Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator – Tom Handziak, [email protected]
Assistant Head Coach / Quality Control / JV Coach / Defensive Line – Jimmy Litscher (TM ’06), [email protected]
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers – Chris Servais, [email protected]
Running Backs / Defensive Backs / Run Game Coordinator – Chris Clarey (TM ’88), [email protected]
Line Group – Jim Burazin, [email protected]
Receiver Group / JV Coach – Roberto Flores (TM ’07), [email protected]
Special Teams / Staff Assistant – Tom Trisco
October 2019 Calendar
Conference Champions: Pio Nono – 1927, 1935, 1936
Don Bosco – 1953, 1954, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970
Thomas More – 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2004
State Champions: Pio Nono – 1927
Thomas More – 1976, 1977, 1981
In Memoriam – The Father Tom Initiative
Early this Spring, I was inspired with the idea of honoring Father Tom during the 2020 football season. The hope was to provide him a bounty of appreciation and gratitude (while he was still among us) for his unwavering love and support for the St. Thomas More football program. As I garnered ideas as to how best to do this, I asked Coach Jimmy Litscher (TM ’06) to set a time with Father Tom to get the three of us together to share concepts with him. Coach Litscher visited with Father Tom the next night, and we were set to meet the following week. Sadly, Father Tom passed away two days later, and we were never able to meet. However, it is a blessing to all of us that Coach Litscher was able to leave Father Tom with the heartfelt notion that the football program had special things planned for him this coming season.
In my own short time at Thomas More, he was a regular visitor at practices and always had not just stories, but stories that always contained a pearl of wisdom within them. He led us in prayer before games, then found a way to give the players a unique “play your best, and give ’em hell” message. And of course, played the Kool and the Gang song “Get Down On It” from his car stereo as the players left the locker room and headed down to the field. He loved football, but I always felt he loved the kind of kids that played football more than the game itself. He tirelessly prayed for their well-being and success.
All the usual but powerful words understate the reality of Father Tom’s presence to this community. To find an appropriate means to honor Father Tom was an impossible task, even more so as we were left to accomplish it without Father Tom’s guidance. In my thoughts, I did envision Father Tom’s humble response to any idea being “you guys do what you think is best”. So I turned to prayer, and here is what I believe I was inspired to do, and inspired to ask the football community to do.
For the 2020 Cavalier Football Season, we will have the image below on the back of our helmets in honor of Father Tom. It will remind us all of him continuously throughout the season.
Secondly, I asked God what core spiritual principles that describe Father Tom. “Relationships, Forgiveness, Inclusiveness, Healing, and Loving Each Other” were put upon me.
On behalf of the memory and legacy of Father Tom, here is what I would ask you to do sometime between now and the end of the football season: Reconcile a broken relationship.
We all have broken relationships in our lives. Those that are our fault, those that are the other person’s fault, those that are nobody’s fault. I am reminded of Romans 12:18 where it reads “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone”.
Please take it upon yourself to identify one relationship, whether it be father, mother, brother, sister, friend, aunt, uncle or adversary – perhaps even God, find the wisdom and courage to connect, forgive, reconcile and ultimately tell them that you wish for there to be peace between you. Even if the divide is not your fault, reconcile it through sacrifice and take the blame upon yourself to create peace among us all. I believe Father Tom would.
– Head Coach Tom Handziak