Circle of Champions Class of 2011

The Standard: Brother Rice Holds Ceremony for Inaugural Class of the Circle of Champions

 

Jim made great contributions to the Crusader baseball program, who also wrestled for Brother Rice for two seasons.  During his baseball career at Brother Rice, Jim earned All-State honors and was a member of the State Championship team in 1976, the first State Championship of any sport in school history.  After graduating from Brother Rice, Jim continued playing baseball for three seasons at Southern Illinois University before moving on to the professional ranks.  Jim excelled in the Saluki program earning First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference and team MVP in 1980.  Jim holds the single-season slugging percentage record (.777), and is only one of eight players to hit over .400 for an entire season.  He was a two-time batting champion for the Salukis in 1979 and 1980, and was name to the 1980 All-Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Team.  Jim is second in school history in career slugging percentage (.662), fifth in career batting average (.366) and sixth in home runs (26). Jim is a member of the Saluki Hall of Fame.  After three seasons, Jim left SIU and started his 11 year professional baseball career.  During his career he played one year in Japan and four years in the Major Leagues, making stops in St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. Jim currently works for the Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy, primarily with the Chicago White Sox baseball summer camps.

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Tom was a champion and standout in three sports at Brother Rice – football, wrestling, and track.  Tom earned All-Catholic, All-State and All-Catholic American honors as a lineman before becoming a Catholic League Champion and record-breaking shot-putter for the track team.  He played an integral role in ending Mendel Catholic’s 99 dual-match winning wrestling streak with his decisive heavyweight pin on January 19, 1969.  After fielding offers from most every major university in the country, Tom decided to play offensive lineman for the highly ranked University of Michigan, where he started at right guard for three years and was co-captain as a senior.  He was named All-Big Ten and Honorable Mention All-American.  The Wolverines were undefeated Big Ten champs in Tom’s junior year and were 10-1 co-champs in his senior year.  Tom played right guard in the Blue-Grey and Coach’s All-Americans post-season games.  Tom is one of only seven Brother Rice athletes who have been inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame.  Tom Coyle ’69 is long remembered by every football player, wrestler, trackman, and coach who ever competed with or against him.

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David, while at Brother Rice High School, was a three-sport athlete playing football (4 years), track (3 years) and wrestling (2 years).  After graduation, David left for the University of Illinois to play football, where he earned Academic All-Big Ten honors an incredible five times. In 2002, David was an All-Big Ten Conference selection and started all twelve games in for the Illini.  He was integral in that 2002 team, setting a number of school records. As a pillar of the offensive line, David helped pave the way for 446 yards of total offense per game for what was then a school record. That same offensive line bowled defenses over for a season record of 5,356 total yards.  David’s team was also responsible for allowing the fewest sacks in a season, a total of 16, setting yet another school benchmark. During his senior year he was the recipient of the Wright Commitment to Excellence Award, presented to the Illinois player who has dedicated himself to academic excellence despite obstacles faced during his collegiate career. David graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications in 2001, and during his NFL career he completed his academic endeavors in 2008 when he received his master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Human Resource Education. David was drafted by the New York G iants in 2003 and has played for the Giants the last eight years. During one stretch of his career, he started 120 consecutive games. David was named to the 2009 Pro Bowl and was a 2nd team All-NFL selection of the Associated Press in 2008.  Other honors include being named the 2003 Giants Offensive Rookie of the Year and selected to the NFL All Rookie Team.  David played a major role with the 2007 New York Giants, winning the Super Bowl Championship.  David’s accomplishments extend well beyond the football field. As a staunch supporter of Project Sunshine children throughout the year, it culminates with David hosting an annual barbeque at Woodhull Hospital for children receiving medical treatment and their families.  In 2009, as a true testament of his character, David was named the recipient of the Project Sunshine Volunteer Award.  David donated the largest strength and conditioning center in the country for football players to the University of Illinois. David has a beautiful daughter, Addison Elizabeth, who was featured, along with David, in the “N.F.L. Dads Dedicated to Daughters” book.

