Mr. Carroll

Mr. Carroll

Obituary: Daniel Carroll, award-winning wrestling coach

From staff reports

Daniel E. Carroll was a teacher and wrestling coach at St. Rita High School. In 2003, he was named Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Coach of the Year.

A resident of Oak Lawn, he died Nov. 3. He was 61 years old.

Born in Chicago, he attended Downers Grove North and was a three-sport athlete: football, wrestling and baseball. He graduated in 1979

Mr. Carroll attended Truman State University in Missouri and graduated in 1984 with a master’s degree. He coached both football and wrestling at a local high school there.

In 1986, he returned to Chicago and served as an assistant coach at St. Edward High School, coaching there until 1988. He then moved on to Weber High School in 1990. He coached at Weber for seven years and had two individual state champions and four state place-winners. His team won the IHSA Regional title in 1997. In 1996 he received the Tony Lawless Award as the Chicago Catholic League Coach of the Year.

Mr. Carroll moved on to St. Rita in 1997 and remained as their head coach for 11 years.

While at St. Rita, he coached back-to-back Class AA State Championships in 2003 and 2004. St. Rita also placed second in 2006 and placed third in 2005 and 2007 and was a Dual Team State Tournament Quarterfinalist in 2008 and 2001. His teams won more than 210 dual meets and eight Regional Championships. He coached more than 80 state qualifiers, 44 state place-winners and 12 state champions.

Mr. Carroll, received the prestigious Tony Lawless Award three additional times while at St. Rita.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lynh; mother-in law and father-in-law, Hiep Le and Cuu Le: Dear brothers, Robert (Mary), Scott (Michelle) and Bruce (Susan); sister, Mary Ellyn; sister-in-law, My Trang (Don); nieces and nephews, Susan, Christine, D.J., Danny, Ryan (Trinity) and Matthew; and grandnieces and grandnephews, Abigail, Annabelle, Savannah, Logan, Ellynor, Aaron, Ivy and Zayden. He was the son of the late Robert and Eileen Carroll.

Services were Nov. 11 from St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Arrangements were by Blake-Lamb Funeral Home.

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