Q&A: Maine West Counselor, Soccer Coach, Polish-American Club Sponsor

We ask, where’s a favorite place to go, thing to do.

Eliades Hernandez, 40, of Mount Prospect, has lived in the area his entire life, and graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge.

Hernandez has been a counselor at Maine West High School in Des Plaines for eight years, and this is his sixth year coaching freshmen girls’ soccer. He is also the faculty sponsor of the Polish-American Club, and helps out with the Hispanic Club.

After win against Fenton High School, 1-0, on May 8, Hernandez answered a few questions about Des Plaines.

Patch: Where is one of your favorite places to go in Des Plaines?

Hernandez: I like the downtown Des Plaines area. Me and my wife like to go to Pot Belly’s. The environment is clean and friendly, and I like their salads.

Patch: What is one of your favorite things to do in Des Plaines?

Hernandez: I like to watch my nephews play soccer for the park district at Prairie Lakes fields. I like it because of the community involvement. Everyone is out supporting their kids, and I think it’s a healthy way to support young kids in Des Plaines.


Patch: What is one thing you know about Des Plaines that others may not?

Hernandez: This year the Hispanic population at Maine West reached over 27 percent. Diversity is a good thing. People get to know each other’s traditions and cultures, and to understand that the misconceptions that they may have had really don’t exist. They see that differences really don’t matter and they’re just like everyone else.


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