Athletics Hall of Fame

2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2016 Inductee Bios

List of 12 items.

  • The 1951 Football Team

    The 1951 varsity football team was the first St. John’s team to win the Washington, DC, championship trophy during the award’s 16-year lifespan, from 1950-1966. The team had an undefeated season and beat Eastern High School in the city championship game to bring home the trophy.

    Before the 1951 season began, experts were more than a little dubious that St. John’s would have as successful a season as they did in 1950. However, when the Cadets easily defeated the usually rugged George Washington High School 12-0, and the following week completely routed a favored Washington and Lee squad to the tune of 33-6, St. John’s gridmen were once again acclaimed as the top high school team in the area.

    After downing a tricky Malvern Prep (Philadelphia, PA) team in the Homecoming game, the Cadets took on the power-laden Green Tigers of Wilson High School. Losing at halftime, the Johnnies snapped back to edge Wilson 13-9. The Wilson game was the “hump” in the schedule. But the Scarlet and Grey gridders met the challenge and came out victorious.

    Georgetown Prep was next on the schedule, and the Cadets crushed Prep’s hopes for the Catholic title with a 46-7 victory. St. John’s then took on Anacostia High School and overpowered the underdog Indians 28-0. The Cadets ended their regular season play with a 44-0 rout of DeMatha.

    St. John’s then faced runner-up Gonzaga for the Catholic League title. The Cadets emerged victorious, with a final score of 25-6. Their final match of the year saw the Cadets take on Eastern High School for the city championship. St. John’s won, 20-13, and brought home the championship trophy.

    The 1951 squad was unbeaten in both regular and postseason play, and they ended the season 9-0 as both Catholic League and city champions. The defensive line did not yield a rushing touchdown all season. Coaches Joe Gallagher and Mush Dubofsky did a wonderful job in molding a smooth-functioning unit out of a nucleus of 13 holdovers from the previous year’s lineup.

    Several members of the 1951 team have already been inducted into St. John’s Athletic Hall of Fame: Bobby Reese ’52, Frank Fannon ’52, Ralph Frye ’53, Ralph Hawkins ’53, Al Burch ’54 and Bobby Resevlyan ’54.
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  • The 1957 Football Team

