AURORA – Assistant coach Joseph Currie has been promoted to replace Ryan Paradise as Marmion’s boys basketball coach, the school announced Saturday.
“The administration of the Academy has taken a close look at what is best for the players, the program, and the school community,” Anthony Tinerella, Marmion head of school and principal, said in a news release. “Coach Currie has served as an assistant football coach on the varsity level and head coach of our lower level basketball and football teams for 20 years. He brings with him a passion for sports and helping athletes achieve at the highest level.”
Currie is a 1982 Marmion graduate and has served as a member of the Cadets coaching staff since 1994. Currie brings with him decades of basketball experience ranging from coaching at the collegiate and various high school levels to coaching and organizing camps at the youth level.
“Marmion has always been in my blood,” Currie said in the news release. “Since the mid-’70s when I served as the football team manager. I would ride my bike from St. Rita to practice every day to be part of the team.”
“I am honored, privileged and humbled to have this opportunity to represent Marmion. Marmion is a great place with great kids. I want to build the program to win regional and sectional titles, with our ultimate goal of getting the Cadets to the state tournament.”
During Currie’s three years as an assistant coach at Waubonsee Community College, Waubonsee was a two-time national tournament qualifier. At Marmion, Currie’s teams have won or tied for conference titles at each level. As the freshman football coach, Currie has had two undefeated, conference championship seasons during the past eight years.
“Coach Currie brings a wealth of experience to our basketball program,” added Joe Chivari, Marmion athletic director. “He has been part of the Marmion coaching family for many years and has always been successful. I am confident that he will continue to have success.”
Paradise leaves with an overall varsity record of 53-61 in his four seasons. He stepped down to focus on other basketball opportunities.