John Quinn out as Fenwick basketball coach, Gov. Quinn speaks out

Gov. Pat Quinn voices displeasure with his alma mater's decision

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 10:42 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013 11:47 a.m. CDT
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(File photo by Bill Ackerman)
Gov. Pat Quinn (from left), holds a press conference with Congressman Dan Lipinski, Westchester President Sam Pulia and other elected officials in front of the Westchester village hall on flooding issues on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

SPRINGFIELD – John Quinn will no longer be the head coach of Fenwick boys basketball, and his brother, Gov, Pat Quinn made it clear he doesn't agree with his alma mater's move.

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, Gov. Quinn felt the need to speak out against the move.

"He's a kind and gentle man who understands the importance of sportsmanship, and I feel that my high school has lost its soul," Quinn said according to the report. "It's a devastating blow to my brother, John, and I think the administration there has let down the students, the alumni and shame on them."

John Quinn had coached the Fenwick varsity team for 28 years. This season he led the Friars to their first regional title since 2006. He is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coach Association Hall of Fame and a Golden Apple award-winning teacher, and he will retain his teaching position at Fenwick, according to the report.

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