Bishop Dwenger names Jason Garrett new head football coach

Bishop Dwenger has named baseball coach Jason Garrett its next head football coach. (News-Sentinel file photo)

Bishop Dwenger is keeping it in the family.

The school announced Thursday afternoon that Campus Minister Jason Garrett will replace the retired Chris Svarczkopf as the leader of the Saints’ football program.

Garrett has served on the Bishop Dwenger football staff for six years, most recently as the offensive coordinator under Svarczkopf the last two seasons. He has also headed up the baseball program for four seasons, leading the team to a trio of sectional titles and a regional championship in 2014.

It is unclear whether Garrett, a 1988 Bishop Dwenger graduate, will remain the baseball coach.

“Coach Garrett, a 1988 alum of Bishop Dwenger understands the true meaning of what it means to be a Bishop Dwenger Saint,” said Bishop Dwenger Principal Jason Schiffli in a release. “He appreciates the importance of maintaining the highly guarded and respected traditions that have been part of the school and football program since the very beginning.”

During the school day, Garrett serves as the school’s pastoral minister, connecting with students and working how to grow closer to the Catholic faith.

“We are impressed with his credentials, skills on and off the field, and his ability to be a leader and a role model,” said Athletic Director John Bennett. “The (search) committee received an overwhelming amount of recommendations for Coach Garrett from area coaches, area school administrators, church officials, parents, colleagues, and area sportscasters.”

Garrett is the sixth permanent head coach in Bishop Dwenger football history, joining Bucky Haag, Larry Bartolameolli, Fred Tone, Andy Johns and Svarczkopf. Ernie Bojrab coached the program on an interim basis during the state championship run in 2015.

The Saints went 10-4 last season in Svarczkopf’s final campaign, falling to Lowell in semistate.