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Mark grew up down the street from Brother Rice high School.  As a two-sport athlete, Mark played four years of football as well as track.  He was a member of the second place 1972 football team in the Catholic League and was a thrower on the 1974 first place track and field team.  Mark’s individual accomplishments includes being named to the All-Catholic League team, and 2nd team All-State in football.  As a thrower in the league, he took 5th place in both Shot and Discuss.  Mark attended the University of Michigan where he was an immediate impact at offensive guard. During his time there he was a consensus two-time All-American, and at the time was just the 13th Wolverine in program history to be twice honored.  He was considered one of the finest pulling guards in U-M football history.  After a stellar career at Michigan he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and played there for two seasons.  Mark is now V.P. at WellPoint Inc., the largest health insurance company in the U.S.  To this day, Mark’s unwavering support of Brother Rice is unparalleled.  He is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Brother Rice Board of Directors and selflessly serves on several committees and boards. Due to his unbroken commitment to Brother Rice High School and his fine athletic career, Mark enters the Circle of Champions as a man who has never forgotten Brother Rice.

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Phil, a member of the 1969 Catholic League Championship team, went on to be honored eight years ago by being named to the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame.  Phil began his college career at Loyola University of New Orleans.  After Loyola dropped athletics at the conclusion of his freshman year, Phil transferred to Long Beach State, where he played for legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian.  He then decided to return to New Orleans and enrolled at Tulane University.  For his stellar career at Tulane, Phil was inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.  After just two and-a half seasons at Tulane (1973-1976), Phil left the Green Wave as the school’s all-time leading scorer.  Most recently Phil was selected to the Tulane “Team of the Century”, chosen as one of ten from the first 100 years of basketball.  Phil moved on to play for the Chicago Bulls alongside the likes of Artis Gilmore, Norm Van Lier, and Johnny “Crash “Mengelt after being drafted by the Houston Rockets in the second round.  Later in his career, Phil made stops in Houston and Denver.  His path then changed as he headed overseas, where he spent ten years playing professionally in Rome, Florence, and France. Phil is an Investment Adviser Representative of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company.

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Rico finished his career in fine fashion at Brother Rice.  He was an All Catholic League selection in 1994 and 1995.  He was a force at both ends of the floor, finishing as the sixth leading scorer in Brother Rice history, second in career rebounds, and third in career blocked shots.  These numbers led Coach Richardson’s 1994 team to the school’s first ever Sectional Championship over Donovan McNabb and Antoine Walker of Mt. Carmel and a 1995 Chicago Catholic League title.  In his senior season, Rico capped his outstanding high school career by winning the Tony Lawless Award and was nominated for Illinois’ Mr. Basketball. After his successful career at Brother Rice, he went on to be a three-year starter for the Redbirds at Illinois State University.  Rico led his Redbird teams to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and remains the school record holder for most points in a Missouri Valley Conference game with 38 points.  After his junior season at Illinois State, he was signed to play with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain) for the 1998-99 season.  Later that same year, Rico was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round, number 31 overall.  He spent the 2002-03 season in France and was named the Most Valuable Player of the PRO-A league.

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Bobby is considered one of the best all-round athletes in Brother Rice history due, in part, to his excelling in three sports – football, basketball, and track.  Remembered for his uncanny shooting touch and tenacious defense against opponents’ biggest players, Bobby was a three-year starting forward and co-captain of the Crusader varsity basketball team.  Through his play and leadership, Bobby willed the 1969 team to the school’s first Chicago Catholic League Championship.  This same year, Bobby won his third consecutive Catholic League hurdles championship for the Crusader track team.  Prior to the basketball and track seasons of 1969, Bobby was the starting quarterback on the Catholic League South Section Championship team which finished 8-2.  For his performance that year, Bobby was named to the All-South Section team as a defensive back.  Bobby received college offers from numerous schools but chose to play for Bob Devaney at Nebraska, where he played back-up quarterback to Jerry Tagge, who became the #11 selection of the NFL draft.  Bobby transferred to Clemson where he started as a 215 lb. defensive end for two years.

