Patrick Mahoney devoted his entire working career to Saint Viator High School, and only retired last year, after 47 years.
But it all started on the baseball field.
He was hired in 1967 to coach baseball and quickly was tapped to be the dean of men, through the years as a faculty member, assistant football coach, and development director. Through it all, he remained one of the school’s biggest ambassadors.
Now, the East Suburban Catholic Conference has joined in honoring Mr. Mahoney.
Coach Mahoney was among 13 former athletes, state champions and coaches inducted on Thursday into the 10th class of the ESCC Hall of Fame. He was one of three former coaches, with at least 30 years coaching experience, to be inducted.
Athletic Director Martin Jennings introduced Mr. Mahoney to the crowd and presented him with the award, and afterwards said simply, “It was an honor.”
Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V., president, said Mr. Mahoney is a true, Lion for Life, as he demonstrates to the wider Saint Viator community, which is made up of people who are invested in the growth, development and success of the school and its students.
“He brought so much love and dedication to this place,” said Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, president, of Mr. Mahoney, who also committed to be a Viatorian associate in 2009.
Members of the Saint Viator administration, athletic and development departments were on hand for the ceremony, as well as former players and his family, including his son, Pat Mahoney, who serves as athletic director at Loyola Academy.