1984 Marian Central Catholic High School Graduate Darren Fortin has been hired as the new Head Football Coach.
In an unprecedented live Facebook Stream the Marian Central Catholic High School Athletic Director Curtis Price announced Friday after school the hiring of Assistant Football Coach Darren Fortin to our new Head Football Coach.
Father Twenty blessed Coach Fortin during the live broadcast and asked God to give Coach “peace of mind and strength and courage in this new position.” After thanking God for the blessing of Coach Fortin in our community, he blessed his family and the Whole Marian Football Program. He then finished by asking for Mary’s Intercession and the Hail Mary where a gym full of High School Football Student Athletes also prayed.
Coach Fortin is a lifetime resident of McHenry County, is married and has five children. After attending Marian Central Catholic High School in the famous football era of the 80’s, he graduated Villanova University with a BS in Management and then went on to gain his MBA at Northern Illinois University.
Besides Assistant Coaching for the Hurricanes for over 30 years, Coach Fortin has been Coaching for St. Mary’s Youth Football in Woodstock for more than 29 years and was on the Illini Youth Football League Board of Directors for Five Years.
While playing football in 1983 for Coach Don Penza, Darren Fortin and Chuck Hartlieb called all of the offensive and defensive plays “They just let me watch the game” said Penza who played for Notre Dame in the 50’s. They went on to win against Bloomington Central Catholic 34 to 14 in the Class 2A Illinois High School Association State Championship.
In 2009 Coach Fortin was inducted into the Marian Central Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was initiated in 2000 at the direction of Athletic Director Bob Kies. Members of the Hall of Fame Committee compile data from IHSA records, college and career events. Individuals are considered ten years after graduation.
Coach Fortin noted in his acceptance speech, that he sees this as and oportunity to work for and with the student athletes for the next 3, 4, 1 or 2 years. He has learned from many Coaches such as Lewis Miscowitz, “the best high school or any coach I have had” Don Penza, Steve Patton, Dave Proffit, Ed Brucker and most recently Mike Maloney. “My style is a little bit different than a lot of you might be used to growing up.” Coach Said.
“Coach Penza taught us how to be men and make our own decisions, so that is what I am going to expect out of you guys.”
“You are going to set your own goals for this year.”
“We will make sure that you get your support you need to reach your goals or surpass those goals. My job will be to try to push you passed those goals.”
A formal meeting is Tuesday after school to meet with the upcoming football players.