Jesuit brings back Mark Songy as football coach _lowres

Jesuit football coach Mark Songy

Jesuit wasted little time finding a football coach.

Mark Songy, who led the Blue Jays for five seasons in the 1990s, will coach the team this fall, the school announced Wednesday night.

“Mark Songy is an experienced coach who fully understands the wide array of duties and responsibilities pertaining to such an important position,” Athletic Director Dave Moreau said in a statement. “Most importantly, Coach Songy understands the various facets, traditions and nuances of the Jesuit community as well as the Ignatian values that the school espouses. In short, he fully embraces Jesuit’s educational model of athletics.”

The announcement came just two days after Wayde Keiser announced his retirement. Keiser had spent the past seven seasons as Blue Jays coach before stepping down Monday for family reasons.

“Thirty years of doing this has taken a toll on my marriage,” Keiser said Monday. “I need to make some changes. I can’t go on at the work pace that I am doing. My marriage is more important to me. We just celebrated our 30th anniversary, and my wife (Leah) and I decided to do this for our marriage.”

Songy will officially begin his duties July 21.

Songy was an assistant at Jesuit for two seasons (1990-91) before taking the reins as head coach for the next five (1992-96). With Songy as head coach, the Blue Jays compiled a 35-27 record (.565), and four of his five teams reached the playoffs.

“I am extremely proud and excited to have yet another opportunity to return to Carrollton and Banks and to teach and coach at such a fine school,” Songy said in a statement. “Jesuit High School has been an important place for me throughout my career as an educator and coach, and I look forward to working with everyone connected to Blue Jay football.”

Songy also served as head coach from 1997 to 2001 at Brother Martin, his alma mater. He returned to Jesuit as an assistant, in charge of the offensive line, for the 2002 and ’03 seasons.

For the past several seasons, Songy was an analyst and commentator for Jesuit football games broadcast on television and radio. The school said he will teach health and physical education.