Fenwick head football coach asked to resign


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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

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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Fenwick Alum from Chicago  

Posted: September 15th, 2011 6:47 PM

I think that unless you have been personally involved with or had children that played for the Fenwick football program over the last seven plus years you have not earned the right nor should you comment on the current situation.

Fig from OP  

Posted: September 15th, 2011 4:46 PM

Fenwick is playing OPRF in basketball this year. At least that's what I've heard.


Posted: September 15th, 2011 11:52 AM

Yeah I can't comment on whether this was a good or bad move because I am not that familiar with Fenwick football. I do know it would be nice if OPRF and Fenwick would start playing on a regular basis again. Their have been rumors that they will. Instead of each team playing a meaningless non conference game, they should just play each other.It would be great for the community. This isn't a who's better post, it would just be a great thing to see insted of just playing each other in summer league

tony l  

Posted: September 14th, 2011 5:04 PM

the first this the new ad should have done is fire the last ad....scott is cleaning up years of his mess. this is the tip of the iceberg in the athletic dep.

mca1 from op  

Posted: September 14th, 2011 4:20 PM

Fenwick will only play OPRF at sports they have a chance to win at.

Paul from Western Springs from Western Springs   

Posted: September 14th, 2011 1:39 PM

I think the problem here is that Fenwick still thinks Johnny Lattner is still playing and that they are still drawing 100,000 at Soldier Field. Coach Dicanio did a good job with what he had. The problem is that he did not have much - in the best league in the state. Don't expect Mr Theis or his replacement to do any better in the future.

OP Resident # 545 from Oak Park  

Posted: September 14th, 2011 1:29 PM

Hopefully shoomdagga isn't an OPRF student. I'd hate to think our tax dollars are "educating" him. Show a little class there, son, and WJ please remove his offensive post. Regarding Mr. Thies, as an alum I know him to be a fine young man, a great teacher, and very dedicated to his school. He will do a great job as interim coach and in hiring a successor. I believe the legendary Tony Lawless was hired as coach & AD at age 22, and he turned out pretty well, though no one expects to match him.

good point  

Posted: September 14th, 2011 1:06 PM

Shooomdagga brings up a great point. When are OPRF and Fenwick going to get back to playing each other again. Baseball, football or basketball. What happened?


Posted: September 14th, 2011 1:04 PM

yall still gone suck dont matter. they dont wanna see oak park.

Bob from Elmhurst  

Posted: September 14th, 2011 12:49 PM

There was an altercation between the D Coordinator and the Head Coach at half and after the game. Something had to be done. Fenwick alums (I'm one) should probably stop pining for the glory days of football. Different type of kids from different areas. Nothing wrong with being a great academic school with good athletics and okay football. It works pretty well for St. Ignatius and Benet.

Lynnette from Chicago  

Posted: September 14th, 2011 12:37 PM

A 1999 graduate would be 30 years old, not 28. Last I checked, that's a full blown adult.

Greg from Glen Ellen  

Posted: September 14th, 2011 12:01 PM

Fenwick has completely lost all its class since Dr Quaid left. They are still living in the 1950's when it comes to football. Maybe if they let some players in and worked with them academically and had a facility to play in they might be able to compete in their league. And now they give to job to a 28 year old kid? They have lost it over there


Posted: September 14th, 2011 9:34 AM

Are the priests ever really hands off?

Alumni from Chicago  

Posted: September 14th, 2011 9:03 AM

Not sure why the plugged was pulled now, though 42-0 to St Rita may have played a part. There was a big groundswell last year to make a change, that much is known. New AD, though Mr Curtin is still in place and would have had a say. The priests are very hands off when it comes to this.


Posted: September 14th, 2011 8:13 AM

Looks like the priests have spoken. Quick question how come Oak Park don't play regular season basketball, baseball or football against each other?

Jim Mariner  

Posted: September 13th, 2011 10:44 PM

Totally classless !!!! I hope Joe can get the knife out of his back.

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