Patrick J. Fecko, a 1993 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and former football player, begins his fifteenth season as Cardinal Mooney's head football coach. He succeeded Don Bucci in 2000 and is the fourth coach to direct the program since 1958. Coach Fecko has been a member of the Mooney staff for seventeen years, previously serving as defensive coordinator in 1999. Under Coach Fecko, the Cardinals reached the Division IV State Championship four consecutive seasons from 2004-2007, winning in 2004, 2006, and 2009, and also appearances in 2009, 2011, and 2013 (winning in 2009 and 2011). Coach Fecko has a career record of 114-45, with a 33-5 record in the OHSAA Playoffs. Coach Fecko is a YSU graduate. He is married to the former Gina Diorio (CMHS '94) and they have three daughters and two sons.
Quarterbacks and Defensive Backs
John was a quarterback on our 1984 squad and coached at Mooney on the Freshman level in the mid-eighties, joining the varsity staff for three years in 1988 and returning in 1996. John will be coaching quarterbacks and cornerbacks. Previously, John has coached at Rayen and Canfield. He is married to former Mooney grad Jennifer Saadey. They are the parents of five daughters: Leanne, Gina Marie, Maria, Jaclin and Anna. John is self-employed.
Chris will be starting his thirteenth season on the Cardinals' Coaching Staff, and his third as Defensive Coordinator. He will be coaching offensive ends. He was an All-SVC receiver on our 1993 team and he received an athletic scholarship to Kent State University. Chris is a teacher at Mooney. He coached the New Bethel Braves for five years prior to coaching at Mooney. He and his wife Tara are the proud parents of two sons, Chris Jr. (C.J.), and Tarren.
Running Backs, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Mark begins his thirteenth season on the Mooney staff bringing with him over twenty years of coaching experience. He was an assistant at South High School and was a head coach at Wilson and East High Schools. He won the City Series while at East in 1997, making the state playoffs. Mark holds a master's degree from YSU. He and his wife Wendy have three children; Sara, Matt, and Jade.
Brendan was a tackle on our '90 and '91 teams and started his coaching career at CMHS in 1994 as a member of the freshmen staff. In 1997, he was named head freshmen coach. He joined the varsity staff in 2000 coaching offensive ends and defensive tackles. This year he will coach tackles and serve as defensive line coordinator. He is married to Mooney grad Kristen Provenzale and they have two daughters.
Outside Linebackers and Special Teams
Greg begins his eighth year on the varsity level this season. Coach Giannios will be responsible for defensive linemen and special teams. Greg played on Mooney's 95 and 96 teams and was part of two National Championship teams while at YSU.
Safeties & Offensive Line
Pat begins his fifth year on the Mooney varsity staff. He is a 2006 alumnus of Cardinal Mooney and earned All-SVC and All-NEO honors as a player at Mooney. He will be coaching safeties and offensive linemen.
Kent has been a coach at Mooney since 2002, starting at the freshman level. Since 2008, he has coached Mooney's long snappers. Coach Thornton is a graduate of South High School and was a long snapper at YSU from 1988-1989. Coach Thortnton has over 20 years of special teams coaching experience.
Head Freshman Coach
Michael is a 1997 graduate of Cardinal Mooney and will begin his second season as Head Freshman Coach. Coach Latessa has been on the freshman staff for six years, most recently serving as offensive coordinator.