Saint Viator Athletic Director Martin Jennings announced this week that Jason Raymond ’92 will take over for Paul Missavage as head coach for girls varsity basketball. Raymond returns to Saint Viator after spending the last 13 years coaching at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein.
At Carmel, Raymond worked successfully in building a consistent and successful program as the head softball coach for 13 years. As an assistant basketball coach for 6 years, he worked at each level of the basketball program. He has worked with all grade levels of basketball teams, including stints at St. Emily School, Libertyville High School, and even Saint Viator for a short time. He brings great knowledge and passion for not only the sport of basketball, but for Saint Viator High School.
“I have always felt a great connection to Viator ever since I graduated in 1992,” Raymond said.
As a student, Raymond played basketball all four years under coaches Mike Pettenuzzo, Al Zeigal and Joe Majkowski, and proved to be a valuable teammate. According to the 1992 Viatome yearbook, “Jason Raymond’s ‘Bob Cousy-like’ dribbling skills assured all Lion fans that the ball was in good hands.”
“He has shown the ability to lead women athletes in both softball and basketball,” Jennings said. “His desire to stabilize the girls program, and focus on team unity and development made him the perfect fit for Saint Viator.”
Raymond currently works as a teacher at Highland Middle School in Libertyville. He rejoins the Viator family with a family of his own. His wife Sara, and children Carter, Lilia, and Vivienne are all excited about being Lions once again.
“Basketball has always been a passion for me and I can’t think of a better place to be able to coach,” he said.