Helping listeners find the right balance and priority when it comes to their faith life versus their sports life, interviews are done with guests who are Catholics in sports - current or former athletes, coaches, officials, clergy, administrators, and more, from the pro, amateur, and scholastic ranks. Whether you're an athlete or a fan, youth or adult, Catholic or not, this show will deliver content that speaks to you and provides opportunities for ongoing reflection for your daily life.
He played a combined 250-plus NHL regular season & playoff games with two different franchises in addition to playing overseas in the Swedish Elite League. He went on to be a scout for the Vancouver Canucks, later joining his 4th NHL franchise (Columbus) as assistant coach. He also was an AHL assistant coach & has now been U. of North Dakota men's hockey head coach since just over six years ago. In 2016 he became the 1st rookie head coach in NCAA men's ice hockey history to win a national championship.
He was a tight end in the NFL, a 1st round pick in the 1983 Draft by Buffalo, with whom he played for 2 years before playing 2 seasons with the Rams, following a college career as a 4-year starter for Notre Dame where he led the team in receiving each of his last three seasons and was first-team All-American as a senior. During his time with Buffalo, he made the NFL All-Rookie team. Plus, in the NFL he won a division title and got within a game of the Super Bowl, and played alongside future Hall of Famers.
The North Lawndale Kinship Initiative Director for Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago, directing a ministry of community development. In that role he has set up a neighborhood sports collaborative, the North Lawndale Athletic & Recreation Association. Early on he was football manager for the team at his Catholic high school where he learned the skills and science of coaching, which he used when his parish started and needed a coach for CYO football. That led to a whole career of coaching youth athletics.
The author of "Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in Chicago, 1914-1954," a book which reveals the history of CYO. He is a professor of history at Salve Regina University, a private, Catholic, coed school founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934 in Newport, Rhode Island, where he teaches a course on U.S. sports history. As a student-athlete himself he had played baseball, basketball, football, and tennis, including club basketball in college in Ireland.
The CEO/Executive Director of Arizona Sports Foundation, Valley of the Sun Bowl Foundation and Fiesta Events, Inc., community-based organizations that operate the Fiesta Bowl, Guaranteed Rate Bowl, and numerous charitable & community events throughout Arizona. Previously he spent 8 years with the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes and Jobing.com Arena, most recently as President & Chief Operating Officer. Before that he spent 4 seasons with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. He'd also been a football coach & basketball refer
He spent 25 years as a NBA referee and has also been a rules analyst for ESPN/ABC. Earlier in his career he was a CBA referee, after being a minor league baseball umpire and playing in the Baltimore Orioles organization after pitching in college. In high school he earned All-Catholic honors in two sports. In 2017 he was inducted to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Last month he received Sports Faith International's Father Smyth Award. In 2019 he was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church.