Hockey Coach Tim Sullivan Named Liberty Ford Men’s Coach of the Year!

Hockey Coach Tim Sullivan Named Liberty Ford Men’s Coach of the Year!

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Holy Name High School is proud to announce that Head Varsity Hockey Coach Tim Sullivan was named the 2015 Liberty Ford Men’s Coach of the Year! This recognition comes with $7,500 that will go to Holy Name, and a big screen TV for Coach Sullivan.

Coach Sullivan was initially nominated for the award in October 2015. He was selected in mid-October as one of three finalists in the Men’s Coach of the Year category. Coach Sullivan earned his spot in the final three after the sponsor chose him based on the following judging criteria: Coaching excellence, sportsmanship and integrity, and commitment to the community. Voting was then open to the public during part of October and throughout November.

The final decision was announced on Thursday, January 14, 2016 during a ceremony at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. Coach Sullivan’s wife, Kelly, as well as Principal Shelbrey Blanc and Assistant Principal Karen Carter, were there to help him celebrate this wonderful award.

Coach Sullivan began the existing Holy Name hockey program during the 2003-2004 school year. Since then, he has built the team into one of the premier programs in Northeast Ohio. During the 2006-2007 season, the team won the prestigious Baron Cup III. They were the Division I Brooklyn District Runner-Up, as well as the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) Red Division Title winners, in 2013. Because of all his efforts, and his dedication to Holy Name, Coach Sullivan was inducted into the Holy Name Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach in 2011.

The hockey team is now a member of the tough Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL), which was established at the start of the 2013-2014 season. Coach Sullivan was the inaugural GLHL Coach of the Year in 2014, and continues to be a great leader for a program that now features both varsity and JV teams. He makes sure his team remains involved in the community, as his players have worked with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the American Red Cross, and local youth hockey programs. This year, the team hosted its annual Santa Skate at Parma’s Ries Rink, where members of the community could skate with Santa for free and could rent skates for $3. They also collected jars of peanut butter and donations for the Parma Peanut Butter Drive, which benefits the All Faiths Pantry.

Along with his coaching duties, Coach Sullivan is a history teacher at Holy Name.

We congratulate Coach Sullivan on his award, and thank him for all of his contributions to the Holy Name Community!

Green Wave Football Wins in First Round of Division IV Playoffs

Green Wave Football Wins in First Round of Division IV Playoffs

The Holy Name Community is incredibly proud of the Varsity Football Team after their 50-43 first round playoff victory over #2 seed Perry Saturday night!

Leading the Green Wave was senior running back Shakif “Fish” Seymour, who rushed for 391 yards and scored six touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Joe Carter also ran in for a Holy Name touchdown. Senior kicker Marty Wallace was a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs, with Seymour also successfully running in for a two-point conversion to account for all of the season-high 50 points scored by the Namers.

With the win, the Namers continue on in the Division IV playoffs. The next game will be played against #3 seed Mantua Crestwood (9-2) on Saturday, November 14 at Nordonia High School’s William Boliantz Stadium. Gametime is set for 7 p.m. The stadium’s address is 8006 South Bedford Road, Macedonia, OH 44056.

Ticket information for next Saturday’s game versus Crestwood will be released as soon as it is available.

For more game highlights, read’s story here.

To vote for Fish Seymour as’s Saturday Top Performer, go to this site and vote as many times as you can!

To watch video of yesterday’s outstanding offensive performance and to hear both Fish Seymour’s and Coach Dan Wondolowski’s reactions after the win, visit this page.

To see pictures of the game taken by talented Holy Name senior Tara Byrne, visit her Flickr album here.

Go Green Wave and good luck against Crestwood next weekend!

Watch John Banaszak ’68 Deliver Motivational Speech to Holy Name Students

Watch John Banaszak ’68 Deliver Motivational Speech to Holy Name Students

Super Bowl Champion John Banaszak ’68 Presents HN with Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Golden Football

Super Bowl Champion John Banaszak ’68 Presents HN with Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Golden Football

Three-time Super Bowl Champion and 1968 Holy Name High School graduate John Banaszak helped Holy Name students, alumni and supporters celebrate the school’s inclusion on the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll this past Friday. Banaszak, who played in Super Bowls X, XIII and XIV for the Pittsburgh Steelers and whose role on the teams allowed Holy Name to receive this honor, presented the school with a Golden Football provided by Wilson.

The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll was created this year by the National Football League to commemorate Super Bowl 50, which will be played Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay area. The Honor Roll recognizes more than 2,000 high schools who have had a player or coach included on an active Super Bowl roster. Schools honored receive a Golden Football that features the school’s name and location, the player’s name and the Super Bowl(s) that he appeared in during his NFL career.

Banaszak first presented the Golden Football during an all-school assembly at Holy Name on Friday. He was introduced by his wife, fellow 1968 Holy Name graduate Mary Redig Banaszak. Following this introduction, Banaszak spoke to the students about how he went from a student at Holy Name, to a member of three Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl teams. This journey included time spent in the United States Marine Corps, as a college athlete at Eastern Michigan University, as an entrepreneur, and now, as a head football coach at Division I FCS school Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh.

