The 2011 football season at won't be remembered for what happened on the gridiron.
A refresher: Veteran Friars coach Joseph DiCanio resigned just three games into the season and was replaced by Scott Thies, the school's athletic director. Fenwick finished with a losing 4-6 record.
But all of that's history.
The arrival of Gene Nudo, a career football man, signifies a new era for Friars football. Here's the quick bio on Nudo, via Fenwick:
A native of Norridge, IL, Coach Nudo is a 25-year veteran of the Arena Football League (AFL) and recently served as the President and General Manager of the Chicago Rush.
At the high school level, Nudo coached Driscoll Catholic High School to the school’s first ever State Championship in 1991. In three years as head coach, he compiled a 33 – 5 overall record and the team qualified for the state playoffs every year.
From 2007 – 2010, Nudo was an assistant coach at Brophy College Prepartory in Phoenix, AZ, who won a state football championship in 2007. While in Phoenix, Nudo was also the Camp Director for Zenith Football Training Camps serving high school football players and youth football coaches.
Nudo is a member of the Arena Football League Hall of Fame, Chicagoland Football Hall of Fame, Minor League Hall of Fame, Driscoll Catholic High School Hall of Fame and the Ridgewood High School Hall of Fame.
Over at Oak Leaves, George Wilcox spent some time with the 2012 Friars team as they arrived for practice, and it's clear that Nudo means business. Check out the story.
“I’m trying to change things here,” Nudo told Oak Leaves. “Joe did a nice job, but I did not come here to rebuild.”
Fenwick fans, we know you're out there and we want to hear from you. Are you excited about Nudo's arrival? What's in store for this season?