For Coach Paul Missavage, you can go back home again.
Some 30 years after he began his coaching career at Saint Viator, Missavage returns this fall to become the head girls’ basketball coach. He brings to the role a range of basketball coaching experience, with both boys and girls, and stateside and abroad.
Some of his recent experience includes coaching men’s basketball in Luxembourg from 2012 to 2013. During his tenure as head coach, he led his team, BBC Arantia Larochette, to join the top league in Luxembourg for the first time in 40 years.
Most recently, he worked as the boys’ head basketball coach at a private American school in Kuwait.
“His wide range of professional experiences, as well as his excitement for Saint Viator, was instrumental in his selection,” Marty Jennings, athletic director, said. “In particular, we believe his experiences abroad will provide great learning experiences for our players.”
Before traveling overseas, Missavage coached three sports at Saint Viator, including soccer, basketball and track, from 1980 through 1985,.
He was also the former head girls basketball coach at Grayslake High School from 1993 through 1995, while teaching physical education at variety of suburban schools. Missavage started his career at Our Lady of the Wayside School in Arlington Heights, and also taught at Grayslake Middle School, Waukegan High School, Grayslake Community High School, and Schaumburg High School.
Over his 35-year coaching career, Coach Missavage developed a committment to man-to-man defense, as well as an up-tempo offense, that likes to “press on defense and run.”
“I like to make it fun for the players on court,” he said.
Missavage said he is excited to be back at Saint Viator, but he knows it will not be easy preparing his team for its rigorous East Suburban Catholic Conference schedule.
“The ESCC is one of the toughest conferences in the state of Illinois for girls’ basketball,” Missavage said. “I want to build up the program to the highest level possible, but to do that, it takes time, patience and lots of hard work.
“I know it sounds cliché,” he added, “but the main goal is to help these young girls to grow and have success in the future as athletes, students and people in life.”