Saint Ignatius High School

Alumni Awards

The best way to illustrate a Saint Ignatius education is to look towards our alumni. Each year, we honor a group of alumni with various awards to recognize their success since graduation and honor their continued commitment to the mission of our school.
  • James D. Lentz '77

    The 2019 Founders’ Award Winner
    While raising a family and building a career, Jim’s involvement with Saint Ignatius was typical – attend an occasional football game, show up for Reunion Weekend, and make a yearly donation. That all changed with a phone call in 2006 from classmate Mike Ginley ’77, who invited Jim to attend an Alumni Executive Council (AEC) meeting.

  • Frederick R. Nance '71

    2019 Distinguished Alumnus
    In 1967 Fred entered Saint Ignatius as a freshman – and the journey got harder. The social pressures and isolation were enormous. “I was a stranger in a strange land, one of about 20 African Americans among 1,100 students. I left behind everything I knew. There weren’t a lot of social touchpoints, so sports became the great equalizer.” He walked on the football team as a sophomore, and by senior year was a varsity starter and played in two championship games.

  • Brian G. Skotko, M.D. '97

    2019 Distinguished Alumnus
    Brian entered Duke University and had an “aha moment” discovering that there were doctors who focused solely on patients with Down syndrome. “My dream job was to one day run a clinic for people with Down syndrome and do research. Many years of training later, I now have that dream job.” Educated at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School, Brian is currently a medical geneticist and the Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

  • Thomas S. Gill '01

    The 2019 Young Alumnus Award Recipient
    Feeling drawn home to Cleveland, Tom recalls, “I wanted to be in a place that mattered to me. I love Cleveland, so it wasn’t a sacrifice, and my family is here.” After a role as Executive Fellow with the Cleveland Leadership Center, in 2010 he joined the staff of Urban Community School, serving primarily low-income children from Cleveland's west side and founded by the Ursuline Sisters. Hired initially as Development Director, Tom took on various roles before becoming President of UCS in 2017.

  • Mike Sweeney '78

    2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    In his senior year Mike was team captain, averaging 14.2 points per game and another historic City title. With seconds left, his free throws gave the Cats a two-point lead to win the last-ever City Championship for Saint Ignatius as the school opted for a wider range of opponents. Remaining close friends with his teammates, Mike still marvels at a squad that lost only seven games in four years together.

  • John Spellacy '85

    2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    Sports have always been important to John Spellacy ’85. “I’m a big believer that sports can teach you so many lessons. Whether you’re the best kid on the team or not, it doesn’t matter. In football, everyone is important, everyone has a role -- whether you’re on the practice squad or the star quarterback.”

  • Drew Haddad '96

    2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    As a freshman at Saint Ignatius High School, Drew remembers walking onto Wasmer Field and feeling overwhelmed by the number of boys trying out for football. “From day one, I was challenged. But that’s what made Ignatius special. It instilled in me a habit of setting goals to achieve success, combining athletics, academics, and spirituality.”

  • Anthony Kelly '99

    2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    Anthony Kelly ’99 is a lacrosse evangelist. After 17 seasons on professional teams, he co-founded Resolute Lacrosse to train and develop young players and inspire a passion for lacrosse in the Midwest. Anthony is the first lacrosse player ever inducted into the Saint Ignatius Athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Anthony Gonzalez '03

    2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    “The places I’ve valued most are those that develop the entire person. Saint Ignatius High School always made me feel like I was growing spiritually, academically, athletically and personally,” says Anthony Gonzalez ’03. Throughout his life, he considers himself fortunate to have been formed by great leaders who challenged him – including his parents, Coach Chuck Kyle ’69, and The Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel.