Mr. Tony Oldani
By Beau Peterlin ’10
Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Joliet, Ill. which is outside of Chicago.
What was it like growing up in Chicago?
It was cool; high school in Chicago was every bad 80s move cliché you could imagine…
I knew a lot of people that were Jersey Shore before Jersey Shore.
What was the University of Illinois like?
It was cool playing volleyball there and being a part of the volleyball team.
When did you move to Arizona?
I moved to Arizona in ’94; I graduated from college and my parents moved out here and I didn’t have a job, so I decided to come and hangout at their house and I taught summer school.
Why did you become a teacher?
When I became a teacher I had no intention of being a teacher. I was a senior at U of I, I was econ poly-sci double major, going to law school and I coached a volleyball camp to help out the women’s team and fell in love with coaching and decided to change my major to education.
Is Mr. Schmidbauer ’88 your best friend teacher at Brophy?
Schmiddy might be one of the most misunderstood people on campus, he has my back all the time and yeah, I say best friend at Brophy.
Will the Black Hawks win the Stanley Cup this year?
I think it’s a given when you look at the rest of the teams in the west. It should come down to the hawks and the ’yotes and really can you really put your faith in a team that doesn’t even have an owner; a little orphan hockey team, so it’s got to be the hawks.
What is it like being the volleyball coach at Brophy?
More rewarding than coaching a lot of other things here and at the same time more frustrating. We are in a unique situation; virtually nobody comes to Brophy knowing how to play volleyball so the cool part is so you put together teams that win state or are at least competitive in state and you know started with 0 with those kids.
What is the key for students to get an A in your class?
Getting an A in my class is easy $10,000 of unmarked bills or just study.
Is that on the record?
It is not on the record. I will deny ever saying that, that’s not me (on your recorder), I’ll say it was a voice over.
So the key to getting an A in your class?
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If you could have the power at the end of each year to kick out one student, no questions asked, and fire one teacher, no questions asked, would you want that power?