It’s been 35 years, but Matt Quinn ’88 still holds the IHSA record for an interception returned for a touchdown. A junior at the time, Quinn intercepted a pass 4 yards deep in the end zone and returned it for a touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game. The interception enabled Marist, which had never won a playoff game before, to advance to the semifinals. The team played for the state championship that year.
“The excitement of playing in state playoff games bonds a team together and makes for lifelong friendships,” Quinn said. “Those relationships with my teammates, coaches, and teachers have shaped me into the person I am today.”
Quinn’s prowess on the football field was evident as a two-way starter on the 1986 and 1987 teams as well as all-area and all-conference honoree. But, his accomplishments didn’t stop there. He also was a two-year starting catcher for the baseball team, which finished third in state in 1988. An all-around sports enthusiast, Quinn loved watching other Marist teams play as well.
“Supporting other sporting events truly made me feel and experience the full high school life that Marist offered and still offers to its students,” Quinn said. “The opportunities are there, you just have to enjoy them.”
The Quinn legacy is large at Marist with Matt’s three brothers among its alumni and his son Billy a current senior on the football team. Matt, a deputy commissioner for the city of Chicago’s Water Department, and his wife Debbie also have a son Ryan and daughter-in-law Mary Kate, a 2010 grad. The couple actively raise money for causes near and dear to them, including the fight against breast cancer, research for muscular dystrophy, and scholarship opportunities through the Born N Razed Foundation.
“My induction into the Marist Hall of Fame is an honor that should be shared by everyone,” Quinn said. “All my coaches, all my teammates, all my opponents, and especially my family. Without all of them this would not have been possible.”