A former Xavier great...  teacher, guidance counselor & coach at Xavier High School

April 24, 1948 - Aug. 25, 2019     PHOTOS


     Andy Mahoney, a long-time teacher, guidance counselor and coach at Xavier High School, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 25.

     Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Xavier High School, 1600 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton. Visitation will be in the school’s chapel from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on Saturday. A memorial service will then be in the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre starting at 1:00 pm that day.

     For 26 years Mahoney was involved in athletics at Xavier. He was the Girls Basketball head coach for three years, and his Hawks compiled a 39-3 record. His GBB team won the WISAA state championship in 1978 and also qualified for state in 1979, plus they won 2 conference championships. He also was an assistant Track coach from 1978 until 2002, with three state championships during that time. He was head coach of the Girls and Boys Cross Country teams from 1977 until 2002. Andy began at Xavier in 1976, teaching social studies, business, psychology and economics while also attending UW-Oshkosh to obtain a certification to be a guidance counselor.

     In 1978 Mahoney began his guidance counseling career at Xavier, and he became the director of guidance at XHS in 1985. Andy stepped down from coaching Girls Basketball to devote more time to his role in the guidance department. Mahoney was recognized for his excellence both in education and coaching. He was honored as Coach of the Year three times, Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year. He also earned a Herb Kohl Fellowship, was the 2000 Red Smith Coach of the Year and received the 2003 Red Smith Award for Outstanding Service to Athletics.

     His first job out of the University of Notre Dame was teaching technology at St. Mary High School in Menasha. He belonged to the Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling, the Wisconsin School Counselors Association and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

     He and wife Beth loved to travel, especially to visit their grown children and grandchildren.