    The members of the 1957 football team are now in their 70s. As the years have gone by, we have lost many of our teammates and friends, including: John Heister, halfback; Owen Bradshaw, end; Bob Fletcher, center; Jim Chapin, tackle; Bill Nagy, tackle; Al Miles, manager; Harry Hipps, quarterback; and Bill Noonan, halfback, and Don Tully, halfback, who both passed away this year. We would like to dedicate our award to our deceased teammates who will not be with us for this celebration.
    In 1957, St. John’s was a very different school from today. The school was all-boys and everyone was in the Cadet Corps. Christian Brothers were the primary teachers and administrators, and there were only a few lay teachers. The sophomores, juniors and seniors
    were taught in a large multi-story school built by the Christian Brothers, which was located on Vermont Avenue just north of Thomas Circle. On drill days, the police closed Vermont Avenue between Logan Circle and Thomas Circle so the cadets could use the street for drill practice.
    The freshmen were taught in an old mansion on Military Road, on the property that houses the current school. The football team practiced on the current field, but back then the turf was much rougher than it is today. The team members were bused from Vermont Avenue to Military Road for practice each day. The 1957 team had some of the best coaches in the area, including Head Coach Joe Gallagher and Line Coach Mush Dubofsky. To toughen up the linemen, Coach Dubofsky made them run up the steep hill that is currently behind the baseball diamond many times. Joe Cardaci coached the JV team and also assisted the varsity team on game days.
    For the second year in a row, a varsity football player, Gene Maratta, had been named Cadet Colonel. Gene was a stalwart first-team tackle.
    The 1957 team returned to St. Francis Prep of Spring Grove, PA, to avenge a loss from the previous year. St. John’s defeated St. Francis with a 32-0 rout. Alert lineman Jim Chapin scored with a 19-yard run after picking up a fumble caused by Moe Dufour’s hard tackle. The final score came on a lateral from Harry Hipps to Mike Piron, who passed to Tom Williams
    for the touchdown.
    Calvert Hall tied St. John’s 6-6. Calvert Hall was the second-heaviest team in Maryland (heavier than any Maryland college team). Only the Baltimore Colts were heavier. They outweighed St. John’s by an average of 35 pounds per man; yet, St. John’s took the lead in the second quarter with a 50-yard run by Bill Noonan, followed by a John-Piazza-to-Joe-Mona pass for the touchdown. Calvert Hall scored after an intercepted pass in the third quarter. Two fourth-quarter threats by St. John’s, however, did not add to the score.
    St. John’s beat Mount St. Joseph 26-0, with Noonan scoring three touchdowns and Paul Ciatti intercepting a pass for a long run and touchdown. Bill Berquist also helped move the ball down field with hard-charging runs, and Piron added two extra points. Vic Irwin was in the defensive backfield, but he also served as a replacement for Piazza at quarterback.
    After the Mount St. Joe game, many players and managers came down with the flu. Managers Raymond Raedy, Al Miles and Mike McCarthy all caught the bug; only Bruce McLaughlin avoided it. The athletic director, Bro. Andrew, asked Tom Henderson to join the manager ranks to help in the Episcopal game. Tom lived on a farm and brought the family donkey, wearing a St. John’s blanket, as a school mascot to several St. John’s games.
    In the next game, Episcopal High School gained a 7-7 tie with the flu-ridden St. John’s team in a muddy seesaw battle. The only defeat of the season was a 2-9 loss to Salesianum School in Wilmington, DE. St. John’s only score came on a blocked punt by Jim Farley, who then tackled the punter in the end zone. Salesianum’s touchdown came from a long pass to star end Tom Hall, who later played eight years in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings.
    St. John’s beat John Carroll at Griffith Stadium by a score of 25-6. The first touchdown by Piazza on a quarterback sneak came after a blocked punt by Joe McMahon. Two Piazza touchdown passes followed – the first to Mona and the second to Jim Ryan. Bob Fletcher scored the final touchdown when he intercepted a Carroll pass and ran 24 yards into the end zone.
    St. John’s defeated Anacostia 18-6 in a game that was billed as a preview to the city championship.
    On the Friday morning before the Gonzaga game, a group of Gonzaga boosters distracted the guard to one side of the Washington Monument and hung a “Beat St. John’s” banner on the opposite side. Photographers who were planted below took pictures of the banner, which was published in area newspapers. Unfortunately for Gonzaga, St. John’s demolished the Eagles 33-7 to win the Catholic league crown.
    The game started slowly, as there was no scoring in the first quarter. In the second quarter, St. John’s struck as Piazza threw two touchdown passes - the first to Curly Combs and the second to Ryan after McMahon intercepted a Gonzaga pass on the Gonzaga 34-yard line. In the third quarter, Combs returned a Gonzaga punt 40 yards for a touchdown. St. John’s continued the assault in the fourth quarter with two more touchdowns. The first touchdown occurred with a Piazza-to-Mona pass, which was lateraled from Mona to fullback Ed Greeves for the touchdown. The final touchdown started when Hipps returned a Gonzaga punt to the St. John’s 35-yard line. John Heister then broke loose for a 64-yard run to the Gonzaga 4-yard line. Bob McCleary followed his blocker Maratta into the end zone for the final score.
    A crowd of 14,500 attended the 1957 city championship game between St. John’s and Anacostia at Griffith Stadium. There was no score in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Piazza threw two passes to Mona to take the ball to the 37-yard line. He then threw to Ryan on the 20-yard line, who ran in for the first touchdown. In the third quarter, Ciatti took the ball to the Anacostia 49-yard line. St. John’s moved the ball to the 42-yard line, and then McCleary got the ball and started toward the right side of the field. However, big Dave Watkins got in the way, and McCleary cut back, zigzagging down the field to the one-foot line. Piazza then scored on a quarterback sneak for the second touchdown. The final score came midway through the
    fourth quarter. St. John’s took the ball to Anacostia’s 48-yard line with a breakaway run by Heister. A Piazza-to-Mona pass put the ball on the 43-yard line. Two defenders covered Mona, and Piazza threw to an open Ryan, who ran 20 yards into the end zone for the final touchdown. Piron converted all three extra points. McMahon led the defense and recovered a fumble to stop one of Anacostia’s drives. Piazza and McMahon shared Athlete of the Week honors for their play in the city championship game.
    A major part of St. John’s successful season was the outstanding line and defensive backfield coached by Dubofsky, which included Jim Chapin, Bill Nagy, Gene Maratta, Bob Fletcher, Bruce Bach, Frank Dubofsky, Dick Casey and Owen Bradshaw, who opened and plugged holes throughout the season. Joe McMahon was a defensive threat as linebacker.
    Not everyone on the team was recognized in newspaper or Sabre articles, but they played important roles on special teams, offense or defense. These players included linemen Bob Middleton, Walt Costello, Bob White, Joe Furman, Bob Bennie, Frank Odenwald and Don Smith, as well as backs Ed Quinn, George Greco and Don Tully.
    A number of Cadets were placed on the various all-star teams at the end of the season. These included linemen Joe Mona, Jim Chapin, Bob Fletcher, Owen Bradshaw, Joe McMahon and Gene Maratta. The all-star backs included John Piazza and Bill Noonan. Coach Joe Gallagher was named Coach of the Year by the Scholastic Sports Association.
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  • Marissa Coleman ’05

