Mount Carmel's Lenti breaks wins record

Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti broke the state record for football coaching wins when he recorded his 307th victory in the Caravan’s 62-8 win over St. Joseph on Saturday.

Lenti surpassed former Richards coach Gary Korhonen to become Illinois’ winningest coach.

Lenti downplayed the milestone earlier in the week.

“I really haven’t given it much thought to tell you the truth,” Lenti said. “I haven’t played a down of football in years. To me, it’s about everyone who has been involved. It’s not just me.”

Lenti has been Mount Carmel’s head coach since he took over for Bill Barz in 1984. In 28 seasons, Lenti has put together a 307-54 record, won nine state championships and played in 14 state title games.

“My mantra has never changed,” Lenti said. “As long as I’ve been coaching, I’ve wanted the kids be the best people they can be, the best students they can be and then the best athletes they can be. Ultimately, when they graduate from Mount Carmel, we want them to be responsible young adults.”

Mount Carmel has the makings of another state championship run this season. The Caravan improved to 4-0 with the win over St. Joseph and are ranked No. 4 in the ESPNChicago.com top-20 poll.