Andrew Mooney named new head football coach
Andrew Mooney has been named the new head varsity football coach at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School.
Mooney, who joined the NDCL faculty and football staff last August, previously served four years on the coaching staff at Ohio University, working primarily with the Bobcats’ offensive line. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from OU.
As head coach of NDCL’s freshman football team this year, Mooney led the Lions to an 8-2 record—one of the best seasons in the past decade.
"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary group of young men,” Mooney said. “They have consistently shown that they are committed to creating a championship-caliber team. I look forward to building on the successes of this program to make our shared goals a reality."
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Mooney played Division I football for New Mexico State University and Ohio University. While at New Mexico, he was named Sun Belt All-Conference, Sunbelt Freshman of the Year, and Sporting News Freshman All-American. At OU he earned All-MAC honors in his junior and senior years and set a single-season program record for touchdown receptions.
"During his time at Ohio University, Andrew was an outstanding leader on and off the field," commented OU Bobcats Head Coach Frank Solich. "He is bright and tough, and he truly understands the game of football. He was instrumental in taking the OU football program to the next level."
"Coach Mooney brings an extensive football background as a player and coach to the varsity head coaching position," said NDCL Athletic Director Frank Platzar. "He knows football, our school, our program, and our players. Plus his many college connections will be invaluable as our boys explore playing opportunities beyond high school."
"Coach Mooney’s organized, enthusiastic, and passionate style of coaching will be a great inspiration for our players and fans," Platzar added.
Mooney, who recently purchased a home in University Heights with his wife, Jennifer, is the son of an athletic family. His father played for the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions, and his mother was a successful track athlete. Two sisters played college volleyball at Texas Tech, and another two sisters played college basketball: one at Baylor and another at Lubbock Christian.
He plans to begin working immediately with the current coaching staff to plan for the upcoming season and beyond.
Mooney teaches social studies teacher at NDCL. He succeeds Ben Malbasa, who in two seasons with the Lions compiled an 11-11 record, including the school’s first playoff win.
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015