Providence is a member of Illinois High School
Association (IHSA), the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) for boys' teams and the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) for girls' teams.
In the fall of 1962 Providence High School
opened its doors at its new location in New Lenox. Tom Dedin was
appointed the school’s first athletic director and he immediately began
the athletic program. That fall the first sports were freshman boys’
soccer, basketball and baseball. The girls’ program was not
interscholastic. The girls were involved in G.A.A. (Girls’ Athletic
Association) which was an intramural league.
Major changes took place in 1972-73 with
the addition of women’s interscholastic programs. Nan Airola became the
first Girls’ Athletic Coordinator. Tom Dedin left Providence after the
1975-76 school years and Matt Senffner replaced Tom Dedin as Athletic
Director in 1976.
Conference affiliation began in the late
1960’s when Providence joined the South Central Prep League. In 1971,
the Celtics joined the Private School League and remained in it until
the 1986-87 school years. In the fall of 1987, the Celtics began a two
year affiliation with the West Suburban Catholic Conference. In the fall
of 1989, Providence became an independent. In 1996 the school joined
the Chicago Catholic League in boys’ sports while the school joined the
East Suburban Catholic Conference in 2000 in girls’ sports.
In the mid-70’s, the Illinois High School
Association started enrollment classification for state competition. By
the end of the decade Providence had become an athletic powerhouse by
winning State Championships in boys’ baseball 1978 (Jaime Garcia),
wrestling 1978 (coach Tim Ruettiger) and girls’ track 1978 (Sr. Judith
Legan). The boys’ basketball team captured the State Title in 1979
(coach Frank Palmasani).
In the 80’s as the enrollment grew, Providence became a “AA” school.
Continuing its success, State Championships were captured in baseball
1982, football 1987 (coach Matt Senffner), and wrestling 1981(coach Tim
Ruettiger), 1988 (coach Tim Ruettiger), and 1989 (Mike Polz). The
baseball field was named the Tom Dedin Field in honor of the man who
worked so hard to initiate the athletic programs at Providence.
In the 90’s the football program captured
State Championships in 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 under head coach
Matt Senffner. The football team compiled the 2nd longest winning
streak in Illinois history while winning four consecutive State
Championships. The 50 game winning streak began at the start of the 1994
season and concluded in the ninth game of the 1997 season.
In the 00’s the football team came back to
win three more State Championships in 2001, 2002 and 2004 (coach Matt
Senffner). The football field was named Matt Senffner Field in 2006 to
honor the longtime coach and at the time of his retirement in 2006 the
winningest coach in the state of Illinois with 300 wins.
The Wrestling Team captured State
Championships in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 for a state
record six consecutive state championship all under Coach Keith Healy.
In 2004, the Pom Pon Team earned a
state championship trophy and place 3rd in State in 2014.
In addition, the Celtic Cheerleading
Team took 3rd in State in 2003 and 2014 and were National Champions in 2004,
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2013, they capped off their season with
an IHSA State Championship in the large Division.
In 2008, the Boys Volleyball Team
captured an IHSA 4th place state trophy.
In 2009, the Boys’ Golf Team took
5th place at State, in 2010 8th place and in 2011 9th place.
In 2009, the Football Team brought home a 2nd place state trophy
and won the tough Catholic League Blue Conference championship beating
all teams in the conference. Also in 2009, The Varsity Boys Hockey Team
won the Illinois State Championship with a 6-5 overtime victory over
Highland Park. This exciting Celtic win was for the White Division of
the AHAI Blackhawk Cup making this Providence Catholic’s 1st State
Championship in Hockey.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the Baseball
Team won the Catholic League Conference. In 2011 the Varsity
Baseball team earned a 2nd place state trophy. In 2014, the team won the IHSA State Championship
In 2012, Softball Team won an IHSA
3rd place State trophy in Class 3A.
In 2013, the Boy’s Track Team
produced a first ever 2nd Place State trophy.
In 2014, the Football Team captured the
IHSA State Championship trophy and shared Chicago Catholic League Blue Conference Championship title.
The school has captured hundreds of
Conference, Regional and Sectional championships since 1962. To date,
Providence Catholic High School has won 28 State Championship Titles,
which is more than any other Catholic high school in Illinois!
Providence Catholic High School sits on a
beautiful 75 acres campus. The school’s athletic facilities include
Bishop Kaffer Stadium and Matt Senffner Field that has synthetic turf
(2012) and is surrounded by an all-weather track (2012). The stadium
features has new lighting (2008) and was recently renovated with new
home and visitor stands (2004). In addition to the bleachers, many other
improvements were made to the stadium, including a new broadcast booth,
sound system; scoreboard and renovated concession stand (2004).
The school’s Main Campus has two softball
diamonds and two baseball diamonds. The varsity baseball team plays on
Tom Dedin Field which was completely renovated in 2007. The project
included a brick backstop, new home and visitor dugouts, storage and
locker rooms, and press box.
girls varsity softball field was renovated in 2012 with a new brick
backstop along with a netting; home and away dugouts, storage area and a
second story locker room along with a press box.
The indoor facilities include two
gymnasiums, a complete wrestling facility, training center and a fully
equipped weight room. Providence prides itself on having among the
finest, most dedicated coaching staff in the state.
In addition, the school’s West Campus (¼
mile west of the main campus located at Gougar Road & Rt. 30) features
two soccer fields, a freshman baseball diamond. In 2013, PCHS
added two full size sand volleyball courts. The West Campus sits
on fourteen (14) acres.
In 2012, PCHS acquired the South Campus
(1/4 west and ¼ south of the school at Gougar Road and Ferro Drive),
which features a cross-country running course (Wilderness Trail) and is
the future site of athletic facilities and parking on twenty-five (25)
In 2014, the girls locker rooms were completely rennovated.
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28 State Championships and Counting!
The Celtics maintain a standard of excellence that is second to none. To
date, Providence Catholic High School has won 28 state championship
titles, which is more than any other Catholic high school in Illinois!
Baseball: '78, '82, '14
Boys' Basketball: '79
Football: '87, '91, '94, '95, '96, '97, '01, '02, '04, '14
Pom Pons: '04
Girls' Track: '78
Wrestling: '78, '81, '88, '89, '97, '98, '99, '00, '01, '02