Eddie Stritzel ’92, MBA ’95 hired as girls basketball coach at Nazareth


A version of this story appeared in the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest
May 6, 2016

Eddie Stritzel ’92, MBA ’95 has been hired as girls basketball coach at Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, Illinois. Stritzel, who played collegiately at Dominican, has been coaching for 20 years.

Stritzel spent nine years as the head coach at Trinity High School in River Forest. He is the winningest coach in Trinity history, having compiled a 236-51 record. 

"(Stritzel) brings some great qualities to this program," Nazareth athletic director Duane Buturusis said. "He has great credibility. He has a passion for the sport and the kids and that's what you want. We're excited at having him here." 

"I felt Nazareth was the right fit for my family," Stritzel said. "We are being welcomed with open arms. Nazareth really sold me on their program. Obviously, academics are top of the line and athletically they are prepared to go to the next level."

Nazareth has never won a sectional title, though the Roadrunners have captured nine regional championships, most recently a 3A crown in 2014.

The hiring of Stritzel signals that Nazareth is committed to attaining elite status in girls basketball, much as it has in sports like football and baseball. It comes at a time when the school is building a major addition that will house a practice gym as well as nine new classrooms and space for performing arts.

"I'm really excited and we intend to make Nazareth a state power sooner or later," Stritzel said. "You get one or two kids to come and then families see that it is another option for people in the neighborhood who might not have thought of Nazareth before."

Stritzel's teams at Trinity were known for playing up-tempo, fundamentally sound basketball and succeeding against teams with bigger players and better talent. He intends to bring the same brand to Nazareth.

"We're going to implement my system," Stritzel said. "We like to play fun and fast still. It will be fun to watch. I firmly believe that kids want to be great. The future is going to be very bright."