Ilertsen was the head coach at Troy High School (Fullerton) for 21 years and amassed a school-record 309 wins. Additionally he has helped propel countless players into the ranks of professional and college baseball.
In high school he earned nine varsity letters (football, basketball and baseball) and signed his letter-of-intent to UCLA to play linebacker. He transferred a short while later and attended Point Loma Nazarene University. While there, he set many records as the Sea Lions' first baseman. He was the PLNU Athlete of the Year and is now in the PLNU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Drafted in the 21st round by the San Diego Padres, he tried to make it to the big leagues, but fell short after many bus rides. After his release from the Padres, he began to teach high school Special Education and has done so for all these years. He cherishes the relationships with the kids and the positive impact he can have on their lives. He also instigated the FCA program at Troy.
As a student at PLNU he accepted Christ as his personal savior and met his future wife, Lynette, and the couple has now been married for 37 years. Their daughter, Megan, graduated from Azusa Pacific and was a six-time all-American in Track and Field and won a National Championship ring.
Currently he teaches learning disabled and autistic children at La Vista High School in Fullerton. He has a Masters from Azusa Pacific and enjoys baseball, movies, reading biographies and musical theater.
He and his wife now live in Yorba Linda and attend Rose Drive Friends Church.