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Hall of Fame

ESCC Hall of Fame

  The East Suburban Catholic Conference honored its fifth Hall of Fame Class of 12 on Thursday, March 11 at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall. The group includes some of the finest athletes, coaches and administrators in the state of Illinois since the ESCC began in 1974.

      2009   2007 Program/Cover (PDF)   2006 Program (PDF)
         Original Class


Class of 2010 (release)
Kate Enoch, Benet
Dan Sharp, Joliet Catholic
Kevin Kelly, Marian Catholic
Jerry Verde, Marian Catholic
Larry Tucker, Marist
Bob Beckman, Notre Dame

Mike Hennessey, Notre Dame
Nan Airola, Providence
Patrick Duggan, St. Patrick
Jeff Berndt, St. Joseph
John Josten, St. Viator
Scott Zetek, St. Viator

Class of 2009
Sue Vodrazka, Benet
Kevin Kristan, Carmel Catholic
Don Heldmann, Fenwick
Bob Koleno, Holy Cross
Mike Goolsby, Joliet Catholic
Terrence Marable, Marian Catholic
Pat Quinn, Marist
Jack Cole, Notre Dame
Deryl Cunningham, St. Joseph
Dr. Joseph Schmidt, St. Patrick
Lynn Gaziano, St. Viator

Class of 2008
Joseph Fedinec, Benet
Jim Halford, Carmel
Dana Ballard, Fenwick
Emily Marino, Joliet Catholic
Kathryn Gleason, Marian Catholic
Al Brazen, Marist
Augie Genovesi, Notre Dame
Tony Reeder, St. Joseph
George Strnad, St. Joseph
Doug Reibel, St. Patrick
Mike Taylor, St. Viator

Class of 2007
Denise (Boylan) Egner, Benet
Scott Stahoviak, Carmel
Dr. James Quaid, Fenwick
Bob Stone, Joliet Catholic Academy
Mickey Griffin, Marian Catholic
Mark Gervais, Marist
Len Sitko, Notre Dame
Daryl Thomas, St. Joseph
Len Bertolini, St. Patrick
Mike Mroczek, St. Patrick
Bill Pirman, St. Viator
John Gillen, St. Viator

Class of 2006
(Inaugural Hall of Famers)
Ron Baumgartner, Benet (Pioneer, AD)
Joe Scordino, Carmel (Coach)
Jeff Zgonina, Carmel (Athlete)
Dave Power, Fenwick (Coach)
Mike Alstott, JCA (Athlete)
Gordie Gillespie, JCA (Coach)
Dave Mattio, Marian (Coach, AD)
Ray Balcarcel, Marist (Coach)
Bill Casey, Notre Dame (Coach, AD)
Jim Les, Notre Dame (Athlete)
Gene Pingatore, St. Joseph (Coach)
Isiah Thomas, St. Joseph (Athlete)
Max Kurland, St. Patrick (Coach)
Robert Artman, St. Viator (Administrator)
Jim Lyne, St. Viator (Coach)
Brother Richard Brady (Pioneer, ESCC)

The Class of 2010...
2010 ESCC Hall of Fame

ESCC Hall of Fame to induct 12 on March 11


   Highlighted by six-time IHSA football state champion coach Dan Sharp at Joliet Catholic Academy and the second winningest girls volleyball coach in IHSA history Nan Airola of Providence Catholic, the East Suburban Catholic Conference will induct its fifth Hall of Fame class on Thursday, March 11 at the Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook, Ill.

   Also Joliet Catholic’s athletic director, Sharp has guided the Hilltoppers to a 141-26 record in 13 seasons, including three perfect 14-0 marks. He has led JCA to the IHSA playoffs in 12 consecutive seasons. Airola is one of only three IHSA volleyball coaches to eclipse 900 career victories, and has led the Celtics to three IHSA Elite Eight appearances.

    The induction class of 12 also includes current Marist High School Principal Larry Tucker, Notre Dame football coach and Athletic Director Mike Hennessey and former Benet softball standout and current Benedictine University head coach Kate Enoch Keller, along with others who have represented the ESCC with class and innovation in coaching, administration and the athletic arena.

    Tickets reservations ($50) for the 7 p.m. dinner on March 11 may be made through any of the ESCC school athletic departments and more information and history is also available on the ESCC web site at

   The current Hall of Fame class also includes former standout athletes in Marian Catholic’s Jerry Verde (football, current head coach at Crete-Monee High School), St. Joseph’s Jeff Berndt (soccer) and St. Viator’s John Josten (football) and Scott Zetek (football, wrestling). Other coaches elected to the Hall of Fame include Marian Catholic’s Kevin Kelly (basketball, softball, also the ESCC webmaster), Notre Dame’s Bob Beckman (golf) and St. Patrick’s Patrick Duggan (wrestling).

    The 1990 and 2000 Joliet Catholic football state championship teams and Benet Academy 2000 soccer state champions will be recognized at the March 11 event as well. The fifth ESCC Hall of Fame class brings the number of current inductees to 62, representing 11 of the current 13 member schools and former member Holy Cross. 

   More information about the ESCC Hall of Fame or induction dinner may be obtained by contacting Chair Mike Hennessey, Notre Dame High School Athletic Director, at 847-779-8652.


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