    Courageous, determined, team-oriented and strong willed are just a few words to describe Marissa Coleman ’05. Although she grew up playing a variety of sports, she found her true calling in basketball, a sport in which she has established an astounding professional career, both in America and abroad.
    While attending St. John’s, Marissa set the school record for points scored (2,057 points, as well as 1,750 rebounds). She averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals each game as a senior. She shot 85 percent from the charity stripe and averaged a double as a junior and nearly a double double as a sophomore.
    In 2004, she participated in the Youth Development Festival and scored an all-time single-game record of 29 points. She was a member of the U.S.A. Women’s U18 team, which won gold at the FIBA Americas Championship. She continued with the U.S.A. Women’s U19 team and won all eight games. In 2004 and 2005, Marissa was the Washington, DC, Gatorade Player of the Year, and she led her team to a 59-9 record in her final two years. She was also a McDonald’s and WBCA All-American, playing in both senior all-star games. During the McDonald’s game, she led all scorers with 19 points. Due to her significant skill set, she was selected as East Team MVP at the WBCA game. In 2005, she was named first team All-USA basketball by USA Today and then became The Washington Post High School Player of the Year, as well as earning All-Met honors in her final two seasons.
    Post St. John’s, Marissa attended the University of Maryland. She received offers from many universities, including Tennessee, Connecticut, Florida and Duke, but Maryland was home for her. As a freshman, she was named ACC Rookie of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Week (five times), led the ACC with a 47.0 three-point shooting percentage and won the national championship against Boston. As a sophomore, she was named honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and a second team All-ACC pick for the second consecutive year. In the ACC, she ranked 17th in scoring, 9th in rebounding, 14th in blocks and 11th in assists. She also played for the U.S.A. team in the 2007 Pan American Games, winning all five games.
    Maryland coach Brenda Frese had this to say about Marissa: “The combination of Marissa’s size and skills allows her to be very versatile on the court and is like having four players in one. At 6-foot-1, with her good ball-handling skills, great outside shooting and ability to take it inside and go up strong in the paint, she’s incredibly difficult to defend...” As a junior, Marissa proved her coach right and was selected as a candidate for the State Farm/WBCA
    Wade Trophy, earned Associated Press honorable mention All-American for the second year in a row, was named second team All-American by Sports Illustrated and led her team in scoring nine times. As a senior, she was named a first team State Farm All-American and finished as the second all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
    Since college, she has become a member of the WNBA, where she was drafted in the first round, second overall. She was selected by her hometown team, the Washington Mystics, and played there for two years before heading to the Los Angeles Sparks, where she played
    from 2012-2013. Marissa has since played for the Indiana Fever. With the Fever, her team made it to the final championship game against the Minnesota Lynx. While a member of the WNBA, she participated in the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game. During the WNBA’s offseason,
    she has played in Italy, France, Hungary, Korea and Turkey. During that time, she won the Turkish Lease, Turkish Cup (twice) and the Turkish Super Cup.
    Marissa is excited for her future career with the WNBA and looks forward to more years with the Indianapolis Fever.
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  • Chris Dill ’64

    Chris Dill ’64 is the eldest of Norman and Mildred’s six children (John, Nancy, Kathy, Patsy and Debbie). His father, an ex-Sandlot pitcher, and his mother, a natural athlete who played tennis and softball, instilled his love of sports. He and his brother, John, grew up playing whatever sport was in season at the Jelleff Branch Boys Club (boxing, baseball, basketball, football and tumbling).
    Chris attended St. John’s, where he was a four-year varsity football player and a three-year starter. Most impressively, he played in every game his freshman year. Chris played right tackle for Line Coach Mush Dubofsky and, because of his outstanding ability to lead by example, was selected as captain his senior year. He played in two city championship games against Eastern High School. The first game, in 1961, took place in front of 49,690 in
    paid attendance, and the second game, in 1962, saw the Cadets defeat Eastern 20-7 in front of 50,033 fans. Both of those championship games drew the largest sports crowds, professional or otherwise, in DC history. The historical importance of this game was the racial tension and riot that ensued after the game, which is recorded in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
    Chris received the following commendations his junior year: Washington Daily News first team All-Catholic, Washington Post first team All-Catholic and honorable mention All-Met. His senior year he earned Washington Post first team All-Met, All-League and All-Star Prep
    Team; Washington Star first team All-Prep and second team All-Met; and Scholastic Coach magazine honorable mention All-American. Also in his senior year, it was quoted in The Washington Daily News that “those who are devotees of staunch line play shouldn’t be disappointed this year…St. John’s Chris Dill, at 215 pounds, is one of the most ferocious forward men.”
    Chris received more than 100 letters of interest, the majority from Division 1 schools. Ultimately, he accepted a full athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland, where he played two years as an offensive tackle before marrying his high school sweetheart, Darlene. He worked 10 years at the Washington Gas & Light Company and 16 years as a correctional officer for the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, where he received an early retirement due to injury. He then went on to work with autistic children as a substitute teacher’s assistant for two years, and he ended his career working 10.5 years as a security officer at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Chris and Darlene have been married for 49 years and have two children, John Christopher, 39, and Katie Sue, 37.
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  • Darryl Gilliam ’93

