Are High School Coach Faust and the Fighting Irish a Match Made in Heaven? Gerry's Checking
updated 11/03/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/03/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
But the subject of the rumors is Gerry Faust, 45, of Cincinnati. Notre Dame's athletics board chairman, the Rev. Edmund Joyce, won't comment but a college official says, "Faust is the greatest high school coach in America." His statistics are stunning. In 21 years at Cincinnati's Moeller High, an all-boys parochial school with 1,010 students, Moeller has piled up a 169-172 record, with four state championships and eight undefeated seasons. The team has lost only one regular-season game since 1972. Equally impressive is the quality of the players he has sent on to college: Two starters on the current Notre Dame team graduated from Moeller, and Faust has developed 17 high school Ail-Americans.
His operation at Moeller isn't exactly Little League: 14 full-time coaches and three part-timers help run his football program, which includes 210 boys. Faust also scores well as a banquet speaker. "I bet I logged 50,000 miles in the air alone last year," he says. His message on the circuit? "I believe in discipline and excellence. When you incorporate a family attitude and all work together, it pays off."
The son of a football coach, Faust was All-State playing under his dad at Dayton's Chaminade High School, then started at quarterback at the University of Dayton. He says Notre Dame is the only school besides Moeller where he'd want to coach, and, far from being intimidated, he observes, "It's like a governor or senator running for President," except that the electorate is more eminent. "I don't pray for the job," says Faust. "I pray for whatever God thinks best."