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Will was born on the west side of Chicago where he attended Fenwick High School and played basketball under the legendary Tony Lawless for one year and Bill Shay for three campaigns.  Will graduated in 1951, the same year he was the starting point guard on a team that went 28-0 and beat Tilden Tech at the Chicago Stadium for the Chicago City Championship.  Following graduation, he received a scholarship to attend St. Joseph College in Rensselear, Indiana, where he became the starting shortstop on the baseball team and an All-Conference guard for the basketball squad.  Will’s career path took a turn after his 1955 graduation from St. Joseph when Will was appointed a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served at Quantico, Virginia, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  In 1961, Will was appointed head basketball coach and head track coach right here at Brother Rice.  Will assumed the position of Athletic Director in 1963, marking the first time this position was filled by a lay person.  In 1969, the Crusader basketball team, under the guidance of Will, won the very first ever Catholic League team title in any sport.  Will had the honor of coaching fellow inductees, Bobby Jones, John Tracy, and Phil Hicks.  Will’s honors are many.  In 1978, Will entered the Brother Rice Hall of Fame and in 1980, he was inducted into the Illinois High School Basketball Coaches hall. In all, Will served a remarkable 32 seasons as a head basketball coach and 26 years as an Athletic Director. While raising seven children, Will was all things to all people, juggling the many duties he performed at Brother Rice. His vision brought to fruition the construction of the North Gym and the swimming pool.  His nomination read: “He touched the lives of over 3000 athletes and made endless contributions to Brother Rice High School.”  Will and his wife Marvous have six children, three daughters who graduated from Mother McAuley, and three sons who are Brother Rice Crusader alums.

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Pete Mackanin Jr., was born August 1, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois.  In 1969, after an outstanding career as a shortstop at Brother Rice High School, the Washington Senators selected Pete in the 4th round of the Major League draft.  He made his major league debut July 3, 1973, after the Nationals relocated to Texas and became the Rangers.  In 548 big league games over a nine-year playing career, Pete played for the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Minnesota Twins.  Pete’s five years with the Cubs included one year as the Minor League Coordinator.  He became the Montreal Expos’ third base coach for Felipe Alou in 1997 and spent the next four years there.  His next stint began when the Pirates signed him to be their bench coach for the 2003 season.  At the close of the 2005 season, Pete took over the helm in an interim capacity.  In 2007, as interim manager again for the second half of the season, Pete led the Cincinnati Reds to the 2nd best record in the N.L. Central, including five series sweeps.  Today, Pete serves as the bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies where in 2008, he won the World Series Championship.  Pete and his wife, Nancy, reside in Bradenton, Florida.

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John was a member of the first graduating class from Brother Rice High School.  Not only was John a center on the school’s first basketball team, but he excelled on the varsity football team where he served as captain of the team all four years.  As a two-year member of the track team, John is also remembered as becoming the first student body president.  John’s All-Catholic League performance his senior year earned him a football scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.  In 1963, John received the Joseph Sullivan Award for being recognized as the Notre Dame’s best tackle.  In 1964, under the watchful eye of Ara Parseghians’s coaching staff, John was timed as the fastest lineman in the 50-yard dash.  His remarkable performance for the 9-1 Irish was enough for him to be drafted by both the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL and the AFL Buffalo Bills, who traded him to the Houston Oilers. While with the Oilers, John played all fourteen games in 1996 at linebacker before suffering a career-ending injury.  After his playing career, John became one of the youngest assistant coaches in the NFL, where he made stops with the Oilers, Patriots and Lions.  John settled in for eight years with the Green Bay packers, where he was the first assistant hired under Bart Starr. During that time, John became Starr’s Defensive Coordinator from 1980-1983.

