Tony Altieri, known by many as the "Godfather" of Trinity High School, served the Trinity Family in a variety of capacities from 1973 until his death in 1995.
Tony began working at Trinity in 1973 taking admission money at the wrestling gate while his son, Gerry '78, was a member of the team. After wrestling season, Rev. Harry Jansing coaxed Tony into working the admissions gate at all Trinity athletic events - a job he performed until his death.
Perhaps his biggest contribution to the school community began in 1980 when he began running Trinity's weekly Bingo, a task he joyfully fulfilled for over 15 years. Tony's friendliness and humor made regulars of many of the bingo players and in turn brought in much needed funds to the school.
He served four terms as Booster Club President between 1984 and 1993. He was vital in the Booster Club's fundraising efforts and was instrumental in raising money for the new wrestling room and new roof for the gymnasium. Tony was made an honorary alumnus of Trinity High School just two days before his death.
Tony will be remembered for being a dedicated volunteer and worker but most of all for being a loyal fan and friend of Trinity High School.
Robert L. Arnold
Trinity High School opened her doors to her first freshman class in September 1953. Four years later, the Class of 1957 matriculated as the school's first graduating class. Along the way, Robert Arnold established the legacy of that first class and of himself. Since then, Bob's relationship with Trinity has only deepened.
Bob was a consistent contributor to the early days of Trinity Athletics, starting all four years at tackle on the football team and at pitcher on the baseball team. Among his favorite games he played in was the 1953 Trinity-St. Xavier freshman football game, which Trinity came from behind to win 7-6. It was the school's first victory in any sport.
However, Bob's athletic career at Trinity was a small contribution compared to his efforts for the Alumni Association. The early years of Trinity were not as prosperous as the building-boom years of the 1980s, '90s and the 21st century. Dedicated, industrious people worked extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure the survival of the new Catholic boys' school in Louisville's East End. One of those people was Bob Arnold.
In 1960, Bob was elected Trinity's second ever Alumni Association president. From 1975 to 1990, he served on the Alumni Board of Directors. For decades he served on dozens of committees and organized fellow classmates to support the school. He worked phone-a-thons, fund drives, fall festivals and raffles.
In 1985, Bob helped start the Rock Stock fund drive. His skills on the phone soliciting help for the school became legendary. He also served on the planning committee for all Class of '57 reunions. In 1988, Bob was honored for his work on behalf of the school by being named the Honor Alumnus. His kind words and deeds were instrumental in representing the proud traditions of Trinity High School.
Bob's service to Trinity continued through the 1990s and 2000s as he became a Trinity Class Ambassador, continuing to support the school and its mission.
In addition to serving Trinity, Bob operated Cecil's Chevron in Louisville. He worked there from 1975 through his Hall of Fame induction in 2007. As a businessman, he was known for conducting all affairs with integrity.
Bob was also a dedicated family man. He and his wife, Sharon, were married in 1962. They have one child, John Arnold (Trinity, 1986).
Joe Babey graduated from Trinity in 1958. While a student at Trinity he was involved in many extracurricular activities. He was a member of the football team, the Glee Club, the Speech Club, and the Debate Team. As a student he was on the honor roll both his junior and senior years at Trinity.
Joe received his BS in Chemistry from Xavier University and earned his MD at the University of Louisville. After serving a year of internship at the St. Joseph Infirmary, he was drafted into the United States Navy and served as the Chief Medical Officer for DESRON-36, a destroyer squadron.
Upon returning to Louisville, Joe started his own private practice, Louisville Pediatric Specialists. He has supported Trinity athletics for years by giving physical exams to all of the sports programs.
Joe takes deep pride in his initiation of the Steinhauser Scholarship Program, a program that rewards the top students on Trinity?s placement exam with financial aid.
Dr. Babey and his wife Sandra have four children: Matthew '84, Alexander '87, Joseph IV '92, and Brigid '85 (SHA). Joe is always willing to help out and contribute to Trinity. He has forever been one to count on for his support, loyalty, and love for Trinity.
Richard "Dick" Bealmear
Over the years, Trinity has won many championships. The first state title came in 1957 and was in cross country. Dick Bealmear was the number two runner on that team and co-captain of the 1958 squad, which also won a state championship. As a student, he was a Shamrock Award winner and a member of the National Honor Society.
Dick taught and coached at Trinity from 1965 to 1970. In 1967, he became head cross country coach and led the team to an upset victory at the State Meet. Thus, Dick became the first Trinity graduate to win state championships as a member of a team and as a coach. From 1970 to 1975, he taught and coached at Ballard High School. In 1972, the school won its first cross country state title. He was voted Coach of the Year in 1967, '71 and '72.
Dick was head coach at Bellarmine University from 1983 to 1992. During this time, his cross country teams compiled a record of 353-281-1. The track team also established 21 school records. More importantly, all of his four-year lettermen earned their degrees.
From 1975 to 1996, Dick was a school guidance counselor. He was department chairman at Meyzeek Middle School when they earned the KACES Award for having the top middle school guidance and counseling program in Kentucky. While at Crosby Middle School, he received the Keystone Award as Jefferson County's outstanding middle school counselor.
After retiring from Jefferson County Public Schools, Dick returned to Trinity to serve as assistant cross country coach for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. In 1999, he was inducted into the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Dick and his wife, Judy, have two children, Craig '84 and Julie.
Few physicians have cared for their patients like Dr. John Belanger ’78. He dedicated his life and medical career to the poorest of the poor of Kentucky.&
John attended St. Albert the Great Catholic School before enrolling at Trinity. As a Trinity student, he participated in numerous activities, clubs and sports, including the National Honor Society and cross country.
After graduating from Trinity in 1978, John earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Kentucky in 1982. He then earned his MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1986. He completed his medical residency in Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University.
After completing his residency, John worked 11 years at the White House Clinic in McKee, Ky., in Jackson County, east of Berea, Ky., where he lived at the time of his Hall of Fame induction. In 2000, John started the Paint Lick Family Clinic in Paint Lick, Ky. The clinic is a community-owned, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide excellent healthcare regardless of the ability of the patient’s ability to pay.
John served the poor and uninsured patients of his community with pastoral compassion and dedication. Patients were asked to donate to the clinic in return for the services they received. The clinic maintained its mission with the support of the community and private grants sought by John. To keep the clinic running, John kept overhead costs down, including his salary. In 2009, the Kentucky Academy of Physicians named John their “Citizen Doctor of the Year.”
In 2014, Paint Lick Family Clinic closed and reopened after merging with a larger community healthcare system that continues to serve Eastern Kentucky. John remained in the community to serve the patients for whom he had been caring for 15 years.
Dr. John Belanger is a man who has served humanity’s most needy with great generosity.
John and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Audrey and Lilly.
A 1981 graduate of Trinity, Michael Brennan is a model of what it means to be a steward.
A leader within the Trinity Community, Archdiocese of Louisville and the City of Louisville, Brennan’s impact can be felt at many levels. Whether it be Michael’s leadership involvement with scouting troops; his coaching within the YMCA; his parish involvement and leadership at Holy Trinity Parish; or his service to a multitude of governing boards in the city of Louisville, Brennan faithfully served with dedication and wisdom.
An active participant in many facets of student life at Trinity, Michael’s efforts in the classroom led him to a career filled with success. After achieving the coveted Shamrock Award at Trinity, Brennan continued his education at Bellarmine University, where he continued his trend of student body leadership. Brennan’s career culminated in being named President and COO of Bramco, Inc., a Louisville-based construction equipment distribution business, and serving as chairman of Executive Committee of Associated Equipment Distributors, accounting for more than $15 billion in annual sales.
Michael’s service to Trinity continued on the School Board, Foundation Board, Resource Management Committee and Investment Committee. Brennan also took the reins in establishing a Class of 1981 Scholarship fund at Trinity. Supporting Trinity and its mission became a primary focus of Michael’s community involvement in the city.
Michael and his wife (Elaine) have three children: Matthew ’09, Meghan ’10 (SHA) and Patrick ’12.
The theme for the Trinity Class of 1989 was "Best Yet." The class president, Jeff Brohm '89, exemplified the theme's meaning. A leader on and off the playing field, an exceptional student, a gifted athlete and an outstanding person, Jeff quickly established himself as a leader in all facets of Trinity life. He was a two-time Shamrock Award winner, a Trinity Scholar and was awarded the "Mr. Football" Shammy Award.
A three-sport athlete, Jeff excelled at baseball, basketball and football. On the baseball diamond, he was named to the All-District and All-Region first teams. On the basketball court, he was a starting point guard for the Rocks and was named to the All-District Tournament Team and AAU Tournament team. He also was named the team's Most Valuable Player his senior year after leading the Rocks in assists and scoring.
Football, however, was Jeff's best sport. His legend as a quarterback was built at Trinity. He had help from his older brother, Greg (Trinity, 1988), who was an All-State receiver and is a Trinity Hall of Famer. Jeff was named to the All-District, All-Region and All-State teams his junior and senior years, the All-Southern and Dixie Dozen teams his senior year and was Trinity's Most Valuable Player all four years. In addition, he was named the Bobby Dodd Back of the Year and the Atlanta Touchdown Club Back of the Year his senior year.
Jeff was named the Kentucky Athlete of the Year his senior year, Kentucky High School Player of the Decade for the 1980s and the 1988 Kentucky Mr. Football. Also in 1988, Jeff led the Rocks to their ninth state title with a 28-0 win over undefeated duPont Manual in the Class 4-A State Championship game.
The Rocks' undefeated '88 season put Trinity on the path to what would become a 50-game winning streak. The '88 team was named the "Team of the Decade" by The Courier-Journal and Jeff's No. 11 jersey was retired by Trinity after his senior season. It was the first jersey in school history to receive the honor. Jeff's brother Brian (Trinity, 2004) also received the honor for his No. 12 jersey. Jeff ended his high school career by passing for 1,707 yards and 20 TDs in his senior season. He also rushed for 602 yards on 185 carries and 12 TDs.
Jeff had scholarship offers from football powers across the country. He chose the University of Louisville and went on to become one of the most prolific offensive players in Cardinal history. A three-year starter, Jeff ranks in the top 10 among U of L's all-time leaders for passing yards (5,451), touchdown passes (38), completions (402), total offense (6,430) and completion percentage (.562).
Voted the Cards' MVP in 1992 and '93, Jeff will always be remembered for a gritty performance in leading U of L to an 18-7 victory over Michigan State in the '93 Liberty Bowl. Playing with two steel pins and one steel plate in the index finger of his throwing hand, Jeff completed 19-of-29 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown amidst 20-degree temperatures and freezing rain to earn the game's MVP award.
Jeff also was a fourth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians. He played two seasons in that organization while in college.
After earning a bachelor's degree from U of L in 1994, Jeff began a seven-year career in the National Football League. He started his career with the San Diego Chargers, who played in Super Bowl XXIX. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns.
In 2001, he played in the Xtreme Football League for the Orlando Rage and was named First-Team XFL, owning the league's highest quarterback rating at 99.9. His NFL dreams were cut short again, however, with a devastating shoulder injury.
In 2002, Jeff joined the coaching staff at U of L as the quarterbacks coach. In 2004, Greg joined the staff as director of football operations. Brian was the Cards' starting quarterback 2006-07. In 2007, Jeff was named assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, a position he held at the time of his Hall of Fame induction.
In 2006, Jeff's No. 11 U of L jersey was honored for his contributions at quarterback. As a Trinity alumnus, Jeff continued his dedication to his alma mater. He served as co-emcee of the celebraTion dinner-auction with his brother Greg in 2002. In addition, Jeff has been active in charities and community events as a speaker, volunteer and coach. He was named Trinity's 1994 Honor Alumnus.
Jeff and his wife, Jennifer, have one child, Brady (Trinity, 2023).
A leader on and off the playing field, an exceptional student, a gifted athlete and an outstanding person, Greg Brohm '88 quickly established himself as a leader in all facets of Trinity life, earning the admiration and respect of fellow students and faculty alike. He was a three-time Shamrock Award winner, a Trinity Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and a senior retreat leader. At the Class of 1988 Senior Prom, Greg's classmates awarded him the "Mr. Scholarship" and "Mr. Football" Shammy Awards. He went on to graduate second in his class.
A three-sport athlete, Greg excelled at baseball, basketball and football. In baseball he was named to the All-District and All-Region first teams; in basketball he was a starting point guard for the Rocks.
Football, however, was Greg's best sport. He was named to the All-State football team as a wide receiver, played in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game and was a member of the 1985 state championship team. He was honored by his coaches with the Offensive Captain Award and the Most Valuable Back Award twice. The Courier-Journal named him the No. 3 all-time high school wide receiver in Kentucky. Greg and his brother Jeff '89 were a powerful wide receiver-quarterback duo.
Greg's athletic ability earned him a football scholarship to the University of Louisville, where he played under coach Howard Schnellenberger and where Jeff was quarterback. Greg was a three-year starter at wide receiver and a regular member of the Dean's List. In 1991 Greg was a starter in the Cardinals' 34-7 win over the University of Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl, one of the all-time great wins in U of L history. Greg finished his Cardinal football career with 45 receptions for 722 yards and four touchdowns. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from U of L in 1992.
After college Greg spent nine years at 84WHAS Radio as a member of the U of L broadcast team and as an account executive. In 2002 Greg became president and offensive coordinator of the Louisville Fire arena football team.
In 2004 Greg joined the U of L coaching staff as director of football operations. Brother Jeff was the quarterbacks coach and youngest brother, Brian '04, the starting quarterback.
As a Trinity alumnus, Greg continued his dedication to his alma mater. He served as an assistant football coach (1993), was a member of the Alumni Board of Directors (1999-2002) and co-emcee of the celebraTion dinner-auction with his brother Jeff (2002). In addition, Greg has been active in charities and community events as a speaker, volunteer and coach. In all of his service roles, Greg brought positive publicity to Trinity. He is an example for us all.
Keith was a member of two football State Championship teams, in 1972 and 1973, and captured First Team All-State honors for both years.
In 1973, Keith received the Outstanding High School Football Player of the Year award and was named to several high school All-American teams. He went on to star for Indiana University, where he earned the Outstanding Freshman Award in 1974.
In 1977, Keith played both offense and defense and was named Outstanding Defensive Back as well as the Best Offensive Player. He was named to the All-Big Ten Conference Team as a senior and participated in the Blue-Gray Senior Football Game.
Keith also received the highly respected L.G. Balfour Award, given to an athlete who has brought honor and distinction to his university.
Keith is undoubtedly one of the most heralded football players in the history of Trinity High School.
Jim Campbell was a star athlete from the start at Trinity. From 1974 to 1977, Jim played both football and basketball. He was a member of the back to back State Championship football teams in 1976 and 1977, earning All-State and All-American honors in both years.
His most memorable moment as a Shamrock came while playing in the 1976 State Championship game at UK's Commonwealth Stadium. Jim caught a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt that put Trinity ahead 28-24 over Henderson County, and the Rocks went on to claim their fourth football state title.
Jim earned a scholarship to the University of Kentucky and lettered all four years on the football team. He set a record for the most receptions in a single game (11) against Bowling Green University in 1980. In 1982, he played in two senior college All-Star games, the Hula Bowl and the Japan Bowl, and he was captain of his team in the Japan Bowl.
In 1982, Jim was chosen in the eleventh round of the National Football League draft by the Houston Oilers.
Richard “Peewee” Carey was among Trinity’s pioneering teachers. He was a much-loved and respected educator in a career that lasted nearly 40 years.
Peewee graduated from Male High School in 1957. He then studied math and education at Bellarmine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in math and history in 1962. Peewee also excelled in baseball, intramural football and track.
After college and completing his student teaching at Trinity, Monsignor Alfred Steinhauser, Trinity’s founding principal, offered him a job teaching math and coaching baseball.
As Trinity’s head baseball coach, Peewee initiated the inaugural Trinity Invitational. As a math teacher, Peewee was famous for his “Pythagorean Theorem Day.” To emphasize the importance of the theorem, he had his students bring their theorems to life – singing songs about them, performing skits and dressing in period costumes. Peewee’s geometry students never forgot mathematics’ most important theorem.
From 1964-68, Peewee studied advanced mathematics at the National Science Foundation in St. Louis, Mo.
In 1969, realizing the need for remedial courses to meet students’ needs, Peewee began the Trinity Learning Center, staffing it with talented faculty members to teach learning-different students.
In 1970, Peewee volunteered to serve on Trinity’s first Faculty Senate, which functions as a consultative body of faculty to school administration and continues to exist. In 1977, Peewee taught Trinity’s first agricultural course. Agricultural financing was introduced to the class with the purchase and raising of a hog and the eventual selling of it.
Peewee’s support for Trinity was a family affair. He and his wife, Paulette, attended proms, athletic events and theatre performances. Then-head basketball coach Joe Thompson ’63 recognized Peewee’s loyalty by awarding him the “Number 1 Fan” Award.
In 1979, Peewee retired from Trinity. He continued to delight students, teaching at Oldham County High School until his retirement in 2000.
Peewee and his family are members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in La Grange. He and Paulette have two children, Maura Carey Vandenbark and Heather Carey Miller, and four grandchildren.
The Reverend Kevin Caster
Ordained a priest in 1957, Father Caster was an educator from the start, spending several years at old St. Thomas Seminary as teacher of future priests. He came to Trinity in the fall of 1965 where he served in various capacities, but always as a classroom teacher. He had an absolutely unique teaching style that was ever inclusive, upbeat and riddled with humor, sports references and clever literary wordplay. Many Trinity alumni remember Fr. Caster vividly at his best in the classroom where real learning was always enjoyable.
As Archdiocesan Director of the Propagation of the Faith, he devoted himself to various Catholic mission efforts, most notably as minister to Haitian refugees through their ordeal to become full-fledged Americans.
Without fail, Father Caster brought his Irish heritage, his sense of humor and his welcoming approach to all he did. Forever the optimist and an eternal sports fan of the Shamrocks, he grew to be legendary as "the man in the stands" watching football practice on Thursday afternoons on Jansing Field.
