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April Newsletter  

Fenwick Hires New As Defensive Coordinator
                       Former St. Viator coach and 8 Time State Champion

Fenwick High School in Oak Park has hired former St. Viator head coach Brandon New as its defensive coordinator. New has 5 years of head coaching experience, the last 4 years at St. Viator in Arlington Heights and one year at his alma mater, Driscoll Catholic of Addison.

As the head coach at St. Viator, New’s clubs had three winning seasons and in his only season at Driscoll he led the Highlander’s to the state quarterfinals. New was also part of the record setting staff at Driscoll that won seven consecutive state titles. As a player, New played for Fenwick coach, Gene Nudo’s 1991 state championship team at Driscoll.

New commented, “Fenwick and Coach Nudo, my former head coach, have provided me a great opportunity to join their football program.  A program that is rich with tradition, plays in the best football conference in the state, and wants to win the right way.  I’m looking forward to helping the young men in the program reach their goals athletically, academically and spiritually.  There is plenty of work to be done to reach our goal, but we will all work tirelessly to get us there.”

Gene Nudo said, “We look forward to Brandon joining our staff, his knowledge and energy will help put our defense and team in a position to succeed. As we did last year, we will face an extremely difficult schedule, facing our usual intra conference opponents including defending state champ Montini, our crossover games with state champs Loyola and ’14 champs Providence, and our non- conference games including defending state champs Phillips. Brandon is a welcomed addition to an already cohesive group of coaches”

Fenwick AD Scott Thies says, “We are excited to have Brandon New join the Fenwick football coaching staff.  Coach New’s head coaching experience will serve to benefit our coaches and most importantly our kids.  We are looking forward to seeing how our defense develops a relentless yet disciplined mindset.”

For any other information call Gene Nudo at 708-386-0127

St Francis 23 - Fenwick 14

Chicago Catholic (Green) Conference Standings
CLombard (Montini) 4 0 9 0 30 313 53
 Chicago (De La Salle) 3 1 4 5 53 210 278
 Wheaton (St. Francis) 2 2 5 4 34 273 182
 Oak Park (Fenwick) 1 3 3 6 53 222 270
 Aurora (Marmion Academy) 0 4 3 6 28 111 238


Oak Park (Fenwick) (3-6)

Nickname: Friars

Head Coach: Gene Nudo

2014 Record: 7-5

2015 Classification Enrollment: 1970.10

MaxPreps schedule & stats

Other Site/Game Info
Aug 287:00L 16 40  AChicago (Phillips)9-0559.00 
Sep 47:30W 41 0  HChicago (Bowen)3-6368.00Morton West Stadium
Sep 117:30L 20 27  AChicago (De La Salle)4-51641.75 
Sep 191:30L 16 54  HWilmette (Loyola Academy)9-03413.85Concordia U.
Sep 254:15W 38 19  AChicago (DePaul College Prep)6-3519.00Lane Stadium
Oct 31:00W 42 21  HAurora (Marmion Academy)3-61679.70Concordia U.
Oct 97:30L 28 38  AChicago (St. Ignatius College Prep)5-41393.00 
Oct 171:30L 7 48  HLombard (Montini)9-01130.25Morton West Stadium
Oct 237:30L 14 23  AWheaton (St. Francis)5-41356.30 


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We are very proud of our graduating seniors, in particular,
the 12 senior football players who maintained a 4.0 GPA average
or better based on 8 semesters of academic work.
Matt Bindon (Univ. of Illinois), Austin Gharib (Univ. of Illinois), Michael Cahill (Notre Dame),
Will Halleran (Univ. of Illinois), Michael Krecek (Notre Dame), John Mullen (Notre Dame),
Brian O'Neill (Univ. of Illinois), Thomas Penicook (Univ. of Illinois),
Ryan Pierson (Notre Dame), Peter Salvino (Johns Hopkins),
John Showel (Univ. of Illinois), Scott Stibich (Univ. of Wisconsin)
True student athletes!
Among those, we congratulate Class Valedictorian, John Mullen,
and Salutatorian, Ryan Pierson
from 2014 State Quarterfinalist team

Why Football Matters
By John Harbaugh

Football is under attack, but the game and the values it instills in young men are critical to our society. 

The game of football is under attack.We see it every day in the headlines and on the news. The medical concerns are pressing. The game has taken its share of criticism. President Barack Obama said that if he had boys he wouldn’t let them play football. Even LeBron James has publicly said no football in his house.The question is asked over and over:  Why would anyone want to play football? And why would anyone let their kids play? Here’s my answer: I believe there’s practically no other place where a young man is held to a higher standard. Football is hard. It’s tough. It demands discipline. It teaches obedience. It builds character. Football is a metaphor for life. This game asks a young man to push himself further than he ever thought he could go. It literally challenges his physical courage. It shows him what it means to sacrifice. It teaches him the importance of doing his job well. We learn to put others first, to be part of something bigger than ourselves. And we learn to lift our teammates – and ourselves – up together. These are rare lessons nowadays. Football has faced challenges like this before. In 1905, there were 19 player deaths and at least 137 serious injuries. Many of these occurred at the high school and college levels. Major colleges said they were going to drop football because the game had become too violent. That’s when President Teddy Roosevelt stepped in to call a meeting with coaches and athletic advisers from Harvard, Princeton and Yale. He wanted to find a way to make the game safer. They made significant changes, introducing new rules like the forward pass and the wide receiver position. Those changes turned football more into the game we know it as today. We made progress. Rules changed. Society evolved. The game advanced. We’re at another turning point in our sport. The concussion issue is real and we have to face it. We have to continue to get players in better helmets. We have to teach tackling the right way, and that starts at the NFL level. Change the rules. Take certain things out of the game. It’s all the right thing to do. But even with all of that, the importance of football hasn’t changed. In some ways, it’s more important than ever. And I believe the most critical place for football is at the youth and high school levels. For 97 percent of football players, the pinnacle of their careers is the high school game. Few players ever go on to the college level. Even less make it to the pros. For a lot of these kids, it’s not until it’s all said and done, and they look back on it several years later, that they realize the difference the sport made in their lives. They are proud of playing the game. Have you ever met anybody who accomplished playing four years of high school football, and at the end of that run said, ‘Man, I wish I wouldn’t have played’? It doesn’t get said. We know that football players aren’t perfect. Nobody is. But millions of former players, one by one, can recount the life-altering principles they learned from football.

They know the
value of football is the values in football.

That’s why high school football – and particularly high school coaches – play such a vital role in our society. Our football coaches are on the front lines of the battle for the hearts and minds of the young men in our society. The culture war is on and we see it every day. These young men are more vulnerable than ever. How many youth and high school coaches serve as a father figure to their players? How many mothers look to the coaches of their son’s football team as the last best hope to show their son what it means to become a man – a real man? More than we’ll ever know. Coaches teach our young people the lessons of life that very often they learn from no one else. Coaches have the kind of influence in our schools, and with our young people, that is difficult to come by. Billy Graham once said, “One coach will influence more people in one year than the average person will do in a lifetime.” My dad also says all the time that it just takes one person to believe in a young man or young woman to change their lives. I couldn’t agree more. Our culture teaches us to judge an activity by how it’s going to make us feel right now. But football doesn’t work that way. The game challenges and pushes us. It’s often uncomfortable. It requires us to be at our best. Isn’t that what we want in our society? Football is a great sport. Football teams can be, and very often are, the catalyst for good in our schools and our communities. Millions of young men have learned lessons in football that they could only learn through playing this game. Football has saved lives. That is why football matters.