Following the departure of athletic director Phil Radke at the end of the 2013-14 school year, Guerin will count on a mix of successful coaches to get the Gators’ programs back on track.
Earl Danan and Dee Susin — longtime coaches and teachers at the school — are adding responsibilities as the boys and girls athletic directors, respectively.
New football coach Glen Kozlowski also will play an integral part in how the athletic department is run, as will Laura Rucinski, who will assist the ADs. Kozlowski said Guerin president Steve Baldwin asked him to evaluate the athletic department after Kozlowski was hired in January.
“I have 14 years of experience in rebuilding programs so I was just asked to come in and evaluate,” Kozlowski, a former Chicago Bears receiver and special teams player, said. “It’s accountability, commitment and understanding how to be successful. I put in recommendations on how the programs were being run. I’ll continue to do that, but when it comes to athletics, I won’t get in the way of Earl Danan and Dee Susin. I just want to help make sure they get everything they need.”
Susin has coached girls volleyball, soccer and JV basketball at Guerin and was athletic director. She was inducted into the GCAC Hall of Fame in 2006. Danan has more than 300 victories as coach of the Fenton and Elmwood Park wrestling teams.
He also was coach of the Gators’ boys and girls cross country teams that placed third last year in the Suburban Christian Conference. A graduate of Maine West, he’s been teaching at Guerin since 2009. In his new role, he sees an opportunity to draw input from a variety of groups who are interested in building success. He believes Guerin can win in its new conference, the Metro Suburban.
“I think the four of us will work with the athletic boosters and the parents to make sure the athletic department is headed in the right direction,” Danan said. “We’re seeking the stars in the sky and we see that silver lining. It will be a nice ride.”