An era of unprecedented success for the Marquette Catholic High School boys’ basketball program will have a new leader beginning next season. Dr. Donovan Garletts, head coach of the Blazers for the previous seven seasons, is departing Marquette to become assistant superintendent at Greencastle Community School Corporation.
“We wish Donovan and his family all the best as they embark on this new and exciting opportunity. Donovan’s contributions to our basketball program – and this school – have been invaluable. He not only produced extraordinary results on the court but served as a respected mentor to our student-athletes,” said Katie Collignon, director of athletics.
Garletts put Marquette Catholic’s pin on the map during his tenure on the sidelines. Beginning in July of 2010, he inherited a program that had experienced one winning season in its previous seven tries. MQT underwent a nine-win improvement from Garletts’ first season to his second. In just his third campaign, Garletts guided the Blazers to their first state title in school history. Marquette Catholic returned to Indianapolis the very next year as part of a school-record 24-win season. This past year, MQT made its third semi-state appearance in four years. For his accomplishments, the NWI Times named Garletts as the 2017 Coach of the Year.
In total, Garletts amassed a 117-64 (.646) record in seven seasons and is the winningest coach in program history. Under his tutelage, twelve former Blazers went on to play collegiate basketball. Prior to his time at Marquette, he also won a championship as an assistant coach at Bloomington South in 2009.
Following Garletts’ resignation, assistant coach Fred Mooney was promoted to head coach.
Mooney brings a wealth of coaching experience to the head table. He wore numerous hats in his 35 years at Hammond Baptist High School. Mooney served as athletic director all 35 years in addition to a 16-year stint as head boys’ basketball coach (410-106), an 11-year run as varsity football coach (51-37), two seasons as the junior varsity basketball coach (27-3), and 11 seasons as a junior high basketball coach (152-19). Over his three-plus decades with the Swordsmen, Mooney collected 640 wins.
The Hammond native retired from Hammond Baptist in March of 2011 – but returned to the game later that calendar year as an assistant coach on Garletts’ staff at Marquette Catholic.
“It’s every athletic director’s dream to have such a high-caliber person capable of making this transition so smooth. Fred’s character and values align precisely with what we’re trying to do here at Marquette. His coaching acumen is the cherry on top. We could have scoured the entire state of Indiana and not found a better candidate than Fred,” Collignon said.
Mooney is a 1978 graduate of Hyles Anderson College and a proud husband to Vickie. The two have been married for over 40 years and have four children: Ruth, Rachel, Timothy, and Todd. They also have seven grandchildren: Reagan, Brit, Lucas, Olivia, Connor, Reese, and Mathew.
“Winning is important and you always want to put your kids in a position to succeed; that’s my goal. And it starts by winning their hearts. I want to build solid relationships. When it all shakes out, basketball is just a game, but the character traits last a lifetime,” Mooney said.