    Darryl Gilliam ’93 did not begin playing football until he arrived at St. John’s as a freshman in 1989, and for that matter, he started playing organized basketball only two years earlier.
    As a basketball player, Darryl was a two-year letter winner and a starter in his junior
    year. He played on SJC legend and Hall of Famer Joe Gallagher’s final team and finished his career playing under Bob Wagner. These were very successful teams, averaging 26 wins per season. Unfortunately, Darryl realized that he would cease any further north/south (height) growth, but he would continue on an east/west (weight) basis, and so he hung
    up his high-tops forever prior to his senior year.
    Darryl’s outstanding play on the football field earned him several accolades throughout his high school career. As a sophomore, he was named to the All-WCAC second team. During his junior and senior years, he was named first team All-WCAC, first team Golden 11 by
    sports anchor George Michael and USA Today honorable mention All-American. In addition, Darryl was twice named to The Washington Post’s first team All-Met squad, following both his junior and senior years. As a senior, he was a first team member of the Pigskin Club of Washington All-Star team and was named as a Street & Smith magazine High School All-American.
    After fielding scholarship offers from several universities, Darryl chose to play for the University of Maryland at College Park. Darryl began his career at defensive tackle, playing in eight games as a true freshman and redshirting his second year. Darryl became a starter
    on the Terrapin offensive line as a redshirt sophomore. During his career at Maryland, Darryl started 32 total games and 27 consecutive contests. As a sophomore, Darryl won the Terrapin Offensive Lineman of the Year Award and was named All-ACC honorable mention.
    Following his senior year at the University of Maryland, Darryl was invited to play in the Blue-Gray Football Classic and the Senior Bowl.
    After college, Darryl signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent and was released prior to the start of the 1998 season. Giving one last effort to make an NFL roster, Darryl accepted a tryout invitation with the San Francisco 49ers.
    Darryl and his wife, Doris, have two awesome children, Jason and Kellie. He holds a BA from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MBA from Regent University. Darryl owns an insurance agency specializing in life insurance and disability insurance.
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  • Mark Hartley ’73

    Mark Hartley ’73 entered St. John’s in 1969 from Bethesda, MD. At SJC, he embraced the spirit of the Cadet Corps and the camaraderie of the students. He still treasures the lifelong
    friends he met at St. John’s.
    Mark brought his passion for basketball to the legendary SJC basketball program. He honed his skills playing against his toughest foes, brothers Patrick ’72, Kevin ’74 and Charlie ’81, all SJC varsity basketball players.
    Mark earned All-Catholic league honors and All-Met honors his junior and senior years. He earned All-Tournament honors in each of his varsity years, and he co-captained the varsity basketball team his senior year. He is one of only six St. John’s basketball players to be named All-Met twice since 1951. He was also a member of the SJC team that recorded Joe Gallagher’s 500th win.
    Mark went on to play for Princeton University and Hall of Fame Coach Pete Carril, and he was the leading scorer on the freshman team. In 1975, he was a key member of the Princeton team that won the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
    Princeton pulled off a series of stunning upsets over nationally ranked teams, and to this day has the distinction of being the only Ivy League school to win a national basketball championship. Princeton ended the season with the longest winning streak in the nation and a national rank of 13.
    Mark received his medical and orthopedic surgery training at Georgetown University from 1980 through 1990. In 1991, while on active duty in the Army, Mark proudly served as an orthopedic surgeon in an evacuation hospital during Operation Desert Storm.
    Since 1994, Mark has been in private practice in Reston, VA. His love of sports and competition has drawn him to care for sports injuries of all types over the years. He now specializes in the care of the “aging athlete” (of which he is one) and total joint replacement. He is past president and chairman of Commonwealth Orthopedics, now OrthoVirginia.
    When off the clock, Mark can usually be found sailing into the sunset in the waters off Leonardtown, MD, with the love of his life, Mary Ellen, and children, Justin, Colin, Katie and daughter-in-law, Kate.
    Mark congratulates his fellow SJC Hall of Fame inductees and is humbled by this honor.
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  • Mike Lessel ’77

