The Team 2018-03-25T16:56:27+00:00

The Academy Team

Jason DomnanovichDirector of Sports Performance & Personal Trainer
Jason has been a Sports Performance Specialist and Personal Trainer since 2006 and has been at The Academy since the facility opened in 2010. He is currently the manager of program design, is in charge of the internship development program, and organizes camps and clinics at the Academy. He also provides online consultations, nutrition guidance, sports performance training, individual fitness training, and group fitness training.

Fitness and athletic development have always been Jason’s passions and he truly believes that the discipline gained from focused training can be a catalyst for success in all aspects of life.

“For me, training isn’t just about reaching one goal or earning recognition for performance. I want to help my clients achieve their maximum potential both physically and mentally. It’s the challenge, the drive, and the dedication to excellence that will ultimately get you where you want to be.”

Jason has trained as an athlete himself throughout his high school and college careers. He attended James B. Conant High School where he played football, basketball and ran track. He received numerous conference and regional honors in track and football.

At Eastern Illinois University, Jason focused on learning the science behind the athlete and how to train for optimum performance and development. At EIU, Jason worked at Eastern’s ATP facility administering a number of fitness assessments and developing exercise programs for athletes, general populations, and special populations.

Jason graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Kinesiology. He is continuously learning about new technologies and advanced training techniques to improve athletic performance and help his personal training clients achieve their goals.

Jason has been a Sports Performance Coach for Lake Forest Academy’s entire athletic program, helping a number of their athletes obtain college scholarships. He has also trained professional athletes in the NFL, AFL, IFL, CFL, UFL, MLB, and NBA.
Some of his high-profile clients have included:

Devin Hester (All Pro NFL, Chicago Bears)
Johnny Knox (Pro Bowler, Chicago Bears)
Tommie Harris (All Pro, Chicago Bears)
Larry English (1st Round NFL Draft Pick, San Diego Chargers)
Luol Deng (Small Forward, Chicago Bulls)
Tyrus Thomas (Forward, Charlotte Bobcats)
The Chicago Slaughter (Arena Football Team)

Throughout his career, Jason has also trained hundreds of very successful high school and collegiate athletes. Jason genuinely loves what he does and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. He trains athletes and individuals of all ages and skill levels. He has worked with kids as young as 8 years old and he is proud to be a trainer for the Elite Starz Athletic Program for Individuals with Special Needs. To learn more about training with Jason or to schedule a tour of our facility, please contact us today.

Peter DemarsSports Performance Coach / Personal Trainer
Peter has been a part of The Academy family since 2012. Starting as an intern he has worked hard to become an Academy Coach.

Peter is a Lake Park graduate where he was a 2 sport athlete, playing football and wrestling. He continued his athletic career playing NCAA football at Carthage College. After finishing his career as a player Peter continued to stay involved in the sports world by joining The Academy, while finishing his degree at University of Illinois, Chicago. Peter has trained as an athlete and is looking to pass on his knowledge to his athletes.

Now Peter looks to challenge his clients and help them set goals and surpass them. Peter has experience training every level from youth athletes as young as 8 years old, high school, collegiate athletes through the professional level. Peter has worked with The Chicago Bandits, Chicago Slaughter, The Chicago Mustangs and individuals in the IFL, CFL, MISL and MLB.

Along with his training at The Academy, Peter is also a proud coach for the Elite Stars, an athletic program for individuals with special needs.