship to Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Blair graduated from Ball State University with a Journalism Degree, with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He played football for Ball State from 1992-1996 including two appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl. After graduating in 97’ from Ball State, the first National Football League decal Blair wore, was with the Kansas City Chiefs as a Running Back. Later that year, he played for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers in 1998. In 1999, Blair was selected as the 1st running back in the 1999 expansion draft for the Cleveland Browns. In 2000, Blair played a season with National Football League in Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy in Germany. The following year he played in the Xtreme Football League and finished his professional football career in the Arena Football League from 2002-2006.
After completion of his 10 year professional football career, Blair began his second career as an Educator, and a coach.
Coach Rogers has more than 30 years of experience in the teaching and coaching field. He is a long time Chicago Public Schools high school head football coach that has worked to build many programs in the Chicago area including North Lawndale Prep and Perspective Charter High School. He also served as head football coach at powerhouse, Morgan Park High School, that has produced several dozen college and NFL players. Coach Rogers will work with our linebackers and assist with college outplacement. Coach Rogers is also a long term administrator, serving as athletic director and assistant principal at various schools.
Coach May was a great athlete out of South Shore High School in Chicago. He played D1 / P5 college ball at Purdue University as a Tight End. After college, he continued his football career with the Joliet Fire in the Northern States football league in 1978 averaging 19.6 yards per reception and 9 touchdowns over the course of the season. Riding this impressive season, he later made all league with the Chicago lions in the Northern States league and later in 1982 would be picked up by the Dallas Cowboys where he played for Tom Landry. Coach May would play for a number of coaching greats, such George Allen and Marv Levy with the Chicago Blitz, Chuck Fairbanks and Walt Michaels with the New Jersey Generals, and Lee Corso with the Orlando Renegades. Time well spent and lessons he put to use while playing in the Chicagoland Football league. As a part of the DuPage eagles, Coach May would see the championships two years in a row, in 1989 and 1990 and pick up the AFA All American award and the Offensive MVP Award. And the years before these, he would take another run at the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings from 1987 through 1988.
With a wealth of playing experience, it is no surprise that Coach May would later transition into coaching. First with the Chicago Thunder in the Chicagoland Football League taking them to the championship games in 1996 and 1997 winning the coach of the year and then head coach of the year between the two championship runs respectively. He’d later go on to own and coach the Chicago Mavericks and eventually work as commissioner of the Midwest Football League before taking his talents into coaching youth sports. May coached at St Joseph’s High School from 2007-2009. And then at St. Laurence high school from 2012 through 2018 helping to mold many of the young players who passed through those halls into smart athletes who not only knew the what and the how to do what they were doing but the why allowing them to continue their skills and push them to the next level as many went on to play in college and some into the pros themselves. Most recently he has coached at De La Salle high school coaching with the Varsity football team from 2019 through 2022.
With his lengthy track record as a player and as a coach, May has shown an undying love for the game and for his past teammates, coaches, and then fellow coaching staff and players. He approaches each season and each player with the concept of meeting them where they are rather than simply demanding or expecting. He has always led with the idea of building confidence and teaching before simply winning games or misusing talent. More than anything as a player, May strove to be a little better than he was the day before, and even now he instills that virtue into the teams that he coaches. He is a cultivator of young men, a stout lover of the game, and a treasure to the world of football. This is the experience that Coach May brings to Midwest Prep.
Coach Sierra brings a world of experience, enthusiasm and grit to the Midwest Prep coaching staff. Sierra was a decorated running back during his playing career.. He played college ball at D1 Holy Cross College (Worcester, MA ’93) where he was a 4-yr football letterman. He went on and played pro football in the Italian League (’93,’94). From there he played semi professional football and was inducted in the semi pro Hall of Fame in 2013.
Coach Sierra is a very knowledgeable and detailed oriented coach, bringing his talents to various institutions:
-Flower HS Asst. Coach (‘98-‘99)
-Little Village HA Asst. Coach (‘05-‘06)
– Curie HS RB Coach (‘07-‘08)
-Curie HS Def. Coord. (‘09-‘11)
-Bogan HS QB/RB Coach (‘12)
-Bogan HS Def. Coord (‘13)
-Midwest Prep RB Coach (‘21)
Coach Ron E. James M.A.T./M.ED
Graduated from Chicago State University
Masters from National Louis University (Masters in the Art of Teaching)
Masters from American College of Education (Masters in Education/Leadership)
20 year History/Social Studies Teacher
Hyde Park Academy Coached O-Line & D-Line and JV 9 years
Morgan Park High School O-Line Coach
West Side Leadership JV/Freshman Coach O-Line & D-Line (quality control coach)
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