Mark Cooney Locker Room Dedication
Alumni return to campus to dedicate locker room
This past September the St. Anthony Alumni Association dedicated the BC locker room to one of its most distinguished alumni, Mark Cooney '69. Mark Cooney is notable to the St. Anthony community because he was the first athlete to go on to play professional sports. While attending St. Anthony Mark is credited for bringing both the football and basketball programs to their highest potential. During Mark’s tenure on the basketball team he helped lead the team to two state championships in 1967 and 1969. In addition, Mark was part of the 1967 football team that made it to the state championship game. That game is notable because the Yellow Jackets lost by one point in the final minutes of the game by a score of 7-8. After graduating from St. Anthony Mark went on to play football for the University of Colorado where he was named MVP in the 1972 Gator Bowl. Shortly thereafter Mark was drafted to the Green Bay Packers where he played one season.
Mark was an exceptional athlete and was beloved by all who knew him, and it is with great honor that the class of 1969 with the St. Anthony Alumni Association dedicated the newly remodeled locker room in his memory. The hope for the memorial to Mark is that it will inspire our student athletes to work hard and overcome their challenges in order to find successes in their lives. The class of 1969 and many Oblate priests came back to campus to share stories about Mark. In addition, arrangements were made for Mark’s family fly in from Colorado to unveil the memorial plaque and sign. The weekend was filled with speeches by all of Mark’s classmates and family, and concluded with all of Mark’s loved ones gathering around to witness first sight of the newest addition to the St. Anthony Catholic High School campus.
Mark's story will be an inspiration to all of our student athletes and his character embodies what it means to be a St. Anthony Yellow Jacket. Please click below to see pictures from the event.