Chicago – John Nee, a 1993 graduate of St. Rita of Cascia High School has been appointed to the position of head baseball coach--effective in the 2018 season. Nee currently serves as the associate head baseball coach, alongside head coach Mike Zunica (Hon.), who will complete his 21st and final season at the helm of the program in 2017. Nee will continue as an assistant varsity football coach and English teacher. Zunica will retain the responsibilities of president, athletic director and chief advancement officer. Zunica also retires as the winningest baseball coach in St. Rita history with over 600 wins, including three summer state titles and three state champion runner-up finishes.
In addition to being a football standout, John Nee was a three-year member of the varsity Mustangs baseball team. He helped lead the Mustangs to a 1991 regional championship, a 1993 #1 state-ranking and a 1993 Catholic League championship during his high school playing days.
After high school, Nee attended the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill. to play baseball and football. He honed his baseball skills at the collegiate level under legendary coach Gordie Gillespie. After graduation from college, Nee served the St. Rita baseball program for 19+ years, including the last eight years as associate head baseball coach.
Zunica said, “I know John is the best man to lead the Mustang baseball program in the next era. His skill set is unique because he combines an amazing baseball knowledge with an exceptional ability to motivate his players. He also understands the St. Rita philosophy. He’s always prepared when he comes to the diamond. I am happy to pass the torch to John and look forward to seeing him succeed as the 13th head coach in St. Rita history.”
Nee said, “I am unbelievably humbled by and thankful for this great opportunity to continue the tradition that is St. Rita baseball. Working under Mike Zunica over the past 19 years has been a tremendous experience, and I will forever be in debt to him for all that he has taught me on and off the baseball field.”
The 109-year old St. Rita baseball program is one of the winningest and most-legendary athletic programs in the State of Illinois, playing in the storied Chicago Catholic League conference.
About St. Rita High School
St. Rita High School is a college-preparatory, Augustinian Catholic high school located on a beautiful 37-acre campus at 7740 S. Western Avenue on Chicago’s south side. The all-boys St. Rita has a 111-year old tradition and legacy, is over 24,000 alumni strong and offers 15 athletic teams competing in the Chicago Catholic League and 30 clubs and activities.