Tony Young

Fenwick High School didn’t waste any time finding its next boys basketball head coach. 

After Staunton Peck announced on April 13 he would be stepping away from the team after eight seasons on staff (three as the Friars’ head coach), the school named Tony Young as Peck’s successor this afternoon. Young will also serve as assistant athletic director.

“Coach Young brings great enthusiasm, experience running a basketball program, and a track record for developing student-athletes on and off the court,” said Fenwick Athletic Director Scott Thies in a press release. “Fenwick will also benefit greatly from his experience working in various leadership roles at the high-school level.”

Young led Marmion Academy’s boys basketball team from 2017-21 as its head coach. He previously was an assistant coach for Saint Louis University in 2013 before he became the head coach and district athletic director at East St. Louis High School from 2012-15. 

“I am more excited to have the opportunity to head such a prestigious program at such an amazing institution,” Young said in the press release. “I want to thank the administration at Fenwick for giving me an opportunity and believing in me to be the next coach/mentor to the next generation of Friars.”

In its abbreviated season this past year, Fenwick finished 13-3 and took home the Chicago Catholic League Blue Conference title. There wasn’t a postseason due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Even with the departure of senior Bryce Hopkins, who is committed to play for University of Kentucky next year, Young won’t entirely start fresh with this roster. David Gieser, Denium Juette, Gabe Madej, Eian Pugh and Max Reese are all returning to the team. 

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