Tom McNamara, a 1959 graduate of St. Teresa High School, will be honored prior to the October 6, 2017 St. Teresa High School homecoming football game vs. Tuscola.
Dr. Kenneth C. Hendriksen, Executive Director, stated, “Tom McNamara has served sixty (60) years as a sports writer in our community. He is an IBCA Hall of Famer who has highlighted St. Teresa and other area school in an exemplary manner.” Hendriksen stated that Mr. McNamara will be introduced on the field prior to the homecoming game at approximately 6:40 p.m.
Mr. McNamara stated, “I am deeply humbled and honored that St. Teresa Executive Director Dr. Ken Hendriksen wishes to recognize someone who was too vertically challenged to complete in prep athletics, but wanted to be close to the action, so becoming a sports writer was the next best thing. I am grateful that St. Teresa has been an integral part of the McNamara family for decades and that it recognizes me on my 60 years of sports writing in the Decatur and Macon County communities. Many of today’s coaches and parents of St. Teresa’s athletes I have written about in these past 60 years, including the last 41 as the Decatur Tribune sports editor, when they sacrificed and committed themselves to playing Bulldogs football and other sports. St. Teresa continues to provide an outstanding education for all its students, from the day it opened to now, for the entire Decatur and Macon County communities. I have said it before and will again, St. Teresa’s administration, faculty, including coaches, foundation and board members are truly dedicated to providing their students with the best education that allows them to become successful men and women after they leave these portals. Thanks again St. Teresa for this recognition. I and the entire McNamara family are truly humbled.”
Tom is one of four generations to attend St. Teresa, late father, Thomas J., graduated in 1935, Tom in 1959, daughter Michelle (McNamara) Robinson in 1989, son Brian McNamara in 1993, whose two daughters, Madison and Sydney are junior and sophomores here now.
He started his sports writing career in 1957 as one of the late Bob Fallstrom’s sports clerks at the old Decatur Herald while he was a St. Teresa sophomore. He has enjoyed 60 years of writing sports, the last 41 as Decatur Tribune sports editor.
Tom is the author of five Decatur and Macon county prep sports books—“From Fans Field to Philadelphia with a few stops along the way”, “Dream Season” a chronicle of Maroa-Forsyth’s back-to-back state football and basketball championships in 2006-07, “Thanksgiving Basketball…A Decatur Tradition”, “History of Decatur Area Prep Sports, and “A Season to Remember”, a chronicle of Tom Noonan’s St. Teresa Bulldogs run to the state championship game.
He received the IHSA distinguished media service award on Sept 4, 2015 for which he was nominated by St. Teresa and Maroa-Forsyth. In June, Tom was inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member. In addition, he is a member of the Decatur School district’s Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee. He serves as the historian of both the Team Soy Thanksgiving basketball tournament and the St. Teresa Holiday basketball tournament.
Tom and his wife Nancy of 47 years have two grown children, daughter, Michelle Robinson, son Brian McNamara and six grandchildren—Kaylee, Allie and Ryan Robinson, and Madison, Sydney and Gavin McNamara.
Read Tom’s story in the Herald&Review.