Alumni Help Kickoff Football Season

The varsity football team circled around head coach Marcus Colvin on the practice field Thursday afternoon joined by more than 30 proud Chaminade and CJ football alumni. Huddled, with helmet in hand and one knee to the gridiron, all 80 players listened intently as graduates and coaches addressed the 2011 Eagles squad.

“When we talk about playing for everything that came before us, we’re talking about all of these guys here today,” Colvin told the team.  “When you put on that jersey, you represent a whole lot more than yourself as CJ Eagles football players. “

Represented, in the flesh, at the Coach Colvin Cookout were six decades of Eagles football history—all with stories, fond memories and words of encouragement for the boys in blue and green.  The first-year event brought alumni from the 1950’s through the 2000’s to campus before the first game of the year to watch practice, tour the Student Conditioning Center, and have dinner with former teammates, coaches and friends.

“We are entering a new era of CJ football and we want all of our Eagles, past and present to be a part of it,” said Colvin, who takes over the program after previously spending eight years on the staff as an assistant under coaches Jim Place and Andy Helms.

“I am looking forward to the season and the connection our program will make with our alumni,” he said.

The Eagles (0-1 overall, 0-0 GCL) look to rebound from a week one loss this Friday, September 2 against Thurgood Marshall at 7:30 p.m. at West Carrollton Junior High.

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Students and parents should recognize these Eagle alums as current members of the faculty and staff, but others may remember their days on the football field.

  • Brett Chmiel, ’02  -  Nose Tackle
  • Charlie Szabo, ’98  -  Tight End
  • John Marshall, ’86  -   Defensive End, Offensive Guard
  • Tony Ricciuto, ’74  -  Center
  • John Zaidain, ’68  -  Running Back (current assistant coach)