A three-year football letterwinner while at Bemidji State, Jerry Lano’s career in football spanned far beyond his days as a collegiate. In 40 years and three stops as a physical education and health teacher and high school football coach, Lano and his teams piled up 14 conference titles, three Illinois Class 1A state championships, including a pair of perfect 14-0 seasons, and Dakota High School. His teams also assembled a regular-season winning streak of 35 games spanning from 2006 to 2010. In all, he assembled a record of 279-127 and a winning percentage of 68 percent over the course of his career. He won his first conference championship in just his second year of coaching at Grand Meadow High School and totaled 20 wins in three seasons. He also spent 12 seasons at Underwood High School, where he won three conference crowns before a 25-year stop at Dakota High School, where he led his teams to 10 conference titles, eight state playoff appearances and three state championships. Following his third state title in 2011, he was selected to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He retired from coaching in 2013.