Athletes Academy
340 N Eric Dr. Palatine, IL 60067 • 847-703-0033
March 5, 2019

Sweet Home Goalie Academy

swet-home-picAthletes Academy is proud to partner with Sweet Home Goalie Academy

Sweet Home Goalie Academy was founded in 2018 as a place for lacrosse goalies to develop their skills, Founders Pat Gaeger and Eric Mills are both former goalies and are passionate about teaching the position focus on all aspects of goaltending, from positioning, speed & agility, hand/eye coordination, and stopping the ball.  Sweet Home Goalie Academy is the place for goalie training, built by goalies for goalies. 

Summer Academy Details:

  • Wednesday Nights; July 10th,17th,24th and 31st
    • 6pm-7pm: Youth Academy
    • 7pm-8pm: High School Academy
    • Boys and Girls are welcome
    • $60 per session or $200 for all 4


Fall Academy Details:

  • Wednesday Nights; August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, September 4th, and 11th
    • 6pm-7pm: Youth Academy
    • 7pm-8pm: High School Academy
    • Boys and Girls are welcome
    • $60 per session or $300 for all 6




Meet the Instructors       

gaeger_patrickCoach Patrick Gaeger: 

Born and raised in Elk Grove Village, Gaeger graduated from Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights. In high school, he was a three-year varsity starter at the goalie position, a two-time All-Conference selection, an All-State selection and part of Team Illinois. Gaeger then played at Adrian College, where he won three conference championships and made three national tournament appearances during his stint in goal.

Gaeger, is currently in his first season as Head Coach for Saint Viator High School. He previously held the positions of Head Coach at St. Laurence High School and Associate Head Coach of the men’s lacrosse team at Robert Morris University, where he helped lead the team from a sub .500 record to back-to-back conference titles. Gaeger also serves as the Assistant Director of Enrollment at Saint Viator.

mils-pic Coach Eric Mills 

Born and raised here in Illinois, Coach Mills has over 30 years of lacrosse experience as a player, Official and Coach.  Currently He is the Head JV Coach at St. Viator High school and serves as the goalie coach for both the Boys and girls Program.  Prior to joining the staff at St.Viator in 2014, Coach Mills served as Defensive Coordinator at Hoffman Estates High School and was a NCAA certified lacrosse official.  Coach Mills got his Lacrosse career started back in 1986 at New Trier High school and continued to play till 2004.  During his playing days he tended the net for Hawaii’s Men’s Club, Illinois State University and Lincoln Park Men’s club