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Blessed Trinity’s McFarlin named national Catholic football coach of year

Tim McFarlin, who led Blessed Trinity to the Class AAAA championship last month, on Thursday was named the national coach of the year by the Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25.

McFarlin was chosen from among all Catholic high school football coaches across the nation by a panel that includes representatives of CAC Top 25 presenting sponsors Siena Heights University and Global Football, and ranking coordinator Christopher Lawlor.

"This award is for our entire football program and it is such an honor to be recognized," said McFarlin. "Blessed Trinity is a wonderful place to coach. I came here after 30 years in public schools, and it's been an awesome experience. I've really enjoyed following the CAC Top 25 rankings this year and the football is at this level is competitive, so we consider ourselves very proud to be included in the ranking."

Blessed Trinity finished No. 8 in the CAC Top 25 (below).

McFarlin’s record in nine seasons at the Roswell school is 90-18-1. Blessed Trinity defeated Cartersville 23-9 in the championship game this past season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Blessed Trinity is the first Georgia Catholic school to win back-to-back state titles. 

"There was a lot more pressure on us this year," added McFarlin. "Last year we were under the radar and there were two or three programs expected to win and we were ranked fifth or six. This year, it was Blessed Trinity who were the favorites to win and we were ranked number one in the state from week one. I'm fortunate to have a veteran staff and we talked about how we would deal with that expectation. As much as possible, we tried to ignore it, but that's easier said than done."

2018 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 Final rankings:

  1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (13-2) ! # *
  2. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (13-1)
  3. St. Joseph's Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (13-0)*
  4. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (15-0)*
  5. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (12-1)
  6. Saint Louis School, Honolulu, Hawaii (11-0)*
  7. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (10-0)
  8. Blessed Trinity, Roswell, Ga. (15-0)*
  9. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (13-2)
  10. Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Mo. (12-1)*
  11. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (11-3)*
  12. Charlotte (N.C.), Catholic (15-1)*
  13. Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (9-3)*
  14. St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J. (10-2)*
  15. St. John's College, Washington, D.C. (9-1)
  16. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (10-2)
  17. Chaminade-Madonna College Prep, Hollywood, Fla. (12-2)*
  18. Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Wash. (13-1)*
  19. Cardinal Gibbons, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (13-2)*
  20. Xavier, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (13-0)*
  21. Columbus, Miami, Fla. (14-1) @
  22. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (11-3)*
  23. Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Ill. (13-1)*
  24. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa (11-2)*
  25. Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (13-3)*

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