Notre Dame Athletics | December 7, 2017
University of Notre Dame freshman defensive back John Mahoney received a 2017 National Football Foundation Chapter Scholar-Athlete award today at the NFF annual Chapter Awards Luncheon presented by Under Armour at the New York Midtown Hilton.
Mahoney and four other student-athletes received the honor based on their high school accomplishments. He was the Midwest honoree for his football and academic accomplishments at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Mahoney was joined by fellow May 2017 high school graduates Bobby Maimaron (Northeast/Duxbury, Massachusetts/Williams College), Brandon Micale (West/Arvada, Colorado/San Diego), Rick Mottram (East/Allentown, New Jersey/Bucknell) and Blake Wooden (South/Plantation, Florida/Columbia). Wooden is the son of former standout Irish defensive back Shawn Wooden.
"The first few months at Notre Dame have been a whirlwind--you can't really describe it," said Mahoney as he was interviewed by Amy Yakola, chief of external affairs at the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"Having the opportunity to sit in the same locker room and play on the same field that so many great players have graced over the years has been unbelievably awesome.
"Balancing athletics and athletics is a little different when you get to college. The best thing is time management. You have to know what needs to get done every day and then manage your time effectively."
Mahoney excelled both on and off the field at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. A senior team captain, he was named First Team 4A All-State and Second Team Elite All-State at defensive back in 2016. The Tigers finished the regular season as the only undefeated 4A team in Iowa, with Mahoney leading the team to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Amassing 40 tackles his senior year, the first team all-district selection led a defense that registered three shutouts and limited its opponents to just 6.8 points per game. An Academic All-State honoree in 2016, Mahoney earned academic all-conference laurels all four years of high school.