2014-15 Golden Eagle Football
Varsity Head Coach
Michael Vyles '08
JV Head Coach
Tyler Comella '09
Lavin Returns to Bourgade Catholic as Head Coach
Bourgade Catholic is proud to announce that Pat Lavin will pick up his celebrated coaching career right where he left it--as the leader of the Golden Eagle football program. Coach Lavin, who accepted the job on Monday afternoon, is certainly no stranger to valley football fans. His remarkable 39-year coaching career spans three colleges and five high schools, the last of which was Bourgade Catholic. Over his eight-year tenure running the BC football program, Lavin led the Golden Eagles to five straight playoff appearances, compiling an overall record of 52-27.
“Pat Lavin is both an extraordinary coach and person. He will be a great leader for our football program,” commented Shawn Gatson, Bourgade Catholic’s Athletic Director.
Gatson went on to say, “His character and values are exactly what Bourgade Catholic is looking for in a coach. Our team will play with a lot of heart and class. You can count on that!”
Lavin’s coaching career began in 1967, when he was hired by the legendary coach Ed Doherty as an assistant at St. Mary’s. The Knights were 53-15, and they played in the AAA title game three consecutive years. In 1971, Lavin assumed the head coaching position and the Knights kept on winning. In fact, with Lavin at the helm from 1971-77, St. Mary’s compiled an amazing 65-12-1 record, dropping a 22-20 thriller in the state finals before 23,000 fans at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium. His 1975 squad featured a variety of standouts, including running back David Mitchell and wide receiver Speedy Hart, who were both awarded football scholarships to Notre Dame.
Throughout the years, Coach Lavin has been recognized for his dedication to education, both on and off the football field. He was named “Division Coach of the Year” eight different times. In 2002, the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals honored Lavin as the ARIZONA COACH OF THE WEEK. Other accolades include Metro Coach of the Year, St. Mary’s High School Outstanding Administrator, Agua Fria High School Special Service Recognition, Paradise Valley High School Outstanding Administrator, and the Tucson Conquistadors Special Coaching Recognition.
Pat is a product of the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic School system; a member of the first graduation class of SS. Simon & Jude Elementary School, and a 1963 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. He earned a B.A. in Education from Arizona State University and a Masters in Athletic Administration and Physical Education from Northern Arizona University. Coach Lavin and his wife of 44 years, Linda, have three children: Jeanine Lavine, Trent Lavin, and Natalie Smith, as well as four grandchildren: Jessica (21), Travis (19), Connor (11) and Jordan (2).
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