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The John E. Brophy Award

Since the days of World War II, the John E. Brophy Award has been a mark of excellence in St. Ignatius athletics, recognizing the outstanding Wildcat athletes throughout the years.

Jack Brophy entered St. Ignatius in the fall of 1939, after having attended Star of the Sea Grammar School. During his freshman year he developed a serious illness which resulted in the amputation of a leg, but he rebounded from this setback. Jack excelled in his studies, and, despite his disability, he participated in many extracurricular activities. He was a member of the Sodality, the Sanctuary Society, the debate team, and the California Scholarship Federation; he was a student body officer; he wrote for the school newspaper, the Red and Blue. Jack had been an avid swimmer, and although he could no longer take to the water as before, he became the manager of the St. Ignatius swimming team. Through this, he gained membership in the Block Club. Those who knew him described Jack as a friendly, generous young man who made the most of his time at St. Ignatius. 

In November of his senior year Jack's illness reappeared and his condition worsened. During this time, the varsity basketball team dedicated its championship 1943 season to him. He died on February 10, 1943, and at the end of that school year the Block Club established the John E. Brophy Award to honor the memory of the young man who was described at his death as "an ideal Ignatian."

Selected annually by vote of the Athletic Department and the Block Club, Brophy Award recipients are the students who have contributed most to St. Ignatius through their athletic prowess. The honorees are also chosen for the degree to which they meet the high standard set by Jack Brophy for loyalty, integrity, and unselfish dedication. And so, in addition to recognizing the most talented Wildcat athletes, the Brophy Trophy also pays tribute to outstanding individuals. As students and as graduates, they are a source of great pride for St. Ignatius.

The Class of 2013 Recipients

Boys’ Winner: Albert Waters III / CCSF

Sports Played at SI

Football: Freshman, 3 Varsity

Basketball: Freshman, 3 Varsity

Personal Achievements—League

WCAL First Team (Football)

WCAL Most Valuable DB (Football)

WCAL Honorable Mention (Basketball)

Personal Achievements—Section

All-City 1st Team DB

All-Metro 2nd Team DB/Utility Player

All-State Honorable Mention

SI Team Achievements

Team Captain For Basketball & Football / Co-Most Valuable Back Award Winner

 

Girls’ Winner: Carla Tocchini / UC Davis

Sports Played at SI

Water Polo: 4 Year Varsity Athlete

Swimming: 4 Year Varsity Athlete

Personal Achievements–League

2009 WCAL 2nd Team

2010–12 WCAL 1st Team All-League

Personal Achievements–Section

2009-10 CCS 2nd Team

2011 CCS First Team

2012 Division 2 Player of the Year

2013 CCS Qualifier (500 Freestyle)

All-American 2nd Team

SI Team Achievements

SI–#1 All time goal scorer (262 goals)

2010 Coach’s Award

2012 Team Captain

2011–12 Wildcat Award Recipient

Recipients of The John E. Brophy Award

1943 HARVEY CHRISTENSEN

1944 JACK GREALISH

1945 TOM GUERIN

1946 BURT LARKINS

1947 PAUL HOVORKA

1948 JIM KEARNEY

1949 GEORGE WEHNER

1950 TEVIS MARTIN

1951 BOB WIEBUSCH

1952 DICK DeCONTI

1953 JACK McKAY

1954 RAY PAXTON

1955 DAVID DAWSON

1956 FRED LaCOUR

1957 GIL DOWD

1958 ADRIAN BUONCRISTIANI

1959 VINCE QUlLICI

1960 RON CALCAGNO

1961 STEVE WATSON

1962 FERGUS FLANAGAN

1963 CHARLIE PARKS

1964 KEN HOWARD

1965 STEVE CAVALLI

1966 NICK PAOLINI

1967 JIM SQUERI

1968 KLAUS HOFMANN

1969 MIKE MITCHELL

1970 STEVE BECKER

1971 RICK VUJOVICH

1972 ROB HICKOX & JIM FEENEY

1973 XONIE LLOYD

1974 JIM PAVER

1975 DAN SALVEMINI

1976 PETE DeMARTINI

1977 DAN TRACEY

1978 DARREN CDE BACA & BRIAN SAMPSON

1979 JOHN McNULTY

1980 NICK LaROCCA

1981 ROB MASCHERONI

1982 DAMIEN HAITSUKA

1983 ROB UHRICH

1984 JOE VOLLERT

1985 GUS GOMOZIAS

1986 NEIL FITZGERALD

1987 BRENT DEAL

1988 TOM VOLLERT

1989 JIM CRUDO

1990 TIM DUNN

1991 SAM YEN

1992 JOHN DUGGAN

1993 KEVIN HARRINGTON & CHRISSY DRUCKER

1994 CHRIS DeMARTINI & JULIE GUEVARA

1995 GABE SAUCEDO & JOCELYN SIDECO

1996 CARLOS ESCOBAR & KERRIE CAHILL

1997 BRENDAN FITZGIBBON & MARIELLE SCHLUETER

1998 JOE DEKKER & KATIE APPENRODT

1999 COREY FITZGIBBON & ERIN LAPPING

2000 GAVIN SHIELS & BRIDGET MULHERN

2001 DAVID NAVA & MARY KATE SULLIVAN

2002 JOE BOSWELL & KELSEY WIEGMANN

2003 RYAN CLIFFORD & TIFFANY DANG

2004 RYAN McQUAID & KATIE WATTS

2005 JOEY ARMAO & CIARA VIEHWEG

2006 KEVIN WATTERS & ZOE UNRUH

2007 TOMMY KILGORE & KERRY GRADY

2008 RYAN FALVEY & LAUREN PADILLA

2009 BILLY MATTIMORE & ERIN GRADY

2010 WILLIAM BELLO & EILISE O'CONNOR

2011 E. J. SILVIA & RACHEL HINDS

2012 WILL MCKEE & MICHELLIE MCDONALD O'BRIEN & MARIA KEMIJI-MCDONALD

2013 ALBERT WATERS III & CARLA TOCCHINI

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SI Block John Mulkerrins
Athletic Director
415-731-7500 ext. 276
Anne Seppi
Associate Athletic Director
415-731-7500 ext. 538
Rob Marcaletti
Associate Athletic Director
415-731-7500 ext. 335
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