Kellenberg Memorial sponsors four different Football Teams; there is a Varsity Team for Seniors & Juniors, a Junior Varsity Team for sophomores, a Freshman Team, and Latin School team for the 7th & 8th graders. The high school teams compete in the prestigious New York Metropolitan Catholic High School Football League, while the Latin School team competes against other parochial middle schools in the area. Coach Kevin Hanifan has been the Varsity Football Coach for the Firebirds for the past 23 years.
This past 2017 season was a very successful one for the Firebirds. The Varsity team posted an 11-0 overall record and captured the NY Catholic High School Football League “AA” Title. The Firebirds defeated rival Fordham Prep in the Championship Game 54-19. After the season a number of Individuals received honors, QB Matt Sluka was named the AA Offensive Player of the Year as well as a 1st team All-Long Island Selection by Newsday. Linebacker Dan Wilson was named the AA Defensive Player of the Year, while lineman Brendan Whitehead finished second in the voting for AA Lineman of the Year. Whitehead, Wilson, and Sluka along with Elijah Eddy (D-Tackle), Patrick Harinski (Center) Aidan Fitzgerald (Cornerback) and Frankie Roder (RB & LB) earned All-League Honors for their work last season.
To stay up to date throughout the season follow the Firebirds on Instagram @KellenbergFootball & Twitter @KMHSFootball
The pride of Coach Hanifan’s tenure as the programs Head Coach is not about wins and losses nor the individual accolades. The program prides itself on building successful young men, this can be documented through all the players that have played Football for Kellenberg Memorial and then have gone on to play at some of the most highly regarded Universities in the Country, former Firebirds have gone on to play at:
|Georgetown University||U of Rhode Island||Duquesne University||Lycoming College|
|University of Virginia||Mercyhurst University||SUNY Albany||Lafayette College|
|U.S. Military Academy||John Hopkins University||Stony Brook University||Catholic University|
|U.S. Naval Academy||Kings College||Hofstra University||Amherst College|
|University of Nebraska||Gettysburg College||SUNY Cortland||SUNY Maritime|
|Wake Forest University||Wagner College||Franklin & Marshall||Susquehanna University|
|College of the Holy Cross||LIU Post||Merrimack College||Ithaca College|
|Salve Regina University||Springfield College||US Merchant Marine Academy||Pace University|
|Sacred Heart University|
For additional information, you can follow the team on Twitter and Instagram for updates on games, team events, offseason workouts, and alumni happenings.