Marist High School President Br. Hank Hammer, FMS, recently announced the addition of the school’s former football coach Patrick Dunne to the Advancement Department. Dunne will work as a major gift officer, helping to ensure the growth of the South Side Catholic school.
Dunne, a 1998 graduate who led the RedHawks for nine seasons, left in 2017 to pursue a career in the financial industry. While his experience there garnered new skills and insights, the desire to be a part of Marist’s future kept calling. “I was fortunate to have gained the professional experience I have over the past few years, but there is something so special about Marist and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to return,” Dunne said.
Catholic education faces increasing challenges in order to keep tuition attainable, while investing in the future and in campus and curriculum initiatives. In his new role, he will work to cultivate relationships with parents, alumni, and friends whose commitment to Marist is critical to its continued growth. “I’m delighted Pat has joined our staff and know that his commitment to Marist will guide his work with others who support our mission in Catholic education,” Hammer said.
“Pat has built wonderful relationships with literally thousands of families during his time as a student, teacher, and coach at Marist,” Principal Larry Tucker ’79 said. “I know that his love for the school will help us better connect with many in the Marist community as we look towards our next great chapter.”
Marist’s Advancement Department oversees annual, planned, major and capital campaigns, alumni and parent relations, stewardship, and other efforts.