Marian Catholic Football History



Legendary duo joined by Dave Mattio    (video)

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).

The 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.


Congrats to 2017 ESCC Hall of Fame inductee Mike Taylor.


More than 40 golfers enjoyed great weather and camaraderie at the annual Tail Power Golf Classic on Sept. 24



A Night With The Legends


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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. 


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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 true athletic legend of Marian Catholic. The above picture identifies the permanent

Basketball discs affixedto the Legends Wall in the West gymnasiumAn old-fashion Marian Catholic reunion

followed in the Leadership Center where Coach Berg and Coach Goldrick were able to share memories

with the many family and alumni individuals who took part.


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)Mike Goldrick and the presentation of his plaque(                      (Don Berg and the presentation of his plaque)



The Berg Family - A Night With The Legends (Skelly)



The Goldrick Family - A Night With The Legends (Skelly)






Sean Mele Named Football Coach At Marian Catholic




      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.” (Press Release as prepared by Kevin Kelly - Marian Catholic High School - Friday, December 18, 2015)




Historical Archives


Golden Football Presentation - Mike Prior - Friday, October 02, 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. 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.


The History, By Jim Dee

Texas Hold 'Em Picture Gallery

Tail Power Classic, click here

2015 Photo Gallery One, By Kevin Kelly


2014 Photo Gallery One, By David Krugley

2013 Photo Gallery One, By David Krugley

2012 Photo Gallery One, By David Krugley

2011 Photo Gallery One, By David Krugley

2011 Photo Gallery Two, By David Krugley

2003 Photo Gallery One, By Bob Skelly


Football Theory Page, click here


Call For Collegiate Pictures


NCAA Eligibility Center

Marian Catholic High School Football

Alums At The Collegiate Level

Many thanks to you for your effort and ownership..................!

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Football Collage of History