With over 30 years of teaching and coaching experience and 23 years of athletic administrator experience, Henry Johnson launched McGivney’s athletics program. As the District Athletic Director for the Mascoutah School District for 15 years, Mr. Johnson was involved with the building of a new high school, a new all weather track and new baseball and softball fields, and run numerous tournaments. He served the high school on numerous committees including student handbook, semester exams and safety. Mr. Johnson is the huddle coach for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has served as a district CPR/AED instructor.
Mr. Johnson’s service to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has included serving on the Athletic Advisory Committee, Sportsmanship Advisory Committee, and the Strategic Plan Committee and as a Liaison to the Board of Directors. He has also hosted numerous IHSA regional and sectional tournaments and served as the president of Illinois Athletic Directors Association and is presently serving on the credentials committee of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
In 2010–11 Mr. Johnson was named the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Class 3A – 4A Athletic Director of the Year. He was also awarded the State Award of Merit by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in 2008.
Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in developing McGivney’s athletic program and helping the coaches develop strong, dedicated athletes. Go Griffins!
Mr. Johnson and his wife Jean will have been married over 40 years. They have three grown daughters and three wonderful grandkids — two boys and one girl. Mr. Johnson enjoys fishing, reading, travel and spending time with the grandkids.
To reach Mr. Johnson, call the office at (618) 855-9010 or by email.
Jeff Oller, Girls Basketball
Jeff Oller is a native of Lincoln, IL. There he was a member of the football, track, and 2005 Elite Eight basketball team. He then enrolled in Illinois College, earned his teaching degree and played football for the Blueboys.
Oller began coaching basketball after his graduation from IC in 2010 as an assistant coach at Jacksonville High School. He then moved to Glen Carbon as the PE teacher, athletic director, and basketball coach at St Boniface School for the past 6 years. Oller has also been a basketball camp director, basketball skills trainer, select team coach, and assistant for the boys’ basketball program at Father McGivney the last two years.
Coach Oller believes that the game of basketball provides the opportunity for students to grow in every aspect of their life. His hope is to develop a program full of hard working and tough minded student-athletes on and off the court.
Jeff and his wife, Danielle, were married in July 2016 and live in Glen Carbon.
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Rich Beyers, Boys Basketball
Rich Beyers is a native of Shelbyville, IL. He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1997, where he led the Rams to the State Championship during his junior season in 1996 under Coach Sean Taylor. During his high school career, Rich scored 1,980 points, while averaging 20 points & 10 rebounds per game. He was selected Class A player of the year in 1996 as well as 1st team all-state in 1996 & 1997. He then went on to play under Coach Lon Kruger at the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the 1997-1998 Big Ten Championship team. During his sophomore season, Rich transferred to Illinois State University & would finish his basketball career under Coaches Kevin Stallings & Tom Richardson. He played in the NCAA Tournament with the Fighting Illini & in the NIT Tournament with the Redbirds.
After graduating from college, Rich went on to work as a Credit Analyst & Junior Loan Officer at Marine Bank & then worked for R.P. Lumber as a management trainee. He was the Head Coach of the St. Boniface 8th grade boys basketball team from 2006-2008. Coach Beyers is currently employed at Small Business Growth Corporation as a VP/Loan Officer. Rich and his wife, Jenna, were married in June 2013 and currently live in Edwardsville with his two children, Bryce and Grace.
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Tim Vance, Boys & Girls Soccer
Tim Vance joined McGivney as the Mens’ and Womens’ Soccer Coach in 2013. The growing soccer program is looking forward to competing at the varsity level and the IHSA Playoffs this year. Vance enjoys working to build a successful program and develop students with strong character.
Vance has been coaching since graduating from Lewis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing, where he was a member of the Men’s Soccer Program. The soccer team went to the NCAA Division II Final Four his senior year, as well as a GLVC Conference Tournament Champion as a sophomore.
Vance is a coach with Elite Fitness Training in Glen Carbon, as the Staff Director, scheduling and training more than 70 local youth soccer teams from four local clubs. Before coming to McGivney, Vance coached the Girls’ Soccer Program at Mater Dei, where he helped guide them to an overall record of 24-12-2, the first ever 2 regional championships, and a sectional win. Vance is currently pursuing his Master of Teaching from Lindenwood University in Belleville, IL, where he serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Men’s Soccer Team.
As a coach, Vance hopes to instill in his players a sense of community and family. Win, lose, or draw we will play to love our teammates and the game.
To reach Coach Vance, please call 618-855-9010 or email him at email@example.com.
Amanda Pirih, Girls Volleyball
She had previously coached track and field and volleyball at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
She is very excited to be back in the Midwest and to join the FMCHS family.
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Marissa Giuffre, Cross Country
Marissa Giuffre is the head Fr. McGivney Cross Country Coach. Giuffre hails from Gillespie, where she ran Cross Country and Track and Field all four years of high school. Giuffre was an all-conference runner and 2-time IHSA state qualifier for Cross Country and all-conference and 2-time All-State athlete in the IHSA State Track and Field Finals before suffering a season-ending injury her Senior year of basketball, and was not able to compete. Giuffre went on to run Cross Country at Illinois College for two years and still is among the top 10 best times for the school. She also earned several all-conference honors, held several school records, and was an NCAA-qualifying athlete in the Long Jump her Senior year for Track and Field. After wrapping up her personal career, Giuffre assisted in coaching at Bloomington Central Catholic High School in Cross Country and Track and Field, helping lead the Saints to a 3rd and 1st place at the IHSA State Finals, respectively, in Track and Field, with several runners claiming individual state championships in both sports and going on to compete at the highest collegiate level. Upon moving downstate, Giuffre has spent the last three years assisting the Gillespie High School’s Track and Field teams, sending at least one athlete annually to the IHSA State finals and finishing with All-State honors
Giuffre is passionate about running, and with her Masters degree in Biomechanics, stresses the importance of proper technique and running form to ensure her athletes are performing at their top levels and avoiding unnecessary injuries, while teaching the athletes the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and having fun in their athletic endeavors. In her free time, she, her husband, and their two-year-old daughter love to run in local 5k’s to stay competitive and in good physical shape.
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Alyssa Spa, Cheerleading
Alyssa Spa joined the McGivney faculty in 2014 as a mathematics teacher. She also launched the very first McGivney Cheer Squad. She has been a cheerleader since she was 12. She cheered throughout high school at Civic Memorial where she helped her squad earn first place at the ICCA Championships. From there she continued cheering for a few years in college at SIUE.
She took her first teaching job at Roxana High School and accepted the Junior High Cheer Coach position as well. The following year, she was promoted to the JV Cheer Coach. Upon arriving at McGivney, she was very eager to start the cheer program. She hopes to continue her passion and develop her squad’s skills and performance this upcoming year.
Alyssa and her husband Bryan were married in March of 2014. They have two dogs together and are enjoying married life. They are hoping to start their own family soon!
Contact Mrs. Spa at 618-855-9010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.