    Mike Lessel ’77 attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Rockville for eight years and was a voracious reader of the sports section of The Washington Post. By the fourth grade, he was certain he wanted to attend St. John’s – wherever that was. He saw their sports teams in bold print every day and loved reading about Pat Dosh ’74, whose mother was a third grade teacher at St. Mary’s, Bobby Jones ’71, Mike Kruczek ’71, Dave Obal ’73 and others. His crowning achievement at St. Mary’s was to convince his brother, Air Force Maj. Gen. Erv Lessel ’75 (Ret.), not to follow his best friend Chip Walters to Good Counsel and instead become a Cadet. Mike knew he’d end up going wherever his brother went, and Mike wanted to go to St. John’s. Mike entered St. John’s in the fall of 1973 and graduated as Cadet Colonel in 1977.
    In his freshman year, Mike qualified for Fr. Kleinstuber’s SJC golf team by shooting 147 over 36 holes at the University of Maryland and teamed with fellow freshman Greg Carpousis to both go undefeated all season and through their limited post-season. They stunned the WMAC and became an immediate powerhouse squad. Mike’s stroke average in junior golf events was 75.47 as a freshman and 73.64 as a sophomore. In 1975, he was prominently featured in The Washington Star as one of “Junior Golf’s Magnificent Seven.”
    His sophomore year, Fr. Kleinstuber added two players who would become two of the best and most accomplished golfers in the DC metro area – 2010 SJC Hall of Famer Clay Fitzgerald ’78 and Rich Holland ’78. The three immediately formed the nucleus of what would become the area’s dominant high school team. However, Carpousis was encouraged by Mr. Miller and CSM Fisher to take his multiple talents to Bullis (another story for another day). St. John’s quickly supplanted Georgetown Prep as the best private school team in MD-DC-VA. Prep had been undefeated and won the private league title for three consecutive years (1973-1975), until they were regularly whipped by SJC starting in 1976. In 1977, St. John’s again won the metropolitan private league title and narrowly fell to Bowie in the finals of the 50th Anniversary Metropolitan High School Golf Championship. The finals team for that championship included Clay, Mike, Rich, Keith Carpenter ’79 (later golf coach at SJC), Mike’s brother Jim and Gregor Howard ’77.
    Mike finished his four years at St. John’s with a 41-4 record and never lost an individual or team point in postseason play. He was undefeated as a freshman and senior and was the WMAC championship individual runner-up three times. He won the WMAC league playoff in 1975. Mike was runner-up in the Maryland State Junior, Middle Atlantic Junior and twice in the National Tournament of Junior Champions, while winning the 16-17 division of the
    Maryland State Junior and Middle Atlantic Junior.
    A four-time Junior Club champion at Montgomery Village, he was also Men’s Club championship medalist three times, set the club’s 36-hole scoring record with 138, low
    Junior in the Middle Atlantic Men’s Amateur, low Junior and low Amateur in U.S. Open qualifying (missing qualification by five shots) and was runner-up in the National
    Capital Men’s Amateur, all while attending St. John’s.
    Following graduation, Mike attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was a perennial letterman and named captain of the golf team for 1980-1981. He was also a member of the double regiment championship boxing team. The Army golf team was ranked in the top 20 by Golf World his freshman year and qualified for the NCAA Division I. Mike insists that SJC ’77 would have beaten that Army team. He served six years as a platoon leader, company commander and staff officer in combat units in the Army and also served collateral duty as the senior White House social aide to President and Mrs. Reagan from 1984-1987. Mike subsequently attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and later formed his own real estate company in California and Texas. He is a founding member of the Leader’s Council of the National Library of Congress.
    ...And by the way…in 1977, he was a top-three finisher in intramural track’s 100-yard dash. The other top three finishers were 1996 SJC Hall of Famer Mark Pitchford ’77 and 2002 SJC Hall of Famer Tyrone Barber ’78...Buy him a drink, and he’ll give you the order of finish…
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  • Ron Panneton ’63

    In 2013, after 40 years of working as a lobbyist for a financial services trade association, Ron Panneton ’63 and wife Becky retired to Greensboro, GA. They have two sons and a beautiful granddaughter.
    In the mid-50s, while still in grade school, Ron was a member of the Kenwood Country Club swim team. In the summer of 1959, before his freshman year at St. John’s, Ron won the 50-yard freestyle at the DC area’s country club swimming championships.
    While at St. John’s, Ron played basketball his sophomore through senior years. He played end on the football squad his junior and senior years. Ron was also a member of the track team, and in the spring of 1963, he won the shot put, discus throw and high jump at the
    Catholic League track championships.
    After graduating from St. John’s in 1963, Ron attended Bullis Prep and played on the basketball team. In the spring of 1964, he accepted a full scholarship to play basketball
    at the College of William & Mary. During his freshman year, each freshman was required to participate in the AAPHER Youth Fitness Test, a battery of seven activities such as the standing broad jump, 600-yard run, pull-ups and softball throw. Ron was the top scorer in these tests.
    In 1971, Ron graduated from the Washington College of Law at American University. Ron still stays in close touch with several good friends from his 1963 graduating class and enjoys participating in the Annual Doc Scalessa Golf Tournament, when he is able to make the trip north.
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  • Alvin Perkins ’75

