Meet the new Notre Dame Preparatory coach: Mark Nolan

Notre Dame Preparatory, 9701 E. Bell Rd. in Scottsdale, is beginning the school year with new head football coach, Mark Nolan.

The seasoned coach is coming into a team that had a record of 4-6 in the 2014 season. Coach Nolan previously was employed by Regis Jesuit High School in the Denver area.

“The success of a program depends directly on the development of the character traits like: honor, integrity, trust, work ethic, loyalty, persistence, coach-ability, mental toughness, confidence, and a positive mental attitude. Admiral traits, such as these, are good for everyone and I believe football is a vehicle to teach these traits to young men,” said Coach Nolan.

Read below to get to know the new coach:

Coach Nolan

Coach Nolan

Name:Mark Nolan

Team I coach: Notre Dame Preparatory Football

My goals for the team: To build a program that produces championship young men who compete for a state title each year!

What I like most about coaching: To impact and develop the character of young people.

Sports I’ve coached throughout my career? Football and Track.

My best sports memory: Too many to count.

My philosophy on coaching young people? As a veteran educator and coach, I am convinced winning is a by-product of character.  I firmly believe winning is not just a result of talent, but of good character traits.  The success of a program depends directly on the development of the character traits like: honor, integrity, trust, work ethic, loyalty, persistence, coach-ability, mental toughness, confidence, and a positive mental attitude.

Admiral traits, such as these, are good for everyone and I believe football is a vehicle to teach these traits to young men.  Character education, both in the classroom and on the field, are paramount to why I do what I do.  I truly care about taking boys and over the course of their high school experience, turning them into men.  We can all agree, the game of football (for most) is over in a short amount of time.  However, the lessons learned will influence the players for a lifetime.

Therefore, learning how to be a winner and reinforcement of values being taught at home and continued development of good character traits, will help mold a young man into being a great man.  This means a great husband, father, member of his community, his church, his profession, and the list goes on.

I believe a successful program invests in the price of success by working hard in the off-season through lifting and technique days as well as during the season through practice, film meetings, and preparation.  By doing things the “right” way we are teaching our next generation that hard work can equal success.  Our partnership between coaches, athletes, and parents will develop the character to win in football and more importantly, in life.

What are the components of a successful team? A team that operates and works as a team.  Meaning the players are unselfish and serve the team and make sacrifices to help the team.

What qualities make a well-rounded athlete? A well rounded athlete is an athlete who has a solid fundamental base and is a great athlete regardless of the sport and in fact the well rounded athlete plays multiple sports.

What I’m excited about: I am excited about the opportunities at Notre Dame Preparatory with the new relationship and partnership with Nike and Powerade.  Our new stadium that will open up this season at our first home game.

What was the easiest part about starting at NDP? The hardest? Easiest part of Notre Dame Preparatoy was plugging into a great community of people and the hardest part was and is learning all the new names.

My interests and hobbies:  I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my wife and kids in the great outdoors.

My personal motto: Vincere te Ipsum.  Conquer yourself.

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