In 1994, Fr. Caster left Trinity to pursue full-time parish ministry at St. Albert the Great Church, serving as pastor. His popular preaching and his ongoing work as a natural teacher at St. Albert are only further evidence of his committed ministry to the Church of the Archdiocese of Louisville. In return for his years of service and for his great loyalty to Trinity High School, we owe Fr. Caster a huge debt of respect and gratitude.
Kenneth Combs was a teacher at Trinity for 17 years (1960-67
and 1973-82) He coached track and cross country from 1960-67. During those years his cross
country teams amassed three state titles, two seconds and a third.
In addition to leading his track team to a third in the state, Ken instituted the Trinity Invitational Track Meet. From 1973-82 Ken coached only track. By the time he retired in 1982, the school's track team was among the best in the Kentucky.
Ken was a patient and skilled coach who instilled the desire to excel in his athletes. He drew the very best from his teams and helped them achieve more than their raw talent might have predicted.
Ken has done much to promote running in the community. He was instrumental in starting the Louisville Mini-Marathon, the Louisville Marathon, the Run for the Sun, the Big Man Run, and the Jingle Bell Run, which raises money for toys for poor children.
Ken worked with the city to start the G.A.P. (Games and People) program. He also does volunteer work for Kentucky Harvest, a nationally known program that feeds the homeless and hungry.
A member of the Trinity Class of 1963, Jim Connell left a huge footprint during his time at Trinity High School. His quiet dignity left a permanent impact on thousands of young artists at Trinity, and his reach extends to the broader community, as he planted seeds that would flourish for many alumni who went on to fields in the art world and other related endeavors.
An Army veteran, Jim returned to Trinity in 1972, having returned to his alma mater only a decade after graduating. He spent the next four decades in the pursuit of excellence in expressive arts. His extracurricular involvement included stints on Trinity’s accreditation teams, service on the Faculty Senate and other leadership activities, and senior Christian Awakening retreat work, where he was a leader on dozens of retreats.
Aside from Jim’s work with those various facets of Trinity, his imprint can be seen on traditions we still see today.
Jim’s work with students to create and produce the annual Art Calendar provided the opportunity for our community and the world at large to appreciate the work of his students. Jim served as a major consultant for the art and environment on Trinity’s campus. His design touches led the school to be recognized for its campus beauty and aesthetics. His involvement included the 2016 renovation of the W. Peter Flaig Library Media Center.Additionally, the annual Trinity Art Show will always have its roots shared with the efforts of Jim Connell.
Steve Crump '75 was raised at the corner of Preston and Caldwell in Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood, but his work as a television news reporter and documentary film producer took him around the world.
Steve's family was active at St. Peter Claver parish. He attended Catholic schools for 12 years, transferring to Trinity in 1974 after the closing of Flaget High School. Steve's brother, David Spalding, also attended Trinity, graduating in 1986.
After graduating from Trinity in 1975, Steve attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications. He went on to become an award-winning documentary film producer and TV news reporter in Charlotte, N.C.
Among his honors are several regional Emmy Awards for stories ranging from Apartheid in South Africa to civil rights in America's South. He also has earned a number of well respected accolades, including four National Headliner awards; the Gabriel Award; and more than a dozen first-place honors from the National Association of Black Journalists, as well as organizations like Sigma Delta Chi and Sister Cities International.
His work has received attention at film festivals, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, The National Gallery of Art, the North Carolina Historical Archives, Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
In addition, his radio documentary on race relations in Charlotte, "Trust Matters," won several national honors and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
In Louisville, Steve was recognized as the "2001 Distinguished Achiever of the Year" by the Chestnut Street YMCA Black Achievers Program; "Man of the Year" by the National Council of Negro Women and "Humanitarian of the Year" by the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, Charlotte chapters. He also is a member of the Presbyterian Community Center Hall of Fame.
In 2002 Steve received an Eclipse Award for his documentary "Forgotten at the Finish Line," which examines the contributions of African Americans in thoroughbred horse racing. In Boston, Mass., the program also received the "Dick Schaap" Excellence in Sports Journalism Award from Northeastern University's School of Journalism.
In 2003 Steve was honored in his hometown by the Catholic Education Foundation at the annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni. In 2005 he was named the year's Honor Alumnus by the Trinity Alumni Association.
Joe Demling Sr.
When those most familiar with Trinity heard the name "Joe," they knew who it was referencing. The impact that Joe Demling '68 had on Trinity High School during his four decades here is immeasurable.
Joe's first work at Trinity began as a young boy when he was held upside-down from his ankles by his uncles to paint a hard-to-reach portion of a new press box at Trinity Stadium. His commitment to Trinity continued when he followed in his brother Moe's (Trinity, 1960) footsteps and enrolled at Trinity in 1964. Joe worked in Trinity's work-study program all four of his high school years.
In 1973, then athletic director Rev. Harry Jansing hired Joe temporarily during a work stoppage at his full-time job. Joe never left Trinity after that, rising to being manager of our facilities until his death on June 6, 2008. At the time of his death, he was preparing to serve as mentor to his successor while still managing Trinity's concessions during the 2008-09 school year, all while battling cancer.
During Joe's last weeks, the Demling home on Trinity's campus was a hive of visitors coming to lend support and words of encouragement. Great stories told revealed a loving husband, father and brother; a youthful rascal; a doting grandfather; the most loyal of employees; an ardent Trinity supporter; and an admired man. His funeral was held at Trinity. Several hundred well-wishers attended to honor the man who held Trinity together for so many years. Joe was counted to do everything needed to keep the campus working. Whether it was babysitting an aging boiler through a bitterly cold night, setting up for an event after already working 15 hours straight, patching a roof, scrimping and saving, or working with vendors and contractors, Joe never shied from work. That's what he knew and did.
Joe was more than a facilities manager. He also instinctively knew the importance of good alumni relations, supporting the student body, meeting teachers' needs and selling the school to prospects. He dealt seamlessly with changing administrative structures (working solely for the Athletic Department and then the whole school, working for priest leaders and then lay leaders, working within the president-principal model) and administrators.
In addition, Joe participated fully in the campus renaissance that took place starting in 1999. New buildings, expanded borders, renovations in every space on campus all transpired over 10 years. Joe also organized the Sandy Newman Memorial Golf Classic (Alumni Golf Scramble) for more than 25 years and helped with Trinity's Wednesday Night Bingo games from the 1960s until its final season in 1999.
Joe approached his work with an equal balance of determination and fun. His work was of immeasurable importance to him, but he made time for fun. Joe loved hitting golf balls, giving Derby picks and visiting Las Vegas. He always had a gleam in his eye and a ready joke.
Joe was also a fighter. This tough, St. Joe Butchertown kid did not stop fighting. Never. Despite all the surgeries and treatments, he never stopped planning for when he was well.
The Trinity Alumni Association honored Joe in 1993 with the Honor Alumnus Award. His colleagues at Trinity recognized him numerous times with the annual Staff Service Award.
In January 2007, the Trinity High School Foundation named Marshall Stadium's home-side concession stand "Joe's Place." Also, patrons at the 2008 celebraTion dinner-auction established the Joe Demling Endowed Scholarship Fund, allowing Joe's name, example and memory to remain forever present to the Trinity Family. Joe and his wife, Sharon, have three children (Jody, Trinity, 1989; Angie, Mercy, 1991; and Amy, Assumption, 1996) and six grandchildren (Jessica, Tanner, Jenna, Julia, Cassidy and C.J.). They also have a daughter-in-law, Angela Demling (Sacred Heart, 1989) and two sons-in-law, Rick Laemmle (St. Xavier, 1992) and Corey Taylor (Trinity, 1995).
Jerry Denny was the head coach of Trinity's 1957 and '58 cross country state champions and the 1959 track state runner-up team. The 1957 team was Trinity's first state championship in any sport.
Jerry graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1949. A natural athlete, he won two high school state titles in the 440 meters. Jerry went on to graduate in Bellarmine University's first class in 1954. That same year he began his teaching career at Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, Ind. In addition to teaching, Jerry started Providence's track team. In 1955, Jerry was offered a job at Trinity. When Trinity opened in 1953, its athletic teams were so inexperienced that coaches from other schools often would schedule the Shamrocks to ensure an easy victory. That changed when head football coach Jeep Quire hired Jerry as an assistant football coach, a position he held for three years until he became the head track and cross country coach.
It was during the fall of 1955, when Jerry was coaching football, that a handful of students approached him and expressed interest in running cross country, a brand new sport in Kentucky. That small group of boys, with assignments from Coach Denny, ran on their own at Seneca Park, planting the seeds of Trinity's cross country legend.
Those first Rock runners entered a small invitational meet. This was the first time a Trinity boy or coach had ever seen a cross country meet. The team did poorly, finishing last. However, by the end of that season, the team had improved considerably, finishing 11th out of 20 teams in the 1955 State Cross Country Meet.
In Trinity's second cross country season (1956), the team won the school's first two trophies by finishing second in the regional meet and tying for second in the inaugural Trinity Invitational, the oldest continuous cross country meet in Kentucky and one of the oldest in the U.S.
In 1957, the cross country team suffered only one defeat, against the University of Kentucky freshman team. Trinity went on to win the Kentucky Cross Country State Championship - the first ever state title for a Trinity athletic team.
In 1958, the Rocks took state again. Also, Jerry's track team won the first Catholic State Championship Meet. In 1959, the track team won Trinity's first regional championship and was state runner-up. In 1960, Bob Oser '60 became Trinity's first ever individual state champion in track (120-meter high hurdles). Also in 1960, Jerry left Trinity to become head cross country and track coach at St. X. Overall, Jerry was a teacher and coach for 13 years (1955-68).
In 1967, Jerry joined his family's trucking business, Denny Transport, Inc. He went on to become chairman of the board of the company. In 1989, in recognition of his coaching accomplishments, Jerry was inducted into the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Jerry and his wife, Jeanne, have five children (David, Mary, Julie, Brian and Tricia) and nine grandchildren.
Craig DeSensi '91 came to Trinity in the fall of 1987 from St. Bernard Catholic School, where he had made a name for himself for his academic and athletic prowess.
Craig comes from a family of Catholic school student-athletes. He is the son of Sharon (Angela Merici, 1968) and William "Chick" (Flaget, 1968) DeSensi, who was an All-State high school quarterback. Craig's sister, Angie DeSensi (Assumption, 1992), played on Assumption's 1990 state championship volleyball team. Craig won a Toy Bowl Championship at St. Bernard and numerous Catholic School Athletic Association basketball championships. Additionally, he was named the Most Valuable Player for the Bambino World Series while playing for Fern Creek Babe Ruth.
The caliber of Craig's accomplishments continued to grow at Trinity. He was the Shamrocks' starting freshman quarterback, and also starred in freshman basketball and JV baseball. By his sophomore year, he had moved up to the varsity level in football and baseball.
Craig was the starting varsity quarterback as a junior, guiding the Shamrocks to a 14-0 record and a second consecutive state championship in 1989. Returning as a starter for his senior year, Craig led the Rocks to another 14-0 record, a third straight championship and a No. 5 national ranking in USA Today. For his Trinity career, Craig was the quarterback for three consecutive state champion football teams that compiled a 42-0 record. He had a 28-0 record as a starter. The Rocks would go on to win 50 consecutive games, which at the time of Craig's induction into the Hall of Fame, was a Kentucky record.
Among his football honors were All-District (1989, 1990); MVP of the 1989 state championship game; All-State honorable mention (1989); Courier-Journal All-State second team (1990); three Johnny Unitas awards (1988, 1989, 1990); All-County (1990); and Academic All-State (1988, 1989, 1990). He also played in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star game in 1991.
Craig was just as successful on the baseball diamond, where he was one of a handful of freshmen to dress for the varsity team. He also lettered as a freshman. By his sophomore year, he had secured the starting shortstop position, and held that spot as the Rocks were ranked No. 1 throughout much of his junior and senior years. Among Craig's baseball honors were being named to the All-District (1989), All-Region (1989) and Pre-season All-State (1990, 1991) teams, as well as the Academic All-State first team.
In addition to being a talented athlete, Craig was an exceptional student leader. He was elected president of his senior class and served as a retreat leader. Additionally, he earned Shamrock Awards for his academic performance, while being ranked in the top third of his class. He also served on the Student Council and was a member of the National Honor Society.
After graduating from Trinity in 1991, Craig attended the University of Notre Dame on a baseball scholarship. While at Notre Dame, Craig started at several positions and was instrumental in leading the Fighting Irish to three consecutive regionals. Lettering all four years, he was selected as team captain his senior year.
In 1995, Craig earned a bachelor's degree in science and business. After graduating from college, Craig played professional baseball for one season for the Butte Copper Kings in Butte, Mont.
At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Craig was a sales representative with Medtronic Spine & Biologics in Louisville, which develops and manufactures innovative medical device technology and therapies to treat chronic diseases worldwide.
Stanley J. DeVore
A sign on Stan DeVore's desk reads "Head Light Bulb." It's an apt metaphor for a man who had an idea and made it a business.
Stan grew up in Louisville's Highlands neighborhood and attended St. Francis of Assisi School. He enrolled in Trinity in 1970 and graduated in 1974. Two of Stan's brothers would follow him in graduating from Trinity, Douglas in 1975 and Patrick in 1983.
Stan paid for his Trinity education himself, working at Knights of Columbus, repairing boat docks and washing houseboats after school and during summers. The work ethic he attained served him well in life. He also met his wife-to-be while working on a houseboat.
After graduating high school, Stan worked in the refrigeration business, traveling from state to state servicing refrigeration units at grocery stores. His passion, however, was landscape lighting and architecture. Not long after installing landscape lighting at his first house, a landscape architect drove by, noticed the attractive lighting and landscaping, and asked Stan who had done the installation. From there, Stan had his first landscape lighting job.
In 1982, Stan started an outdoor lighting company as a hobby and grew it into the successful Landscape Lighting Company, one of the largest and most successful such companies in the United States, with clients in Louisville and the Sun Belt and on the East Coast. His business beautifies the exteriors of residences and businesses as well as distributes products nationwide. The Landscape Lighting showroom is one of the most unique in the country. Customers come from all over the U.S, Canada and Mexico to view his offerings. Stan's client list includes hotels, hospitals, corporate headquarters, the homes of famous Louisvillians and several horse farms.
Rather than sit at his desk and manage the operation, Stan enjoys being in the field with his employees. His eye for balance, illumination, shadows and spacing comes naturally. Landscapes were his favorite scenes to paint in Trinity art classes taught by Rev. Al Moore.
Stan shared his success with Trinity by installing the beautiful landscape lighting on Trinity's campus. He donated his company's services to transform Trinity's average-looking school setting into a nighttime St. Matthews showpiece.
In addition, Stan has been a celebraTion dinner-auction Emerald Sponsor for many years. He has always answered any request or need that Trinity has had by giving generously of his time, talent and treasure.
Stan also serves the wider community as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is a member of the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association, the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, the Southern Nursery Association and the Louisville Home Builders Association. In 2008, he was inducted into the Louisville Nursery Association Hall of Fame. He has also been an active member of his graduating class, serving on reunion committees and helping however he can.
Stan's love for Trinity is unquestionable. There is nothing he would not do for his alma mater, and he has seldom missed a home athletic contest.
Stan and his wife, Sheri, have two children, Heather (Sacred Heart, 1998) and Matt (Trinity, 2001).
Jim Dockter '61 (Doc) was a successful Trinity student-athlete. Successful in his business career and despite being away from Louisville since graduation from college, he has supported Trinity in a variety of ways.
Jim grew up in Louisville the oldest of four children. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes School, then graduated from Trinity in 1961. In 1960 he was the only junior on Trinity's first regional and state championship golf team - Trinity's second-ever state title in any sport.
Jim earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky in 1965. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the golf team, UK's first men's volleyball team and he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps.
In 1966-67 Jim served in Vietnam, receiving the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. He left with the rank of captain in 1968.
In 1976, after working in the insurance, sales and service industries, Jim founded Professional Book Distributors, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, to provide storage and fulfillment services to associations, book publishers and educational institutions. Jim's entrepreneurial achievement was acknowledged in 1982, when PBD was named by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S.
In 1986 Jim moved PBD's entire operation to Atlanta, Ga. Twenty years later, the operation had 300,000 square feet of space in four cities, 250 employees, gross sales over $60 million and shipped more than 2 million packages worldwide. With continued success came awards, including the Georgia Business Ethics Award (2005) and being named a Top 15 Atlanta A+ Employer and the "Georgia Family Business of the Year" (2005).
Jim never forgot his Trinity roots. In 1998 he established the Dockter Family Scholarship to honor his parents for providing his brother and sisters a Catholic education. A partial scholarship goes annually to a deserving Trinity junior. Jim is a member of the Trinity High School Foundation, which bequests funds to Trinity for the growth of its endowment. He was also a key donor to the Spirit of Trinity campaign in 2002, funding the conference room in the Charles H. Leis Academic Services Center.
Jim, and his wife, Becky, have three sons and five grandchildren.
Reverend Ron Domhoff
Generations of Trinity Family members love and respect Father Ron Domhoff H'98.
Ron attended Our Lady of Lourdes School. He attended Trinity for his first two years of high school before entering St. Thomas Seminary in Louisville in 1962 to begin his studies for the priesthood. Ron's brothers are also Trinity alumni - Tom '68 and Joe '77.
In 1967 Ron enrolled at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati, where he earned a master's degree in theology. Pursuing his love of communications, visual arts and film, Ron did post-graduate work at the University of Notre Dame, earning a master's degree in communication arts.
Ron was ordained on May 27, 1972, by Louisville Archbishop Thomas McDonough and was assigned to teach at Trinity, a position he would hold for 30 years.
In addition to teaching, Ron was asked by former Trinity principal the late Father Thomas Duerr H'92 to create a new student retreat program. In March 1974 Ron and fellow priest and faculty member Rev. David Zettel '58 took a group of seniors on Trinity's first Christian Awakening Retreat. Ron and Dave, utilizing the talents of alumni and teachers, created a challenging and intensely personal retreat. Its effect is seen in the religious strength at Trinity.
