Notre Dame Athletics Director Kevin Rooney to Focus on Football
Sherman Oaks, CA. The Director of Athletics, Kevin Rooney, will be resigning from his AD position at the end of this school year. This is not a "retirement" as Kevin will continue his duties as head varsity football coach and also assume special administrative duties for the 2019-20 school year.
“On behalf of our faculty and staff and our entire school community, we are profoundly grateful for his long career of faith-filled service to our school and our athletic department, as well as his continuing leadership of our football program,” said Notre Dame President Brett Lowart.
Lowart continued, “Kevin has served as Notre Dame's Director of Athletics and head varsity football coach since the 1980-81 school year. He is widely respected throughout the Southern Section of the CIF in both capacities and famously has advised his coaches to win the "right way." Under his athletic director leadership, Kevin served to establish girls’ sports at Notre Dame in 1983-84 when the school made the decision to become coeducational. He has expanded the athletic program to its current level of 46 boys and girls teams playing 18 sports. Many of the coaches who learned under his tutelage have gone on to their own successful head coaching careers at other schools.
This fall, Kevin will begin his 40th season at the helm of the Notre Dame football program. Coach Rooney's teams have amassed a record of 310-138-5 and have won 18 league titles and four CIF championships (and three CIF runner-up places). His 2004 CIF championship team was named the Division II State Champions and ranked second in the western U.S. and 11th in the nation. He has been named CIF Coach of the Year four times, Coach of the Year twice each by the LA Times and the LA Daily News, California State Coach of the Year by Cal Hi Sports, Coach of the Year by Schutt Sports and was awarded the Gerald R. Ford All American High School Coach Award by the American Football Foundation. He has also been inducted into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.”
“I still love coaching and teaching football," Coach Rooney says. "Notre Dame is a special place where we can be very competitive and successful on the field and even more successful in helping our players to become good people and good students off the field.”
Under Coach Rooney’s tutelage, Notre Dame Football has produced 5 USA Today Parade Magazine All Americans (Chris Sailer 1995, Justin Fargas 1997, Travis Johnson 2000, Kai Forbath 2006 and Dayne Crist 2008), 5 U.S. Army Bowl All Americans (Kai Forbath 2006, Anthony McDonald 2008, Wes Horton 2008, Dayne Crist 2008 and McKel Broussard 2019), 3 Gatorade California State Players of the Year (Justin Fargas 1997, Ryan Kasdorf 2009 and Khalfani Muhammad 2013), 2 Cal-Hi State Athletes of the Year (Giancarlo Stanton 2006-2007 and Khalfani Muhammad 2011-2012 and 2012-2013) and 86 All-CIF Players.
Notre Dame High School will be accepting applications until April 30, 2019 for its next Director of Athletics. Interested persons will find more information on the school website (CLICK HERE).