By Evan Paputa
|New Detroit Catholic Central head coach Dan Anderson. Courtesy of CC.|
After an all inclusive search that included dozens of applicants, Detroit Catholic Central has found its new head football coach. Catholic Central Athletic Director, Aaron Babicz, announced in a press release Thursday morning that the Shamrocks have hired longtime CC defensive coordinator, Dan Anderson, to succeed Tom Mach.
Current Shamrock football players, administrators, and staff gathered in the Robert Santello Gymnasium for the formal announcement of Anderson's hiring.
“Coach Anderson has been a member of the Catholic Central family since 1999. In his years at Detroit CC, Coach Anderson has taught social studies, served as the Dean of Students, helped with the freshman basketball program, and has been involved with the Shamrock football program in numerous capacities, from freshman assistant coach to serving as the defensive coordinator since 2007,” the release stated.
After an extensive search that included applicants from both near and far, it was Anderson’s connection to the Catholic Central family that made him impossible to turn down.
“There was an extensive interview process for the position that provided the CC search committee the ability to interact with some great mentors and football minds from around the state, but when it came down to it Coach Anderson’s connection to the Catholic Central community clearly set him apart from the rest of the field,” the release stated.
Anderson is described as someone with goodness, discipline, and knowledge. These characteristics, along with loyalty, are what those at Catholic Central cherish the most about Anderson.
“One of the key factors in the search for a new head coach was the factor of the Basilian charism of goodness, discipline, and knowledge developed through authentic relationships between students and staff. We see the athletics programs as an extension of our classrooms, and Coach Anderson has been living the CC mission for more than 15 years. As a teacher and a coach, he will undoubtedly lead our program into the future with nothing but the best intentions for our school, our community, and most importantly our young men,” the release stated.
Catholic Central is set to open the 2017 season against Sterling Heights Stevenson.