AURORA – Within the walls of the Marmion Academy athletics department, newly named Athletic Director Paul Chabura is hard at work continuing to cultivate and advance the program.
Chabura, in his second year at Marmion, was promoted from his previous post as assistant athletic director in July. Chabura is taking over for Andrew Damato, who will maintain his role as assistant principal of administration.
Joe Currie and Antonio Young will continue in their assistant athletic director roles.
Chabura, Currie and Young met with the Kane County Chronicle on Aug. 1 to discuss the department’s short-term goals for the coming years, its involvement in the Chicago Catholic League and new coaching hires.
One short-term goal is to “continue to infuse” the school’s core principles through the athletic programs.
“When we talk about our faith, our academics [and] leadership here, it’s just not talk,” Chabura said. “We want our kids to be able to go out there and exemplify that through their actions ... hopefully, [we] are using our athletic programs to go out there and give them that – and be able to showcase those types of things.
“Obviously, it’s important for us to go out there and have successful programs here,” Chabura continued. “But never at the expense of those three pillars. We don’t want to cut corners.“
One critical and noted investment has been the commitment toward Marmion’s growing strength and conditioning program led by Bryce Biel, who is now entering his second season full-time with the school. Biel also is the owner of Legacy Sports Performance, a strength, conditioning and speed training facility.
“It’s been my goal – and I always include Paul in everything we’re doing – to sincerely change the culture,” Biel said. “The school has backed me 100%. ... It’s awesome to be able to know that I am supported.”
Biel began working exclusively with the baseball program in 2016-17, when it placed third in Class 3A.
The following offseason, the Cadets football program joined in on the strength program.
“Now we work with all the athletic programs,” Biel said. “Their success has been seen in multiple sports over the last four years. This success has led to an overall increase in attendance and commitment to the strength and conditioning program.”
Marmion continues to be proud of its involvement with the CCL.
“We’re very fortunate that we’re a member of that conference,” Chabura said. “We feel like it’s the best conference in the state, and from a competitive standpoint, our kids have to always be on guard. They always got to prepare.”
Marmion recently hired a few coaches – Angelo Carbonara for lacrosse in the fall of last year, Aaron Maschman for the swim team in May and Christian Esposito to lead its hockey program.
“In lacrosse, when you talk about Loyola Academy, Fenwick ... we want to get [to that level],” Chabura said, regarding Carbonara. “I think he’s got the ability to go out there and make that happen for us.”
Maschman, an assistant coach at Marmion for nine seasons, ascends to the top role previously held by Bill Schalz.
Schalz, the coach for more than 20 years and an Illinois Swimming Hall of Famer, announced his retirement last year.
Esposito previously served as the head men’s ice hockey coach at Northern Illinois University and is a coach on the Geneva Cyclones club team that recently earned a bronze medal at the USA Midget 18U Tier II Hockey National Championships in April.
“You know how [one might] say that one kid has got that ‘it’ factor?” Chabura asked rhetorically. “You can’t define what it is, but when you see it, you know what it is? Well, this place is that.
“When you walk through the school, talk to our kids [and] our coaches, you know that place has got that ‘it’ factor,” Chabura continued.