Marmion has turned to one of its own to succeed Ryan Paradise as varsity boys basketball coach.
Joe Currie, a 1982 graduate of the school who has been coaching there since 1994 in both the football and basketball programs, will direct the team.
“Marmion has always been in my blood, since the mid-’70s when I served as the football team manager,” Currie said. “I would ride my bike from St. Rita to practice every day to be part of the team.
“I am honored, privileged and humbled to have this opportunity. Marmion is a great place with great kids. I want to build the program to win regional and sectional titles, with our ultimate goal of getting the Cadets to the state tournament.”
Earlier this summer, Paradise resigned after four years as head coach to serve fulltime as director of programming for the Naperville-based family business — Paradise Basketball — he runs with his father and brother. The Cadets went 15-15 last year.
“Ryan did a great job for four years, getting the program to the regional title game twice, and I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with him. I wish him the best,” Currie said.
Marmion principal Anthony Tinerella said: “Coach Currie has served as an assistant football coach on the varsity level and head coach of our lower level basketball and football teams for 20 years. He brings with him a passion for sports and helping athletes achieve at the highest level.”
Currie also served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Waubonsee Community College. The Chiefs qualified twice for the national tournament when he was there.
At Marmion, his teams have won or tied for conference titles at each level.
“Coach Currie brings a wealth of experience to our basketball program,” athletic director Joe Chivari said. “He has been part of the Marmion coaching family for many years and has always been successful. I am confident that he will continue to have success.”