A couple of conversations in the past month with incoming Athletic Director Brian Hoener drew me out to Gordon Moore Park earlier this week. The Explorers, in conjunction with the Alton Park District, have been busy preparing for the upcoming Fall season. The most visible example is the installation of a pair of turf fields at the Park which will be primarily used by the soccer and football programs. See a picture below of the two fields and how they are lined. Marquette Explorers Prepare for 2020
Hoener indicated that the school has a long term lease with the Park District that provides them with priority use but that the Park District will be renting them to area club teams as well. In particular he mentioned the Alton Fighting Irish club as a likely user. He’s also excited about the opportunity to offer a small tournament that would take advantage of the facility and allow them to bring in teams that aren’t part of the Metro Cup as an example.
I did have one request and that was for an upgrade to the facility lighting. It’s been several years since I’ve covered a game there, primarily because of the difficulty of shooting ‘in the dark’. I’ve upgraded my camera since then and look forward to giving it another try when the season begins. Coaching changes tend to draw me out early and the new facility is a beauty so expect an August or early September report once the High School season in Illinois gets sorted out. Hoener did note that there are a number of future improvements anticipated but it will take some time to raise the money to meet my particular needs 😎
The school will have a new Boys Soccer Coach for the upcoming season. The Explorers hired Jerry DiSalvo who like Hoener are North County boys like me. The Alton Telegraph offered a nice background report, check out the link in the tweet below.
— Alton Marquette Athletics (@MarquetteSports) June 18, 2020
Hoener joins the school from Fontbonne University where he has been the long-time women’s coach. He was the Explorer’s Girls Head Coach beginning in 2018 and will continue in the role, with the team going 24-19-2 during that time. Hoener played for Ray Stahl at McCluer North and Tim Rooney at Lewis & Clark (1991-1992). I’ll have to touch bases with him and see if he remembers my Dad Col. Arthur Olson and Mom, Margaret Olson, who both worked at the school. More on his background from another Alton Telegraph story in the link below.
Please join us in congratulating Brian Hoener who will be the next Athletic Director at Alton Marquette Catholic! Brian is currently the Assistant AD at Fontbonne Univ. @STLhssports @AltonDailyNews @HayeserPete @broseberry51 @RiverBenderNews @Crewcrazies https://t.co/d87aLIeuNN
— Alton Marquette Athletics (@MarquetteSports) January 14, 2020