Since its founding more than 70 years ago, Archbishop Stepinac High School has maintained a top-ranked interscholastic athletics program. The Crusader teams, especially football, baseball and basketball, have won numerous championships and some of its players went on to gain greater fame as sports professionals including NFL and Super Bowl great Bob Hyland '63, former NFL player Eric Ogbogu '94 & former Seattle Seahawk Gavin Heslop '15, current Las Vegas Raider Malcolm Koonce '16, Miami Dolphin Trill Williams, NBA player Marty Conlon, & MLB players Ray Montgomery and Brian Sweeney.
Interscholastic athletics are an integral part of Stepinac’s overall educational program. Athletics are a broadening experience in which harmony of the mind and body function to create physical and mental excellence. This value-building experience is offered to as many students as possible. A well-coordinated program is vitally important to the spirit of the school and the community.
Everyone involved in the athletics program possesses a unique opportunity to teach positive life skills and values. Desire, dedication, and self-discipline need to be developed in order to ensure the commitment and personal sacrifice required by athletes. Making such a commitment helps to nurture integrity, pride, loyalty, and overall character. The final outcome is helping young adults carry these values throughout their lives.
It is the nature of athletic competition to strive for victory. However, the number of victories is only one criterion when determining a season’s success. Guiding the team to reach its maximum potential is the ultimate goal. To this end, the coaching staff teaches student-athletes to prepare their minds and bodies in order to reach maximum potential, and then to be modest in victory and steadfast in defeat.
Mike O’DonnellAthletic Director and Chair of the Athletics Department
Crusaders Head Football Coachstepcrusaders@aol.com