Shrine Catholic High School Names Ben Kerfoot Athletic Director

Kerfoot to further Shrine’s legacy of 75 years of athletic excellence

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Aug. 9, 2017 — Shrine Catholic High School has named Benjamin Kerfoot as its new athletic director. Kerfoot will oversee all of Shrine High School’s athletic activities and facilities including its multi-sport field house, newly resurfaced football field and 17 varsity sports.

“Ben comes from a pool of more than two dozen candidates of both genders with backgrounds in high school and collegiate athletics, business and education,” said James Mio, Shrine High School principal.  “Ben’s experience with both coaching and administration will help further Shrine’s award-winning athletic program — a program that uniquely sees participation by more than 70% of our students in at least one sport.”

Kerfoot has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in physical education and a master’s from Grand Canyon University in administration/leadership.  He has nine years of experience in the classroom as a physical education teacher and six years as an athletic director. Kerfoot has coached both boys and girls basketball at the high school level.

“In the last four years, Shrine Knights played in nine Catholic High School League championships and more than a dozen district/regional championships,” said Kerfoot. “Shrine’s athletic legacy is legendary and I look forward to continue building a program that develops our students both as leaders and teammates.”

“The mission of the Shrine High School Athletic Department is to provide a holistic experience for our athletes which fosters and encourages the areas of an industrious work ethic, team work, goal setting and a commitment toward individual responsibility and individual growth. Our sports programs should ultimately help our young people grow as disciples of Jesus,” said Monsignor Robert J. McClory, Shrine Schools president. “Ben comes to us with excellent credentials and a strong background in both Catholic schools and athletics and he is the ideal candidate to further our Shrine mission.”

This year, Shrine is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its first graduating class. This historic anniversary demonstrates Shrine’s commitment to an outstanding academic experience coupled with a faith-based education. A Shrine education begins in pre-school, continues to kindergarten, grade school, academy and then high school.

About Shrine Catholic Schools and National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica

Shrine Catholic Schools are parish schools of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan. Founded in 1934, the schools provide a co-educational Christ-centered learning environment for Pre-K through 12thgrade, with a focus on excellence in college preparatory education as well as extracurricular activities and many after-school programs and clubs. The National Shrine of the Little Flower, named a minor Basilica in 2015 by Pope Francis, was founded in 1926 and serves a parish of approximately 4,200 families in and throughout the Metro-Detroit area. 

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