Viatorian Associate Patrick Mahoney devoted his entire working career to Saint Viator High School, and only retired last year after 47 years.
He was hired in 1967 to coach baseball and quickly was tapped to be the dean of men, through the years as a faculty member, assistant football coach, and development director. Through it all, he remained one of the school’s biggest ambassadors.
Now, the East Suburban Catholic Conference has joined in honoring Pat, or Mahones, as students and alumni referred to him.
Pat was among 13 former athletes, state champions and coaches inducted into the 10th class of the ESCC Hall of Fame. He was one of three former coaches — with at least 30 years coaching experience — to be inducted.
He also is only the second Saint Viator coach to enter the Hall of Fame, after last year’s induction of Varsity Golf Coach Jack Halpin.
“He brought so much love and dedication to this place,” said Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, president of Mahoney, who also committed to be a Viatorian associate in 2009.
Members of the Saint Viator administration, athletic and development departments were on hand for the ceremony, as well as former players and his family, including his son, Pat Mahoney, who serves as athletic director at Loyola Academy.
“You all know how I feel about this place; it’s never been a job,” Mahoney told the crowd. “It’s a loving, caring, wonderful community and I’m so proud to have been a part of it.”