CHICAGO—January 10, 2021—De La Salle Institute (De La Salle) has named Coach Marty Quinn as the new Varsity Coach of the Football program for the 2022 season. Quinn brings 17 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school levels to De La Salle. He most recently served as the Defensive Coordinator at St. John’s Catholic School in Plaquemine, Louisiana. Quinn replaces Coach Michael Boehm ’92, who resigned at the end of the 2021 season.
“Coach Quinn’s ability to connect with our student-athletes and community at every level, his passion and love for his players and our city, and his alignment with our Lasallian vision and values are among the many reasons he has earned this opportunity to lead the De La Salle football program,” said De La Salle athletic director Tom White. “His experience as a player and as a coach at both the collegiate and high school levels made him a standout amongst a very competitive class of candidates. We look forward to many incredible things to come under his leadership.”
Prior to joining St. John’s Catholic School, Quinn was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California where he helped develop some of the State’s and the Nation’s top college prospects. Before going to Orange Lutheran, Marty was the head coach at Ave Maria University in Florida. His coaching pedigree continues:
· 2010-2012: Running backs coach, head track coach, and academic coordinator at Mount Carmel High School.
· 2008-2010: Defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach for Marist High School.
· 2006-2008: Special teams coordinator, linebackers coach, and video coordinator for Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Quinn attended and played football at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he helped lead the Foresters to the highest win total in the programs 114-year history. He was a starter on the school’s first conference championship team in over 20 years and the team qualified for the school’s first ever NCAA playoff appearance during his sophomore season. He graduated from Lake Forest in 2005 with a degree in Communications.
“De La Salle is a special place, one of the founding members of the storied Chicago Catholic League (CCL), with a community that supports each other and supports their student athletes,” Quinn said. ” I am excited to lead this program and these players to their highest level of potential and to excellence, integrity, and great character on and off the field. Through the relentless desire to compete and a passion and love for the game of football we will strive to give back to the De La Salle community that has such a rich football history and tradition.”
· Quinn’s grandfather Vince Quinn II, graduated from De La Salle in 1941 and played football in the CCL.
· Quinn is a proud third generation CCL football player.
Additionally, De La Salle and Coach Quinn have named Chris Goffer as the Assistant Head Coach. “I am equally delighted to welcome Coach Goffer to the Meteor football family as the assistant head coach,” said White. “Chris brings to De La Salle a strong resume in developing student-athletes, educational leadership and community service. His experience, abilities, and passion for a Lasallian education make him the perfect fit for our program.”
Goffer was an accomplished two-sport, (football and track) all conference athlete at Youngstown State University. He holds a degree in General Studies with focus in marketing and psychology. He played professional football for the Chicago Rush (AFL) and the Chicago Slaughter under the direction of Steve McMichael. He also serves as the executive director for the Heroh Foundation.
“I feel blessed and excited for this opportunity to build on the legacy and tradition of the De La Salle family,” said Goffer. “I look forward to helping coach Quinn build a disciplined, highly competitive team that will be a force to reckon with in the Chicago Catholic League, a conference in which I am deeply rooted in as a player and coach. Above all else, I am eager to help develop young people of strong character with an emphasis on faith, family, education and service. I am 100% ready to give my all to De La Salle and be an essential part in building a winning Meteors football program for years to come.”
De La Salle Institute, founded by the Brothers of the Christian schools, has served the students of Chicagoland for over 130 years making it the third oldest Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Chicago. De La Salle fosters the Lasallian values of faith, service, community and a passion for academic and athletic excellence.
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