Athletic Director Chris Livatino announced the hiring ofMike Burzawa as the new head football coach for Evanston Township High School. The school board approved the appointment at its meeting on Jan. 29. He will begin his work at ETHS July 1, 2008.
Mr. Burzawa won three consecutive Class 4-A IHSA state football championships during his current tenure as head football coach/offensive coordinator at Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison, Ill., and four consecutive titles before that as offensive coordinator. His three-year head coaching record is 41-1, and his seven-year record as offensive coordinator is 92-6. He is recognized as creating one of the most high-powered offenses in the history of Illinois high school football, and his teams have broken nine IHSA Class 4A offensive records.
An assistant athletic director and physical education instructor at Driscoll, Coach Burzawa stresses “academics before athletics,” and 98-percent of his football graduates have gone on to attend college. Intent on creating a “family-team” environment, Burzawa states in his coaching philosophy: “Winning football is about being the best that you can be as an individual and as a teammate on and off the field. As a coach, recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of each athlete is critical in developing their roles on the team, as well as taking pride in the marginal athlete and developing them into better players, and later in life, great men. I believe being a positive role model and demonstrating strong leadership, along with speaking from the heart to convey one’s thoughts and ideas, is the key to victory.”
Burzawa is a 1995 graduate of the University of St. Francis in Joliet. He was a team captain and four-year letterman in football. As a student at Driscoll, he played on the 1991 state championship football team as well as the 1992 Class A state championship baseball team.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Burzawa will help coordinate the new System of Support academic program at ETHS as well as do supervisory work in the athletic department and the fitness center. “We are very excited about Coach Burzawa coming to ETHS-and what we think will be the return to the glory days of ETHS football,” said Athletic Director Livatino.