The St. Francis hockey team was State Champion in 2011 and 2015, proving that hard work can help you reach your goals. Students at St. Francis have the opportunity to develop as athletes on the rink by participating on the hockey team, which aims to teach students the importance of physical growth, while also growing socially and spiritually.
Chris Varga joined the Knight Hockey program in 2007-2008 with former Head Coach Brian Kinsella. After Coach Kinsella's retirement in 2012, Coach Varga took over the program. He coached as an assistant at Woodward High School for three seasons and was the Head Coach for four seasons at Bedford High school. He also served as Head Coach of the Toledo Cherokees Junior B team for three years. Coach Varga was under contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins. During his time at St. Francis, Coach Varga has 6 district titles (2008, 2011, 2015-2018), 2 state finalists (2017, 2018), and two state championships (2011 and 2015).
Coach Varga and his staff were named Back to Back National Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association for their efforts during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. His staff was also recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations as the National Coach of the Year for Ice Hockey in 2016. Coach Varga was the first coach from Ohio selected for these awards in Ice Hockey. For more information, please click the links below.
2016 NHSCA Coach of the Year
2017 NFHS/NHSCA Back to Back