    At St. John’s, Col. Alvin Perkins ’75 (Ret.) played football and baseball. On the football team, he was injured his junior year, but then started at both running back and safety and returned kickoffs and punts as a senior. Playing in 10 games during the 1974 season, he
    rushed for 1,368 yards in 124 carries (11 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns, a school record at the time. He averaged 50 yards on two kick-off returns of 65 and 35 yards. The Cadets finished the regular season 8-1, were undefeated in conference play and won the Washington Metropolitan Athletic Conference title with out-of-conference wins over Wroxeter Prep (Annapolis), Loyola (Baltimore) and Altoona High (PA).
    In the season finale against Gonzaga, Alvin rushed for 310 yards in 10 carries (31 yard per carry) and four touchdowns. He could have had almost 400 yards, but an 80-yard touchdown run was called back for a penalty. The team played in the city championship game at RFK Stadium, where they lost to Roosevelt 41-7 and finished the year ranked #13 in the city. He was The Washington Post Private High School Player of the Week against Gonzaga.
    Alvin was on the Catholic Standard All-Star team, Washington Star All-Met second team and Washington Post All-Met second team. He was the 1974 recipient in a long line of St. John’s winners of the Touchdown Club’s Timmie Award for the Local Prep School Player of the Year. While at St. John’s, he never played on a Cadet football team that lost a WCAC game.
    Alvin attended The Citadel on a football scholarship, and in 1979, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army. He served 25 years as a career field artillery/fire support officer with experience in leadership, operations and training and foreign military sales. He served in command positions in Hanau, Germany; Ft. Ord, CA; Ft. Hood, TX; and the Republic of Korea, and in staff positions with the Test and Experimentation Command and the III U.S. Armored Corps, Ft. Hood; the U.S. Air Force in Saudi Arabia; the U.S. Forces Korea in Seoul; the U.S. Army Inspector General; and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in Crystal City, VA.
    In 2006, Alvin retired from the Army at the rank of colonel and has been working as a defense contractor. He has worked with DRS Technologies, Jorge Scientific Corporation and Lanmark Technologies, with managed contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Ethiopia, and supported the Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (Ft. Monmouth, NJ), the State Department (Washington, DC), the Army Research Laboratory (Adelphi, MD) and the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization
    (Crystal City). He currently serves as a program manager for Logistics Systems Incorporated, supporting the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) at Ft. Meade, MD.
    Alvin is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and has earned master’s degrees from the University of Central Texas in management science and the United States Army War College in strategic studies.
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  • Col. Richard Pfeiffer

    Col. Richard Pfeiffer joined St. John’s College High School in 1980 as the Rifle Team coach and head of the SJC Marksmanship Program, or Rifle Club, as it was better known. He spent nearly 20 years – until he passed away in 1999 – volunteering his time down on the range. A year-round sport, the colonel spent five days a week mentoring students on the drive, discipline and dedication required to become a competitive shooter. He taught responsibility, safety and teamwork in a sport that got little attention as an athletic activity. The competitive season would begin in the early fall and continue into the late spring. Not only did the team shoot in the Potomac Rifle League against other DC metropolitan schools, but it also shot in competitions
    that included regular nationwide postal matches, invitational matches and matches sponsored by the Army JROTC program. Beyond those five days a week, he traveled to overnight competitions, attended events for his team members’ other activities and served as a calm voice and supportive counsel both on and off the range.
    Col. Pfeiffer was the embodiment of excellence in coaching. This excellence was translated into what could arguably be called one of the winningest teams
    in St. John’s history. Whether it was a postal match being mailed across the country, a regular season match or an ARCOM match versus professionals, including U.S. Army Special Forces teams (the team during his tenure won first place in the ARCOM match by beating out a Green Beret team), the colonel’s demand for excellence remained resolute. As team members competed with amateurs and professionals alike, Col. Pfeiffer guided each individual to discover their own best performance and to seek victory on and off the range.
    Born Dec. 14, 1925, in Wilkinsburg, PA, Richard Pfeiffer grew up in Pennsylvania. Following his graduation in 1943 from Penn High School in Penn Township, PA, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1944. He served
    in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns in World War II until 1946. Following WWII, Col. Pfeiffer returned from active duty to the reserves and attended the University of Pittsburg, graduating in 1949. He returned to active duty to serve in the Korean War from 1951-1953 in Japan with the U.S. Army’s Infantry Branch.
    Following the Korean War, Col. Pfeiffer returned to the U.S. Army Reserve and joined the Marketing Division at the Commerce Clearing House in 1955 as a
    sales representative. During this time, he also attended The George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC, graduating in 1959. He remained with Commerce Clearing House until 1986, when he began his own law practice in DC, from which he retired in 1996.
    During his time in the Army, the colonel received the Army Marksmanship Qualification Expert badge and the Bronze Excellence in Competition badge.
    Upon his retirement from the U.S. Army Reserve on Dec. 14, 1985, Col. Pfeiffer was awarded the Legion of Merit, one of the U.S. military’s most prestigious
    awards, ranking just below the Silver Star and ahead of the Distinguished Flying Cross. In addition, during his career the colonel was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Medal, the European Africa Middle East Theater Medal with two campaign stars, the WWII Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Army Commanders Award for Public Service Medal.
    Beyond his military service and time with SJC, Col. Pfeiffer enjoyed classical music and was known for his lyric baritone voice. During his student days, he augmented his income as a soloist in assorted choirs and musical groups in the Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, areas. Col. Pfeiffer loved traveling by car and visiting historic military sites of the Revolutionary and Civil wars. And, in his very limited down time, he was often found with a spy thriller in hand.
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  • J.D. Ricca ’02

