Solemnity of St. Joseph
Dear Archbishop Shaw Family,
I am happy to announce that I have appointed Mr. Tommy Connors as head football coach for Archbishop Shaw High School. Mr. Connors currently serves as a member of the faculty of Archbishop Shaw High School and is the current defensive coordinator for the football program.
Mr. Connors attended and graduated from Archbishop Shaw High School in 2006. He recalls his decision to come to Archbishop Shaw as a young boy.
I can still remember September 26, 1998. Shaw was playing Holy Cross at Tad Gormley Stadium that Saturday. The weather had shifted to overcast as the wind picked up and the game went on. Because of Hurricane George looming in the Gulf, there was minimal attendance for this Catholic League game. It didn’t matter to the Shaw Eagles though. The passion and effort Shaw football brought to the field that day while few people were watching and the evacuation already beginning was the moment I knew this was the place for me.
Following his graduation from Archbishop Shaw, Mr. Connors attended Southeastern Louisiana University where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing. While at Southeastern, Tommy was defensive back for the football team. He was also a four time All-Conference Selection as well as named a 2009 All-American.
Mr. Connors worked with various football organizations. In 2011 he was a defensive back for the USA National Team for USA Football which brought the world Championship to the United States. He received a gold medal for his accomplishments. He then worked with the Bolzano Giants (Bolzano, Italy) as a Co-Defensive Coordinator where he was responsible for game planning as well as playing linebacker.
Since returning from Italy, Mr. Connors has been on the faculty and coaching staff of his alma mater. He has taught in the Mathematics, Physical Education, and Social Studies Departments. He began his coaching career at Archbishop Shaw in 2011 coaching the cornerbacks and safeties. Since 2015, he has been the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach.
I am grateful to the Mr. Tom Alef, Athletic Director, and Mr. Lonnie Taix, alumnus and School Advisory Board Chair, as well as the entire committee for their diligent work in meeting with all the candidates and presenting me with a slate of truly remarkable and capable coaching candidates.
We are proud of the legacy Archbishop Shaw High School has in this community especially in the alumni who are so deeply imbued with the Salesian charism and spirit of St. John Bosco. It is always a grace when a graduate of the school comes back home and wants to give to the young of today the very best of what he has received in his Salesian education.
I ask for your prayers for Mr. Connors as he assumes this role in our community. I also ask for your prayers that Archbishop Shaw High School may continue to be the place where St. John Bosco’s words stay alive with enthusiasm, “Here in your midst, I feel completely at home. For you I study, for you I work, for you I live, for you I am even willing to give my life.”
God bless you.
Rev. Louis J. Molinelli, SDB