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Tom is a 1959 graduate of Mt. Carmel where he played varsity football for the Caravan from 1956 to 1958. In 1967, he became the football coach at Brother Rice at the age of 26.  Having coached for 26 years, Tom has touched the lives of more than 1,100 former football players during his time.  He led the 1981 football team to a 6A State Championship title while his 1985 squad finished as the 6A runner-up.  Two of Coach Mitchell’s teams can also lay claim to Prep Bowl Champions as the 1975 and 1980 teams accomplished this feat.  Tom is a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.  He has also been honored as an inductee into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame, the Brother Rice and Brother Rice Alumni Association Halls of Fame.  Coach Mitchell’s overall record was an incredible 176-95.  The honors bestowed on this coaching legend reflect not only his commitment to excellence on the field, but also the role he has played in the growth of young adults under his tutelage. Coach can now add to this list of accomplishments an inaugural member of the Circle of Champions.  Coach Mitchell is married to Marianne and they have two children, Timothy ‘83 and Thomas, Jr. ‘83.

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Moose attended Leo High School where he graduated in 1959 and then when on to attend Loyola University on a swimming scholarship. Moose returned to Brother Rice to coach and is considered one of the “Founding Fathers” of high school Water Polo here in Illinois. During his tenure as coach he had the opportunity to coach all six of his sons, each of which went on to earn All-State honors as did two of his daughters. Remarkable does not begin to tell the story of his coaching record here at Brother Rice. His winning percentage of 91%, comprised of 724 wins and just 79 losses, will never be seen again. Moose was a 3-time Lawless Award winner and was inducted into the prestigious Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame in 2003.Moose’s career included a record 13 state championships. He won his first state championship title in 1980 and his last in 1998.  Brother Rice’s run at state titles with Moose at the helm also included 5 second place finishes and 4 third place finishes.  One of Mooses’ greatest moments came in 1986 as he was inducted into the Illinois Swimming Association’s Hall of Fame and yet another was to follow his after his passing as he was inducted into the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2004.  Coach Mulcrone’s name is one that is most readily associated to water polo in and around the state of Illinois. Coach Mulcrone had such an impact on water polo in this state that the Coach of the Year Award is named for him. His name will live on forever as each spring the Jim “Moose” Mulcrone Coach of the Year award is given to the finest high school water polo coach in the state of Illinois, a most deserving title. While receiving all of these incredible accolades and honors, Moose’s finest moments and greatest joys were in the raising of his 9 children, along side of his wife Barbara.

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Aside for being known as a tremendous diver, P.J. was also a member of the 1988 and 1989 State Championship water polo team and was named All-State in polo in 1991.  P.J.’s success in diving began at the high school level and transferred to the collegiate ranks.  He is a three –time member of the All-State team finishing 6th in ’89, 2nd in ’90 and 3rd in ’91, an unbelievably consistent performer when the pressure was on. As a three-time high school All-American (1989, 1990, 1991) P.J. chose to attend the University of Arkansas on an athletic scholarship where he became an immediate force in the Southeastern Conference.   In 1993, P.J. was Arkansas’ first ever swim/dive champion in the SEC.  He was named the conference diver of the year and finished fourth at the NCAA Championships.  In 1994, P.J. finished fifth in the 1m springboard and was the SEC platform diving champion. He was recognized as a collegiate All-American on 4 separate occasions. This high level of success catapulted P.J. to take 4th in the 3m at the 1996 NCAA Zone D Diving Championships, along with fourth at the 1m and second on platform. This second place finish earned him a position as an NCAA qualifier and a permanent place in the Circle of Champions. P.J. was inducted into the Southeastern Conference. He is the proud father of Maeve Catherine Murphy, born January 6, 2010.

