Hendricken football success is legendary in Rhode Island and includes more Super Bowl appearances than any other team and fourteen state championships since 1968. Since the Rhode Island Interscholastic League adopted its modern super bowl era in 1972, the Hawks have claimed 13 state titles and appeared in the championship game a record 22 times. Bishop Hendricken also claimed the RI state championship in 1968 led by future Pittsburgh Steeler defensive tackle Steve Furness ’69. Other notable Hawk alumni include Washington Redskins defensive back Will Blackmon who earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants, and Matt Sherry who spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals. Hendricken also won a Class C Co-Championship in 1959 when the school was only two months old.
Hendricken graduate Keith Croft ’95 enters his eleventh season as head coach with a career record of 101-17, and his 2010-2016 teams are the only squads in Rhode Island history to win seven consecutive Division I Super Bowls. During this seven year championship run the Hawks have amassed a 76-6 won-loss record. Hendricken enters the 2017 campaign with great optimism.
Coach Croft is ably assisted by Mike Green ‘85, Frank Pantaleo, David Haddeland, Joseph Bucci, Jay Hogan, Mike Sackett, Doug Jamiel, Xavier Caruthers, Pat Gill, Darius Riccio, Jordan Monk and Antonio Almada. The JV team is coached by Dave Haddeland. The freshman staff includes head coach Jon Stringfellow, Mike Quigley, John Manning ‘06, Bob Rakovic, Rondie Almeida, Sean Carroll ’92, and Eric Stringfellow. The freshmen last won a state championship in 2014.
With a challenging varsity schedule, including away games against New York power Iona Prep and a homecoming tilt against East Providence, as well as a big test versus La Salle Academy in the second week of the season, the pieces are all in place for another exciting season at historic Brother Feerick Field.
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For more information on the football program, please contact athletic director Paul Alianiello at firstname.lastname@example.org.