Like Senior Retreat, many alumni fondly recall the liturgies held in the Chapel on Sunday evenings. An offshoot of the Senior Retreat, this Mass, coordinated by Ron and Dave, was regularly attended by nearly 200 students. Ron also utilized the Chapel for liturgies before particularly special athletic contests. Many alumni and coaches remember well those special moments in our Chapel.
Never content with maintaining existing events, Ron sought to develop new ones. One such creation was the annual Rockin' freshman orientation program, which he initiated with faculty members Sharon Bohannon H'10 and Joe Bryant '75 in 1997. Also with Joe, in 1995 Ron started the annual Shamrock Bass Classic fishing tournament.
In 2004 Louisville Archbishop Thomas Kelly, O.P., H'01 asked Ron to assume the role of pastor at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Valley Station.
Ron will never be forgotten at Trinity. In 1975 the student body honored him with the Sheeran Award for "Teacher of the Year." The faculty granted him the same honor in 2002 with the Rev. Thomas Duerr Award. In 1998 Ron was named an Honorary Alumnus of Trinity.
The Reverend Thomas Duerr
The Rev. Thomas Duerr was an integral part of Trinity for 29 years (1954-83), 13 as principal and 16 as a teacher. Fr. Duerr was known as a dedicated, tireless Christian educator. He guided Trinity through the "middle years," moving the school to independent financial status. Fr. Duerr helped ease the growing pains that every institution experiences.
Fr. Duerr possessed the gift of true leadership, which was exemplified by his ability to listen to others and look to the future. His farsightedness was evident in his decision to establish a school board and support the Senior Retreat program. He moved to utilize computers, authorized the building of the auditorium and encouraged a schoolwide self-study.
Fr. Duerr took on a larger leadership role when he became superintendent of Catholic schools in 1983. In that capacity he formalized salary scales for teachers, encouraged parish school boards, upgraded the technology in grade schools and the Office for Catholic Schools, and emphasized the need to meet and exceed state public school educational standards.
Ray Duran Jr.
Ray Duran Jr. ’74 transferred to Trinity in April of his freshman year, when his family moved to Louisville. While at Trinity, Ray had an outstanding academic record, earning a Shamrock Award. He lettered in baseball, where he was coached by legendary coach Rich Rostel H’93.
In 1974, Ray attended Trinity’s first-ever senior retreat. The retreat was a life-changing experience for Ray and his classmates. Several weeks later, he and David Hammerstrom ’74 were chosen to be the first-ever Trinity student senior retreat leaders. While on that retreat, on the infamous date of April 3, 1974, a line of deadly tornadoes narrowly missed their retreat center in Bardstown.
After graduating from Trinity in 1974, Ray attended the University of Notre Dame. He continued to lead Trinity senior retreats and volunteered for four years as a United Way “Big Brother.” In 1978, Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting, graduating with High Honors. At the commencement ceremony, he received the Haskins and Sells Foundation Award, which is given to the outstanding accounting graduate, as voted by the Notre Dame faculty.
After college, Ray began a 35-year-plus accounting career with the Hays Automotive Group, which has eight dealerships in three states. In 2002, he was named chief financial officer and treasurer of Hays Automotive Group. He also has served as chairman of the Greater Louisville Automobile Dealers Association and has received the Ford Motor Company Accounting Excellence Award.
Ray and his wife, the former Ann Bauer (Sacred Heart, 1975), have been active members of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Ray served as parish council chairman during the school expansion, coached basketball and served on the Catholic Education Foundation endowment drive. He also coached girls’ softball with classmate Donnie Wirtzberger at Lyndon Recreation for 14 years, winning five championships.
Ray and Ann were married in 1978 by former Trinity priest and fellow Hall of Famer Rev. Ron Domhoff H’98. They have four daughters – Laura, Beth, Diane and Cara – and five grandchildren and counting. All four daughters received a Catholic education from kindergarten through college. They attended St. Margaret Mary Catholic School and Assumption High School, and earned degrees from Xavier University, the University of Dayton and the University of Notre Dame.
As a Trinity alumnus, Ray has volunteered for the Trinity Annual Fund, Open House, class reunion committees and the Foundation Board. He has consistently supported the Steve Bauer Memorial Scholarship, which was created in honor of Ray’s brother-in-law, the late Steve Bauer ’72.
In 1989, Ray received the Trinity Honor Alumnus Award. He told that year’s graduating class: “Trinity not only prepared me for Notre Dame; it prepared me for life. No one will ever love Trinity more, and no one will ever be more appreciative of the effect Trinity has had on his life.”
Gene Eckert ’62 was an outstanding educator at Trinity for 46 years. He set the standard for Trinity teachers and enriched the lives of thousands of students.
After graduating from Trinity in 1962, Gene attended Bellarmine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1966. He also earned a master’s degree in education from Spalding University in 1970.
Gene’s wish was to teach history at Trinity. Then-Trinity principal, the late Monsignor Alfred Steinhauser, hired Gene for what became a 46-year career. Including his days as a Trinity student, Gene lived and loved Trinity for 50 years. His brothers – Bob (1957) and Ron (1960) – also are Trinity alumni.
The interaction with students was Gene’s favorite part of teaching. Following graduation each year, seeing former students go on to be successful has been rewarding for Gene. It’s the kind of pride only a teacher can feel. Trinity alumni have high praise for Gene as a teacher and person. He kept the subject matter interesting with his unique, caring and sometimes comical teaching style. His students were his “lads” and he’d often “see them on the boat!”
Gene is among the most honored teachers in Trinity history. He received the Thomas Sheeran “Teacher of the Year” Award (chosen by students) five times, the Rev. Thomas Duerr “Teacher of the Year” Award (chosen by faculty) and the Honor Alumnus Award. Additionally, he received the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Father Joseph McGee Award. The award, which honors an outstanding Catholic educator, is presented annually at the Salute to Catholic School Alumni.
“I did my student teaching with Gene,” said a Trinity teacher. “I remember wondering if I’d ever be as good a teacher as him. That was 13 years ago, and I’m still waiting to get there.”
In addition to teaching, Gene and his wife, Pat, are active members of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Gene also volunteers at the St. Joseph Children’s Home, for which he chaired its annual picnic from 2007-09. He was chairman of the home’s board in 2010-11.
Gene retired from Trinity in May 2012. He left a legacy of educational excellence, devotion to Christian service and compassion for all whose lives he touched as a teacher, husband, father, grandfather and friend.
A consummate teacher, Gene had some final words of wisdom for Trinity students: “I’ve been telling the young men that they’re gifted with intelligence and that they are fortunate to be where they are at this point in their lives. I told them to take advantage of all the opportunities available to them at Trinity. They’ll never regret it.”
To honor Gene’s career, alumni were asked to submit their thoughts about him. The result was a 44-page tribute filled with compliments and memories from his “lads.”
Gene and Pat (Mercy, 1964), have a son, Daniel (Trinity, 1994); a daughter-in-law, Rebecca (Assumption, 1995); and grandchildren McKenna (Holy Trinity, 2019) and Molly (Holy Trinity, 2021).
Dennis Esterle is known to perhaps three generations of Trinity families. He served the Trinity community for 40 years, the longest tenure of any teacher in our history. Dennis taught in the Math Department for his entire career. Over his long tenure, his door was always one of the first to open in the morning to those who needed extra help or a little motivation.
A trusted assistant to two principals while at Trinity, Denny served two stints as director of students totaling 13 years. He also served faithfully for several terms on the Faculty Senate and as director of summer school for 12 years. All the while, dedicated to excellence in education, he shared his love of math with his students in the classroom.
Over the course of his long career, Denny adapted well to changing technology as TI-83 calculators replaced slide rules. His students regularly returned to report the ease with which they completed mathematics courses in college. Many of his former students went on to prosper in the fields of engineering and science.
John L. Esterle
A consummate educator, John L. Esterle H'05 served Catholic education for 39 years, including 37 years at Trinity High School.
John himself was a graduate of Catholic schools, attending St. George Catholic School and Flaget High School, graduating in 1962.
After high school, John attended Bellarmine University, earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1966. He earned a Master's degree in education from the University of Louisville in 1974.
John began his teaching career in 1966 at the old Bishop David High School in Louisville's South End. He taught there until 1968, when he moved to Trinity. Over the next 37 years, John taught a variety of mathematics classes, from Algebra I for freshmen to Calculus for seniors. His brother and fellow math teacher, Dennis Esterle H'01, also taught at Trinity and is a Hall of Fame member.
In addition to teaching during the school year, John taught in the summer school program and was the jug proctor for 29 years. One of John's favorite sayings was, "A day without jug is like a day without sunshine."
John's dedication to his students and subject matter was legendary. His daily routine included arriving at school early to help students with homework. He would also stay after school to offer extra instruction to students who were struggling with his challenging courses. A legion of alumni who went on to careers in engineering, mathematics and science credit John with laying an outstanding foundation in their high school years.
John's students also fondly recall his lighthearted humor with friend and fellow teacher Gene Eckert '62. The two graduated from college together and became fast friends.
Trinity students honored John for his dedication to the art of teaching by awarding him the Thomas Sheeran Teacher of the Year Award four times - 1974, '80, '86 and '93. He was the epitome of a servant teacher. He loved his students, he loved Trinity, and he sacrificed parts of his own life to make both better. John and his wife, Sherry, have three children: Michael (Trinity, 1987), David (Trinity, 1989) and Kyran (Sacred Heart, 1991).
John retired from Trinity in 2005. He was named an Honorary Alumnus of the school upon his retirement.
Jim Ferriell, Jr.
Jim Ferriell, Jr. was one of the anchors of the early Golf Shamrocks, who won their first state championship in 1960. He led the 1960 team with an average score of 35. This early success paved the way for a lifetime of golf achievement. His Indiana and national golfing records range from junior championships to the PGA Tour to two Indiana Professional Player-of-the-Year titles. His devotion to the betterment of the game of golf is unparalleled.
After graduating from Trinity in 1960, Jim went on to become captain of the University of Louisville golf team for three consecutive years, reaching the NCAA quarter finals in 1962. He turned professional in 1964, and moved to Carmel, Ind., and Crooked Stick Golf Club in 1978. As a professional, Jim won 28 championship titles. He also qualified for 28 national and major championships, including the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship, the National Club Professional and Senior Club Professional Championships, and the Senior PGA Championship. He played on the PGA Tour in 1965, 1966 and 1969-75, finishing 66th on the Official Money List in 1973. In 1994, he captured both the Senior Player-of-the-Year and the Indiana PGA Professional-of-the-Year awards-the second time he received both awards.
Like many Trinity alumni, Jim's professional accomplishments were not outdone by his desire to better the lives of others. In 1979, he started the Evans Scholarship Caddy Program at Crooked Stick. In 1982, he initiated the Pete Deye Scholarship Fund for students pursuing the field of agronomy. He also implemented the Crooked Stick Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid to all young club employees.
Away from the golf course, he served on the Youthlinks of Indiana Golf Tournament Committee and the Indiana Dyslexia Institute Board of Directors.
Jim and his wife, Sherry, have two daughters, Jenny and Katie, and three grandchildren.
Doing things differently defines Greg Fischer's success as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. His natural curiosity, introspection, competitiveness and quiet generosity were honed in his early years and served him well in life as he worked to make Trinity and the community better.
Greg made his mark at Trinity as a four-year tennis player and a member of the National Honor Society. After graduating from Trinity in 1976, Greg attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1980. During college summers, Greg worked as a fishing boat crane operator in Alaska. After college he spent a year traveling the world. The trip had a profound effect on Greg, influencing his outlook on life and his belief in the value of education.
In 1980 Greg co-founded SerVend International, a global manufacturing company that revolutionized the ice/beverage dispensing industry. As a result of the company's success, Greg was selected as one of Inc. magazine's Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1990.
In 1999 Greg founded Iceberg Ventures, a venture capital firm that provides capital and business development systems for emerging and fast-growth companies. In 2000 Greg co-founded bCatalyst, a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm.
Philanthropy, service and education are important to Greg and the Fischer family. Greg served on numerous boards over the years, including the Trinity High School Foundation, MedVenture Technology, Vogt Ice, the Louisville Science Center, the Center for Quality of Management and the Young Presidents Organization. The Fischer family supports School Choice, an organization that helps children attend parochial schools. At Trinity, Greg was instrumental in helping create four Mittelsten Scholarships (named for former faculty member and tennis coach Klaus Mittelsten H'92) with his family and the Class of 1976 Scholarship with several classmates.
Greg also was quite generous with a significant in-kind contribution when his company, Dant-Clayton Corporation, helped to build Marshall Stadium. Additionally, he played an important role in opening doors with key potential partners for the exploration of building a new tennis facility for Trinity.
In 2006 Greg was honored at the Salute to Catholic School Alumni. The Salute honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the Louisville community, region, nation or world. Also in 2006, Greg was honored by Trinity with the Steiny Award for his commitment to the school. The award is given to an individual who exemplifies the true spirit of Trinity's founding principal, Monsignor Alfred W. Steinhauser, through his or her outstanding support and service to Trinity High School.
Greg has a talent for maximizing his strengths and the strength of those around him. He's seen the world, built wildly successful businesses and helped others along the way. He and his wife, Alexandra Gerassimides, have four children: Eleni, George (Trinity, 2009), Nick (Trinity, 2010) and Mary.
Thomas C. Fitzgerald
Tom is the first of many great quarterbacks that Trinity has produced over its history. In 1956, he led an all-junior team to four wins and one tie during Trinity's first full year of varsity competition.
In 1957, Tom guided Trinity to a near upset of perennial power Flaget. During the game, he personally gained 220 yards running the option play. Tom is one of 12 players to participate in every football game that Trinity played during its first four years of existence.
Also an accomplished hurdler in track and field, Tom was undefeated in the high hurdles during his senior season and he was regional runner-up, qualifying for the State semi-finals.
Tom graduated from Trinity in 1957 and received his BA in economics from Western Kentucky University. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army from May 1962 through October 1962.
W. Peter Flaig
Peter Flaig arrived at Trinity at age 22 to teach English. He retired 30 years later as the school's first president. Over those years, he advanced changes and implemented growth, which helped to shape Trinity into the premiere school it is today.
Peter served in numerous capacities at Trinity: English and social studies teacher (1970-75), director of studies (1976-83), principal (1983-94) and president (1994-2000). While he was CEO, Trinity experienced tremendous physical growth and expansion of its academic programs. Under his leadership, Trinity gained national recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (1991) and Southern Association of Schools accreditation (1996). Acquisition of the Armory (1987) and Courtesy Cadillac (1989) properties provided the basis for Trinity's building boom during which the Communication Arts Center (1987), Alumni Hall (1993), the R.W. Marshall Sports Center (1999), Shamrock Hall (2000) and the Floersh Hall extension (2000) were added to campus. The Shamrock Spirit Campaign (1998-99) supported this vision by raising funds for the construction of new facilities and Trinity's endowment. Altogether, the endowment grew from zero to $2.5 million during his tenure.
Additionally, new governance structures to secure Trinity's future were implemented while he was president: the establishment of the Foundation Board; the school's first strategic plan; the sponsorship agreement with the Archdiocese of Louisville (1993); the modernization of the advancement effort; and the expansion of the use of technology in all facets of campus life.
Throughout his Trinity years, Peter was known for his calm, collaborative and compassionate leadership. Peter Flaig viewed furthering Trinity's educational mission as doing God's work on Earth. His method was to encourage and engage others by working to provide an environment with the atmosphere, facilities and resources which empowered faculty and students to do their best work. His best satisfaction came when others in the Trinity Family joined to strive toward this vision.
Gregory W. Frederick
Gregory W. Frederick '80 has dedicated his life to public safety and his hometown of Louisville. As a child, Greg attended St. Edward and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic schools before advancing to Trinity High School.
After graduating from Trinity in 1980, Greg attended the University of Louisville from 1980-81. Greg's three brothers are also Trinity alumni, graduating in 1978 (Brian), 1984 (Dan) and 1985 (Jim). Greg began serving the community as a volunteer firefighter at age 16 when he was a Trinity student. During high school, he volunteered for the Jeffersontown Fire Department. In 1984, he joined the Louisville Fire Department after graduating as valedictorian of his academy class. After years rising through the ranks, Greg was appointed Chief of the Louisville Fire Department in 1999, becoming the 20th Fire Chief in the LFD's 153 year history at age 36. During his tenure as chief, Greg's actions have benefitted the community and his fellow firefighters. He was instrumental in the revision of the 1977 Smoke Detector Ordinance that now requires use of a non-removable, 10-year lithium battery.
Greg also initiated the use of 12 lead EKG monitors and thermal imaging cameras as critical pieces of equipment used in rescue and resuscitation efforts by firefighters. His leadership brought a $2.3 million grant for an electronic firefighter accountability system and a $3.3 million grant for the construction of a new fire station to the department. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Greg was a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection Association. He also served on the board of the American Heart Association from 2000-06, the Community Action Agency Board, a member of the Executive Committee for the Louisville FBI Crisis Group and the Executive Board for the National SAFECOM Governance Committee. In addition, Greg is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Louisville.
In 2007, Greg was elected to the board of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs, a group comprised of the 144 largest fire departments in the world and served as their president from 2010-11. Greg also is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician, Public Safety Diver and Emergency Medical Technician. In 2005, Greg was honored by the Catholic Education Foundation at the Salute to Catholic School Alumni. Greg and his wife, Kristina, have two daughters, Brandy Guess (Mercy, 2003; Sullivan University, 2007) and Coleen Hartman (Assumption, 2007; Bellarmine University, 2011).
George Freibert's ties to Trinity run deep. He attended grades one through four at Holy Trinity School when it was located at Trinity's Shelbyville Road site. He is one of the few Trinity alumni to have attended grade school and high school at both Holy Trinity locations.
After graduating from Trinity, George attended Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1966. In 1969 he began his successful banking career with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
George founded Professional Bank Services (PBS), Inc. in 1978. Headquartered in Louisville, with offices throughout the United States, PBS is one of the nation's leading providers of consulting, education and investment banking services for financial institutions. In 1984 Inc. magazine recognized PBS as one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the nation.