    J.D. Ricca ’02 lettered three years in both football and lacrosse. He was fortunate to play football for his father, John Ricca, and brother, SJC Hall of Famer Kevin Ricca ’94. He led the Cadets to the playoffs his junior and senior years. As a junior, J.D. received honorable mention All-Met and second team All-WCAC honors, and senior year he was named first team All-WCAC, first team All-Met, first team Pigskin All-Met and a member of the George Michael Golden 11 team.
    J.D. captained the 2002 lacrosse team that fell to DeMatha in the championship game. This was the first time in SJC history that a boys’ lacrosse team made it to the championship game. As a defenseman, J.D. was named second team All-Met as a senior and Team MVP both junior and senior years. He earned first team All-WCAC honors as a senior.
    J.D. went on to play football for Hampden-Sydney College, where he was the starting quarterback for three years and finished 22-4 as a starter. He was a two-time VA D2/D3 Player of the Year recipient, three-time All-ODAC quarterback and Conference Player of the Year in 2005. He still holds the league and school records for touchdown passes in a season (43) and passing yards in a season (3,899). Following his senior year, sports writers and broadcasters from across the state voted J.D. the recipient of the Bill Dudley Award.
    J.D. lives in Gaithersburg with his beautiful wife, Erin. They are expecting their first child (a future Cadet) in February. He works for Executive Housing Consultants in Bethesda and coaches basketball at Holy Child with his brother, Keith, and his sister, SJC Hall of Famer Jamie Ready ’96.
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  • Stephen Zubrod ’72

    Stephen Zubrod ’72 started competing in swimming when he was five years old, and he has never stopped.
    Growing up in the Washington, DC area, fitness and swimming were important facets of everyday life for the entire Zubrod family. With Stephen a member of the orange team at the Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda, MD, his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Zubrod, both of whom were legendary fitness swimmers, worked as the official statisticians at every swimming meet. His mother, Kay, his personal motivator, told Stephen nearly every day that, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
    At age seven, Stephen competed for Kenwood on an all-age relay team in the Country Club Swimming Association (CCSA) championships and placed first in a very competitive race. The screaming cheers of the thousands of fans made a huge impression on him and sparked a lifelong passion for racing and an intense desire to win in the pool.
    At St. John’s, Stephen was a founding member of the swimming team in 1968 (a team his brother, Justin, eventually coached). In 1969, Stephen achieved top five national age-group times in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle. That same year, he placed fifth in the National Junior Olympics, held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
    Stephen set DC Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) records for the short course mile (1,650 yards), the long course mile (1,500 meters) and the 100-yard freestyle, demonstrating his versatility as a distance swimmer and sprinter. He set St. John’s team records and won races in every regular season dual meet from 1968 to 1972. His junior and senior years, he was the DC metro champion in the 200 and 400 freestyle.
    In 1971, he was named honorable mention for Prep School All-America in the 200 and 400 freestyle. One year later, he was named to the Prep School All-America swim team in both freestyle events by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. That same year, his senior season, he earned a top 10 ranking on the Prep School All-America list for the 200 freestyle, and an 11th place national ranking in the 400 freestyle. Also as a senior, he won the silver medal in the 400 freestyle at the National Catholic Swimming Meet at Villanova University.
    After graduating from St. John’s, Stephen attended Princeton University, where he swam on the varsity team from 1972-1975 and was a member of the first Eastern Seaboard championship team in 1973. The early ’70s are still referred to as the “Golden Age of Princeton swimming” after a string of Eastern championships. He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from
    Princeton and a master’s of business administration from Boston College Graduate School of Management.
    Today, Stephen is corporate vice president and chief marketing officer for Methodist Health System in Omaha, NE. Earlier this year, he was named to the third annual class of Top Hospital Marketers of the Year at the Hospital
    National Marketing Conference in Atlanta.
    He has also been recognized as Marketing Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America for his work on the U.S. Olympic swimming trials marketing committee. The trials, held in Omaha in 2008, 2012 and 2016, have consecutively set records for being the largest swimming meet in U.S. history.
    Stephen and his wife, K.C., have two children, Brendan and Kara. “Faith, Family and Fitness” is Stephen’s mantra. Three days a week, he awakens at 4:30 a.m. to be in the pool by 5:00 a.m., swimming about 3,000 yards each practice.
    He continues to swim competitively, placing 12th in the 500 freestyle in the men’s 55-59 age group during the U.S. Masters Swimming 2014 Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, CA. His goal is to make a top 10 time when he moves up to the next age group!
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  • 1973

