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Crystal Lake South Hockey Coaches Rich Perillo, Wayne Bower, Geoff Price

Varsity Head Coach

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Coach Rich Perillo

Rich Perillo

USA Hockey Certified Coach: Level 4
6th Year Coaching for CLS Gators Hockey Club

(847) 331-2112,

Rich Perillo has been coaching in the Chicagoland area for the past 23 years. Rich spent his youth playing for several different teams at the AA, High School and AAA levels.

He was a referee and member of Illinois Hockey Official Association for 12 years, during which he spent most years at the midget and junior levels. He has coached all levels of youth hockey including bantam, midget major Central States and high school.

Seventeen of those 23 years, Rich led his teams to second-place and championship seasons including: NWHL Champs, NIHL Champs, various tournament champs, IHSHL second place, second place in state at the Midget Major Central States level, Metro Central League Champs, Metro Central Scholastic Champs, Metro League Champs and High School State Champs, .

In addition to his positions with the CLS Gators Hockey Club, Rich currently is serving as Vice-President of the Illinois High School Hockey League.

Junior Varsity Head Coach

Wayne Bower

USA Hockey Certified Coach: Level 4
9th Year Coaching for CLS Gators Hockey Club

(312) 953-7867,
Wayne Bower has been coaching hockey for the past 15 years. Wayne played his youth hockey in New Jersey before moving to Winfield, IL during middle school. Hockey took a temporary back seat to football as Wayne played on the Wheaton North 1981 State Football Championship team and went on to play college football for Winona State University in Winona, MN.

Hockey became a priority again as he spent several seasons coaching several age levels of house and travel hockey for the Crystal Lake Leafs before leaving youth hockey to take on a position as assistant coach of the Gators.

In his second year as head coach of the Gator JV squad Wayne was named the Chicago Metro Central Coach of the Year. Along with being the JV coach, Wayne also coaches the forwards on the South Varsity team and has done so for the past 12 seasons. In addition to working behind the bench for both the JV and Varsity squads, Wayne serves as the Vice President of the hockey board concentrating on the ice and game schedules for the season.

Wayne also serves on the Rules and Ethics committee for the Illinois High School Hockey League.


Assistant Junior Varsity and Goalie Coach

Coach Jeremy Bower

Jeremy Bower


USA Hockey Certified Coach: Level 2

2nd Year Coaching for CLS Gators Hockey Club

(815) 353-8504,

Jeremy Bower played all four years of high school hockey as a gator. After graduation he coached the Gators for one year.  He then attended Illinois State University and played for the inline team as a goalie for a year.  He recently graduated from ISU with a degree in Special Education.  

Jeremy coaches Goalies for both teams and is the Assistant Coach for the Junior Varsity Team.