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Legendary duo joined by Dave Mattio

Marian Catholic Athletic legends Don Berg and Mike Goldrick are now in some great company. On June 11, the high school and several team pictures-full of former Spartan football athletes honored Dave Mattio ’66 with a placard that will be placed on the West Gym wall with those of Berg and Goldrick.

An idea that was Mattio’s own for the first ceremony in January, the West Gym wall will honor longtime contributors and “legends” of Marian Catholic’s Athletic Department. Also announced on June 11, a Dave Mattio Family Scholarship will be established for deserving students in honor of the 37-year head football coach and athletic director of more than 40 years.

Mattio was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early April, losing his battle to the disease on Sept. 7 (RIP Dave Mattio).

Dave Mattio BannerThe June 11 evening, spearheaded by former Marian football standouts Tom West ’75, Michael Bruni ’86 and Tim Swanson ’86, was entitled “Catching up with Coach Mattio.” Nearly 500 friends and family turned out to honor one of the true “faces of Marian,” including football alumni and former coaches from many different eras.

Among the former Spartans was quarterback Mark Talamonti ’74, one of the prominent cancer doctors in the nation, who remains hands-on with Mattio’s treatment plan. With tremendous support from wife Jody and family, Dave Mattio plans to fight the disease with the same vigor displayed in his 251 career victories as football coach.

His place among the “legends” is a slam dunk (much like Berg and Goldrick, who were in attendance June 11). Mattio has sent four alums to be regulars in the National Football League, along with advancing hundreds to the collegiate level. His teams made 20 IHSA playoff appearances, including the 1993 IHSA Class 4A state championship. He’s a member of multiple Halls of Fame.

The Mattio Family Scholarship was an idea of his football alums and has already generated some spirited support because of Mattio’s influence and Marian students for generations. The plan is to help a deserving student in each academic year. More information may be obtained by contacting the Marian Catholic Advancement Department.

Erick Middleton '98 was named
Marian Catholic's ninth football
head coach on May 3.
(full release)

Congrats to 2017 ESCC Hall of Fame inductee Mike Taylor.
 
Tail Power Golf Classic
More than 40 golfers enjoyed great weather and camaraderie at the annual Tail Power Golf Classic on Sept. 24.
 

A Night with the Legends

The athletic department of Marian Catholic High School honored long-time coaches - Don Berg and Mike Goldrick - on Saturday, January 23, 2016 during half-time of the Marian Catholic-Bishop Noll men's varsity Basketball contest. It was during the early years of Marian Catholic that Coach Berg and Coach Goldrick were instrumental in helping to develop the athletic programs at Marian Catholic. Both men served the athletic department of Marian Catholic in a variety of coaching roles, and it is in Basketball where each played distinguished roles. Coach Berg and Coach Goldrick worked as staff members together in developing many successful Spartan hoops squads. Both men were also responsible for guiding this school's Men's Basketball program as the head coach. 
 
Mike Goldrick 1958-20104 Don Berg, 1962-1977, 1990-1992
 
 A presentation ceremony was held at half-time of the varsity men's Basketball contest between Bishop Noll and Marian Catholic to honor Coach Berg and Coach Goldrick.  Kevin Kelly handled the microphone and chronicled their involvement as the true athletic legends of Marian Catholic. The above picture identifies the permanent Basketball discs affixed to the Legends Wall in the West Gymnasium.  An old-fashion Marian Catholic reunion followed in the Leadership Center where Coach Berg and Coach Goldrick were able to share memories with the many families and alumni individuals who took part.
Mike Goldrick and the presentation of his plaqueMike Goldrick and the presentation of his plaque
Don Berg and the presentation of his plaqueDon Berg and the presentation of his plaque
Don Berg and his family
The Berg Family - A Night With The Legends (Skelly)
Mike Goldrick and his family
The Goldrick Family - A Night With The Legends (Skelly)
 

Historical Archives

Golden Football Presentation - Mike Prior - Friday, October 02, 2015
 
Tail Power classic 2015
"Tail Power Classic" Golf Outing - Friday, June 05, 2015 - "Cast of Characters" (Photo By Kevin Kelly)
 
The annual "Tail Power Classic" Golf outing - 2015 - brought out forty-five former Football players, alums, and friends of the program. The competition was held at the Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete, Illinois. Lunch, golf, and dinner were enjoyed by participants. Funds raised through this activity will be used for the Football program.
 
 
 
 
 
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