Coach Throneburg is in his sixth year as Athletic Director at Lake Land College. During his first four years at the college he served as both the athletic director and head softball coach. He completed 32 years of teaching and coaching at Casey-Westfield before coming to Lake Land. Coach Throneburg is no stranger to LLC as he played one year of basketball under Jim Dudley before leaving to play at SIU-E where he was a captain and three year starter. After coaching varsity basketball at Casey he returned to LLC as an assistant coach for five years with Coach Dudley.
Coach Throneburg is one of the most widely recognized figures in softball. He was the head coach at Casey-Westfield for 22 years where his teams compiled an amazing 647-56 record with a winning percentage of 92%, which is a national record. The Lady Warriors captured six state titles and 22 consecutive conference championships while compiling an overall conference record of 115-1. Their home record was an impressive 351-13, with the pitchers compiling an ERA of 0.81 over those 22 years. In Coach Throneburg’s four years as the head coach at LLC, he guided the Lakers to an overall record of 158-42 and a conference record of 104-15, with one Region 24 championship and two regular season titles. In 2006, the Lakers became the first softball team in school history to advance to the D-1 National Tournament.
Coach Throneburg has received numerous honors in softball. He has twice been named National High School Softball Coach of the Year, winning that prestigious award in 1997 and again in 2000. In that same year, he was also named Illinois High School Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame in 2000 for his playing and coaching accomplishments.
Coach Throneburg resides in Mattoon with his wife, Sue. They have three children, Derek, Dara, and D.J. and two granddaughters, Brya and Reese.
Coach Throneburg believes strongly in the family concept. “The LLC athletic motto of ‘Six Sports, One Team’ is one we myself and the college believe in strongly,” Throneburg said. “Through the ‘Lakers for Learning’ program we hope to inspire success for our student/athletes and the lives they touch.”