At Trinity, George will be most remembered for his successful chairing of the Shamrock Spirit Campaign in 1998. At that time, the campaign was the most ambitious ever for the school, yielding the R.W. Marshall Sports Center, "new" Shamrock Hall and adding $1 million to the endowment. George also served on the School Board and in a leadership role on the board of the Trinity High School Foundation. His dedication and drive left its mark on Trinity for decades to come.
A devoted conservationist, George received an Earth Day Award from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission in 2002. He granted a permanent conservation easement for his 20-acre reservation, Old Pond Place, which is devoted to wildlife preservation.
George was honored by his alma maters by being inducted into EKU's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and by being voted the 1999 Trinity Honor Alumnus.
The Trinity community lost a giant when George passed away on March 16, 2003, at age 59. He is survived by a daughter, Barrett, and a son, Bart.
It's been said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Catherine Fuchs H'93 touched the hearts of thousands of Trinity students and faculty members in her 38 years of service to Trinity High School.
Trinity was a second home to Catherine. Born in 1911, she was baptized in the old Holy Trinity Church, which was located at the site of Trinity High School until 1953, when Trinity was founded and Holy Trinity moved to its current location on Cherrywood Road.
Catherine came to Trinity in September 1955 as a volunteer in the cafeteria. Two years later, she was made a paid worker and then was asked to serve as cafeteria manager by Trinity's first principal, Msgr. Alfred Steinhauser. Catherine ordered and purchased all food and oversaw its preparation. In the early 1960s, realizing the need to provide more than a typical lunch line of hot foods, Catherine opened the snack bar, which is still provided today. This gave students and faculty more variety in foods and snacks such as soft pretzels, chips, candy, ice cream and other pleasantries.
As enrollment grew over the years, the kitchen staff grew from a handful of volunteers and paid staff to eight to 10 full-time employees plus a handful of volunteers who worked each school day preparing food, washing dishes and working the cash register and snack bar.
In the 1970s, as salad bars became popular at restaurants and eateries, Catherine implemented the idea at Trinity. She offered salad, fruit and sandwiches in addition to the regular hot entrees in the lunch line. She insisted on the freshest produce for her boys.
Catherine could often be spotted unloading her little Ford at Trinity on a Sunday afternoon with food she had purchased at a discount to save money. In addition to her role as cafeteria manager, Catherine also worked Trinity Bingo on Wednesday nights for 37 years, never missing a "call."
This mighty-might, 100-pound, iron-willed lady served Trinity with fierce loyalty and dogged determination. She functioned in a beautifully serving manner that never missed a stitch. God help you if you sat on one of her tables, left a dirty tray behind or teased her too much. But a tease, smile and laugh was always the way to go with Catherine.
Catherine understood the mission of Trinity High School and lived it in her work. A lifelong resident of St. Matthews and a loyal member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, she was a true servant of the whole Church and of the thousands of Trinity Family members who were the beneficiaries of her commitment to Trinity.
Catherine retired from Trinity at the close of the 1992-93 school year. She was named an Honorary Alumna of Trinity upon her retirement. She passed away in April 2006.
When asked what she remembers most about her years of service, Fuchs replied, "The fun is what I remember the most. Gosh, I’ve had more fun here than most people will have anywhere. But then again, who couldn’t have fun at Trinity?"
Frederick A. Fuchs
Few Trinity students have compiled a better record of outstanding performance and distinguished achievement than did Fred Fuchs ’57.
Fred’s Trinity roots go back generations. His parents and grandparents were married at the old Holy Trinity Catholic Church, which was established in 1882 on the site where Trinity is currently located. Holy Trinity moved to its present location on Cherrywood Road in 1953. Holy Trinity High School opened in September 1953 and was renamed Trinity High School in1956. Fred attended Holy Trinity’s parish school, spending 12 years as a student on the property, including graduating with Trinity’s first class, the Class of 1957.
“We were always the senior class,” Fred said of his class. “We were pioneers.”
Fred was an outstanding scholar and leader, serving as senior class president and as a member of the Student Council. He also was editor of the first ECHO newspaper and the first managing editor of The Shamrock yearbook. Additionally, Fred participated in track, bowling and intramural sports. Among his most cherished honors was receiving two of the school’s first Shammy Awards – “Mr. Trinity” and “Mr. Scholarship” – at Trinity’s inaugural Senior Prom. He graduated as valedictorian of his class.
Fred attended Bellarmine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting in 1961. He also served as Bellarmine’s student body president. In 1963, Fred earned a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University and then headed west. A Grey Line tour bus driver who had been one of Fred’s college roommates invited him on a trip to Colorado. Fred fell in love with the mountains and didn’t return to Kentucky. He moved to Denver, where he worked as a CPA. In 1964, he met his future wife, Barbara, a sales representative for Pan-American Airlines. The couple traveled the world.
Fred also served in the Colorado Air National Guard. He was activated in to the Air Force during the Vietnam War, serving stateside as a captain in charge of finance for the primary hospital at Strategic Air Command Headquarters in Nebraska.
In the 1970s, Fred was named a partner at Touche Ross, an international consulting and accounting firm. He was transferred to San Francisco in 1976. In 1979, Fred founded an accounting firm. He sold the firm in 1982 and began a career in banking.
In 1989, Fred went in to real estate exclusively. At the time of his death in 2010, he was president of Foxfam LLC in San Francisco, a family-owned real estate firm specializing in multi-family apartments.
Fred and Barbara have two children, Jason and Kirstin, and seven grandchildren.
Evelyn Fultz H'93 was the chief administrative assistant to Trinity's first four heads of school and the first woman inducted into the Trinity Hall of Fame. At the time of her induction, she was the longest-serving staff person in school history. She was the person behind the "man in charge," the juggler of all things needing administrative attention and a dedicated servant to Trinity.
Evelyn came to Trinity in the fall of 1954 at the invitation of Trinity's first principal, Monsignor Alfred Steinhauser. She had met "Steiny" when he was pastor of St. Aloysius and she had done the parish's books. Steiny had only a day or two of work for Evelyn to do at Trinity. She stayed for 41 years, performing nearly every job there was to do.
Evelyn served Trinity principals Msgr. Alfred Steinhauser, Dr. David Hazelip H'96, the Rev. Thomas Duerr H'92 and W. Peter Flaig H'00. Her energy and commitment to Trinity were boundless. Whenever there was a job to do, her attitude was that "if we all pitch in, we can get the job done in no time." And that's exactly what happened.
Evelyn had a knack for organizing and motivating the office staff to work as a team and get big jobs done while tending to the routine, efficient operation of each office. Noted for her care and concern laced with a devilish humor, Evelyn made a lasting impact on Trinity faculty and administration alike. Although her dealings were mainly with adults, she loved working in an environment filled with students. All in the Trinity Family held a special place in her heart.
Evelyn is truly one of Trinity's pioneers. She was here as the various administrative offices were formed and grew. Her organizational touch and management philosophy are still evident in the workings of these offices today. In the days before computers, Evelyn did it all - tuition, attendance records, report cards, financial records, cafeteria accounts and student permanent records. She also typed exams for teachers, did class rosters by hand and initiated Trinity's use of coupon books for tuition payment. She worked for decades in the era of no air conditioning, rotary-dial phones, manual typewriters and less specialization.
In addition, Evelyn was instrumental in changing Trinity's class ranking system. In the early 1960s, she and Trinity teacher Rev. C.J. Wagner initiated a point system based on the level of difficulty of a student's course load. Today's students have Evelyn and Father Wagner to thank for their level of difficulty being considered in their class ranking.
In 1984, Trinity's students honored Evelyn by dedicating the Shamrock yearbook to her. In 1993, Evelyn was named an Honorary Alumna of Trinity. Evelyn retired from Trinity in 1995. Her legacy is a model of service, loyalty and dedication. During the time of Trinity's early years, when the student population grew and our traditions took root, Evelyn was there to manage and direct the support service infrastructure, allowing Trinity to flourish. Evelyn and her late husband, Chet, have one daughter, Jeanne (Assumption, 1965); two grandchildren, Jim (Trinity, 1989) and Curt (Trinity, 1991) Meyers; and three great-grandchildren: Morgan, Kaitlyn and Noah.
Reverend John Gephart
Born in 1921, Rev. John Gephart began his teaching career at the former Flaget High School, where he taught from 1947-54. In 1955, Father Gephart transferred to Trinity, where he taught math and physics.
Father Gephart was a priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville for 65 years. He served as chaplain at Norton Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital and the Frazier Rehab Institute. He also founded St. Barnabas Catholic Church, where he served as pastor from 1969-79. He went on to serve as pastor of St. Athanasius Catholic Church and then as pastor of St. Mathias Catholic Church until his retirement.
A tough teacher who demanded discipline, Father Gephart started the Junior Engineering Technical Society at Trinity. He took the society’s members to General Electric Appliance Park to see the UNIVAC, one of the first computers, in action. Many of Father Gephart’s former students went on to careers in engineering.
In 1957, Father Gephart started Trinity’s Amateur Rocket Club. On Oct. 4, 1957, the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first rocket to enter outer space, thus making science and math more important in order for the United States to enter the “space race.” Father Gephart wanted his students to construct a 6-foot rocket that could fly, telling them, “It can be done if we can get a launching site and the fire department is present at the launching.”
Wayne “Moose” Kraus ’59 remembers Father Gephart saying on the first day of class that, “God gets the 100, I get the 99 and the highest grade you can earn is a 98.” He taught mathematics and physics in the days when calculators were still an invention of the future and students used slide rules.
Trinity math teacher and Hall of Fame member Richard “Peewee” Carey said, “I observed all the math teachers, and the best was Father Gephart. I wanted to be like him.”
Father Gephart was a person of faith, conviction, charity, hope, humility and dignity. He guided countless local parishioners and Catholic high school students to the life of Christ. He nurtured the sick in their greatest struggles. The Archdiocese of Louisville was served well by Father Gephart’s work and actions. He spent his retirement years living in the priest house at Holy Cross High School.
Father Gephart passed away in 2014 at age 93. To this day, he is considered by many to be the founder of the math and science programs at Trinity. He expected much from his students, and they repaid him by becoming successful mathematicians, physicists or engineers.
Rev. John Gephart will live on as one of Trinity’s pioneering faculty members
Joe Gliessner '63 stands for more than the sum of his individual achievements and honors, impressive as these may be. Joe gives passionately to others. He has commented that he was inspired by the ethic of the best of activism of the 1960s, and he has never wavered from that spirit of seeking what he could do for others, always with a generosity of spirit and humility.
After graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes School in 1959 and Trinity in 1963, Joe attended Catholic University of America, earning a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1968. He then began his career as a technical buyer for Union Carbide Company in West Virginia.
Unsatisfied with his well-paying job, Joe turned to the place that remains dearest to his heart, Trinity. From 1972 to 1982, Joe taught popular classes in math and science at Trinity, stressing personal values as well as intellectual knowledge. In addition to teaching, Joe served as a counselor, an activity moderator, a teacher in the school's first computer lab and as Trinity's first computer systems manager. Also during his time at Trinity, Joe earned an MAT degree from the University of Louisville.
Another career change occurred in 1982, when Joe left Trinity and began work as a systems consultant for Mid-America Control Corp. in Shelbyville, Ky. Four years later, Joe happily returned to a career that would make a difference for those in need when he accepted the position of Executive Director of New Directions Housing Corporation (NDHC) in Louisville, a non-profit organization that provides, quality, safe and affordable housing in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
NDHC was born in 1969 at St. William Catholic Church in Louisville, where Joe has been a parishioner since 1983. The original goal of NDHC was to repair the homes of residents who lived in the neighborhoods around St. William. It has grown into an organization with an annual budget of nearly $10 million, a large staff and thousands of volunteers.
Joe was not content to just improve the buildings near St. William; he wanted to rejuvenate whole neighborhoods community-wide. He did so by organizing a variety of lenders and other resources into a coalition to fund complex housing projects. NDHC has repaired homes, built rental apartment units and helped low-income people in more than 20 neighborhoods across Louisville and in Southern Indiana.
Recognition of his work to provide housing opportunities for struggling families and communities led to Joe's appointment to a six-year term on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (1997-2002). In addition, he was a recipient of the Peace and Justice Award by the Commission on Peace and Justice of the Archdiocese of Louisville (1991); the Trinity Alumni Association Honor Alumnus Award (1991); the Equality Award from the Louisville Urban League of Louisville (1994); and the Catholic University of America Alumni Achievement Award (1997). Additionally, Joe was an Achieving Excellence Fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2006).
Joe served Trinity as a member of the School Board, acting as secretary 1995-98 and chair 1998-2000. He also generously contributed to the Trinity Fund for many years.
Joe Gliessner has represented Trinity's motto - Maximo Animi Ardore (with the maximum effort of our soul) - in the valuable work he has done for our school, our community and our country.
Joe has two children, Mark (Trinity, 1988) and Rachel, and two stepchildren, Joe (St. Xavier, 1994) and Mark (Trinity, 1998) Hamilton. He and his wife, Van, live in Louisville.
John Grenough started teaching at Trinity in 1955. He taught English, literature, Spanish, and journalism. John was coach of the first varsity golf team and guided them to two State Championships. He is also known for starting the school newspaper, "Echo", and the "Shamrock", Trinity's yearbook.
John left Trinity in 1964 and became editor of the Archdiocesan weekly newspaper, the RECORD. From 1969 to 1972 he was the Deputy Director of the Kentucky Crime Commission in Frankfort.
In 1982, he returned to Trinity as the Director of Development. He initiated several fundraising campaigns, the most noteworthy being "Trinity-Tomorrow" and "A Piece of the Rock." John's work in these campaigns enabled Trinity to acquire the property for what is now Alumni Hall and the Convocation Hall & Art Center.
John and his wife Helen have three children; Erin, Todd, and Amie.
Mr. Mike Guetig
For many Trinity basketball, football and bingo fans, Mike Guetig '72 is the man behind the microphone.
In 1980 Mike was at a grade school basketball game at Trinity when the announcer asked him to write out the lineups for the next game while he made a phone call. The guy never came back, and Mike became the public address announcer for Catholic School Athletic Association football and basketball games played at Trinity. He began announcing the annual Toy Bowl the same year, and then began announcing Trinity football and basketball games in 1985, taking over for veteran announcer Gene Lennart.
Mike's announcing skills brought him to the microphone at Trinity's Wednesday Night Bingo from 1986 until its final season in 1999. It is estimated that Mike called more than 600 Wednesday nights of bingo, or more than 13,000 individual bingo games.
Also at Trinity, Mike was president of the Trinity Booster Club in 1988-89 and 1990-91.
In 1994 Mike was tapped to be the clock and scoreboard operator for University of Louisville football, volleyball and men's and women's basketball games. He has served as the clock and scoreboard operator for the Louisville Invitational Tournament and the Louisville Fire Arena2 football games, and as the public address announcer for the adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic and the Kentucky-Indiana boys' and girls' All-Star games.
Before enrolling at Trinity, Mike graduated from St. Leonard School. As a Trinity student, he was a regular at the Trinity-Sacred Heart Academy bowling matches on Friday afternoons and a member of the German and Pep clubs and the Air Force Junior ROTC.
After graduating from Trinity, Mike attended the University of Louisville, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1976.
Mike and his family are active members of the Church of the Holy Spirit. He has served three terms on the Parish Council and as a Eucharistic minister and usher. Mike and his wife, Margie, have served as a sponsor couple in the engaged couples program.
Mike and Margie have three children: Chris (Trinity, 1997), Linda (Sacred Heart, 2000) and Lauren (Sacred Heart, 2004).
For Jack Guthrie, a member of Trinity's second graduating class in 1958, everything he does is a "labor of love." During his years at Trinity, Jack participated in many activities but during his entire four years, he was involved with the student newspaper "The Echo."
Upon graduation, Jack was elected president of the Trinity Alumni Association overseeing the creation of an alumni office and many other areas that helped build the foundation for the group as it is today.
He attended the University of Kentucky where he became the first Trinity graduate to be named editor of a major college newspaper - "The Kentucky Kernel." Following graduation from college, Jack joined Philip Morris, Inc. in 1964 and moved to New York City. In the fall of 1971, Jack returned home to run the Kentucky Derby Festival, which he built into the largest civic celebration in the United States.
In 1977, Jack started his own public relations firm. He was named Kentucky's Outstanding Public Relations Executive in 1978 and was Trinity's Honor Alumnus in 1981. He was inducted into the Louisville Communications Hall of Fame in 1993 and was named "Man of the Year" by the Louisville Ad Club in 1994. Active in community affairs, he served as President of the UK National Alumni Association and is a member of the Trinity Foundation Board.
Jack and his wife, Becky, have three daughters and one son, John, who is a proud member of the Class of 1992.
For Jack Guthrie, the list of accomplishments goes on. For the entire Trinity Family, Jack's incredible record of honors and years of service will never be forgotten.
Sr. Jane Hall, S.C.N.
Sr. Jane Hall, SCN was the first nun to teach at Trinity High School. She was also one of the more challenging teachers to ever teach here. "Students groan when they see my name on their schedule," Sr. Jane is famous for saying, acknowledging a reputation throughout Trinity as being tough.
Sr. Jane grew up steeped in the Catholic tradition of the Louisville area. She attended Holy Cross School for six years, St. Benedict for two years and then graduated from Presentation Academy in 1948. She worked in the nursery at SS. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital to pay her Presentation tuition. She also spent a good portion of her childhood playing baseball, basketball and football.
After high school, Sr. Jane entered the religious order of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Nazareth, Ky. She dedicated her life to the order and to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville. In addition to becoming a nun, Sr. Jane also attended Nazareth College and later the University of Notre Dame.
Sr. Jane taught at Catholic schools in Memphis, Tenn., Bardstown, Ky., Owensboro, Ky., and Henderson, Ky. She came to Louisville to be with her mother and received offers to teach at five different schools. She felt she "picked the best" when she chose Trinity.
