By Brad Spencer
Joe DiCanio said he is no longer the Fenwick football team's head coach.
DiCanio declined to elaborate on the departure Tuesday evening, only adding, "I was asked to resign, and that's all I can say."
DiCanio replaced Paul Connor in 2004. The Friars are currently 1-2 this season.
According to a school press release sent out on Wednesday morning, first-year Athletic Director Scott Thies, a 1999 graduate of Fenwick, is taking over head coaching duties when the Friars open up Catholic League White Division play against Bishop McNamara on Saturday at Morton West Stadium (7:30 p.m.).
Thies, a former Division III collegiate football player with eight years of coaching experience at Fenwick as the head freshman and assistant varsity football coach, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Associate Athletic Director Mike Curtin, who hired DiCanio when Curtin was the athletic director, said he had not been notified by Fenwick administrators as of Tuesday evening that DiCanio had been asked to resign.
“We are confident that Scott will do a great job with the program and build upon the strong tradition that coaches before him have established,” said Fenwick Principal Peter Groom through the press release.
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