Hall of Honor

The purpose of the Strake Jesuit Athletics Hall of Honor is to serve as a means of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of the Fighting Crusader athletic program. In addition, it will serve as a means of recognizing, preserving, and honoring the athletes, coaches, individuals, and teams that made significant contributions to the athletic program.

Exciting (and Historic) New Class Elected to Strake Jesuit Athletic Hall of Honor

Four individual athletes, and one team will join the previous inductees of the Strake Jesuit Athletic Hall of Honor as members of this year’s induction class.  Entering the Hall of Strake Jesuit’s most accomplished athletes throughout the years are Jim Branda ’69 and Greg Tyler '77 who were selected from the Legend Era, and Andrew Taylor ’84, Nick Jean-Baptiste ’07, and the 2001 Football Team who were selected from the Modern Era.

List of 5 items.

  • Jim Branda '69

    Jim Branda '69 was an incredible part of the 1968-1969 Strake Jesuit Track team. He won state champion for the 100 Yard dash that year as well as state champion in the 400 Meter Relay alongside Mike Janda ’69, Al Figoski ’68 and Ronnie Leone ’68. Their record of 42.20 still stands on the Strake Jesuit Track Leaderboard today. This was also the first state championship team Strake Jesuit had in any sport. After Jesuit, Branda went to University of Houston on a track scholarship. Branda also had a son go through Jesuit named James, who graduated in 2009.
  • Greg Tyler ’77

    Greg Tyler '77 was a success driven athlete in both Football and Track. Tyler was a part of the varsity football team for 3 years. In 1975, he earned an honorable mention All-State for Football. Later, the football team also earned TCIL state champs. In 1976-1977, Tyler won All-State Football Honors, and in 1977, he won All State Track Honors. He went on to receive an athletic scholarship from the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock where he was a 3-year letterman on their football team. Currently, Tyler serves as the Chaplain for the Houston Texans.
  • Andrew Taylor ’84

    Andrew Taylor '84 was a standout tennis player at Jesuit. Playing tennis since the age of 10, Andrew was excited to bring his talents to Strake Jesuit. Andrew never lost a singles dual match or individual tournament match during his time playing at Jesuit. Over the 4 years, he won 4 state championships. All four years, Andrew was the District Singles Champion, the 1stTeam All-District Singles, State Singles Champion and All-State Singles. In 1984, Taylor secured the #1 doubles ranking and #2 singles ranking in the state in the United States Tennis Association. He also was part of the Top 10 USTA doubles ranking and the Top 30 USTA singles ranking across the United States. He later went on to Rice University on a full athletic scholarship. After co-founding a residential wholesale mortgage division and starting a start-up origination channel for a residential lender, he resides in Dallas, TX.
  • Nick Jean-Baptiste '07

    Nicholas Jean-Baptiste '07 was a dominating football player and track & field athlete during his time at Jesuit. Nick started playing football at the age of 8. During the 2005-2006 Football season, he won the 1st team all-district offensive lineman and defensive lineman. During that same season, his team was the first ever to win the UIL playoffs against Fort Bend Marshall. In 2007, Nick also made regionals for discus. He attended Baylor University, originally as a walk-on that later earned a scholarship after two years. At Baylor, he was a four-year letter winner and made huge gains for the Bears. After college, Nick signed with three NFL teams in 2 years, the Ravens, Colts, and Browns, then played for two years in the Arena Football League for both the Arizona Rattlers and the Jacksonville Sharks, winning one AFL championship. Nick was recently hired as a Defensive Tackles coach at Montana State University.
  • 2001 Football Team

    The 2001 Strake Jesuit Varsity Football Team played the most successful season in school history. Their incredible perfect record of 10 wins and 0 losses was celebrated across the entire Strake Jesuit community. 
    The team was led by head coach Ron Counter and captains Colin Matheny, Steve Dildine, Chris Hagale, Andy Sere, and Steven Hogan. They secured victories over powerhouse 5-A public school Magnolia, beat Wharton 72-0, and even defeated a team from Mexico City.  And, of course, beat St. Thomas 21-20 on a last second field goal from Luke Juist.
    Many of the players on the team went on to have successful football careers post-Strake Jesuit in college and professionally. Players played their college football at prestigious school like Texas, Yale, Princeton, North Carolina, and Claremont McKenna.  Chris Ogbonnaya, a sophomore on the 2001 team, went on to play professionally in the NFL for 7 years.  This team goes down in the Jesuit history books as one of the strongest fighting ones we’ve ever had and remains the only varsity football team in school history to go undefeated.
The incoming members of the Athletic Hall of Honor will be inducted during a special dinner and ceremony on campus at our annual Strake Jesuit Night of Honor.