When she started at Trinity in 1969, her students noticed her diminutive size and thought they had it made. They soon realized, however, that Sr. Jane's size was misleading. She taught algebra, chemistry and physics for 22 years, but she is best known as a chemistry teacher.
"I never expect to get 'Teacher of the Year,'" Sr. Jane said. "My greatest reward is receiving a letter from a student who says he never would have made freshman year chemistry in college without my class. I would rather they like me later than now. That is one of my greatest rewards at Trinity."
Sr. Jane had three families in her life - the biological, her religious community and Trinity. She gave to Trinity in every way that a woman of limited means could. In addition to teaching, she helped raise money for the Courtesy Cadillac property on Shelbyville Road that became Alumni Hall and served on the Faculty Senate. She also assisted with the Fall Festival fund raiser and a walk-a-thon, coaching and encouraging her students to do as much as they could. In addition, she kept the unofficial school record, finding every mention of Trinity in newspapers and putting them on the bulletin board outside the principal's office. As well, Sr. Jane was beloved among seniors for delivering fresh doughnuts to many senior retreats.
Sr. Jane also was one of the most dedicated Shamrock fans anywhere - as well as the University of Louisville and the New York Giants. She once dressed up in full Trinity football gear and uniform and missed only a handful of games in 20 years. One year, fellow faculty member Rev. Ron Domhoff H'98 asked Sr. Jane what to do to pump up the football team. She looked for every Bible verse using the word "rock," placed them on laminated sheets and players stuck them in their shoes.
Even after retiring from Trinity, Sr. Jane continued to listen to every Trinity football radio broadcast she could. Her last appearance at Trinity was the open house after the completion of Marshall Stadium. She refused to miss it, using her walker to get across the field and through the stands.
In short, Sr. Jane Hall, SCN gave her life to Trinity High School and Catholic education.
Mike Hamilton H'96 left a huge footprint during his time at Trinity High School. His quiet dignity left a permanent impact on thousands of young men, and he reached out to the broader community by planting the seeds for what would become a successful, decades-long senior Community Service program.
A native Louisvillian, Mike attended St. Cecilia School and Flaget High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Bellarmine University in 1962 and a Master's degree in education from Spalding University in 1976. Mike served on Trinity's faculty from 1974 to 1998, having arrived at Trinity from Flaget High School when Flaget closed in 1974. He taught in the English, Theology, Sociology and Journalism departments.
In addition, Mike was instrumental in the awareness and development of community service at Trinity. With then-principal Rev. Thomas Duerr's (H'92) permission, he developed a pilot program of service in which seniors were assigned to sites off-campus for a period of the day. This trial program had its roots in a single class in 1976, and continues to this day with at least two sections per semester. For Mike, it was a new way of teaching students to use their Christian gifts while still earning academic credit for their work. Mike's extracurricular involvement included stints on Trinity's accreditation teams; encouraging and assisting new teachers as they became acclimated to our culture; service on the Faculty Senate, Student Council and other leadership activities; and campus ministry work. Also, Mike was one of several faculty members who appeared on the Trinity stage with student and faculty actors in productions of The Fantasticks in 1977 and in 1982.
Mike was honored by the student body by being presented the Sheeran Award (Teacher of the Year) for the 1978-79 school year.
In 1998, Mike felt a calling to work in parish ministry and enrolled in the two-year archdiocesan Ministry Formation Certification program. After some volunteer work at Holy Trinity Parish, he was hired as parish life minister at Holy Spirit, where he worked with former Trinity teacher and Holy Spirit Pastor Rev. Tom Boland. Parish life ministry allowed Mike to utilize the skills he honed during his teaching years. In this work, he coordinated many outreach efforts for the parish, including hospitality; young adults; senior citizens; publications; parish celebrations; and other collaborative works. Mike retired from parish work in July 2007.
Beyond Trinity, at the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Mike was still volunteering at Holy Spirit with initiatives such as eighth-grade Confirmation retreats and the parish commemorative publication. In addition, he served on the boards of directors for the Spalding University Alumni Association and the Louisville Theatrical Association. He also volunteered with several archdiocesan initiatives.
Mike's impact on the students he taught can be summed up in his own words: "I want students to think and be involved with and about life outside the classroom. I want to generate more interest in students' attraction to reading and literature and promoting theatre, especially Trinity productions."
Mike was made an Honorary Alumnus of Trinity High School in 1996.
Dave Hazelip began his teaching career at Trinity in 1954, shortly after his ordination. He taught religion, church history, Latin and French translation to many of Trinity's first graduates. During those early years, faculty were asked to wear many hats. Responding enthusiastically, Dave created the annual variety show, operated the first bookstore, began the Senior Prom Shammy Awards, directed one-act plays for state competition and composed the Trinity alma mater. As senior class guidance counselor, he helped students in career and college planning.
Always interested in curriculum and staff development, Dave encouraged teacher training and more advanced course offerings. While director of studies (1964-67), his innovation resulted in the development of the Learning Center, new course offerings and Trinity's first computerized scheduling system.
Dave was Trinity's second principal from 1967-70, during the turmoil of the Vietnam War. These troubled times inspired Dave to introduce the concept of an integrated, relevant curriculum and to work closely with the faculty to start the Independent Studies Section. He also initiated the annual Benefit Dinner, still a primary fundraising event.
In 1970, Dave left Trinity to pursue a doctorate in curriculum development. He remained in close touch with Trinity through his friendship with faculty and alumni, and routinely attended class reunions of the men he taught. Dr. Hazelip continued to use the skills he honed during his teaching years at Trinity through teaching and counseling. He created a stained glass piece as a memorial to Trinity alumni listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. He lives with his wife, Barrie, in Charlottesville, Va.
Dave was an exceptional leader in the early years of Trinity. The affection of his former students is the most telling tribute to his contributions to the school and to their lives. Dave was named an Honorary Alumnus in 1996 (H'96).
Tony Heitzman left an indelible mark on Trinity High School as a teacher and priest. He was born and raised in Louisville, attending St. Francis of Assisi grade school. After graduating high school, Tony attended St. Meinrad College, earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy. He then attended St. Meinrad Theological Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1957. Tony was assigned to Trinity by Archbishop John Floersh in August 1957. Then-Principal Rev. Alfred Steinhauser assigned him to teach algebra, Latin and religion. Tony left Trinity 10 years later, but not before leaving a lasting legacy.
In addition to teaching, Tony served as disciplinarian, business manager and interim athletic director. As well, he was the first moderator of the Parent-Teacher Association, which was founded by Father Steinhauser. Tony assisted in passing out Shamrock Awards, which were given to students at the first PTA meeting of a new school year.
In 1961, Tony applied for and received a National Science Foundation grant to study "new math" at Saint Louis University. Tony then used the methods he learned to transform Trinity's math department. He also taught "new math" to junior high students from nearby Catholic schools on Saturday mornings so that they would be prepared when they went to high school.
During the 1966-67 school year, Tony was instrumental in shaping the compensation package for Catholic school teachers. He represented lay teachers in negotiating a salary increase and added benefits.
At the end of the 1967 school year, Tony asked to be director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps., which benefited 250 high school students who came from families below the poverty level. At the end of the summer, he became a permanent staff person with the Louisville & Jefferson County Community Action Commission. Tony accepted the offer and left Trinity to become coordinator of the Russell neighborhood in Louisville's West End.
In 1969, Tony was appointed coordinator of Catholic churches and schools in West Louisville. He organized teams of religious and lay leaders to study and plan the future for their schools/churches. In this position, Tony also earned a Master's degree in community development from the University of Louisville. In 1971, Tony was appointed pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in West Louisville. In 1979, Tony was appointed pastor of St. Barnabas. He held this position until 1986, when he resigned from the priesthood after 30 years of service and married Judy in May l987.
In January 1987, he joined Hospice of Louisville, where he served as chaplain and director of pastoral care for 22 years. Tony also developed the Hospice program at the Kentucky State Reformatory at LaGrange. He trained inmates to be companions to those prisoners who were terminally ill and dying in the prison hospital.
Tony retired from Hospice of Louisville (now Hosparus) in June 2009. He continued his ministry by providing spiritual direction and membership in the Federation of Christian Ministries.
Tony applied the same skills he learned at Trinity at every job he had. He never feared to be creative, try new ideas and lead those around him to reach their full potential.
Tony and his wife, Judy, have one child, Jenny, and three grandchildren: Makayla, Carly and Jordan.
Bob Heleringer graduated from Trinity in 1969. As a student, he participated in track, intramural football and basketball, and wrote for The ECHO. As a senior, he tutored inner-city students and co-wrote the senior play.
After earning a BA in history at Xavier University (1973), Bob obtained a law degree (JD) from the University of Louisville in 1976. In addition to practicing law from 1978 to 1981, Bob taught a U.S. Constitutional history class at Trinity.
As an alumnus, Bob served on the Alumni Board of Directors and worked hard to establish the Class of 1969's consistent ranking as the most generous class in alumni fundraising endeavors. In 1979, at the age of 28, Bob was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly's 33rd House District.
At his selection to the 1999 Trinity Hall of Fame, he had been re-elected to this office nine consecutive times. As a lawmaker, Bob earned a reputation for his strong defense of Catholic values and beliefs: for the protection of the unborn, opposition to the death penalty, and, in 1994, he wrote and passed Kentucky's law prohibiting assisted suicide. Bob's tenure in Frankfort was marked by his dedication to establishing programs and services for retarded citizens across Kentucky. His landmark 1992 legislation, the "Supported Living Bill," established an innovative program for retarded adults who live independently. In 1996, a bill he wrote established an autism center at the University of Louisville.
Also in 1996, he was named Trinity's Honor Alumnus, the highest honor bestowed on a Trinity alumnus. Bob and his wife Cindy have four children: Sarah, Ann, Tommy (Trinity '02) and Philip (Trinity '07).
Bob Heleringer's devotion to Trinity High School manifested itself in many other ways, large and small. He is proudest of all, he said, just being a member of the great Class of 1969.
Alan Hennessey was an extraordinary athlete, one who truly stands out even in Trinity's celebrated athletic tradition.
Alan was a star in both
track and football. He was a sprinter on the track team and was a member of the 1969 state
champion 880 relay team. It was in the fall of 1968, however, that Alan's greatest
contribution to the school's athletic tradition took place. This was the season he helped
lead the Shamrocks to their first football state championship.
Alan's statistics were remarkable. While rushing for 1,378 yards on 140 carries (a 9.8 average), he scored 133 points.
Alan's performance against DeSales would have impressed even the immortal Red Grange. Alan amassed 197 yards on 5 carries and scored 5 touchdowns. For his season's efforts, he was named honorary captain of the All-State Team and was named to two All-American squads.
Alan was awarded a scholarship to Georgia Tech, where he enjoyed a fine career. He participated in three bowl games and was named Freshman MVP of the Citrus Bowl. Alan graduated with a degree in industrial management.
Described as a “class-act” and a loyalist to Trinity High School, Jack Hettinger is one that many people, including those at Trinity, are proud and honored to call their friend.
A member of the Class of 1963, Hettinger’s time at Trinity had such a profound impact on him that he took it upon himself to ensure that the brotherhood and bonds created at Trinity not only held steady, but strengthened. Following his time at Trinity, Jack earned a degree in English, Philosophy and Theology at The Catholic University of America, studied at Saint Mary’s Seminary & University, and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisville.
Jack’s roots of learning and education began at Trinity when he learned how his Trinity teachers “absorbed a style and approach toward learners.” Over a 30-year career in education and research, Hettinger is widely acknowledged as a true professional.
Jack’s legacy of service to Trinity as a volunteer at Open House, member of reunion committees, work on the Emerald Society committee, as a Toy Bowl host and ambassador for Future Rocks, a primary fundraiser for the Alumni Golf Scramble, and as a regular donor and solicitor for the Trinity Annual Fund is a model for others. Jack is also a past member of the Alumni Board and Hall of Fame committee.
Jack’s passion for Trinity is a testament to his loyalty, pride, discipline and achievement.
Todd Hollenbach was a member of the first Trinity graduating class in 1957. While at Trinity, he participated in football, basketball, baseball, golf, and swimming. He was a class officer, and a sports editor and columnist for the school newspaper, the Echo. In fact, Todd submitted the name "Echo" and that was the name chosen for the award winning newspaper.
Todd graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1962 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1965. At the age of 29, he was elected the youngest County Judge in the history of Jefferson County.
Judge Todd Hollenbach built the Hall of Justice, the new jail, the new police headquarters, the Metropolitan Detox Center, and the Regional Government Centers. He created the Department of Metropolitan Corrections, the Metropolitan Narcotics Strike Force, the Office of Public Defender, the 24-hour police patrols, and Kentucky's first EMS. Todd started the nation's first Ecology Court which inspired Earth Day in America and he pioneered the Transit Authority of River City. Over the years, Todd has been one of Trinity's most distinguished and loyal graduates, and has represented Trinity with distinction. He is a consistent volunteer for fund raising efforts and has volunteered legal representation to many Trinity students and graduates. He even personally donated the old Trinity team bus.
In 1976, Todd was named Trinity's Honor Alumnus, the highest award bestowed on a Trinity graduate. Todd has three children: L.J. "Todd" IV '78, John '79, and Caroline.
L.J. Todd Hollenbach IV
In the proud history of Trinity High School, L. J. “Todd” Hollenbach IV ’78 is the first Trinity alumnus ever elected to a statewide constitutional office in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was elected state treasurer in 2007 and re-elected for a second term in 2011.
Todd has a distinguished record of public service. Appointed by the governor as a commissioner with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, he worked diligently to ensure that the rights of all Kentuckians were protected regardless of race, religion, age or gender. His reputation for fair dealing and hard work also earned him a gubernatorial appointment to the bi-partisan Blue Ribbon Commission convened to investigate the state merit hiring system.
Todd has served the people of the Commonwealth in a number of important positions. He was a director of The Kentucky Lottery Board, which has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for higher education in Kentucky. He also served as a member of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority Board of Directors, which administers financial aid programs.
Additionally, Todd served as vice chair of the State Investment Commission, which monitors Kentucky’s multi-billion dollar investment portfolio. He also served as a director of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System, working to ensure the retirement security for thousands of Kentucky teachers.
Todd is steeped in the tradition of “Shamrock Nation.” His paternal grandfather, Louis J. “Holly” Hollenbach Jr., served in 1953 as the first president of the Trini-Dads, a parental support group for Trinity. Todd’s father, L. J. “Todd” Hollenbach III ’57, a member of Trinity’s first graduating class, is a member of the Trinity Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the Honor Alumnus Award. Todd’s sons, Jacob and Reiss, also attended Trinity.
While a Trinity student, Todd served as president of his junior class and vice president of the Student Council his senior year. After graduating from Trinity in 1978, Todd attended the University of Kentucky, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1982. He also served as a member of UK’s Student Senate. In 1985, Todd earned his doctorate of jurisprudence from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
Todd has consistently given his time, talent and treasure to his high school alma mater. He served for many years as an alumni presenter at Trinity’s annual Open House, encouraging young men to become a part of the rich history and tradition of Trinity and to experience what it means to be “Brothers for Life.”
Todd and his wife, Rosemarie (Sacred Heart, 1979), are active members of the Church of the Holy Spirit.
John P. Hollenbach Sr. is part of the fabric and legacy of Trinity High School. His grandfather was a founding father and served alongside Trinity giants Monsignor Steinhauser and Archbishop Floersh in 1953 to raise funds to initiate benefits that modern-day Trinity enjoys still today. His father was a member of Trinity’s first graduating class. John, however, left his own legacy at Trinity.
A four-year letter winner in swimming and two-time state football champion, some would say John’s qualities of hard work and work ethic were born at Trinity. John took his talent and effort to the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Upon completion of the degree, John hit the ground running to become one of the most prominent businessmen in Louisville real estate development.
John joined N.T.S. Development in 1989 and quickly rose through the ranks. In 1996, John established Hollenbach-Oakley LLC, a full-service real estate development and construction firm. John’s company was responsible for business park developments totaling over 2,500 acres and over one billion dollars in real estate investment, creating over 10,000 jobs in Metro Louisville. John also founded Horizon Commercial Realty in 2006.
John’s involvement at Trinity has only grown, as his family and business have. Having served as chair of the Alumni Board and as an advisor for the Trinity Foundation Board, John has also been a leader, along with his brother alums from the class of 1979, in establishing one of the most beneficial scholarships Trinity students are afforded today.
John serves on multiple boards throughout the city and state and is an active member of Holy Spirit Parish with his wife, Heather, and two children, Jeb ’11 and Hannah (SHA ’13).
Captain Sam Horton, M.D.
Captain Sam Horton '70, M.D. has contributed broadly and generously to his family, his community, his tribe (Fort Sill Apache), his country and Trinity High School.
Sam enrolled in Trinity in 1966 after graduating from St. Aloysius School in Pewee Valley. As a Trinity student, he was a member of the National Honor Society and the Biology, German and Science clubs. Additionally, he began and directed the Astronomy Club.
Sam also was a talented soccer player and did much for Trinity Soccer as a student, coach and alumnus. At the time, soccer was relatively new to Louisville, and Sam was a pioneer in its development as a mainstream sport. He served as Trinity's coach/player his junior and senior years, helped develop soccer as a varsity sport at Trinity and was named to the All-State third team his senior year. Sam also was instrumental in starting a city-wide soccer league for residents of Louisville's orphan programs.
While an undergraduate student in the pre-medical program at the University of Louisville, Sam served as Trinity's assistant soccer coach his freshman year while earning a starting spot and varsity letter on the U of L soccer team. Approached by a few players at the suggestion of then-athletic director Rev. Harry Jansing H'92, Sam was offered and accepted the job of head soccer coach at Trinity and served for four years. Twice he was named Kentucky Soccer Coach of the Year (1972 and 1974) and twice Trinity finished second in the state (1972 and 1975). The team posted a 39-15-6 record under Sam's tutelage.
