Join us as we honor
Friday, December 11, 2015
Reception: 5:30 pm
Ceremony: 6:30 pm
(Prior to Varsity Boys’ basketball game)
Marist Catholic High School
Send us your favorite Ed Hummel stories.
Ed Hummel came to coach and teach at St. Francis High School in 1960 and continued when the school broke new ground and changed its name to Marist in 1968. Until the Marist brothers came to campus in 1967, the staff was so slim that Ed was teacher, coach, and ran the entire athletic program. If Ed was lucky, though, one of the nuns serving the school might volunteer, just for fun.
Over the last 55 years that Ed has served Marist, he has been known as a great coach and teacher. He had received a degree in Physical Education and Health, but spent most of his time teaching world history. He also taught math, drivers’ education, typing, PE, economics, personal finance, American history, government, and accounting. Ed said, "I could teach any course and be certified to teach anything from 1st grade through 12th."
In the classroom and on the field, Ed emphasized to his players and students the importance of being honest, truthful, and respectful to themselves and each other. Seeing first-hand countless students benefitting from a Marist education, Ed says, “Marist feeds the total person religiously, academically, athletically, and socially. A person can know himself or herself here in a complete way. What becomes important to you as a student is not what you can get away with but who you are, what you can do for yourself and for others.”
Ed recalls, “I didn't take vacations in the middle of the season. When I committed myself, I committed myself to the program.” In the 1960s, when Ed was baseball, basketball, and football coach, the students created the “Coach Hummel cheer” that was sung with respect and admiration:
Hummel Hummel he’s our man,
He’s our coach and he is grand.
We’ll stick with him the whole year through,
Hummel Hummel, we’re with you!
Even though Ed retired from teaching in 1998, he really has never left Marist. He is so dedicated to the school that he still attends football practices and games and can be seen cruising around the grounds in a golf cart. He is still affectionately called “Coach Hummel.”