Kevin Rooney, the coach who keeps coaching |

Kevin Rooney arrived at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the fall of 1980. He had been an assistant coach at Mountain View St. Francis in Northern California. He was hired to be the Knights’ football coach and athletic director.

During the early years, I used to receive phone calls and real hand-written letters from people wondering why Rooney was ever hired. His first two teams went 3-7 and 4-5-1.

It’s 38 seasons later. Notre Dame has won 19 league titles and four Southern Section titles. The team is 4-0 going into its Mission League opener on Friday at home against Loyola. And Rooney is still coaching.

“He’s been at Notre Dame longer than most of the buildings and he’s going to be there a lot longer,” former assistant Jeff Kraemer said.

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