In 1974, Sam earned a bachelor's degree in biology with honors from U of L and then attended medical school there, graduating in 1979. In 1986, he finished his general surgical residency at Abington Memorial Hospital outside Philadelphia, Pa., and four years later completed a trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at Cooper Hospital University Medical Center in Camden, N.J. In 1986, his formal medical education completed, Sam chose to serve his Native American community by electing to work as active duty military in the Indian Health Service rather than choosing the greater financial rewards of private medical practice. For 20 years, he worked as general surgeon in the Indian Health Service at hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz.; Supai, Ariz.; Claremore, Okla.; Tahlequah, Okla.; and Gallup, N.M. He also served as deputy chief of surgery and deputy chief of staff at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center and as chief of surgery and chief of staff at Claremore Indian Hospital.
Additionally, Sam is legendary for his ability to teach both medical students and residents. He is a very active member in the Association of American Indian Physicians and was one of the most popular mentors to Native American medical and pre-medical students.
One of Sam's most notable professional efforts in a career spent providing medical care to the underserved was his role in Hurricane Katrina relief following the 2005 storm. Twice he voluntarily deployed to the Gulf region to provide surgical care and basic medical care in the most primitive of conditions. While serving in that capacity in St. Bernard Parish, La., which had been completely submerged by the storm, he was lauded for designing, organizing and establishing the medical clinic set up to replace the local hospital that was rendered unusable by the hurricane.
Sam has provided exemplary service to those he treats, in part due to his surgical skills, but more so because he is able to display his care for his patients by treating them as part of his family. He views medical care from the patient's perspective and has consistently worked to make their experience as calm and efficient as possible, while providing excellent medical care. He has always been a strong believer in informed consent for each patient and has been rewarded by their expressions of appreciation for his attention to their needs. For his work, Sam has received numerous local and national awards and commendations, including the 2005 "Role Model for Native American Youth" Award. This award was received for him by his wife, Jeanne, as Sam was on Hurricane Katrina relief duty and sleeping on a cot in Mississippi at the time of the ceremony.
At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Sam had recently retired from the Indian Health Service and was continuing his work for his own tribe, serving as chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Gaming Commission.
Sam and his wife, Jeanne, have one child, Trevor Baker.
The academic legacy of Trinity High School was built by consummate professional educators like Robert Hublar H'02. Bob began his career as a student teacher at Trinity in 1964 and retired 39 years later in 2004. Over the years, he taught algebra I and II, geometry, physical science, trigonometry and physics, but he was best known as a physics teacher beyond compare. His keen wit and sense of humor were Trinity teacher trademarks.
As a student at St. Mary School in New Albany, Ind., in 1953, Bob contracted polio, which affected his left leg. For a young man interested in athletics, this was disappointing. Bob, however, refused to let it keep him down or define him. He adapted and focused his energies into his studies, graduating from Holy Family School in New Albany in 1957.
After graduating from St. Xavier High School in 1961, Bob attended Bellarmine University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics in 1965. He then did his student teaching at Trinity before signing on as a full-time teacher. He earned a Master's degree in secondary education from Indiana University in 1971.
Bob chose to teach physics because he loves fixing things and seeing how they work. Bob's father, Chester Hublar, encouraged his son as a teacher and helped him build many of the devices he used as educational tools in the classroom.
Thousands of Trinity alumni have Bob to thank for the outstanding math and physics education he gave them. Many credit him as their inspiration for becoming engineers. He set high standards for students, and they responded to the challenge. For Bob, the most rewarding aspect of teaching was when former students would pay him a visit and tell him that his classes had helped them in college and in their professional lives.
In addition to teaching, Bob served as Science Department chair (1974-81), Athletic Department business manager (1968-69), athletic director (1969-73) and head swimming coach (1967-72). Bob's swim teams won state championships in 1967 and '70 and were runners-up in 1968, '69 and '71.
As well, Bob assisted Trinity's Wednesday Night Bingo by driving elderly players to Trinity for the games.
In 1987, Bob was named the Kentucky Academy of Science Outstanding Teacher in Science at the Secondary Level. In 1989 and again in 2004, the Trinity student body honored Bob by presenting to him the Sheeran Award, which is the Teacher of the Year Award as voted upon by students. In 1991 and 2004, Bob's Trinity colleagues presented to him the Rev. Thomas Duerr Award, which is presented to a faculty member by the faculty to recognize significant and outstanding contributions to the school.
Veteran, dedicated teachers like Bob Hublar are part of the recipe Trinity has enjoyed as an educational institution. His outstanding, dedicated and exemplary service to education is an example for the entire Trinity Family. He was a teaching icon to thousands of Trinity students.
In 2002, Bob was made an Honorary Alumnus of Trinity High School.
Darryl Lee Isaacs '82 enrolled at Trinity High School in the spring of his junior year. He made the most of his short time at Trinity to lay the groundwork for what would become an amazingly successful career as an attorney.
After graduating from Trinity in 1982, Darryl attended the University of Louisville and Jefferson Community & Technical College before enrolling at the University of Kentucky. Darryl graduated from UK in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in administration, carrying a 3.2 GPA and a desire to attend law school.
Darryl's commitment to proving himself met its strongest challenge when it came time to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). He needed three cracks at the test over a two-year period before scoring high enough to enter the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. After Darryl's second failed attempt taking the LSAT, his father challenged him to either accept defeat or not let a committee of people determine what he was going to do for the rest of his life. He studied harder, improved his scores, gained admission to U of L and earned his juris doctorate in 1991. He needed three more tries to pass the bar exam, but his determination to succeed never wavered. His dream of a career in the law soon came true.
Darryl began his legal career in 1992, when he partnered with his father, Sheldon N. Isaacs, who came out of retirement to establish Isaacs & Isaacs, P.S.C., a Louisville law firm. The firm had two attorneys and one part-time employee.
Over the years, Darryl built Isaacs & Isaacs into a successful and profitable law firm. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, the firm had more than 40 employees, including nine attorneys in addition to Darryl and his father. From 1992 until Darryl's Hall of Fame induction, the firm collected over $500 million in fees, representing more than 28,000 clients for their injuries. Darryl merged his care for clients with a determination to pursue justice. This combination, along with professionalism and integrity, made Isaacs & Isaacs a powerful legal force in Louisville, Lexington and Indianapolis. Darryl became widely known for his television commercials, billboards and phonebook advertisements, in which he nicknamed himself the "Kentucky Hammer" and the "Heavy Hitter." His ads are like the man himself: direct, good-natured and self-effacing.
Darryl is a member of the Louisville Bar Association, as well as the Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio bar associations. Additionally, Darryl is a member of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Kentucky Justice Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. A strong believer in community involvement, Darryl has given his time and resources to community organizations. After attending an event for All I Want for Christmas, which provides toys for needy children, he was so moved that he made a $10,000 gift to the organization.
Darryl's presence at Trinity has been profound. In 2007, he established the Betty and Shelly Isaacs Scholarship to honor his parents as an expression of his appreciation for the education he received at Trinity. The scholarship is renewable and given to a sophomore who has a demonstrated need. It is one of the largest scholarships funded by an individual.
Additionally, Darryl has been a significant contributor to Trinity's R.W. Marshall Sports Center, providing for the purchase of equipment. He also supports the powerlifting team, providing funds each year for the team to travel to Oklahoma City to participate in national competition.
Also, he is a staunch supporter of the celebraTion dinner-auction through his donations, his attendance and his making significant purchases of auction items. As well, he returns to Trinity on a regular basis to speak to classes about his experience as a student, the lessons Trinity taught him that have served him well in life and how perseverance pays off. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Darryl was an advisory member of the Trinity High School Foundation Board.
Trinity had such a profound impact on Darryl that in the short time he was a student here he considers his alma mater one of his top charities. He has never forgotten his Trinity roots. When he meets with his accountant each year to do his taxes, he wears a Trinity shirt to remind himself of his humble beginnings. Darryl and his wife, Teri, and have three children: Lee (Trinity, 2017) and twins Amanda and Nathaniel. They are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
A person who truly touched and deeply enriched the Trinity Family, the people of Louisville, and his own family and friends, John Jackson had a unique way of making us all better.
From the seeds of his Roman Catholic faith planted during his formative years at inner city grade schools such as Smoketown’s Saint Peter Claver and Saint Paul, John was a prime example of a person who demonstrated the possible. So deeply rooted in faith that he would attend two masses at different parishes on the same Sunday, his example was set forth to others simply by their observation.
Serving as a reading lector, communion minister, volunteer for a local prison ministry, God’s message was sent through John each day.
When it came to Trinity, John took great pride in his school and his ability to give back. John served on the Trinity School Board and once served as the guest speaker to the entire Trinity Family for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance. John donated many goods from his clothing store to the annual celebraTion gala. In addition to his time, talents and treasure, he gave back to the larger community each day.
John’s message of hope was displayed to Louisville as he first opened a business in an economically-depressed area to show those once again that, “anything is possible.”
It was perhaps no mistake and by design that the final words delivered at his funeral mass were from fellow Trinity alumnus and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. John never met a stranger, and led by example. John’s legacy lives on at Trinity, and in our community, every day.
The Reverend Harry A. Jansing
The Rev. Harry A. Jansing, known simply as Fr. Harry, left an indelible mark on Trinity. He served the school community for almost 40 years, until his death in 1992. Father Harry's rough exterior was a thin veil over his heart of gold. His contributions to Trinity were innumerable.
Fr. Harry taught many subjects, most notably mechanical drawing. His expertise as manager of buildings and grounds led to many successful development programs.
It is for his 20 years as athletic director, however, that Fr. Harry is most remembered. Through his determination, organizational skill and unyielding "Rock" spirit, Trinity grew into an athletic powerhouse. Fr. Harry was influential throughout the Commonwealth and brought national attention to Trinity for his administrative achievements.
Fr. Harry was a mentor and force for athletic directors from throughout Jefferson County. His peers bestowed many honors on him for his leadership. Trinity likewise honored one of it's cornerstones in 1992 by naming the school's athletic field Harry Jansing Field.
W. Perry Johnson
W. Perry Johnson chose one of the most challenging careers: classical pianist. Over the years, he built his career on God-given talent, incredibly hard work and the desire to pursue his musical passion.
Perry's wish to become a performing and teaching artist was instilled early in his life. His formative years were spent studying music with his mother and then at the University of Louisville?s Preparatory School of Music at Gardencourt. After graduating from Trinity in 1972, he went on to earn a bachelor of music degree (cum laude) from Webster College in St. Louis and a Master of music degree from DePaul University in Chicago. In 1976 he became a member of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
Also in 1976, Perry was awarded the Albert Roussel Scholarship from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. He won the Licence d'Enseignement (Teaching Diploma), receiving the first-place award by a unanimous decision of the jury, and was then awarded the Diplome Superieur d'Execution (Concert License) under the guidance of Jules Gentil. He continued to live in France for several years, representing the United States in international piano competitions in Spain and Portugal and teaching piano and performing concerts. Perry returned to the U.S. in the mid-1980s, and in 1990 he received the Outstanding Young Men of America award.
Perry's extremely busy teaching and performing schedule began in the 1980s. His students have consistently won top prizes and scholarships, and he performed nationally on radio and television. His recordings include works of Beethoven, Miaskovsky, Grieg and Liszt.
Perry and his wife, Aude, have four children: Sophie, Gabriel, Pierre and Sebastien. They live in Oak Park, Ill.
Donald C. Jones
Donald C. Jones '73 is an example of perseverance, dedication to education, seizing opportunities and giving to give back. Born in Louisville in 1955 as the fourth of eight children, Don learned early on from his mother, Margaret, and the priests and nuns at St. Peter Claver School in Smoketown that he could achieve anything he wanted with hard work and determination.
To understand Don, one has to go back to his days at Trinity. It started with his mother's sense that there was something special about the East End school that she wanted her sons Paul (Trinity, 1968) and Don to attend. For Don, it meant being the only African-American in his freshman class, a kid from the Sheppard Square housing project who chose to attend Trinity at a time when most kids from the West End who attended a Catholic high school went to Flaget.
Don's world changed dramatically when he enrolled at Trinity in 1969. Paying Trinity tuition was a struggle for Don and his mother. Trinity's principal at the time, the Rev. Thomas Duerr H'92, told Mrs. Jones that if her sons wanted to attend Trinity, he would make it happen. To help, Don waxed floors at Trinity during the summer and collected trash on the grounds during the school year.
Don immersed himself in Trinity and the lives of his close-knit classmates. He played varsity basketball his sophomore, junior and senior years and was popular among his classmates. His teammates and coaches took care of Don one way or another, whether it was rides home or meals at their homes. Don was closest to teammate Paul Mershon '73. At the Mershon dinner table one night, Paul proclaimed to the family, "Donnie is going to live with us now." No one flinched. Don lived with the Mershon family off and on between 1972 and 1977, and became close with E.O. Mershon, Paul's father. Over the next 27 years, E.O. was Don's biggest fan, always there as a mentor, friend and father figure.
In 1969, Don started his retail career as a cleaning porter at Fischer Shoes. Over the next 34 years, he rose through the ranks, holding executive positions with companies like Macy's, Ikea and Target Corporation, to become senior vice president of stores and operations for the GAP. In 2003, Don embarked on his career as a retail consultant and entrepreneur, founding POGAN Retail He continues to lead the company as chairman and CEO. He also serves as chairman of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association Foundation, vice chairman of Petal Decorative Accents and general partner of Southridge Private Equity Fund.
Despite his enormous success, Don never forgot his Trinity Family. He visited Trinity on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to speak with students about Dr. King's legacy and influence on his life and the lives of African-Americans. Don also serves on the Trinity Foundation.
In 2000, Don created the E. Ollie Mershon Memorial Scholarship to honor the man who played such a powerful role in his life, mentoring him to become a successful entrepreneur, father and husband. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Trinity student.
Don resides in Ridgefield, Conn., with his wife, Mary, and children Adrian, Gabriel, Oliver and Phoebe. Don's daughter, Vernica, lives in Louisville with her son, Jalen.
A fixture at Trinity, Class of 1974 member Mike Jones is a testament to faith and character.
In what has been described as a 45-year love affair with Trinity High School, Mike Jones is an individual who has gone out of his way, taken personal experiences, and sacrificed to impact lives at Trinity. Mike’s involvement with Trinity as an alumnus began as chair of the annual benefit dinner, now known as celebraTion. Under Mike’s guidance, the dinner grew in attendance and significance. His involvement deepened as he served three terms on the Trinity School Board. He was vital in the implementation of the school’s first-ever Strategic Plan with an emphasis on the creation of the master plan for the physical campus. The campus enjoyed today is still true to the original plan.
Mike gave up his position on the Board to become the co-Campus Minister at Trinity. While serving this role, he oversaw days of recollection, the Christian Awakening senior retreat program, and implemented the “Summit,” a popular weekly Wednesday Bible study for students. Mike also taught junior Theology with an emphasis on Faith Formation.
Mike’s stewardship to Trinity is one of just that: Time, Talent and Treasure. Named an Honor Alumnus in 1990, Mike’s legacy in the halls of Trinity was passed down through his two sons, Grant ’02, and Clark ’05 – but many say his impact on lives at Trinity made him a father-figure and brother to many more.
In 1978 then-head football coach Dennis Lampley H'92 hired Mickey Kalbhin H'97 as an assistant defensive coach for the freshman football team. Coach K, as his players called him, remained a beloved fixture on the Trinity coaching staff for 26 years. He and Trinity formed a special relationship that has been duplicated by few.
Coach K coached under Lampley, Roger Gruneisen '67, Chuck Servino '73, Kevin Wright and Bob Beatty H'03. He was a member of the coaching staff for 10 state championships - 1980, '83, '85, '88, '89, '90, '94, 2001, '02 and '03 - seven of them in his years as a varsity assistant coach. He also was an assistant coach for state runner-up teams in 1997 and 2000. As well, Coach K coached the Shamrock defense during their state-record 50-game win streak 1988-90. Trinity's hard-hitting, aggressive defense was feared statewide, and with Coach K at the helm as defensive coordinator, the Rock D cemented its reputation.
In addition to coaching at Trinity, Coach K also coached basketball, football and softball at Mother of Good Counsel Church and football at St. Stephen Martyr Church. He is a 1958 graduate of St. Xavier High School. He retired from the Metropolitan Sewer District as a divisional manager after 38 years in 1993.
For a man who never thought he would coach at any level, Coach K's tenure at Trinity was exceeded by few. His most generous contribution to Trinity, however, was not his coaching ability; it was the caring and love he had for her student-athletes. Coach K mentored countless young men, making them - and, as a result, Trinity - better people for it. Regardless of the difficulty - playing time, issues at home, girlfriends, coaches or peers - Coach K was the Trinity coach young men rallied to for guidance.
Always the optimist and cheerleader of young men, Coach K deserves the credit and praise he gave to so many members of the Trinity Family.
Coach K and his wife, Judy, have three children: Chip (Trinity, 1979) Keith (Trinity, 1981), Eric (Trinity, 1985) and Shannon (Male, 1990).
In 1997 Coach K was named an Honorary Alumnus of Trinity.
Charles Kane '61 has been a model steward and helped direct the financial affairs of the Trinity High School Foundation for over a decade.
Charlie enrolled at Trinity after attending St. Raphael Catholic School and then Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. As a Trinity student, Charlie participated in intramurals as well as basketball, baseball and tennis. He also received a Shamrock Award for his academic achievement.
After graduating from Trinity in 1961, Charlie attended Indiana University, earning a bachelor's degree in management and a master's degree in business administration. Charlie also played tennis for the Hoosiers, who won the 1964 Big Ten championship. Charlie was a finalist in singles play and a winner in doubles. He was team captain in 1965.
Charlie continued to play tennis after college. In 1979, he was ranked fifth in Platform Tennis and had a national ranking in men's doubles. In 2004, he was a national champion on an over-50 men's doubles team.
Charlie's first job after college was in New York City as a trainee in the commercial lending program of Bankers Trust. In the 1970s, he worked as an investment advisor at Hilliard Lyons. He was treasurer and chief investment officer at Vanderbilt University in the 1980s. He then was a managing director at Commonfund, an investment management firm, in the 1990s. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Charlie had been a partner in the private investment firm 2nd Generation Capital since 2000.
