Bishop Guilfoyle

Bishop Guilfoyle

Catholic High School

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Goodness, Discipline, Knowledge






(Altoona, Pennsylvania, July 23, 2019)—Chris Drenning has been named Athletic Director at Bishop Guilfoyle (BG), effective immediately.   Drenning replaces Mike Cacciotti who has served as the Athletic Director since July 2012. Cacciotti will continue to serve BG as Assistant Principal and will take on a new role, assisting with school outreach and community engagement.


As Athletic Director, Drenning is responsible for the 20 varsity PIAA sports that BG offers, as well as two club sports which include competitive cheerleadingand ice hockey, and all junior varsity and BG junior high athletic programs. In 2018-19, 85 percent of the student population (grades 7 – 12) represented BG as student athletes.


Drenning is also responsible for major fundraisers for the Athletics Department, as well as overseeing individual team fundraisers. Fundraising is a very significant part of the position, as the school’s operating budget is separate from the AthleticsDepartment budget. The Athletic Director reports directly to the BG Principal.


“Chris understands the mission and vision of theschool,” said Joan Donnelly, BG Principal. “As head boys’ basketball coach, Chris has represented the school very well, supporting our values of goodness, discipline and knowledge. He has been very successful as a coach, and I anticipate he will be very successful as the Athletic Director.”


“Chris values and appreciates our student athletes, coaches and community,” said Cacciotti. “He brings a positive energy to our AthleticsDepartment and will work hard to ensure our athleticsprograms remain successful.”


“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be the Athletic Director at Bishop Guilfoyle,” said Drenning. “BG has a long and illustrious history in all areas of athletics. I look forward to serving the Marauder community, our student athletes, and coaches. I intend to build upon the strong sports history that has been established at the school; continuing to give our student athletes the best experience possible, while fostering and encouraging students to participate in multiple clubs, sports and community service.” 




Drenning, a 2002 graduate of Penn State University,has been the head coach of the BG boys’ basketball team since 2012 and will continue in this role. 


As the Marauders head coach, he has recorded 131 wins and 54 losses. Under his leadership, the team won District VI Championships in 2013, 2018 and 2019. They were crowed Laurel Highlands Athletics Conference Champions in 2018 and 2019. Most recently, they won the silver medal at the 2019 PIAA Class AA Championship.


A graduate of Tussey Mountain High School, Chrisand his wife Stephanie (Carnicella), BG’81, have two children Lauryn, BG’06, and Brandon, BG’13. They have been married for 33 years, and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren

Gia Mae, age 2, and Jace, a newborn.


The position which is part-time was posted in early June. Candidates were interviewed by a committee consisting of the BG President, Principal, Assistant Principal, and representatives from the Faculty, Board of Trustees and Athletics Advisory Committee. Denise Fox will continue to support the AD as Administrative Assistant in the BG Athletics Office.


“As the region’s premier private junior and senior high school, BG strives for excellence in all we do, always focused on helping to raise healthy, successful kids,” said Joe Adams, BG President.  “Athletics is a pieceof that experience and we are thankful that a talent such as Chris is stepping into this important position.  Mike has been a successful AD, and is now freed up to tackle new challenges, working inside and outside of the school to help BG make a strong, positive impact for all families in our region. We are blessed to be part of a supportive community and are committed to this area as a great place to live and raise a family.”