Burger Picked to Lead Fire Boys Basketball

After a comprehensive search, Principal John Dols announced on June 16 that Joe Burger as the new head boys basketball coach.  He shared these words, “Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, a love for the game of basketball, a commitment to the HF mission, and a passion for working with young men.”   

Coach Burger, after a short 3 year stint at Holy Family, has spent the last nine years as the head coach of the Edina High School Boys Basketball program, leading several teams through the competitive Lake Conference seasons to the Section 2AAAA finals.  He earned the distinction of 2AAAA Coach of the Year in 2017 and, in part, built a high school program by establishing a strong summer camp program that introduced over 300 youth to Edina High School basketball.  Coach Burger has experience and familiarity with the AAU program and coached with the nationally ranked 17U program.  He is well versed in the college recruiting process, and several former players have gone on to play collegiate ball, including at the Division 1 level. It is fair to say that he will immediately make an impact and continue Holy Family basketball’s strong legacy. 

Coach Burger shared this message with his new team:

It is hard to describe just how thrilled I am to be come back home to Holy Family as the Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach. I have always felt an exceptional loyalty to this program and it is an honor to be able to return and give back to the school that has contributed so much to my positive experience as a coach.

 I learned so much (other than how to coach defense) in my years coaching under Matt Thuli and my biggest takeaway was always how he cultivated relationships with his players. That same student-centered focus is what I will bring in as head coach and I understand that my job is for each player in our program to feel valued, regardless of their role. We are going to work hard, play the game the right way, enjoy our time on the court as a team, and maximize the competitive experience and total development of the student-athletes in our program.

 I am really looking forward to working with our players next week and so excited to be back as a part of this basketball community!

A quick note that the summer camp schedule is changing. The 9 am-10:30 am camp will be moved to 4:15-6 pm next week, beginning Monday, June 20.  The 10:30am-noon workouts will not meet next week (June 20-23).  The 10:30am-noon  workouts will resume on Monday, June 27, with an additional make-up week scheduled in August.

Coach Burger would love to meet his players’ parents.  He encourages you to stop by at the end of practice and introduce yourself.  He can also be reached at burgerj@hfchs.org if you have any additional questions.

Upcoming schedule changes

The 9 am-10:30 am camp will be moved to 4:15-6 pm next week, beginning Monday, June 20.  The 10:30am-noon workouts will not meet next week (June 20-23).  The 10:30am-noon  workouts will resume on Monday, June 27, with an additional make-up week scheduled in August.  

Coach Burger would love to meet his players’ parents.  He encourages you to stop by at the end of practice and introduce yourself.  He can also be reached at burgerj@hfchs.org if you have any additional questions.  

 

New Executive Director for Enrollment

Dear Holy Family parents,

In these final days of the school year, I am excited to share some great news with you and ask for your help in welcoming Mr. Rory Oster as Holy Family Catholic High School’s new executive director for enrollment.

Rory holds a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University, a Catholic Jesuit university in Spokane, Washington, and a master’s degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. While Rory is new to Holy Family, he is not new to high school education. He has worked in athletics administration for 17 years, most recently for Camas School District in Washington. He excels at networking, relationship-building, and strategic planning, all necessary and transferable skills for his new role in leading our enrollment efforts. In addition, his responsibilities included event planning, program development and promotion, and budget oversight.

Rory and his family—wife Robyn, and their children Rylan, Reagan (HF Class of 2026), and Reece (HF Class of 2032), make their home in Carver, MN, from where Rory worked virtually and commuted for the past two years.  Reagan, a recent graduate of St. Joseph C-Stem School in Waconia, introduced the Oster family to Holy Family through our school’s dance team. They soon fell in love with the school and community.

In describing his excitement in accepting this position, Rory says, “I have become an enormous fan of Holy Family Catholic High School over the past two years. My wife and I selected Holy Family before this opportunity became available, so I have first-hand experience as a prospective parent who chose this school for the education, the opportunities, and the faith-based culture. I look forward to introducing other families to the Holy Family difference—this is an exceptional school.”

Rory is currently wrapping up the school year with Camas High School and is simultaneously completing his training and onboarding to hit the ground running on June 13. Please feel free to stop by over the summer to introduce yourself and share your unique Holy Family story.

Finally, I’d like to thank our admissions associates, Mrs. Katie Miller and Mrs. Beth Grussing, for continuing to introduce Holy Family to prospective students and parents as our search for the best candidate ensued. I am happy to say that interest in Holy Family remains very high, and new applications continue at a healthy pace.

It’s an incredible time to be a part of our school as God continues to bless us with new members of the Family dedicated to sharing the mission and work of Catholic education. Thank you for choosing Holy Family and helping us welcome Rory and our new students and families over the coming months.

Live Jesus in our Hearts,

Mike Brennan
President