    *Joe Gallagher '39
    *Gene Augusterfer '31
    *John "Jack" E. George '48
    Robert Lewis '63
    *Robert C. Reese '52

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  • 1996

    *Frank Cady '42
    *Thomas J. Fannon '48
    *Ralph W. Hawkins '53
    J. Collis Jones '67
    Coleman O'Brien '65
    Mark B. Pitchford '77 
    Donald Roth '61
    *Andrew Rusevlyan '54
    *David L. Waldron, Sr. '49

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  • 1998

    Timothy Brant '67
    Joseph W. Calabrese '63
    Joseph M. Cardaci '49
    *Francis Fannon III '52
    *E. Scott Glacken '62
    *James "Bubba" Healy '55
    Robert Jagers '76
    Michael Kruczek '71
    Peter Speros '79
    Ronald Steptoe '83

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  • 2000

    Donald Chacos '65
    Anthony Cullinane '53
    Frank N. Dubofsky '60
    *Richard M. Fennell '48
    David Freitag '69
    *Ralph "Brother" Frye, Jr. '53
    Thomas Marvaso '71
    Brian Sheehan '57
    Robert Silk '46
    *Al "Sleepy" Thompson '43

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  • 2002

    Tyrone Barber '78
    Al Camacho '57
    John Daly '51
    Pat Dosh '74
    *Tommy Gletner '46
    *Joe Hands '51
    *Gary Knutson '68
    Joe Mona '58
    David Murphy III '65
    Kevin Sinnett '75
    Bob Talbot '55

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  • 2006

    Billy Barnes '78
    Paul Ciatti '59
    James "Curly" Combs '59
    Steve Conley '71
    *Branson Ferry '55
    Kevin Gibbs '92
    *Al Merritt '58
    Jay Williams '90

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  • 2008

    *Alward V. "Al" Burch '54
    *Maurice "Mush" Dubofsky
    Bro. Edward Gallagher, FSC
    Edward C. Gibbs '67
    John C. Holloran '73
    *John Robert "Bob" McLindon '50
    Edward F. "Ned" Sparks, Jr. '65
    Patrick R. Ward '93
    1953 Football Team

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  • 2010

    F. Bruce Bach '59
    Michael D. Brant '65
    Paul J. Castro '86
    Clay Fitzgerald '78
    Grayson B. Marshall, Jr. '84
    Raymond A. O'Brien, Jr. '69
    Jeffrey M. Palumbo '00
    Michael J. Ritter '67
    1977 Basketball Team

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  • 2012

    Nicholas Celenza ’78
    John A. Foote ’71
    Joseph M. Gallagher, Jr. ’74
    Christopher A. Harrison ’90
    John J. King III ’66
    John C. Piazza ’58
    Jamie Ricca Ready ’96
    Rodney R. Rice ’83
    Michael D. Toomey ’69
    1953 Golf Team

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  • 2014

    1964 Football Team
    1989 Football Team
    Jonathan L. Desler ’90
    Michelle M. Deville ’94
    *Peter R. Haley ’76
    Robert D. Jones ’71
    David G. Obal ’73
    Kevin O. Ricca ’94
    Marie Williams

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  • 2016

    Marissa Coleman ’05
    N. Christpher Dill ’64
    Darryl E. Gilliam ’93
    Mark C. Hartley ’73
    Mike L. Lessel ’77
    Roland L. Panneton ’63
    Col. Alvin Perkins ’75
    *Col. Richard Pfeiffer
    J.D. Ricca ’02
    Stephen Zubrod ’72
    1951 Football Team
    1957 Football Team