Charlie has shared his expertise and leadership as vice chair of the Trinity High School Foundation and chair of the Foundation's Investment Committee. His insight and leadership have been instrumental in the development and formalization of a strong and sound investment policy that will serve Trinity long into the future. Additionally, Charlie shepherded the growth of Trinity's endowment, seeing it grow from $2.7 million in 2004 to more than $11 million in 2012.
Charlie and his family have graciously shared their financial blessings with Trinity. They contributed to the construction of Trinity's tennis center and endowed the Kane Family Scholarship, which is awarded to a student whose family demonstrates financial need. Because of this generosity, future generations will experience the advantages of a Trinity education.
In addition to sharing his time, talent and treasure with Trinity, Charlie has volunteered in a variety of community organizations. He has been a member of the Financial Advisory Committee of the Archdiocese of Louisville and served on the Community Foundation of Louisville Board of Directors. Charlie also was a member of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's (Trinity, 1976) Budget and Finance Transition Team.
In 2007, Charlie received the Trinity High School Foundation's Steiny Award for his service, support and spirited leadership. In 2012, he was honored at the Catholic Education Foundation's annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni, which lauds Catholic school graduates for their success and their contributions to the community.
Charlie and his wife, the former Robyn Carsten, have two daughters, Laurie and Audrey, and three grandsons: Crawford, Logan and Jack.
Thomas M. Kayrouz, M.D.
It could be said that Tom Kayrouz epitomizes the ideal Trinity student. A 1976 graduate, Tom was a member of the National Honor Society and was elected Student Council President. As a senior, he was selected by his peers to receive the Senior Leadership Award and the "Mr. Trinity" Award.
Perhaps his greatest legacy while a student at Trinity was the creation of the Jimmy Stein Memorial Scholarship, an award given annually to a Trinity sophomore. In the summer of 1974, Tom's best friend Jimmy Stein collapsed and died while playing basketball with a group of friends. The scholarship is awarded based on the ideals and qualities Jimmy had.
In his own words, Tom says he regularly reflects on Jimmy, "and his immense source of inspiration and guidance, as well as his human qualities which are annually honored in the form of this scholarship."
Tom received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Louisville in 1984. He began his medical career as Associate Director for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Virginia's Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He currently serves as Medical Director of the Pediatric Care Unit at St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
He has published several articles, serves on a variety of medical committees and is a proven leader in the community. Tom Kayrouz continues to touch the lives of everyone in the Trinity Family.
The Reverend Mark Keene
Mark Keene graduated from Trinity in 1974. He was an academic, basketball, football and track standout.
Trinity won Class 3-A state football titles in 1972 and '73, and Mark was the center on both teams. He was also selected as first team All-City and All-State in 1973.
As a basketball player, Mark was named MVP for the 1973-74 season. In track, he placed second in the discus competition at the AAA State Track Meet and was named Best Field Man of 1974. Mark was further honored with the 1974 Trinity Faculty Award and voted Mr. Trinity by his classmates.
Mark's academic and football success continued at the University of Kentucky, where he started at center the last six games of his senior (1978) season and was named an Academic All-American. Also In 1978, Mark earned a BS in pre-medicine with high distinction.
He continued his education at St. Pius X Seminary, earning a philosophy minor in 1980. He also earned Master's degrees in divinity (1984) and theology (1987) from Mt. St. Mary's Seminary of the West. Mark was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Covington, Ky., in 1984.
The first nine years of his priesthood were spent as a high school teacher and associate pastor in Covington. From 1993 through 1999, he served as pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Covington. While pastor, he also touched the lives of the young people of Holy Family Catholic School, which served many non-Catholic and ethnic minority families.
In 1999, Mark became pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Fort Wright, Ky. He was also serving on the Diocesan Finance Council and Diocesan Board of Catholic Education at the time of his Hall of Fame induction.
David A. Kelly
Dave Kelly joined the Trinity faculty in 1957 as a PE/health and civics teacher, and basketball coach. Over the next 39 years he taught wherever needed: U.S. and world history, English, typing, marriage, trigonometry and algebra I and II.
In 1963, he retired from basketball and served as athletic director until 1968. Under his leadership, Trinity Invitationals in baseball, cross country and track were started and continue to this day.
From 1968-72, Dave served as disciplinarian. He strove to ensure order and a supportive learning environment when rebellion was common in schools. It was in his next position, however, that Dave made his most significant contributions to the Trinity Family: he proposed a counseling program to serve the personal, emotional and spiritual needs of Trinity students.
Dave earned his Master?s degree in counseling and became Trinity?s first personal counselor. He remained in that position and served as chair of the department until he retired in 1996. As Counseling Department chairman, Dave served as the principal?s chief troubleshooter for many issues affecting students, parents and faculty. Over the years, he expanded the department to include a counselor for each class. Their services now comprise personal and academic counseling, and support groups to help students address self-esteem, grief, divorce and alcohol/drug abuse assessment.
Under Dave?s direction, Trinity adopted the first drug and alcohol policy in Jefferson County. It was also Dave?s leadership that led the Counseling Department to address the needs of learning disabled students. Just some of Dave?s counseling initiatives were individual tutoring; a freshman intake and screening process for 8th graders (1978); a freshman orientation week (1983); a suicide prevention program (1988); parent workshops on college financial aid and other topics (1990); and a task force on cultural diversity and minority concerns (1991), which resulted in a full-time counselor for minority students.
In addition to teaching and counseling, Dave helped initiate the Trinity Hall of Fame Banquet in 1993, was a solicitor of Benefit Dinner contributions for 25 years and was a driving force in acquiring Archbishop McDonough?s approval for the first Archdiocesan health insurance plan for lay teachers (1969).
Dave Kelly was an unsung hero who made significant contributions many never saw. He was a versatile teacher, coach, counselor and role model for a legion of Trinity men.
Jim Kennedy was much more than the Trinity football head coach from 1966-72. Jim did much more than compile a 49-19-2 record. Jim accomplished much more than leading the Shamrocks to their first two state championships and three city titles. Jim Kennedy was like a "Father" to many of his players, a man whose demand for excellence was combined with warmth and caring.
Jim helped bring Trinity into the football world limelight. He transformed a program that was still learning to walk into one that began to stand firmly on a proud tradition. His impact will forever be felt by every player who puts on the Trinity uniform.
Jim's contributions to Shamrock football, however, transcended victories and personal accolades. Though he received Coach of the Year honors six times and was named the Optimist Man of the Year in 1972, Jim's success can truly be measured in the lives he affected and the class with which he conducted himself.
Dr. Charles "Butch" Kincaid, Jr.
Dr. Charles "Butch" Kincaid, Jr., was an outstanding leader of Trinity's first graduating class (1957). His leadership was demonstrated in the classroom, in extracurricular activities and in athletics.
A staff member of the school's first yearbook and newspaper, Butch was also an extraordinary track athlete, participating in almost every event as the school was organizing its fledgling track squad. His accomplishments included regional titles and top-five finishes at the state meet in the 440, the long jump and the high jump, as well as the mile relay. Butch also placed in the top ten in the 1956 state cross country championship.
Trinity star Butch Kincaid excelled beyond the Green and White, becoming Dr. Kincaid and working as chief of plastic surgery for the U.S. Air Force for two years (1972-74). He conducted micro-vascular research in 1973-74, was named an American College of Surgeons Fellow in 1978, and was appointed as an instructor in plastic surgery at the University of Louisville and the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo.
Dr. Kincaid, who currently practices in Louisville, has continued his affiliation with the Shamrocks by serving as football team physician since 1984.
Jeff King ’95 is a fine example of Jesus’ call to serve others. He gave up a lucrative career in construction management to listen to God’s calling, whose seed was nurtured at Trinity High School. Jeff feels that much of his spiritual foundation laid by his parents was strengthened during his days at Trinity.
As a Trinity student, Jeff earned a Steinhauser Scholarship, played basketball and tennis, and ran track. Additionally, he was named to the Academic All-State tennis team and was a member of the National Honor Society. Jeff’s brother, Billy, is a 1998 Trinity alumnus.
After graduating from Trinity in 1995, Jeff attended the University of Evansville, earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1999. Jeff also played No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles tennis for Evansville.
In 1999, Jeff joined The Hunt Construction Group. His first assignment was the UPS airport expansion in Louisville. Jeff gained valuable experience and knowledge that would later be put to use on a global scale.
In 2001, Jeff went to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to work with the poorest of the poor. It was in Sierra Leone that he was introduced to Mercy Ships, an international Christian aid organization that delivers free, world-class healthcare services and development projects to the poor. Mercy Ships run the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship.
Jeff became a technical missionary for Mercy Ships, rebuilding villages decimated by war. In 2002, he was a team leader of a program that provided water and sanitation to the Freetown area of Sierra Leone. His next position was as construction manager for a physical therapy center for the disabled, polio victims and war amputees. Additionally, he managed the construction of a hospital for women with fistula problems from giving birth.
It was also in Sierra Leone that Jeff met his wife-to-be, Rhiannon, a native of Surrey, England, who had come to Sierra Leone to work as a physical therapist.
In 2007, Jeff was named Mercy Ships’ Community Development Services Department manager. He coordinated the three main areas of community development – construction, water and sanitation, and agriculture training.
Jeff preached in African churches, provided clean drinking water for villages, ministered to children living in a garbage dump and shared God’s love with those around him – all of which he did as a volunteer.
In May 2013, Jeff was honored for his life and work by receiving Trinity’s Honor Alumnus Award. Jeff is the first Trinity Family member to receive the Honor Alumnus Award and be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the same year.
At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Jeff and Rhiannon were serving at Mercy Ships’ International Operations Center near Dallas, Tex. They have two children, Lucy and Nathan.
Craig Kissel '69 has built an impressive and successful career upon a foundation of strong family values and work ethic. His success on the football field and wrestling mat at Trinity and experience in the Navy is an apt metaphor for his success in business; he wins and builds success utilizing team play and fair play.
Craig has been able to thrive in different businesses, cultures and countries because of the solid foundation built in his youth, his openness to learning and his commitment to teamwork and the improvement of organizations through the betterment of people. Craig enrolled at Trinity in 1965 after graduating from St. Frances of Rome School. He immediately embraced Trinity and his classmates. He was an honor student, earned several Shamrock Awards and served as vice president of his class. He also was a member of the National Honor Society, serving as vice president as a senior.
Craig was equally impressive in athletic competition. He played football four years and started at defensive tackle for Trinity's first ever state championship football team in 1968. He also became Trinity's second individual wrestling state champion, winning the 175-pound title in 1969.
Craig attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with honors in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in oceanography and a varsity letter in sprint football. He served five years in the Navy as a patrol plane mission commander and tactical coordinator. Following completion of his naval service, Craig attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1980. Shortly after graduate school, Craig joined The Trane Company as a marketing engineer in Wisconsin. Trane - the largest division of American Standard Corporation - is a global supplier of air conditioning and heating systems and services for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional customers.
Following a series of positions with increasing responsibility in product and sales management and distribution development, Craig became president of Trane's North American Residential and Commercial Unitary division headquartered in Tyler, Tex.
In 1998, Craig was named president of WABCO Vehicle Control Systems, a division of American Standard Corporation, based in Brussels, Belgium. WABCO is a global manufacturer and supplier of safety, performance and comfort control systems for medium and heavy trucks, buses, trailers, SUVs and luxury cars.
Craig returned to the U.S. in 2004 after being named president of Trane's Global Commercial Systems and Services business headquartered in Piscataway, N.J. He retired from this position in 2008. Craig is a proven leader and business executive who led three of American Standard's businesses to improved results.
He has demonstrated his ability to achieve success in a variety of situations and cultures. These successes have proven to be sustainable. The teams and organizations he leaves behind, including Trinity, continue to thrive. Despite having moved 12 times and living in eight states and Belgium, Craig never forgot his Trinity roots. He regularly attends his Class of '69 reunions and has been a generous contributor to the Trinity Annual Fund and several capital campaigns.
Craig met Teresa Dudrow, his friend, partner and wife, at TOSMA, a weekly dance held in Trinity's cafeteria, the summer following his sophomore year. They were married in 1973 after his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. They have two daughters, Kate and Gretchen.
Dr. John Kleber
John Kleber is one of the most learned men to have graduated from Trinity. His curriculum vitae is lengthy and distinguished, but his ties to his hometown and state, Louisville, Ky., remained. As a Trinity student, John was a four-time Shamrock Award winner. He went on to become one of Kentucky's most respected historians and researchers.
After graduating from Trinity, John earned a BA in history from Bellarmine University in 1963 (summa cum laude). His MA (1965) and PhD (1969) in history were earned from the University of Kentucky. Morehead State University was his home for many years, where he served as associate professor of history, director of the Academic Honors Program and dean of the Caudill College of Humanities. His greatest academic achievement, however, was serving as editor-in-chief of The Kentucky Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Louisville. Both of these works are important historical documents and will remain significant to Kentucky historians.
Some of John's awards and memberships include: Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Governor's Outstanding Kentuckian Award, and member of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Filson Club Historical Society.
Additionally, John's papers, book reviews and articles have been published in more than 30 journals and presented at numerous conferences. In 1998, he addressed the Kentucky State Senate at its opening session.
Dr. John Kleber has represented Trinity High School well as a scholar and a person.
Charles H. Leis H'01 has been a valuable member of the Trinity High School community for decades.
A Louisville native, Charlie attended St. Paul Catholic School, Bishop David High School (1964) and Bellarmine University (1968), where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting. After college, he served in the United States Army Reserves for six years.
Charlie began his professional career with Ernst & Young (previously Ernst & Ernst), where he was as a CPA for 10 years. He continues to hold his CPA certificate and is a member of the Kentucky Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
In 1979, Charlie joined Bramco Inc. as vice president of finance and administration. Bramco Inc. is the parent company of both Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company, headquartered in Louisville, and Power Equipment Company, headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. Bramco Inc. has 14 branches throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. In 1985, Charlie was promoted to executive vice president. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Charlie was Bramco Inc.'s president and chief operating officer. He also serves on the board of directors of Bramco Inc.
In addition to his business involvement, Charlie has served as a director of the Catholic Education Foundation, the Paradis Foundation and Mid-Park, Inc. He has been recognized by the Rotary Club for community involvement, was an honoree at the Catholic Education Foundation's Salute to Catholic School Alumni and was recognized by Bellarmine University as the 1997 Distinguished Alumnus and the 1998 Accounting Alumnus of the Year.
Charlie began continuous service on the Trinity High School Board and/or Trinity High School Foundation Board in 1986. He is a past chair of both boards. His determination that Trinity would embark on its first-ever strategic plan in 1992 laid the groundwork for the success the school enjoys today. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, he was a member of the Trinity Foundation Board, serving as chair of the Board's Resource Management Committee. He also served on the Fundraising Committee and the Investment Committee.
Charlie was present in many critical business decisions made since 1989, including Trinity's "Sponsorship Agreement" with the Archdiocese of Louisville. Charlie also was present for the acquisition of off-campus wetlands for science courses, the establishment of enrollment and tuition policies, and the expansion of the Foundation Board's membership. He was the driving force behind three capital campaigns that triggered a $22 million construction boom, renovation projects and campus expansion. Additionally, Charlie is a significant donor and helped solicit many of Trinity's largest-ever capital campaign gifts.
Trinity honored Charlie by naming him an Honorary Alumnus in 2001 and selecting him as the first recipient of the Trinity Foundation's Steiny Award for his service, support and spirited leadership. Also, he is one of a handful of Trinity volunteers to have a named space at the school - the Charles H. Leis Academic Services Center - which was renovated and opened in 2004. Prior to that, offices for the principal and other academic services had been housed in Old Trinity Hall since 1956.
Through it all, Charlie has avoided the spotlight and gone about his work with a sense of humility that is a model for all volunteers.
Charlie and his wife, Dolores, have three children: Brian (Trinity, 1990), Craig (Trinity, 1994) and Kimberly (Sacred Heart, 1996). They also have two grandchildren, Charlotte and Walker (Trinity, 2027).
The Reverend John B. Lenahan
Father John B. Lenahan began teaching algebra, math, English and religion, and serving as athletic director at Trinity in 1955 after six years at Flaget High School. He was instrumental in sculpting Trinity into an athletic powerhouse.
One of his first duties was to coordinate the Trinity booster association known as the Trinidads. The original 12 members grew to more than 100 with Father Lenahan's guidance. The Trinidads primary function was funding all Trinity athletic teams. Their fundraising projects - spring festivals, car raffles, fish fries and Wednesday night Bingo - financed events, coaches' salaries, equipment and facilities. Under Father Lenahan's leadership, lighting, fencing and bleachers were added to Trinity's campus. Many consider Father Lenahan to be Trinity's first fundraiser. Wednesday night Bingo was a tradition until 1998.
Louisville sports fans will recall that Father Lenahan arranged for the Metropolitan Amateur Baseball League, the Catholic School Athletic Association?s league games and the Toy Bowl to be played at Trinity.
Father Lenahan also had a long tenure as an Archdiocesan priest. He was ordained on June 11, 1949. After leaving Trinity in 1962, Father Lenahan was assigned to four parishes: St. James, Louisville; St. Bernard, Clementsville; St. Clement, Louisville; and St. Aloysius, Shepherdsville where he retired from in 1990. Additionally, he served as chaplain of the Little Sisters of the Poor from 1991 to 1997 and was chaplain for retired Xaverian Brothers at Ryken House in Louisville at the time of the 1999 Hall of Fame Banquet.
Trinity's first principal, Monsignor Alfred Steinhauser, expected much of Father Lenahan and he delivered. In only six years, he made Trinity a contender in all sports. Father Lenahan loved, played and understood athletics, and Trinity students since have benefited from his vision and commitment to the green and white.
Tony Lindauer '60 was born in Louisville and grew up in the working-class neighborhood of Portland. Portland was a close-knit neighborhood where taking care of your neighbor, hard work and community involvement were the norm, not the exception. Tony still holds those values close to his heart. Tony learned early in life the value of hard work and integrity as he saw his father rise from a coal handler to plant engineer at LG&E's Cane Run station.
