Alumni Hall of Fame
Guerin Prep is proud of our founding Alumni from Holy Cross and Mother Guerin. During their time as students at the corner of 80th and Belmont, many of them showcased their abilities as an outstanding athlete. Upon graduation alums continue to shine and we like to encourage our alums to share with us their accomplishments.
The Alumni Association takes pride in honoring our athletic alums and endeavors through the years. In doing so, an alum from our founding schools; Mother Guerin and Holy Cross, are honored during the homecoming football game by retiring their jerseys and displaying them in the Holy Cross Building. Read more below about outstanding alums.
Lynette (Krzyzewski) Kentgen '89: Lynette was inducted into the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in Illinois 2014, niece of the legendary Mike Krzyzewki; Duke University’s men’s basketball coach. Lynette’s time at Guerin she averaged 22 points as a senior and finished her high school career with 1,900 points before graduating in 1989. Lynette landed a scholarship to St. Louis University. Read more about Lynette
Jack Degrenier ’69: Former New Orleans Saint
What moves a man from the dream career and toehold in the National Football League (NFL) to half a lifetime as a dedicated professional in the Not for Profit (NFP) world? Perhaps the larger question is what moves a man at all?
For Jack DeGrenier HC ’69, the answer is at once both overwhelmingly huge and incredibly simple. Following graduation from Holy Cross, Jack found himself at Northern Arizona University in the hands of outstanding football coaches who could open the door to Jack’s professional football career. And they did. In 1974, Jack signed on as a running back for a year with the New Orleans Saints. He followed with a quick stint with the short-lived Chicago Wind, leaving shortly before they closed up shop.
Virgil Gerin ‘83:
Coach Gerin was a football standout at Holy Cross High School, Following graduation from Cross, Gerin attended Northern Illinois University where he was a four-year starter on the Huskies football team and led the team in receiving two years. He has been inducted into the NIU Athletic Hall of Fame.
He returned to Holy Cross in 1990 and made outstanding contributions to the football program during the next 10 years. He spent three years as head coach, seven years as varsity assistant coach and defensive coordinator.
When he arrived, the team had only one win in 27 games. During the next ten years, Gerin and his various coaching staffs and players made the IHSA playoffs eight times, going on to the quarterfinals twice. Holy Cross teams also played in several Prep Bowl Championship Games during this time frame.
Gerin helped placed several Division I, II and III collegiate players including current Chicago Bear Garrett Wolfe. Many of these athletes coached by Gerin during the ‘90s remain loyal to him to this day.
Mary Kay Monaghan ’72: Inducted: 1997 Inducted into Chicago 16" Softball Hall of Fame 1997
Mary Kay attributes her success in 16 to having three brothers and a bunch of neighborhood boys who allowed her to play in their pick up games. Growing up on the Northwest side, Mary Kay spent most of her time at the park district field house playing sports and shattering the myth that girls could not be both athletic and feminine. From 1982- 1983 Mary Kay played softball at the highest level for women. She played for the OJs, a North Side team that many experts considered to be the female equivalent of the Bobcats. From 1978 to 83 they were the champions for five years at the Ed Kelly Tournament, and World Champions at Welles Park and Revere Park. She also played for a Blue Island team the Rose -N Crowns that took 1st place at Calumet City and won the Chicago Metro Championship, amassing a record of 192- 20 from 1980 to 83. Mary Kay batted .541 during this period. She also played co-ed ball with such greats as Willie Simpson and Al Cech. This team placed in the top twenty teams in the nation. With her move to 11ball, Mark Kay continued her streak of championships. From 1981- 83 her team took the USSSA National title. They were first in the Rockford Tournament in 1980 and took first place in the 16USSSA Tour at Shabonna Park. In 1980 the team placed in the top thirty at the National Tournament in Kingston, NC. Their success continued in 1981 at Kansas City when they captured the ninth place position in the world. Mary Kay was selected to the All Tournament Team in Illinois and in the City of Chicago that year. Schaefer - Monaghan worked as a physical instructor for the Chicago Park District for six years. She currently lives in Hoffman Estates where she runs her own daycare business. She and her husband Dale have three boys. Their third son, Richard, died in 1988.
Richard Sievers ’70: Started 3 years as defensive back at Wake Forest. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors Bio major. Bowman Gray medical school with AOA honors. Ophthalmology residency at Bowman Gray Saint Jude vitreoretinal fellowship in Memphis, TN. Now in private practice also 2 time honoree as Phil Lewis clinical instructor in Ophthalmology, clinical associate professor at Un of TN, and member of the American Society of Retinal Specialist.
Denise Susin ’72 : Has coached athletics for the past 32 years, first at Mother Theodore Guerin High School and now at Guerin Prep. An athlete herself, Coach Susin played three sports as a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated in 1976 with a degree in physical education
In 2009 she was inducted into the Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame in the female player category. In November of 2008, the softball team on which she played—the Chicagoans—was inducted into the hall of fame. She is also a member of the Chicago 16” Softball Hall of Fame.
Besides her own athletic abilities, Coach Susin has coached countless young women. Most years since she started teaching at Guerin in 1977, she has coached three sports—which adds up to more than 100 teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and track over the years.
Coach Susin was inducted into the Girls’ Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) Hall of Fame in 2006.
Garrett Wolfe ’02: During his time at Holy Cross Wolfe rushed for 4,311 yards and 56 touchdowns during the final two years of his high school career. Wolfe set eleven school records during his tenure at Holy Cross, and earned numerous honors from various Chicago Media sources including the Wolfe spent most of his first year at Northern Illinois University on the sideline. He began to make significant progress his sophomore year when he became the team's starting running back and one of the most productive rushers in the nation. Wolfe managed to solidify his performance towards the end of the 2004 season, rushing for over 1,400 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns during the last seven games of the season.
His 2005 season was almost as successful. He earned national recognition with stout performances against the Michigan Wolverines and Northwestern Wildcats. Wolfe's season was hindered by a knee injury, which forced him to miss three games. Nevertheless, his achievements were recognized with an All-American selection and by being voted the Huskies' Most Valuable Player.
Wolfe started the 2006 season on a productive note by accumulating 285 total yards (171 rushing, 114 receiving) against the Ohio State Buckeyes, who were at the time the nation's top ranked team. He finished the season with an NCAA-high 1,928 rushing yards while averaging 157 yards per game.