St. John Central announces revival of football program

"The Irish are back!"

That's what St. John Central Athletic Director Jaela Koller announced during a Facebook Live session Tuesday evening on the school's Facebook page in regards to the football program at the high school.

St. John Central has not fielded a varsity team since the 2015 campaign, but Koller tells NEWS9 that plans are in place to restart the program this fall, and that they've already agreed with a veteran area head coach to lead the program.

That coach is former Bishop Donahue head coach John Durdines, who led the Bishops for 15 seasons before the school's doors were closed prior to this school year.

Durdines knows all about building a program from the ground up, starting with 14 players in 2002 and eventually fielding a consistent winner. He posted a 90-69 record there, posting winning seasons in 11 of the final 12 years, including five playoff appearances.

Durdines told NEWS9 Tuesday night that he anticipates playing a varsity schedule in the fall of 2018. He says he is very excited and that this is a great opportunity, and is thrilled to get his staff back together.

He added, " I know what it takes. I've been there, I understand it is going to be a process. I know my coaches are excited to try to build it back the way we did at Bishop Donahue."

Durdines spent this last season helping out Tony Filberto's Weir High program as an offensive advisor.