Welcome to Social Studies! Mr. McCarthy has been teaching at Saint Joe since 2006. He is an alum of Saint Joe and the University of Notre Dame (BA, History 2003, BA, Secondary Education 2003). Prior to arriving at Saint Joe, he spent four years teaching Social Studies and Special Education at South Bend Clay High School. He greatly enjoys the challenge of teaching both Honors World History and Geography at Saint Joe.
Mr. McCarthy received the Thomas A. Gerencher Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2010-2011 academic year. He was the Light of Learning recipient for the 2011-2012 academic year. He received the Saint Joseph High School Community Award in November 2018 and the Glenn Rousey Service Award in June 2019.
He currently serves as Department Chairperson. Additionally, he is the Head Boys' and Girls' Track & Field and Cross Country coach. He helped lead the track teams to ten city championships, six sectional titles, the 2011 Girls Indoor State Championship, and been nominated by the IATCCC for state high school coach of the year award eight times.
Away from school he enjoys reading nonfiction, travel, attending lectures and museums, training for road races, high school and college sports, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, all things Notre Dame, and obsessively following track & field at all levels.
Recent Academic Professional Development:
March 2019- Class Field Trip to the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, IL
January 21, 2019- Site visits to History Museum and Studebaker National Museum; South Bend, IN
January 2, 2019- Site visit to the Art Institute of Chicago; Focus on Medieval Arts, Arms, and Armor exhibit; Chicago, IL
December 4, 2018- Professional Learning Community Conference attendee; "Engaging the Reluctant Reader"; Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
June 2018- Personal travel to Iceland; Visits include Icelandic National Museum, Reykjavik Maritime Museum, and Pingviller Historical site
Recent Athletic Professional Development:
June 2019- Track and Football Consortium Speed and Strength Clinic; Hinsdale Central HS; Hinsdale, IL
January 31-February 2, 2019-Indiana Association of Track & Cross Country (IATCCC) coaches clinic: Indianapolis,IN; Clinic committee member and attendee; Speaker introductions staff
January 27, 2019- Re certification in CPR/AED through American Red Cross
January 24, 2019- Trigger Point Foam Roller Seminar: Myofascial Release and targeted foam rolling exercises for athletes; Fleet Feet Sports, Mishawaka, IN
January 12, 2019- National Federation of High Schools Certification: ACL Injury Prevention (online course)
United States Track & Field (USATF) Level I certified coach (June 2006)
NFHS Certifications in Concussion in Sports, Heat Illness Prevention, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Pole Vault Safety and Rules
St. Joseph Track & Field History
South Bend City Champions B2004, B2006, B2007, G2008, B2008, G2009, G2010, B2010, G2011, B2012
Sectional Champions B2006, B2007, B2008, B2010, G2011, B2015
Indoor State Runner up G2009, G2010, B2012
Indoor State Champions G2011