Cristo Rey Jesuit is blessed to have Coach Rich Dorn at the helm of its soccer program. Coach Dorn has won five state championships during his forty year career at three different schools. He was recently awarded the 2022 D4 Boys Soccer Coach of the Year award. We asked Coach Dorn to reflect on this past season and the Cristo Rey Jesuit experience.
"The CRJHS boy’s varsity soccer team was a special group. The boys embraced the philosophy and values that are the foundation of the CRJHS Soccer Program and building a championship culture: maintaining priorities, commitment, taking ownership of the program, personal responsibility, accountability, resilience, mental toughness, competitive fire, and the willingness to work to win. It was a joy to spend every practice and game with the players and coaches and I will always cherish the memories created."
"An underlying and ever-present force in the soccer program were the Jesuit values and the teachings of St. Ignatius that were consistently emphasized. In particular, the values of Cura Personalis and Magis were quite applicable. We genuinely cared for each individual and one another, in mind, body, and spirit. On a daily basis, players are expected to strive for excellence and to try to do more. And to paraphrase St. Ignatius, our student-athletes are encouraged ‘ to go forth and set the soccer world on fire!’"
"Cristo Rey Jesuit HS is a destination for the following reasons: it is a Jesuit educational institution with the accompanying philosophy and values; it has high academic standards and expectations; growth potential is a way of life; graduates have excellent outcomes; the facilities are outstanding. As a coaching staff, while we talk about winning, the primary emphasis is getting better daily, doing one’s best, and striving for excellence. The opportunity to impact the school by coaching both boys and girls is significant to creating a championship culture. I received a private, Catholic school education and value it to this day. A sports program can have major impact on the school culture and community. It is exciting to promote Catholic, Jesuit, Christian values. We are here to build better people through the soccer program."