Sean Mele tabbed as Marian Catholic's eighth football coach
Vast experience in similar programs and with the current student body are highlights, as Marian Catholic High School welcomes Sean Mele as its eighth varsity football coach. Mele will be at the helm when Marian opens its football campaign next fall, but plans to begin work in the weight room and cultivating relationships with the current program in the near future.
A former head football coach at alma mater St. Laurence (1997-2000) and at ESCC rival Marist (2002-2007), Mele also brings experience as an offensive coach and Dean of Students at Marian Catholic from 2008-2012.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity and I thank Marian Catholic for entrusting me with such a storied football program,” explained Mele, a Tinley Park resident. “There’s a lot of work ahead, but I look forward to it. The goal is to get Marian Catholic to a point where it will be respected in football throughout the area.”
Prior experience on the Marian Catholic staff will certainly be an asset.
“Coach Mele's previous experience as the head coach at St Laurence and Marist will play a significant role as the Spartans prepare for the 2016 opener versus Urban Prep,” Athletic Director Dave Mattio said. “His ability to evaluate talent, develop a quality staff, devise game plans, and develop the individual skills of players will be very positive for the Marian Catholic program.”
Mele succeeds Marian alum Jerry Verde, a member of Marian Catholic’s 1993 IHSA State Championship team, who recently accepted the football head coaching position at Evergreen Park High School.
“Congrats should also be extended to Coach Jerry Verde as he continues his professional career as the new head football coach at Evergreen Park High School,” Mattio said. “Continued success to Coach Verde and family!”
A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Mele continued to gain valuable experience in the football realm after leaving Marian Catholic in 2012. He served as a football analyst and sportswriter for two years with the Irish Sports Daily, an online publication that covers Notre Dame football. He also worked as Vice-President of Sales for RFP Testing, marketing a new product that analyzed concussion symptoms in athletes.
“We’re going to take a top to bottom approach in building a program on all levels,” Mele explained. “We have some good people in place and I just want everybody to believe in each other and a common goal.”