St. Viator alum Moynihan named Bears Coach of the Year
The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday that head coach Bob Moynihan of Harlem High School in Machesney Park, a graduate of and former assistant coach at St. Viator, has been named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Year and is the nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.
The Bears will make a $2,000 donation to the Harlem football program.
"It's very special," said Moynihan. "It shows what these kids have done and how hard they've worked and it's a testament to them. They did all the right things in a very difficult situation. I think, as coaches, we more guide our students and athletes to do what they're supposed to do. It's not about us, it's about them."
Moynihan, who joined Harlem in 2019 after serving as Zion-Benton's head coach, led the team to 6-0 record and won the NIC-10 Conference Championship for the first time since 1997.
He was also named the Coach of the Week in Week 5; Harlem quarterback, James Cooper Jr., was named the "High School All-Star" for Week 2 as well.
Like all coaches, Moynihan had to face the many challenges that COVID-19 protocols presented, including rescheduling opponents on short notice. Harlem finished the season at No. 3 in the AP Class 7A poll.
Previously, Moynihan was on the coaching staff at St. Viator, North Chicago and Proviso East; he is a St. Viator graduate and played football at Southeast Missouri State.
"Coach Mo means everything to me!," said Cooper Jr. "He came in here and helped change the culture of our program to what I always thought it could be. He always believed me and us, and when the game was on the line, he always put the ball in my hands and thought we could win. Great coach, and even better person.