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Dan was a four-year standout in both swimming and water polo. As a 4-year varsity swimmer, Dan swam four events each of his four years. During his junior and senior seasons he won four sectional titles which led the team to win the sectional titles as well. As the sectional champion, Dan qualified for the state finals each year and place second in state his senior season. During his senior year Dan was selected as team captain for both swim and water polo. Dan was a member of the varsity water polo team for four years and was a first team all-state selection for each of those four years. One of Dan’s outstanding accomplishments at the high school level was being named Illinois’ Most Valuable Player during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. During Dan’s final three years, Brother Rice won 3 consecutive state championships and posted a remarkable undefeated record during the three-year span. Dan attended Loyola University on an athletic scholarship. He was a four-time NCAA All-American twice earning second team honors while guiding his team to four consecutive appearances in the NCAA championships, which includes the top eight teams in the country. With 13 goals scored for the Ramblers, Dan led all goal scorers in the 1983 NCAA Championships. Dan played on several national and junior national teams from the ages of 16 to 30. At the age of 19 he won the MVP in the Junior Nationals playing on the sixth place team.  Dan played for the USA in the World games on the 1986 and 1990 teams and was selected as the first alternate to both the 1988 and 1992 USA Olympic teams. In 1991, Dan was inducted into the Loyola University Hall of Fame as the “greatest water polo player to ever wear the maroon and gold”. He is widely regarded as the top player in his sport to come out of Chicago and some would argue that he is the top player ever to have played east of the Mississippi. Dan was inducted into the Illinois Water Polo Hal of Fame in 2001. One of Dan’s most impressive traits was his work ethic. Several coaches’ at all different levels speak to the fact that if your best and most talented player is also your hardest working player your job as coach becomes much easier. Dan was that player, from a 14-year –old freshman to a 30-year-old National team member, he set the tone at practice. This led not only to his individual success but more importantly the tremendous results his teams accomplished at all levels of play.

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Eddie grew up in Palos Heights and began high school hockey as a freshman at Brother Rice in 1980. After two years of Crusader hockey Eddie moved to Canada to play for the Stratford Cullitons junior team before joining the U.S. Olympic hockey team. The youngest U.S. player  at age 17, he competed in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo where he score 9 points in 6 games. The Chicago Blackhawks selected him third overall in the 1984 NHL entry draft. In addition to the Blackhawks, he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets, the L.A. Kings, the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the New York Rangers where he was a member of the 1994 Stanley Cup club. During his 16-year NHL career, he played in 1,031 regular season games in which he scored 342 goals with 452 assists for a total of 794 points. He appeared in 57 playoff games in which he scored 19 goals and recorded 15 assists. In 2003 he became the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins where he remained until 2005. Beginning with the 2006-2007 season, he became the game analyst for the Chicago Blackhawks television broadcast. He has since become the lead game analyst for the NHL on NBC and the National Hockey League on Versus. In February of 2010 he was the game analyst on NBC for men’s hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. His younger brother Rick attended Brother Rice High School as well and is now the assistant general manager for the Edmonton Oilers. Eddie lives in the Chicago area with his wife and four children.

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Coach Richardson is in his 22nd year as Head Coach of the Crusaders.  He is a 1982 graduate of Illinois Benedictine College where he earned a B.A. in History.  During his tenure at Brother Rice, the Crusaders have won 36 championships including eight Catholic League, eight Thanksgiving, four Christmas, eleven IHSA Regional, and four IHSA Sectional Championships as well as one Elite Eight appearance in 2005. His Crusader teams have reached the 20 win plateau eleven times including a streak of nine seasons in a row from 1997 to 2005. Coach Richardson has coached 39 All Catholic League and nine All State Players.  One player, Bobby Frasor, was named to the McDonald’s All American Team in 2005.   Ten of his players have earned Division One basketball scholarships and dozens of others have gone on to play college basketball at the Division II, III and NAIA level.  Four players have gone on to play professionally in Europe.  Coach Richardson has been named IBCA Coach of the Year seven times and Catholic League Coach of the Year four times.  He has also received Coach of the Year honors from the Daily SouthTown, Reporter, and City Suburban Hoops Report.  The 2005 Crusaders were the City Suburban Hoops Report “Team of the Year.”   Brother Rice is widely regarded as the best shooting team in Illinois.  Coach Richardson’s teams have made more three point field goals over the last fifteen years than any team in Illinois. He also directs the Crusader Summer Basketball Camp, one of the largest and most successful basketball camps in the Chicago area.  He has also been a guest speaker at camps and coaching clinics throughout Illinois. Coach Richardson is known throughout the coaching ranks as a fierce competitor, and a great strategist, whose intense preparation for an upcoming opponent is second to  none.  In 2003, Coach Richardson was inducted into the Brother Rice Hall of Fame, and in 2008, he was inducted into the Catholic League Hall of Fame.

