Reunion Weekend

All alumni are invited back to campus for Reunion Weekend on June 3 and 4. Come spend the weekend with fellow alumni reconnecting and reminiscing.

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.
  • Eric Pfaff '81

    2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    Nearly 40 years ago Eric Pfaff ’81 graduated from Saint Ignatius as a stand-out baseball and football player. He is now a husband, a father to three sons and president of Allied Enterprises in Westlake – but he still recalls the “influencers” who were so important to him during high school: teammates and friends who led by example and teachers, administrators and coaches who inspired and directed him.

  • Matt Roggenburk '86

    2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    Sports taught Matt Roggenburk '86 some big lessons. Matt began learning these lessons early, from his father Garry Roggenburk '58, who played baseball and basketball at University of Dayton and pitched for the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox. The family moved to Florida when Matt was 10 so his father could be General Manager for the Red Sox minor league team and also Spring Training coordinator for the Boston Red Sox. A Saint Ignatius basketball fan since childhood, Matt was thrilled when his family moved back to Cleveland and he enrolled as a sophomore.

  • Chris Della Vella '96

    2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    There’s no doubt - Chris Della Vella ’96 was in the thick of it during a legendary era of Saint Ignatius football glory days. He played on three State Championship teams and was a powerhouse linebacker on the 1995 USA Today National Championship team in his senior season. Chris led the team in tackles from his middle linebacker position and earned First Team All Scholastic, First Team All-District and First Team All Ohio. He was named AP Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was a team captain leading one the Wildcats’ best defenses ever.

  • Steven Kemmerling '97

    2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
    Steve Kemmerling ’97 can’t imagine his life without swimming. Growing up in Parma Heights, he followed in the waves of two older sisters and started swimming competitively at age five for Berea Midpark Swim Club. He trained as a middle schooler with Team Viking where many of the older swimmers went to Saint Ignatius. That, and the fact that a former coach of his was currently coaching at the school, influenced a decision that would form his life and future.

  • Bob Koch, Sr. '64

    The 2021 Founders’ Award Winner
    Bob appreciates all facets of his Saint Ignatius education--the teachers, the Jesuits, athletics, and even the commute. "Part of the education was getting to and from there," he recalls with a smile.

  • Gerald F. Schroer, Jr. '82

    2021 Distinguished Alumnus
    Jerry came to appreciate the Jesuit way of teaching and living more and more after his graduation from Saint Ignatius. Although he didn't fully see it while he was a student, his time at West 30th and Lorain built a foundation of Ignatian values that has shaped his life and career.

  • Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Carney '59

    2021 Distinguished Alumnus
    Tom Carney grew up an only child on the west side of Cleveland. A conversation with legendary Saint Ignatius coach John Wirtz spurred him into attending West Point. After his retirement as a lieutenant general, he said, "I believe I brought many men to Christ, in and out of the war zones of my history."

  • Dr. Phillip T. Yuhas '06

    The 2021 Young Alumnus Award Recipient
    Phillip Yuhas '06 credits challenging classes, athletic competition, Theology instruction, and service experiences for forming him in deep ways. "It helped me learn time management skills, how to handle hard work and think critically--all tools I still use today," he says.

More About Alumni Awards

Information about the Athletic Hall of Fame, Alumni Awards, and Alumni Association can be found using the links below.