Mike McIntee, a former teacher and coach at Jesuit High School who built one of the top prep golf programs in the country, died Nov. 8 at 73.
He had Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, his daughter Shannon said.
Mr. McIntee was a well-known figure at Jesuit who challenged and mentored generations of students in academics and athletics for 30 years. He joined the faculty of the Catholic high school in Carmichael in 1976 after teaching and coaching in the Pacific Northwest.
Besides teaching chemistry and mathematics, he was chairman of the science department for many years and led the Science Bowl team to national finals in Washington twice. He also served as chairman of the Sacramento Science Bowl competition.
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Meanwhile, he coached the golf team for more than two decades, making Jesuit a perennial leader in the highly competitive sport in California high schools. He led the team to the Nor-Cal Championship title in 1984, four Sac-Joaquin Section titles and many sub-section titles. In 1989, he founded the Father Joe Barry Junior Masters, a biennial tournament that draws high school teams throughout the United States.
In addition to being named golf coach of the year by the California Coaches Association in 1995, he was honored as national high school golf coach for Region 8 by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 1996.
“Mike was a great teacher, and obviously that carried over into golf,” Jesuit athletic director Chris Fahey said. “He always went out of his way to make people feel good and comfortable. He had a way in golf where he’d push you sometimes, but he was also there to pat you on the back and say, ‘Hey, I’m proud of you.’”
An avid golfer since boyhood, Michael John McIntee was born in 1941 in Seattle and raised in Butte, Mont. He was the first student at Butte Central High School in Montana to letter in golf, his daughter said.
He graduated from Gonzaga University and earned a master’s degree in chemistry and biology from University of Mississippi. He began teaching at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Ore., and he also taught and coached at high schools in Washington state.
Besides golf, he coached all levels of Jesuit football from 1976 to 1987, his daughter said. Players included his son Mike Jr., who led an underdog team as quarterback in a legendary Holy Bowl victory in 1986 that snapped a seven-game winning streak by rival Christian Brothers High School.
Mr. McIntee, who retired from Jesuit in 2006, enjoyed traveling with his wife, Cheryl, to Canada, New England, Washington and the Panama Canal. A summer school teacher for many years, he packed up his wife and young children every year before the start of the fall semester for camping trips to Yellowstone National Park; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and the Black Hills.
“August was always vacation time for the family,” his daughter said. “We spent a lot of time in the car in the Midwest.”
In addition to his wife of 47 years, daughter and son, Mr. McIntee is survived by three grandchildren.
A vigil and Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, and a funeral Mass is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento. Interment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jesuit High School Scholarship Fund or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
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