When Coach Matt Saey joined the Saint Viator community in August of 2010, he was the only full-time Catholic high school strength and conditioning coach in the northwest suburbs as well as in the ESCC.
Thanks to the generous support of donors at that year’s Million Dollar Classic golf outing, his position was made possible.
“As high school sports become more competitive, this will allow our students the resources to become faster and stronger as they work to continue the tradition of success in athletics here at Saint Viator,” said Tim Carlson, the school athletic director at the time.
Since 2010, the strength and conditioning coaching position has enabled coaches to focus more time on their team, strategy and game fundamentals, and has enhanced safety in the weight room and on the field.
When Richard McLoughlin ’10 took over the role in January of 2015, the Murphy Wellness Center had been completely updated.
“We got rid of the selectorized equipment and took down the cage that separated the room into two. Then we updated all the old equipment, added six-half racks, five leg stations, four functional trainer stations, and a lot of medicine balls,” Saey said of the renovation that was made possible by money raised at the 2012 Million Dollar Classic.
The new and improved space now sees more students than ever, as over 80% of our students participate in one or more sport. Coach McLoughlin works with each in-season team once a week, and our athletes continue to improve.
“Rich’s ability to connect with the kids and coaches has allowed for a growth and passion for what happens in the Murphy Wellness Center,” said athletic director, Marty Jennings. “I am thankful for the MDC and Saint Viator High School’s commitment to this program, and I am thrilled that Rich is in charge of it.”
Bench day = success! Lots of heavy numbers hit, including a new member to the 225 Club with help from everyone! pic.twitter.com/khIx5bcnjJ
— Coach McLoughlin (@SVHS_Strength) February 10, 2016
“We’re developing athletes for the future,” said Carlson. “They’re developing skills for lifelong fitness in addition to those that will help their specific sport.”
For example, just last week we celebrated another eight student-athletes commit to playing at the college level. And with the 13 students who signed letters of intent earlier this year, that means more than 20 Saint Viator Lions will pursue their sports in college.
To continue to support Saint Viator athletes, sign up for the 21st annual Million Dollar Classic, which was established to benefit the entire Saint Viator Athletic Program. This day of fun has generated over $2.5 Million for Saint Viator’s athletic programs.