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“An explosive player who was very dangerous with the ball” sums up what most opposing coaches would comment when asked about the soccer skills of Billy Savarino.  Billy tallied 159 goals during his career at Brother Rice High School, which still stands as an IHSA record today. Billy tied the state record of most goals in a game with ten on his way to notching 50 goals his junior year.  Senior year found Billy striking for 44 goals, which catapulted him to becoming the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year.  As an All-State selection his sophomore, junior, and senior year, Billy was one of 13 forwards selected to Parade Magazine’s All-American squad.  He earned city-wide recognition as the Chicago Tribune Player of the Year and was recognized by the Chicago Catholic League as the Tony Lawless Award winner. His senior year he was First Team All State, All Midwest, and All-American. Billy went on to play four years at Notre Dame where he was a four-year Monogram winner.  After graduating from Notre Dame, he played professionally for two years with the Kalamazoo Kingdom of the PDSL. In 2010, the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame welcomed Billy in as one of their own. Billy owns and operates Savarino Builders and he and his wife Adriana have four beautiful children.

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George Sedlacek coached a countless number of athletes in the baseball program during his 29 years.  During this incredible run, George amassed a record of 616 wins and just 295 losses.  George won nine Catholic League titles, four regionals, and three sectionals. His finest moment came in 1976 when the Crusaders won the State Championship.  Just five short years later, George guided the Crusaders back to the Championship game again, but the team fell short and finished as the runner-up.  His achievements include an Elite Eight appearance in 1983  George was selected as the Tony Lawless Award winner on five different occasions, a testament to the high esteem he held in the eyes of his colleagues who voted for him.  George was a great developer of talent.  Sixteen of his former players went on to be drafted by the major leagues.  During his tenure, George also served as the Dean and later as Vice-Principal/Dean of Academics, along with assisting fellow inductee, Will Kellogg, in the basketball program for a number of years.  There is scarcely a Hall of Fame George does not belong to. He is a member of the halls at University of Illinois at Circle, Brother Rice, the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association, and the Chicago Catholic League.  After his spectacular coaching career at Brother Rice, he went on to become the hitting instructor at St. Xavier for 10 years. The Hall of Fame George most cared about is the one in his own home, where Joan, his wife, and daughter Becky have lavished such love on him during his long illness.  With these two loving family members, George is truly a champion.

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Jim compiled quite a resume while playing for fellow Circle of Champions Inaugural Inductee, Coach Richardson.  Jim finished his career as the All-Time leading scorer with 1694 points, and All-Time leading rebounder checking in with 561.  He holds the record for most career free throws made, most free throws made in a season, most career field goals made, most field goals made in a game, and the highest career scoring average with 19.6 points per game.  Jim shares the record for most points in a quarter (18).  During Jim’s 1991-92, 1992-93, and 1993-94 seasons he led the team in scoring, three-point field goals made, free throws made, and rebounds.  During the 1993-94 season, he led the team in steals.  Jim is one of only two players to score in double figures in every game in a season.  As a member of the 1994 All-State Team, Jim was also an Illinois Mr.  Basketball nominee.  Jim earned All-Catholic League honors during the 1992, 1993, and 1994 seasons, along with team MVP in the 1992-93, and 1993-94 campaigns. Jim was a three year starter for Richardson’s program, with a notable win against Mt. Carmel who featured Donovan McNabb and Antoine Walker. He was captain of the basketball program’s first Sectional Championship.   Not only did Jim excel in basketball, but he was also a member of the Brother Rice baseball team lettering in both sports and earning the title of team captain. Jim was a two-time All Catholic League selection in baseball.  Jim earned an athletic scholarship to Creighton, but transferred to University of Illinois- Chicago to play basketball and baseball.   Jim had a notable game against Michigan State University while playing basketball for the Flames.  He returned to Brother Rice as an assistant on Coach Richardson’s staff winning two Regional Championships and one Sectional Championship.

