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Stepinac Head Football Coach to be Honored by the Salvation Army at Community Service Awards

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (March 25, 2014) – Michael O’Donnell, Director of Athletics at Stepinac High School, will be honored for his more than 30 years of commitment to local athletics by the Salvation Army at the 26th Annual Community Service Awards Breakfast on Thursday, March 27.

“It is an honor to be recognized by a wonderful organization like the Salvation Army,” said Coach O’Donnell. “I am grateful to be among an incredible list of individuals and organizations that have been strong forces in our community.”

Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester will also be honored at the event.

As Director of Athletics, Coach O’Donnell oversees one of Westchester County’s premier high school athletic programs. Stepinac, an all-boys school of nearly 700 students, offers sports programs that include football, baseball, basketball, bowling, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, cross county/track & field, and wrestling.

Coach O’Donnell has been Head Football Coach at Stepinac for 24 years, a position that has brought success and wide recognition to the school. Teams he has coached have won numerous Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) Division Championships and CHSFL AA Championships. He was named the Daily News Suburban Coach of the Year in 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2010, receiving Honorable Mention in 2009, and was an honorary Coach of the Week for the New York Giants.

He was named the Lohud.com Coach of the Year in 2010 and Daily News Coach of the Year finalist in 2010. In 1999, he received the Cardinal O’Connor Service Award.

Coach O’Donnell has been inducted into the Stepinac Hall of Fame and the CHSAA Hall of Fame, and won the Archbishop Stepinac Board of Trustees award in 2010. In addition to his awards, he is a member of the CHSFL Board of Governors and serves as Vice President on the Executive Committee, and is a member of the Con Edison Scholar Athlete Award Committee.

A number of the student athletes he has coached over the years have played professional, including Football Player Eric Ogbogu (New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys), Baseball Player Brian Sweeney (Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Devil Rays) and Basketball Player Marty Conlon (Boston Celtics, Miami Heat). Additionally, he has had hundreds of students placed in Division 1 and Division 2 college athletic programs.

“Aside from his athletic accomplishments, Coach O’Donnell has been an integral part of the success at Stepinac and the greater Westchester community,” said Stepinac President Father Thomas Collins. “We congratulate him for this latest recognition by the Salvation Army.”

Coach O’Donnell resides in White Plains with his wife, Carla. They have three children, Margaret who is 25, Conor who is 23 and Liam who is 18.