Scott Baum played football for one legendary head coach at Gordon Tech and served as a varsity assistant for another at Loyola.
Later this month, Baum will join both of them in the Chicago Catholic League Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. He’s currently an assistant coach in Loyola’s football program.
“It’s a cool deal, and one that is very special,” he said. “I’ve been around a lot of these guys, and it’s very humbling to be part of their company.”
A native of Chicago’s Northwest Side and product of St. Mary of the Woods, Baum is a 1985 graduate of Gordon Tech, where he played football for Tom Winiecki. After college, Baum was hired in 1989 as an assistant on John Hoerster’s staff at Loyola.
During his eight seasons with the Ramblers, they enjoyed one of the best stretches in program history. Loyola won the Class 6A state title in 1993 and took second in Class 6A in 1992.
Following Winiecki’s retirement in 1996 after 32 seasons at Gordon Tech, Baum left Loyola to take the head job at his alma mater. He spent four seasons with the Rams before leading the program at De La Salle for five seasons.
After eight years as head coach at Niles West, Baum returned to Loyola in 2017. His oldest son, Scott Baum, is a senior at Loyola and was an offensive lineman on this season’s Class 8A state championship team. Sean Baum is a sophomore at Loyola and was on the postseason varsity roster as a defensive back.
“It’s so cool to have my kids in this program,” the elder Baum said. “[Loyola head coach] John [Holecek] has been awesome, and I respect all of the coaches. It’s a great group of guys who have helped my kids grow so much.”
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is April 25 at the Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook.