Malvern Prep names new football coach

Posted: April 09, 2014

AARON BRADY was named Malvern Prep's new football coach yesterday, meaning the Friars program will not be coached by a Pellegrini for the first time in 36 years.

Brady, who grew up in Hanover, Pa., stepped down as head coach of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., where he spent four seasons.

A former All-Big East linebacker at Rutgers (1996, 1998), Brady led the Eagles to a 29-16 record and four Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoff appearances, including the 2011 championship game.

Kevin Pellegrini stepped down after leading the Friars to a share of last season's Inter-Ac title with Haverford School. In five seasons, Pellegrini won three Inter-Ac League championships and owned a 20-5 league record. His father, former Malvern coach Gamp Pellegrini, won 20 Inter-Ac titles and owned a 219-86-9 record in 31 seasons.

Before Gonzaga, Brady held collegiate assistant-coaching positions at Georgetown, Clarion, Duke and Mansfield, as well as high school posts in Maryland and Florida.

"Throughout the interview process, I was impressed with his passion and preparedness," Malvern athletic director Kurt Ruch said in a statement released by the school. "The search committee was also impressed with his plans for helping our student-athletes play in college, as well as his ideas about bringing quality students into our program. Aaron is the unanimous selection of the committee, and I am excited to start working with him."

New digs for Burrs

The West Catholic High football team hopes to have new practice digs soon, after a new partnership with Drexel University was announced yesterday.

A synthetic field, made possible by a $1.5 million donation from the Maguire Foundation, will be constructed within Drexel's Vidas Athletic Complex at 43rd Street and Powelton Ave., and will be used by both institutions, according to a joint release.

The expected date of completion is Aug. 1. The Burrs currently practice at the Philadelphia Recreation Center Field at 48th Street and Woodland Avenue. The Maguire Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on assisting children and young adults obtain quality education.

"This is a dream 24 years in the making," Brother Richard Kestler, president of West Catholic Prep, said in the release. "Since 1989, West Catholic Prep has been looking for a site to serve as a practice field for its teams. Thanks to this partnership with Drexel and the Maguire Foundation, West Catholic Prep students will have a state-of-the-art facility and a site we are proud to call our home."

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