John Quinn, the longest-tenured boys basketball coach in Fenwick High School’s history, was dismissed Wednesday afternoon seven days after completing his 28th season.
According to a source, Fenwick players were notified of Quinn’s firing in a meeting Wednesday with athletic director Scott Thies. Quinn’s final game was a 55-46 loss to Orr in the Class 3A Riverside-Brookfield Sectional semifinal March 6. The Friars (18-9, 7-4 Catholic North) had won seven of their last eight games entering the contest.
In a statement, Thies said: “Fenwick High School has decided to make a change in its basketball program. As a result, John Quinn will no longer be the head basketball coach. He will, however, continue his duties as a valued member of the Fenwick faculty. . . . He has made many contributions to the program and we thank him for his many years of dedication and service to the Fenwick basketball program.”
When contacted, Quinn declined to comment.
He is the brother of Gov. Pat Quinn, who makes occasional appearances at Fenwick games.
John Quinn’s first season was in 1985-86. He led the Friars to their only state tournament appearance in 1998 with current Detroit Pistons forward Corey Maggette. Fenwick finished 28-3 and set a school record for wins in a season. Fenwick went 16-9 in Quinn’s first season after he took over for Will Rey, the current coach at Northridge Prep. Fenwick’s first coach, the legendary Tony Lawless, had the second-longest tenure at the school — 16 years, from 1933-48, according to IHSA.org records.
Quinn graduated from Fenwick and is a social studies teacher at the Oak Park school. He received the Golden Apple Award in 1992. He was named to the Catholic League Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.