Government and Military and Sports and Recreation
John Ivlow graduated attended and played football at both Northwestern University and Colorado State University.
In 1992, while attending Colorado State, Ivlow was rated the 39thbest rusher in the Western Athletic Conference and #5 for rushing yards per attempt.
He entered the National Football League in 1993 and played for the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers when they won Super Bowl XXIX in 1995. Ivlow is one of four HS graduates to play in the NFL.
After his professional football career, the Bolingbrook Police Department hired Ivlow as a patrolman. In 2000, he was reassigned to Bolingbrook High School as a school resource officer. There he combined his passion for football with his calling to positively impact the lives of youth by becoming an assistant football coach.
After Head Coach Phil Action retired in 2002, Ivlow took over the BHS squad and led them to six Conference Championship Titles and one State Championship Title to date.
As a police officer for over 22 years, Ivlow has received 16 Chief’s Commendations and many thank you letters from the public. In addition, he was the Bolingbrook Exchange Club 2009 Officer of the Year and a 2015 candidate for the Bolingbrook Police Department Officer of the Year.
In 2017, he was also named a “Pillar of Valley View” by the Valley View School District School Board for his dedication to the district.