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Fenwick Football Varsity Head Coach Gene Nudo

Three-time Tony Lawless Award winning coach, Gene Nudo, enters his sixth season at Fenwick High School, winning three Chicago Catholic League Division Championships in the last five years. Last season, the Friars advanced to the IHSA 7A semifinals.

Having been a head coach for 19 years at various levels (minor league, high school and professionally), under his guidance as a head coach, Nudo’s teams have won 12 league championships while compiling a record of 164-63-2. In 10 seasons as a high school head coach his record stands at 87-26-1.

Nudo, inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame on March 29, 2012, is a 23-year veteran of the Arena Football League, most recently Gene was president and general manager of the Chicago Rush (AFL). From 1995 to 2007 Nudo worked for Jerry Colangelo-owned Arizona Rattlers as either, head coach, general manager or assistant coach. While with the Rattlers, his clubs went to four Arena Bowls, including winning the 1997 World Championship. Nudo is the only three-time Executive of the Year in the AFL’s 30-year history and in 2000 was awarded the prestigious Founders Award given to those who dedicated their professional careers to the betterment and development of the AFL. Nudo also helped lead the Chicago Bruisers to the AFL Championship game in 1988 as an assistant coach and director of player personnel.

Nudo, has formerly volunteered coaching youth football in the Scottsdale, Ariz. area for five years with Pop Warner and was also the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Brophy College Prep for 3 seasons while his sons attended school there and currently has former players in the NFL and at universities all over America.

A native of Norridge, Ill., in 1991, Nudo coached Driscoll Catholic High School to the school’s first ever State Championship and also coached the River Grove Cowboys to an unbeaten National Semi Pro Championship in 1984, and five league titles. 

In addition to being a member of the Arena Football League Hall of Fame, Nudo is also a member of the Chicago Metropolitan Football Hall of Fame, National Minor League Hall of Fame, the Driscoll Catholic High School Hall of Fame and the Ridgewood High School Hall of Fame. Gene is married with three children.

Gene Nudo’s Illinois High School Coaching Record (8 years)

1989 Driscoll Catholic    8-2 IHSA Playoff Qualifier
1990 Driscoll Catholic   10-3 IHSA State Semifinalist    Conference Champions
1991 Driscoll Catholic   14-0 IHSA State Champions    Conference Champions
2012 Fenwick                  8-4 IHSA Sweet Sixteen          Conference Champions
2013 Fenwick                 10-3 IHSA Sweet Sixteen         Conference Champions
2014 Fenwick                  7-5 IHSA State Quarterfinals
2015 Fenwick                  3-6
2016 Fenwick                 12-1 IHSA State Semifinalist    Conference Champions