Just call him Double Duty Doug.
Doug Foerch has seemingly done it all in the world of boys gymnastics.
In 1977, he and his brothers Steve and Brad became the first three brothers in Illinois High School Association history to be on a state final team as they helped lead Homewood-Flossmoor to a sixth-place finish.
Speaking of six, he coached Mundelein to six state championships.
He's a Hall-of-Fame coach who in 2003 helped Highland Park and Deerfield form a co-op team and the team has been on solid ground throughout the years. In recent years, the co-op team has grown to the point where now both school can support two teams.
So Foerch, who had seemingly done it all in this sport, is going to do something that he has never done before.
He will coach Highland Park's varsity.
And he will coach Deerfield's varsity.
That's not a misprint.
Foerch will perform double duty in an unusual new arrangement but it's an arrangement that he thinks can be a trend in the future.
"I think it's going to be a lot of fun for the kids and a lot of fun for me," he said. "A part of the reason behind this is that we're trying to expand the sport. We have enough kids where we feel confident we can do that and run two quality programs. To me, that's an accomplishment in itself.
"I had heard that the Maine East/Maine South co-op was going to change because the conference didn't think they should have a co-op and they were going to drop one of the programs. So I called the athletic director and said 'look, this is what we're doing' and he was excited. So we have two districts doing it and we hope that other districts such as Lincoln-Way and Wheaton and others follow suit."
The Illinois High School Association allows the arrangement in practice as long as the teams don't mix at their stations. Foerch said the varsity teams split up and he looks left and he looks right and is able to keep an eye on two athletes practicing at one time.
Pre-planning will help take some of the wrinkles out of meets.
"We arranged our schedule so that all of our dual meets are at the same location," Foerch said. "We are at the exact same invitationals. I ask the host of the invitationals if they can put us back-to-back so when I have to spot an event, I am not taken away from the other team.
"As far as meets are concerned, this should not be a problem at all."
But he will occasionally be coaching with teams that will be competing against each other.
"Deerfield and Highland Park will go against each other only once," he said. "We're designating that as our last meet together. We're going up against Maine South and Maine East, who are doing the same thing. It will be like a quadrangular. The tricky part is that in invitationals, we will be competing against each other although we are competing against 11 other teams as well. It's not like it's just Deerfield and Highland Park. There are plenty others.''
On Saturday, he took his team to the annual Foerch Invitational at Palatine High School, which features teams that have ties to this wide-ranging family of gymnastics coaches.
Deerfield took third and Highland Park was sixth in the seven-team meet.
For Deerfield, athletes to watch include twin brothers Brian and Jeff Spinello and Alex Cimaglia. For Highland Park, Dylan Abbot is becoming proficient on the pommel horse, junior Craig Biagi is improving in several events and David Robbins is coming on strong. Foerch also said the Giants have some sophomores who could have some impact before the season is over.
While the two teams are wearing their school colors again, Foerch can be found with his garb from recent years.
"It's real easy for me because all these years we were the Giant Warriors – we combined the two mascots," he said. "All my shirts have Giant Warriors on them. I'll continue to wear them.''