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Jim, a two-sport standout in track/ field and football, played both for four years at Brother Rice. Jim’s accomplishments are many.  He was a member of the 1975 Prep Bowl City Championship football team.  His abilities began to take off in 1976 when he was an integral part of the Chicago Catholic League track championship team and a State Qualifier in the long and triple jump.  During that same year, Jim played a major role in his football team becoming the first State Qualifying team, while individually he was named to the All-Catholic and All-Area teams.  During his senior year, Jim was quite busy reeling in more team and individual accolades. He was selected to represent the Crusaders in the Public/Catholic All-Star game.  His Catholic League championship long and triple jump titles led his team to yet another league title.  As the Sectional Champion in the long jump, Jim went on to capture the Illinois State Championship in that same event.  Jim is recognized as the very first Catholic League athlete to win an individual state championship and still holds the school record for both long and triple jump. Jim went on to become a two-sport star at Iowa State University.  His Cyclone football coaches described him as “very aggressive with good speed and excellent blocking abilities.”  In 1977, Jim played in the Peach Bowl and in 1978 the Hall of Fame Bowl. On the collegiate track scene, Jim earned All-Big Eight honors in 1979 and 1980 in long jump and was a member of the Big Eight Conference Track Championship team.  Jim was a six-time letter winner at ISU.

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Born March 21, 1956, Lance has long been considered by many as the greatest golfer to come out of Brother Rice High School.  While here, he received the prestigious Tony Lawless Award for having been the most outstanding senior golfer in the Chicago Catholic League.  In 1975, as a 19 year old amateur, Lance was in contention for the U.S. Open Championship after two rounds at Medinah Country Club.  That year the field included golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, and Tom Watson.  Lance earned All-American (’75 and ’76) and became the 1975 Southwest Conference Champion while golfing for the University of Texas. He is a lifetime member of the PGA tour and has played in multiple U.S. Opens, and is still an active member of the Senior Tour.  Lance remains a caddy for PGA tour players today including Jesper Parnevik.

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John was a four year Varsity basketball player during which time he competed in every varsity game. During John’s career, he was the leading scorer for three of his four year.  The Crusader basketball team captured the DePaul University holiday tournament title in 1962.  John earned All-Catholic League status his junior and seniors years.  During his senior year campaign, John was named to the All-State Team and is ranked as the third leading scorer in Crusader basketball history.  He continued on to play basketball at the University of Notre Dame on a scholarship.  John lettered as a sophomore at Notre Dame.  After two years on the Varsity basketball squad at Notre Dame, John moved to the position of student assistant coach on Coach Johnny Dee’s staff, working with Gene Sullivan and the freshman squad.  He then moved on to coaching basketball in the high school ranks serving as head coach of Marquette High School, Michigan City, Indiana for three different stints.  He amassed 289 wins and 19 losses at the helm, earning ‘Area Coach of the Year’ on 4 separate occasions.  His teams won four conference titles and four tournament titles.  John then returned home to Chicago, to serve as the head basketball coach at St. Ignatius College Prep. Under his direction, the Wolfpack basketball program won one North Sectional title, one York Tournament title, and in 2000 captured the first Catholic League title in 42 years. One highlight of John’s coaching career was the school’s first and only Sweet Sixteen appearance.  John is currently Dean of Students at St. Ignatius College Prep.

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Don was an All-Catholic Leaguer in two sports – football and baseball.  His versatility was on display as he played defensive back and split end on offense.  As a member of the football team, Don led the Crusaders as team co-captain.  For his shining performance on the football field, he was named to the All-Catholic League team as well as being selected as an All-State player.  In his one year of playing baseball, Don was instrumental in leading his team to a Catholic League Championship.  In that single year, he was also named the MVP of his team.  Don left Brother Rice and headed to West Lafayette to play football for the Purdue Boilermakers.  After having played running back, linebacker, defensive back, and split end at high school level, Don showed once again his remarkable versatility and athleticism by playing strong safety for the highly-ranked Boilermakers. Don went on to become a very successful high school football coach, working as an assistant coach at Eisenhower, Richards and Shepard, before becoming the head coach of 14 years at Shepard.  Don is married to Donna, his wife of 40 years, and they have two sons, Tim and Steve. Don is also the proud grandfather of Nathan and Riley.