Boys Volleyball: St. Leger leaving Marist for post at Wheaton North
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media May 28, 2012 8:46PM
Bob St. Leger is leaving as Marist coach to take the job at Wheaton North. l Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 3, 2012 11:58AM
Bob St. Leger, who’s earned state volleyball championships as both a player and a coach, has announced he’s leaving as Marist coach to take the same position at Wheaton North.
St. Leger just finished his sixth season as Marist coach.
“The biggest thing was that it was an opportunity to work in the public school system,” said St. Leger, who also will teach in the social studies department at Wheaton North. “My dad was an educator for 35 years in public schools, so I grew up around it. It’s a case of a dream job at a great school that I couldn’t pass up.”
St. Leger had a 172-49 record over his six seasons coaching the RedHawks, including a 23-14 mark this season. Marist fell to archrival Brother Rice 25-23, 25-9 in Wednesday’s Brother Rice Regional title match.
St. Leger, 30, guided Marist to the state title in 2010. He also led the RedHawks to a sectional title in 2009 and won regional titles in four of his six years at Marist.
“It was a very difficult decision because I’ve loved Marist and all my coaches, players and students,” St. Leger said. “It’s a difficult place to leave, but in the end it was a decision looking to the future.”
St. Leger graduated from Sandburg in 2000 after helping the Eagles win back-to-back state titles in 1999 and 2000. He was an assistant coach on Joliet Catholic’s girls state championship team in 2003 and coached the Joliet Catholic boys team from 2004 through ’06.
“I’ll always remember the 2010 team,” St. Leger said of his RedHawks squad. “I’ve had a lot of great teams and great kids who worked hard and bought into the system, so I must have been doing something right.”
He takes over a Wheaton North program that qualified for the sectional this season for the first time since 2004. North fell to Elk Grove in the Elgin Sectional semifinal.
St. Leger will take fond memories from his tenure at Marist.
“The thing that stands out is the number of alums that come back and that I keep in touch with,” St. Leger said. “The fact they come back means more than the wins, which were great, too.”