Past Hall of Honor Inductees

List of 14 items.

  • 2008 Inaugural Class

    Mike Janda '69 - Athlete
    Mike Novelli '75 - Athlete
    Eric Mullins '80 - Athlete
    Chris Darkins '92 - Athlete
    1976 Football Team - Team
    Br. Casey Ferlita, SJ † - Distinguished Individual
  • 2009 Class

    Ralph Sacra '69 - Athlete
    Steve McConnell '78 † - Athlete
    Bil McArdle - Distinguished Individual
    1976-77 Soccer Team - Team
  • 2010 Class

    Tommy Nolen - Coach
    George Bean '81 - Athlete
    Corey Davis '90 - Athlete
    Bob Pilegge - Distinguished Individual
  • 2011 Class

    Nelson Akwari '00 - Athlete
    Bret Broussard '76 - Athlete
    Jake Voskuhl '96 - Athlete
    Dick Janse † - Coach 
  • 2012 Class

    Patrick Devine '78 - Athlete
    Bill O'Brien '78 - Athlete
    1977 Mile Relay Team - Team
    (Ira Lucas, Tyrone Donahoe, Alan Bergeron, and Bryant Newbill)
    1998 Baseball Team - Team
  • 2013 Class

    Ray Albrecht '72 - Athlete
    John "Bumper" Schiro '80 - Athlete
    1995-96 Basketball Team - Team
    Jerry Martinez - Coach
  • 2014 Class

    Jason Cimineri '96 - Athlete
    Chris Ogbonnaya '04 - Athlete
    Frank Scalise '71 -Athlete
    Bob Collett - Coach
  • 2015 Class

    Stuart Davies '88 - Athlete
    Broderick Hicks '98 - Athlete
    Steven Hogan '03 - Athlete
    Fred Viancos '80 - Athlete
    1982 4 x 800 Relay Team - Team
    (George Bean, Philip Franshaw, Franciso Melendez, and Scott Lucas)
  • 2016 Class

    Ricky Gras '77 - Athlete
    Craig Gilcrease '82 - Athlete
    Michael LeBlanc '96 - Athlete
    Jamie LaRochelle - Coach
  • 2017 Class

    David Howe '66 - Athlete
    Garth Jax '82 - Athlete
    Steve Rowe '98 - Athlete
    Colin Matheny '02 - Athlete
  • 2018 Class

    Don Blair '69 - Athlete
    Kent Mayes '78 - Athlete
    Stephen Nijoka '07 - Athlete
    1992 Soccer Team - Team
  • 2019 Class

    Bill McShane '77 - Athlete
    Andre Gray '81 - Athlete
    Sam MacNaughton '87 - Athlete
    2009 Basketball Team - Team
  • 2020 Class

    Bill Arnold ’66 - Individual
    Scott Lester ’81 - Individual
    Tim Frazier ’09 - Individual
    2008 Football Team - Team
  • 2021 Class

    Jim Branda '66 - Individual
    Greg Tyler '77 - Individual
    Andrew Taylor '84 - Individual
    Nick Jean-Baptiste '07 - Individual
    2001 Football Team - Team

Nominate an Athlete

The nominations for ever year's Hall of Honor inductees come from our amazing Strake Jesuit community. If you have an alumni athlete in mind that deserves nomination, please fill out the form below. Alumni must be graduated a minimum of 10 years to be inducted into the Hall of Honor.

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Active Nominees

This is a list of current, active nominees for the Strake Jesuit Athletic Hall of Honor. As stated in the Hall of Honor by-laws, an athlete, team, coach, or distinguished individual who has been nominated and not selected for induction into the Hall of Honor after five (5) years of their nomination is removed from consideration but can be nominated again for consideration. 

Individual Athletes


Mark Berggren ‘81
Justin Douglas ‘03
Abe Garcia '94
Carey Ford '93
Scott Lester ‘81
Burke O’Malley ‘84
Marc Polansky ‘70
John Posey ‘74
1967 Basketball Team
1977 Football Team
1980 Football Team
1985 Distance Medley Relay Team
1988 Basketball Team
2000 Baseball Team
2001-2002 Basketball Team