Jerry Neugarten

Jerry Neugarten (Indian Trail and Oak Terrace) has run scholastic chess clubs and coached since 1995, initially in New York’s Hudson Valley. His former club won numerous awards in competition and produced a national champion.  A retired lawyer, Jerry was a prosecutor in Manhattan, served as Special Assistant to District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, and founded the New York State Law Enforcement Council.  Raised in Hyde Park, Jerry returned to the area in 2006 and a year later started the Indian Trail club. The following year Jerry spearheaded the district-wide program in Highland Park, which serves 11 schools.  In the five years since the program started, its clubs have won 24 team awards at state championships.  He is content manager for our website.  Jerry is also a mediator and mock trial coach.  He is active in the Illinois Chess Association and chairs ICA’s statewide Youth Committee.