“When I reflect on the past 50 years, I think about the odds of something like this ever happening to a kid and his wife from the corner of Broadway and Harvard,” said Banaszak during his speech. “And I realize, not only how lucky we were in our journey, but how blessed and fortunate that Mary and I have been.”

One lesson Banaszak shared is that you should never give up on your dreams. He said, “Fight hard, fight long. Fight long and you, too, will be rewarded with a fulfilling life. A meaningful life.” Additionally, right before presenting the Golden Football, Banaszak thanked “Wilson and the National Football League for giving me the opportunity to give something back to my alma mater, Holy Name High School.”

On Friday evening, Banaszak met and greeted fans before the Holy Name-Valley Forge Varsity Football Game at Byers Field. Between the first and second quarters, he went onto the field and once again presented the Golden Football, this time to all Holy Name alumni, friends and supporters in attendance. The Golden Football, along with a Pittsburgh Steelers’ jersey signed by Banaszak, will now be displayed in one of the school’s trophy cases.

Thank you to John and Mary for spending their Friday with us, and for giving Holy Name this great honor!

*Photos taken by Tara Byrne Photography (HN Student Class of 2016) and Holy Name High School*

Holy Name High School President Benjamin Farmer to Step Down on June 30

Holy Name High School President Benjamin Farmer to Step Down on June 30

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PARMA HEIGHTS, OH (January 26, 2015) – Benjamin Farmer, the president of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, will be stepping down from his current position as of June 30, 2015. A search for a new president to be in place for the 2015-2016 school year will begin immediately.

Mr. Farmer has been at Holy Name for more than 25 years, beginning his career there as a Math teacher in 1988. He served as an assistant principal in 2002 before being appointed principal in 2003. In 2004, the roles of president and principal were combined and Mr. Farmer remained in this dual role until July 2014 when the positions were again separated and Shelbrey Blanc ’95 became the first female lay principal of the school.

“Mr. Farmer’s dedication to Catholic education in general and Holy Name High School, in particular, goes well beyond any expression of gratitude words can convey. His commitment to the students and families of Holy Name will endure in their transformed lives,” said the Diocese of Cleveland’s Secretary for Catechetical Formation & Education/Superintendent Margaret Lyons.

During Mr. Farmer’s tenure at the school, Holy Name has consistently operated within budget while successfully completing many capital improvement projects, including the new library media center, new energy-efficient lights throughout the building, a new athletic practice field and a new boiler for the school heating system. In addition, a window replacement project will be completed later this year. Under his leadership the school has also experienced important curriculum improvements to better prepare students for college, most notably with the school’s participation in the highly regarded Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP).

“Holy Name High School is in a solid position for a transition to new leadership, and is blessed to have a remarkable and dedicated faculty and staff who will continue their outstanding efforts of providing a transformative educational experience for Holy Name students,” said Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools and Newman Campus Ministry Eugene Boyer. “As Holy Name begins its second century we want to build on the great things that have been done. It is exciting to think about the next chapter in Holy Name’s story.”

Mr. Farmer is currently exploring other options within the Diocese of Cleveland, and will remain fully engaged as president of Holy Name until his departure on June 30, 2015. The school plans to have someone in the role as of July 1, 2015. For more details on this position, please view the job posting at

About Holy Name High School

Holy Name High School is a coeducational, Catholic high school located in Parma Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1914, it is the oldest coed Catholic school in the Cleveland area. Rich in history and tradition, Holy Name is a college preparatory institution enrolling students in grades 9-12. Rooted in Christian values, Holy Name promotes excellence in education through a challenging curriculum, personal responsibility and participation in extra-curricular activities. Our graduates move into the future with the confidence and knowledge-base to succeed.

New Great Lake Conference to include 7 local schools….

New Great Lake Conference to include 7 local schools….

New Great Lake Conference to include seven local schools for 2015-16 season

By Robert Rozboril, Northeast Ohio Media Group | April 28, 2014 2:30 p.m.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Seven schools will join the new Great Lake Conference for the 2015-16 season, which will encompass 12 varsity sports.

Bay, Elyria Catholic, Holy Name, Normandy, Parma, Rocky River and Valley Forge will make up the GLC.

“The conversation started because of geography and the competition level that these schools are working with,” said Chuck Grimm, who was recently named the GLC secretary. Grimm is a veteran basketball official who is currently the secretary for the Lake Erie Basketball Officials Association.

The GLC is one of multiple new leagues set to begin in 2015-16. Included in the shuffle is several schools leaving the Northeast Ohio Conference and West Shore Conference to help form the Greater Cleveland Conference and Western Reserve Conference.

Normandy, Parma and Valley Forge are currently part of the NOC, while Bay, Elyria Catholic and Rocky River are part of the WSC. Holy Name currently competes in the North Coast League.

Since four of the seven teams in the league are located in Parma or Parma Heights, the travel distances for conference contests will be minimal. The same is true for athletic events between Bay and Rocky River.

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