By: Mike Swanson
Chicago – Fr. Paul Galetto, Ph.D., O.S.A, St. Rita’s Head of School and CEO, has appointed Roshawn Russell, M.B.M., a 2008 St. Rita alumnus, athletic director of the 112-year-old institution--effective July 1, 2017. Russell will immediately retain his position as assistant director of admissions and head sophomore basketball coach while adding duties as assistant athletic director through June 30, 2017. St. Rita President Mike Zunica (Hon.) will retain the athletic director position until July 1, 2017. He has held the athletic director position since the fall of 2009.
Prior to becoming assistant admissions director at St. Rita in Sept. 2015, Russell earned his master of business management degree at Fontbonne University. He also served as assistant men’s basketball coach, after two years as a graduate assistant. Russell enjoyed a very successful playing career on the hardwood. He finished his career with the North Park University Vikings ranked number one on the all-time free-throw-shooting charts both for his career and for a single season. He shot a career-best 88 percent from the line over his career and shot a record 90 percent during his freshman year. He also ranks tenth all-time in total assists at North Park and scored 939 points over his four-year playing career. Russell is ranked seventh all-time at North Park for career three-point field goals made with 117 and ranks eighth all-time in career three-point percentage with 38.5%. Russell graduated from North Park University in the spring of 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Russell attended St. Rita where he enjoyed a stellar prep career. He was a four-year starter for the basketball team and earned All-Chicago Catholic League Second Team honors as a junior and First Team as a senior as well as All-Area honors from the Southtown Star. He was voted the team MVP his senior year and earned All-Tournament honors at the McGovern Classic. He averaged 18.7 points, 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals in leading the team to an 18-11 record his senior year. Russell also played in the Catholic League All-Star Game in the spring of 2008.
Fr. Galetto said, “St. Rita is in a very strong position. We understand the winning formula that makes our school a sought-after choice for young men. Roshawn also understands our winning tradition, which emphasizes academics and athletics. He is ready to continue our legacy as we move confidently into a new era of building championship teams with student-athletes who succeed on the court, in the field or on the ice and in the classroom. Roshawn’s status as an alumnus and as a championship athlete when combined with his youth and personality make him a great choice for St. Rita.”
Zunica added, “It seems I have known Roshawn forever. His older brother Rashay came to St. Rita in the fall of 1999 when Roshawn was nine years old. Since that fall, 17 years ago, I have admired Roshawn and his family in every aspect of their interaction at St. Rita. For me personally it is a great testimony to Catholic education to watch Roshawn go from a little brother at St. Rita to a St. Rita student, coach, employee and now a member of our administration as our athletic director.”
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 112-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.