Athletic Director Chris Livatino has announced the hiring of Mike Burzawa as the new head football coach for Evanston Township High School.

The school board approved the appointment at its meeting Tuesday. Burzawa will begin his work at ETHS on July 1.

Burzawa, who lives in Bartlett, has won three consecutive Class 4-A IHSA state football championships during his current tenure as head football coach/offensive coordinator at Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison, IL, and four consecutive titles before that as offensive coordinator. His three-year head coaching record is 41-1, and his seven-year record as offensive coordinator is 92-6. He is recognized as creating one of the most high-powered offenses in the history of Illinois high school football, and his teams have broken nine IHSA Class 4A offensive records.

An assistant athletic director and physical education instructor at Driscoll, Coach Burzawa stresses “academics before athletics,” and 98% of his football graduates have gone on to attend college. Intent on creating a “family-team” environment, Burzawa states in his coaching philosophy: “Winning football is about being the best that you can be as an individual and as a teammate on and off the field. As a coach, recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of each athlete is critical in developing their roles on the team, as well as taking pride in the marginal athlete and developing them into better players, and later in life, great men. I believe being a positive role model and demonstrating strong leadership, along with speaking from the heart to convey one’s thoughts and ideas, is the key to victory.”

Burzawa’s predecessor at Driscoll, Coach Tim Racki, said: “A head coach often receives too much credit for wins and too much blame for losses. In my case, I always thought I received too much credit for Driscoll’s football success. That credit belongs to Mike Burzawa. His ability to create a vision, articulate a plan, and follow through…was instrumental in our success on and off the field.”

Burzawa is a 1995 graduate of the University of St. Francis in Joliet, receiving a bachelor’s degree in communications. He was a team captain and four-year letterman in football. As a student himself at Driscoll, he played on the 1991 state championship football team as well as the 1992 Class A state championship baseball team.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Burzawa will help coordinate the new System of Support academic program at ETHS as well as do supervisory work in the athletic department and the fitness center. “We are very excited about Coach Burzawa coming to ETHS—and what we think will be the return to the glory days of ETHS football,” said Athletic Director Livatino.

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  1. In determining who to hire
    In determining who to hire school officials schools should require, like Chicago does, that ALL employees of public schools serving Evanston live within the community served by the school. This would be a real way to ensure that the school employees are paying into the system. Evanston has the highest property taxes in the nearby suburbs (and is facing a possibility of a heavy increase at the schools’ request); half of those taxes go to the schools. There seems to be no reason that our funds should fund the economies of other suburbs.

    1. We need a large pool of potential employees
      I do not agree that people we hire in the schools and government live in the community – it would limit the number of qualified people being able to apply.
      We should seek the best and brightest people not hire them on were they live.
      People in many cases have reasons to live were they are – spouse work, sick parent children in school etc. clear a policy like this is not good.

      A large number of Evanston residents work in other communities.
      This would not solve our tax mess.

      I would only agree that the very top employees of the systems live here – typically we give relocation allowances to them to encourage that.

      By the way a friend’s child who was a police officer wanted to live here and the city of Evanston programs for assistance had so much paper work and red tape they choose to live elsewhere. I have long felt it would be good to offer a incentive program for the police to live here given the crime problem in this town. ( I did not say require them to live here)

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