Football adds another staff member

Football adds another staff member
May 30, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Former Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) quarterback John Karpowicz is returning to the “nest” as an assistant football coach at his alma mater, it has been announced. Most recently, Karpowicz was the head varsity coach at Glenbard West High School for nine seasons (1998-2006). He led the Hilltoppers to three consecutive IHSA playoff appearances and his 2003 squad reached the second round of the playoffs. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Driscoll Catholic High School for three seasons (1995-97), where he led the Highlanders to a 21-10 mark (including a Suburban Catholic Conference title and quarterfinal playoff berth in 1996). “We are very fortunate to have a coach with John’s experience join our staff,” said Benedictine Head Coach Jon Cooper. “He has demonstrated success on the field at both the high school and college levels. He also has first-hand knowledge of the traditions, values and mission of Benedictine University and will be instrumental in passing that along to our players. “I’ve observed John as both a player and as a coach. I believe he will add a lot to our offense.” Karpowicz’s coaching experience also includes collegiate stints at Lake Forest College, as an offensive line coach in 1994, and for IBC as a quarterbacks coach in 1988. On the prep level, he was the offensive coordinator at East Chicago Central High School from 1989-93. He also assisted with the varsity quarterbacks, and coached the freshman team, at Naperville North High School in 1987. During his own collegiate career for the Eagles, Karpowicz played both football and baseball. On the gridiron, he was a four-year starter at quarterback, leading the team to a 9-1 record in 1986 (which still ranks as the best season in the modern era of football at the school). He was IBC’s football MVP and team captain as a senior in 1986. He was also a two-time team captain for the baseball team in 1986 and 1987. Karpowicz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Benedictine College in physical education in 1987. He has a Master of Arts degree in physical education from Chicago State University (1996).


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.