Successful seasons long ago concluded for Oak Park and River Forest High School field hockey coach Kristin Wirtz and Fenwick High School football coach Matt Battaglia.
But each continued to reap rewards in March as they earned Coach of the Year awards.
Battaglia was named one of Prep Insight Magazine’s football Coaches of the Year. PIM is a digital magazine that honors area coaches who guide their student-athletes to winning seasons while developing their sportsmanship and teamwork.
In his second season, Battaglia led the Friars to a 12-2 record and the IHSA Class 5A championship, the first state football title in Fenwick’s illustrious history.
Wirtz was named Illinois Coach of the Year by Max Field Hockey. She led the Huskies to an 18-3-6 record and a second-place finish at the state tournament.
OPRF, which recorded 16 shutouts and outscored its opponents 57-17, finished the fall No. 15 in Max Field Hockey’s West/Midwest Region rankings.