So why still do this whole coaching high school football thing, Chris Andriano?
After leading the Montini football program for 35 years, posting a 269-120 record, and winning five Class 5A state titles including four straight from 2009 to 2012, what else is there to accomplish?
If you have even gotten to know Andriano you already know the answer. The man simply loves coaching and seems to enjoy accepting a few new challenges every year.
The 2014 edition of the Broncos will feature lots of changes and many new faces.
Montini enters the newly formed Chicago Catholic League Green Conference which will include former Suburban Christian Blue teams Marmion Academy, St. Francis, Fenwick and De La Salle. Just five starters (three on offense, two on defense) return from the Broncos' 2013 state runner-up team.
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Looking for another challenge? The Broncos first four games of the season which include games at Maine South, home against East St. Louis then road games at St. Rita and at De La Salle.
Yet the biggest challenge was thrown down last November when Andriano's old friend, Sacred Heart-Griffin Hall of Fame head coach Ken Leonard, took it to Montini on the state's biggest stage, and beat the Broncos in the Class 5A state title game.
I'm willing to bet that the Broncos, led by Andriano, haven't stopped working since taking that second-place trophy off the podium at Huskie Stadium. While he would never admit this, I'm willing to bet no one would love a chance to get Sacred Heart-Griffin back on the state title stage again in 2014, this time down at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
These are just a few of the type of challenges that seems to motivate Andriano.