McCarthy joins the Brother Rice community as the new varsity baseball coach for the upcoming season. He grew up in the Palos Park area and attended Palos South Middle School. John graduated from St. Rita High School in 2002 and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2006. Currently, McCarthy is pursuing his Master of Arts in School Counseling and Guidance from Lewis University.
Before coming to Brother Rice, John McCarthy spent four years at St. Rita High School as well as three years coaching for the Illinois Sparks Baseball Organization. As a player, McCarthy was an all-conference performer in both baseball and football at St. Rita High School. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 27th Round of the 2002 MLB Draft. He opted to attend Mesa Community College and spent his final two years as a standout leadoff hitter and outfielder for the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette. McCarthy spent three years pursuing professional baseball with the Windy City Thunderbolts and Gary Southshore Railcats. His best season came in 2007 as a member of the Frontier League Champion Windy City Thunderbolts.
John McCarthy is looking forward to his position at Brother Rice, but he knows he has some big shoes to fill. “Brother Rice has a rich tradition, academically and athletically,” said McCarthy. “I am honored to be part of the Brother Rice tradition and follow in the footsteps of great coaches like Coach Sedlacek, Petrak, Lyons, and Szmergalski.” Coach McCarthy hopes to continue the great legacy of baseball here at Brother Rice.
Senior baseball player Garrett O’Neill has played on Coach McCarthy’s Sparks traveling baseball team for the past two years, which has an impressive two year record of 44-11-2. “Coach (McCarthy) is super intense and gets the best out of all his players,” said Garrett. “I’m looking forward to a great season.”