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Fenwick Football is a Chicagoland football powerhouse that has produced many great players and teams in its history. Among those are 1953 Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Lattner.

Prior to the institution of a state playoff system for football in the 1970s, Fenwick competed to play in the Prep Bowl, which pitted the champions of the Chicago Catholic League against the champion of the Chicago Public League. Fenwick won four Prep Bowl titles at the game's usual home of Soldier Field. The first was in 1945 where a crowd of 80,000 fans saw Fenwick defeat Tilden High School, 20–6. This game is currently tied as the 7th most attended high school football game. The second win was in 1962 when Fenwick defeated Schurz High School 40–0. The win not only capped an undefeated season but was played before over 91,000 fans—the third largest crowd to witness a high school football game in Illinois history.

In the modern era of Illinois High School Football with the inception of the IHSA State Championship (1974), Fenwick has had three(3) teams reach the State Semi-Finals( 1981 6A, 1995 5A, and 2016 7A) and two(2) teams reach the State Quarter Finals (2004 5A, and 2014 7A).

Fenwick Football, who now calls Triton College their football home, continue to represent the Friars with PRIDE!


  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Varsity


  • 2012 -2013-2016-2017 League Champions 
  • 2012- 2013 7A  Second Round Playoffs
  • 2014 7A State Quarter Finalist
  • 2016 7A State Semi-Finalist
  • 2017 7A Playoff Qualifier

Coaching Staff


  • Varsity Head Coach: Titcus Pettigrew (Interim),, ext. 111
  • Defensive Coordinator: Titcus Pettigrew
  • Offensive Coordinator: Brien Rooney '06
  • Assistant Coach: Mike Herman
  • Assistant Coach: Dick Eufrasio
  • Assistant Coach: Craig Schneider
  • Assistant Coach: Tim Rooney '75
  • Assistant Coach: Joe Bauers '82
  • Assistant Coach: Bob DeCarlo
  • Coach Emeritus: Don Heldmann (Forever in our hearts)
  • Strength Coach: Joe Hajek
  • Trainers: Tony McCormick & Arielle Willett
  • Advance Scout: Pete Lantero


  • Sophomore Head Coach: Dan O'Keefe,
  • Assistant Coach: Ryan Smith '14
  • Assistant Coach: Ray Moland '96
  • Assistant Coach: Gavin Graves '15
  • Assistant Coach: Matt Barabasz


  • Freshman Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator: Mark Vruno,, ext. 132
  • Assistant Coach: Jim Farnan '82
  • Assistant Coach: Dom Bolton '09
  • Assistant Coach: Arnie Gough
  • Assistant Coach: Al Reese
Matt Battaglia

Matt Battaglia

Varsity Head Coach

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