Marist High School alumnus Gene Nolan ’92 was inducted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) Hall of Fame at a ceremony held on Thursday, April 7, in McCook, Ill. Nolan is also a physical education teacher and head boys basketball coach at the school.
Nolan was recognized for his accomplishments as a basketball player for Marist. He is the ninth leading scorer in Marist basketball history. He also holds records, including the highest three-point field goal percentage-56%-set in 1990, the highest free throw percentage-93%-set in 1991, and most consecutive free throws-32-set in 1992. He was named Marist’s most valuable player in 1991 and 1992, and was also an ESCC all-conference selection those years.
After graduating from Marist, Nolan attended and played for Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where he continued to be a leader on the court. He has taught at Marist for 20 years. “I couldn’t have asked for a greater place to be,” Nolan said of Marist. As a coach, Nolan has helped build the program’s success. He has average 20 wins per season over the last 13 years, including seven seasons with more than 20 wins. He coached teams to four regional titles, and has been selected Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year three times. Coach Nolan is also a member of Marist High School's Hall of Fame.