Tony's devotion to faithful worship and a good education also began at an early age. He attended St. Cecilia Catholic School and then St. Mary's College Seminary. Deciding the priesthood was not his calling, Tony enrolled at Trinity High School for his senior year.
After graduating from Trinity in 1960, Tony worked as a pipe fitter's helper, constructing the second phase of the Cane Run Plant for LG&E. He then accepted a job at Kitchen Kompact in the finish department and worked his way up to management. He also enrolled at the University of Louisville, where he earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors in English. He completed post-graduate studies at Spalding University and received certification as a teacher. During his U of L years, Tony met his wife, Anne.
Shortly after marrying Anne, Tony launched his own business restoring historic homes and buildings. What began as a one-man business evolved into a successful, award-winning company, TLC Restorations, Inc. The company was recognized as one of the most respected restoration companies in Louisville. TLC Restorations restored the interior of Jack Fry's Restaurant in 1980 and its facade in 2002, winning first-place awards in both Jefferson County and statewide with the Home Builders Association. He also garnered an award from the Louisville Historical League for his restoration of three buildings on East Market Street.
While Tony made time for his family, established his business, actively practiced his faith and served as a cantor at St. Agnes Catholic Church, he also gave back to the community. In 1980, he started the popular Summer Concert Series in Willow Park. Tony's philosophy for the Sunday evening concerts has been to create a sense of neighborhood and community through music. Tony has further served our community as a founding member of the Jefferson County Environmental Trust Oversight Board, as a member of the Otter Creek Task Force and former president of the Cherokee Triangle Neighborhood Association.
Tony's commitment to family, faith and community became his impetus for seeking the office of Jefferson County property valuation administrator in 2006, an office he held at the time of his Hall of Fame induction. The Jefferson County PVA's office is the largest PVA office in Kentucky. The Jefferson County PVA is a locally elected official who is charged with assessing all property, both real and personal. Tony was honored for his work as PVA by receiving the Kentucky Chapter IAAO Member of the Year Award and the Kentucky PVA Association Outstanding Assessment Jurisdiction Award, both in 2008. In 2011, Tony was elected by his peers to the Kentucky Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers.
Tony also received the Mayor's Citation for Outstanding Service (1983), the Mayor's Citation for Bravery (1987) and the Mayor's Citation for Outstanding Service (2003). Additionally, Tony was named Honorary Chief of Police (1987). As well, Tony is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Woodcock Honor Society. Among his many talents, Tony is an accomplished songwriter with an extensive publishing catalogue. A few of his songs have been recorded by well-known artists.
Tony embodies the Trinity ideal of "Brothers for Life," as he supports his fellow alumni and his alma mater in many ways. He also is a member of the brotherhood of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Father Abram J. Ryan division in Louisville, an Irish-Catholic fraternal organization. Among other activities, the Hibernians present the Shillelagh to the winner of the annual Trinity-St. Xavier varsity football game. Tony has taken part in many Shillelagh presentations for Shamrock victories, his face awash with delight.
Tony and Anne have four children: Mark (DeSales, 1983), Greg (DeSales, 1985) and Antonia (Manual, 1998) Lindauer, and Dee Ford (Atherton, 1982). They also have 13 grandchildren: Will and Erin Ford, Rachel Miller, Gabi Woodcox and Emily, Eli, Jeremiah, Eva, Tamari, Brody, Molly, Thad and Ryan Lindauer. Tony and Anne are members of St. Agnes Catholic Church.
R. W. Marshall
Trinity's building boom of the 1990s and 2000s was significantly aided by R. W. 'Buck' Marshall H'00, president of Marshall Realty Company in St. Matthews. Buck's involvement with Trinity dates to the mid-1970s when his grandson Phillip '79 enrolled at Trinity, followed by another grandson, Robert '80. In the years that followed, his fondness for Trinity grew.
In 1979 Buck led the local business effort to renovate the VFW post on Sherrin Avenue for use as Trinity Auditorium, the first eastward expansion of the campus onto Sherrin Avenue. From then on, he watched Trinity's development closely. Sometimes during his neighborhood walks, he would visit the Sears Avenue practice field and watch as Coach Dennis Lampley's football team worked, deepening his appreciation for the work he saw Trinity doing.
In 1998 Coach Lampley and Todd Hollenbach '57 called on Buck to ask him for a contribution to the Shamrock Spirit Campaign. Several days later, in a moment that will live on in Trinity lore, Buck summoned Coach Lampley to his office and handed him a shirt embroidered with the words "Marshall Realty Company." "I want you to remember the day I gave you the shirt off my back," Buck said. He then pledged $500,000 to the campaign. At the time, it was the largest gift ever given the school by an individual. On October 31, 1999, the R.W. Marshall Sports Center was named in Buck's honor. Buck was named an Honorary Alumnus of Trinity in 2000.
Buck's generosity to Trinity did not end with that gift. Money he gave to the school was used to establish the R. Haskell Marshall Success Center. Named for his father, his contributions provided for new computer labs loaded with software specially designed for students with learning differences.
Buck again stepped forward as Trinity began buying property on Sherrin Avenue. In November 2004 the clock was ticking on Trinity's efforts to raise the first $1.5 million needed to rebuild our stadium. In the last charitable gift he ever authorized, Buck contributed $500,000 to the stadium project.
The Trinity community lost a giant when Buck passed away on December 8, 2004, but his support continued. In January 2005 the Marshall Charitable Foundation altered their latest gift to the school. Instead of the $500,000 Buck had promised, they increased it to $1 million.
On February 3, 2005, the Trinity High School Foundation Inc. formally accepted this gift and announced that our newest athletic venue would carry a different name: Harry Jansing Field at Marshall Stadium.
Rod McCravy, a 1986 graduate, epitomized the Trinity student-athlete. On a daily basis, he embodied the highest ideals to which Trinity students aspire.
Rod's athletic accomplishments were numerous, but he is remembered for much more than his physical prowess. As Student Council president, Rod truly exemplified student leadership abilities. His friendliness and concern for fellow students at Trinity and youngsters at his parish, Christ the King Church, was genuine.
Rod's academic resume was impressive. He was the 1982 winner of the David Patenaude award, was a two-time Shamrock Award recipient, and as a senior received the Leadership Award.
As an athlete, Rod was incomparable. He was a two-time state champion in the 300 hurdles, anchored the mile relay team, was a two-time winner of the Coaches' Award and received the Mr. Spring Sports Shammy.
In addition to four years as a track and field athlete and one as a cross-country runner, Rod played four years of basketball. He was a two-year letterman who led the team to a Seventh Region runner-up spot in 1986. Rod was named to the all-tournament team.
Rod earned a track scholarship to the University of Kentucky, where he was one of the school's outstanding young runners until his death in 1987.
Judge Mike McDonald
Judge Mike McDonald was a faculty member at Trinity from 1955 through 1961 and also served as football coach at the freshman and varsity levels.
He has been a leader and role model in the Louisville community for over thirty years. From the time he was a student athlete at Flaget High School and during his 27 years as a youth football league coach to the time he presided as a Court of Appeals judge, he has made an extraordinary impact.
Judge McDonald received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville in 1963. In 1971 after almost nine years in general law practice, he was elected circuit court judge. He served two terms as Circuit Court Judge until 1980 when he was elected to the Court of Appeals without opposition for two consecutive eight year terms. He retired in August 1995 while serving as Chief Judge Pro-tem for the Court of Appeals. Judge McDonald was named "Judge of the Year" in 1976 by the Louisville Bar Association, received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from the University of Louisville in 1986, received an Order of Merit from U of L in 1993, and was a recipient of the Herbert Harley Award in 1995.
He is a parent of a Trinity alumnus (Mike Jr.), served on Trinity's School Board, and today advises Trinity in their legal affairs. Mike is not only recognized as a leader in our community today, but he also represents the pride of Flaget High School.
While at Trinity, Creighton played on several intramural teams and started on the varsity baseball team. Upon graduating from Trinity in 1959, he furthered his education at Bellarmine College, graduating with honors.
After graduation, he served in the Peace Corps in Latin America. It is believed that he is the first Trinity graduate to be an active participant in the Peace Corps.
After his stint in the Corps, he attended the University of Louisville School of Law. Upon passing the Kentucky bar exam, Creighton became active in the local political scene and was elected to the Louisville Board of Aldermen and served as the chairman.
After retiring from the Board, he took a position as general counsel for South Central Bell. Creighton also served on both the Trinity School Board and The Trinity Foundation Board. His son, Creighton Jr., is a 1992 alumnus.
Steve Mershon '69 made his impact as an attorney, judge and volunteer in Louisville. He dedicated himself to success as a student, an athlete and a judge. He has never forgotten where he started and lives up to his Trinity roots.
Mershon was born the fifth of eight children and was raised in Louisville, attending Holy Spirit School and then Trinity, graduating in 1969. Three of Steve's brothers are Trinity alumni: Creighton '59, Doug '65 and Paul Dugan '73. Steve earned a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in philosophy from Bellarmine University in 1973. After a year of post-graduate work in psychology at the University of Dallas, he returned to Louisville to earn his law degree from the University of Louisville (1979) and went into private legal practice. He became a partner at Mershon Naber & Joyner and was an assistant Jefferson County attorney.
In 1988, Steve was elected as a judge of the Jefferson District Court. In March 1991, he was appointed to the Family Court Pilot Project. Though elected to the Jefferson Circuit Court in November 1991, he continued to preside in Family Court until January 1996, when he moved to Circuit Court full-time. He was serving as chief judge of Circuit Court when he retired in June 2007.
Steve is a former member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA Spouse Abuse Center, the Home of the Innocents, New Directions Housing Corporation and Just Solutions. He is past founding president of the Board of Children First and former treasurer of the Louisville Chapter of the Lawyers Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control. He is also a former member of the Jefferson County Child Abuse Authority's Multidisciplinary Team and the Louisville/Jefferson County Council Against Domestic Violence.
At the time of his Trinity Hall of Fame induction, he was a member and past chair of the board of Day Spring, which helps adults with intellectual disabilities achieve their potential by providing housing and services in a community setting. In addition, he was the founding president of the board of MB Care, a partnership between Maryhurst and Brooklawn, which serves children with intense psychiatric needs.
Steve has taught continuing legal and judicial education courses and is a trained mediator who mediates family, civil and felony criminal cases. Since 2007, he has co-chaired the Louisville Bar Association's Committee, Louisville Peace Works, which is currently helping to establish a pilot project using victim-centered restorative justice practices in the juvenile justice system in an effort to reduce minority overrepresentation and recidivism.
Steve has been honored with the YWCA Spouse Abuse Center Volunteer Service Award (1984) and the "Humanitarian to the Community" award (1990) from Parents United, an affiliate of the Family and Children's Agency. He was named Family Court Judge of the Year (1994) by the Kentucky Foster Care Citizens Review Board, inducted into Bellarmine University's Gallery of Distinguished Graduates (2006) and recognized as Judge of the Year by the Louisville Bar Association (2008).
All the while, Steve was an active member of his Class of '69, serving on class reunion committees and contributing financially to Trinity.
Steve and his wife, Anna Lee, were married in 1972. They have two children, Jessica and Zachary.
Kathryn M. Mershon
An Honorary Alumna in the Class of 1992, Kathryn M. Mershon is a pioneer in Trinity history. When Kathryn (Kathy) M. Mershon enrolled her son, Creighton, at Trinity High School in 1988, it is doubtful that anyone would have foreseen the giant impact Kathy would have on Trinity High School.
Kathy was a multi-year member of Trinity’s School Board, a generous and constant donor, and the driving force behind multiple enhancements at Trinity. She co-chaired Trinity’s pivotal first-ever Strategic Plan and was also THE driving force behind Trinity seeking and receiving third-party accreditation from SACS and AdvancED, changing the way our students learn.
Outside of Trinity, Kathy was a national leader in the field of nursing, holding a spot in the 1.5 percent, when she was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Kathy was the first woman vice-president of Humana, and the first Corporate Chief Nursing Officer in the United States. Additionally, Kathy served on the Medicare Prospective Payment Commission that advised Congress on the Medicare Hospital Payment System.
Named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Center for Women and Families, Kathy also founded Humana Health Institutes (now Galen College of Nursing), chaired its independent Board of Directors and was a member of the board of The Friedell committee for Health Transformation. She will always be known as one of the most monumental figures in Trinity History.
As a Trinity student, Trever Miller '91 distinguished himself in all facets of Trinity life. He enrolled at Trinity after graduating from St. Gabriel Catholic School. At Trinity, he was a Shamrock Award recipient and an academic All-State first team member. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, he participated in football, golf and intramural sports.
It was on the baseball diamond that Trever made a name for himself nationally. A four-year member of the baseball team, Trever led the Rocks to a No. 1 ranking in state polls his junior and senior years, playing outfield and pitcher. He was named Most Valuable Pitcher for the Rocks three years. In addition, he was named to the All-District and All-Region teams multiple times. He also was named to the All-Valley tournament team, the East-West Junior All-Star team and the Senior East-West All-Stars. In 1991, Trever was named Kentucky Mr. Baseball and the Gatorade Player of the Year.
Trever received a full scholarship to Florida State University, but he opted for the Major League Baseball Draft. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers as the 41st pick in the 1991 draft and then spent five years playing minor league ball.
In 1996, Trever broke into the majors with Detroit. He went on to also pitch for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox in his major league career. He led the American League in relief appearances when he was with Toronto.
In 2008, while a relief pitcher for Tampa Bay, Trever became the first Trinity alumnus to play in the World Series.
Trever's ties to Trinity and its baseball program continued to run deep. He often donated baseball items for Trinity's annual celebraTion dinner-auction and made a leadership gift to help renovate Trinity's baseball stadium at Thurman-Hutchins Park. Over the years, he has made countless donations to Trinity in time, talent and treasure, and left many tickets at baseball games for Trinity alumni.
Trever also has made a mark off the diamond. He has worked with Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches in St. Petersburg, Fla., to coordinate the Trever Miller MOB 5K Race. All proceeds from the race are donated to the Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches Miracle League, a charity for children with disabilities.
In addition, he was given the 2010 Major League Baseball Players Alumni Heart and Hustle Award when he was with the Cardinals.
At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Trever resided in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, Pari, and their three children, Tyler, McKenzie and Grace.
The name Don Minogue became synonymous with the word "selfless" during the 13 years (1971-83) he worked with the Trinity Booster Association, serving as president in 1976.
Don became a fixture with the Trinity Boosters, at first working Sunday basketball games in the gym then his dedication increased to the point that he would even spend his vacation from work helping around the Trinity campus. Nothing that Trinity needed was out of the question for Don. Only a partial list of the projects with which he was involved included work on the permanent stands in the stadium, the field lights, and the wrestling room. He also was a fixture at Shamrock home games and at the Alumni Golf Scramble.
Don's love for the Shamrocks, however, extended beyond bricks and mortar. He entrusted four sons to the Green and White. All four became Trinity alumni.
Klaus taught at Trinity for 36 years, from 1956 to his retirement in 1992. Besides teaching language during this time, he boasts a long list of other important accomplishments.
In 1957 Klaus started and coached Trinity's swimming and soccer teams. After three years of soccer and swimming, Klaus started and coached Trinity's first chess team.
In 1970 Klaus took over the tennis team and coached them until his retirement in 1992. Under Coach Mittelsten the tennis team won fifteen individual and team state titles. His 1986 tennis team was the first in Kentucky High School tennis history to win the singles, doubles and team state titles in the same year.
Klaus created The Trinity Peace Medal presented each year at the graduation ceremony to one whose life embodies the ideals of peace and justice.
Klaus' proudest accomplishment was creating the International Classical and Instrumental Music Program. He started the program in 1970 and continued it until his retirement in 1992.
The Reverend R. Albert Moore
"Each of us has been given gifts or talents from God. We all become better people because we have shared those talents with each other."
These words by the Reverend R. Albert Moore summed up the philosophy behind his countless contributions to Trinity and the world beyond. Fr. Moore founded the school's Art Department in 1965. His clear vision, creativity, passion for learning, and relentless dedication helped make Trinity's art program one of the finest in the nation.
Fr. Moore gave his talents to the world as well. He received a number of prestigious grants and served as reconstruction artist for an archaeological expedition near Jerusalem, for which he produced over 5,000 drawings. He was a pioneer in the use of polymer resins, creating works that straddled the line between painting and sculpture, works that received national attention.
Fr. Moore continued to share his gifts with Trinity until his untimely death in 1989. His counsel was sought whenever changes were made in the environment at Trinity, and his influence remains strong. He helped to create the vision of what Trinity's campus is now becoming.
Living fully his philosophy, Fr. Moore gave his life to the young men of this community and shared his inner vision with them.
Dave Moore was a Trinity teacher and coaching legend. He served as a teacher from 1969 to 1978 and as head football coach from 1973 through 1977. Coach Moore had the unenviable task of following Jim Kennedy (H'92, Hall of Fame), who won state championships in 1968 and 1972. Yet Moore succeeded beyond expectations, building on Coach Kennedy's granite foundation. He brought Trinity Football to the forefront as a Kentucky power by compiling a 55-8 record in five seasons and winning three state titles (1973, 1976 and 1977). The 1976 championship team was Trinity's first Class 4-A title and went undefeated at 14-0.
Beyond the wins and championships, Coach Moore's influence on and inspiration of the young men of Trinity is his most important legacy. His character can be seen in his hope for Trinity students from a passage in his Trinity Football rules entitled "Traits of a Trinity Man": "The ability to put things first: 1.) Spiritual life; 2.) Home life; 3.) Education; and 4.) Football."
In 1978, Coach Moore left Trinity to become an assistant football coach at the University of Louisville (1978-84). His success continued as head coach at the University of Evansville (1984-90). After 21 years as a football coach, Dave Moore entered private business, becoming general manager of Saturn of Evansville Automobile Dealership.
Dave and his wife Sherry have two children, Kim and Brandon.
Andy Murray '85 enrolled at Trinity High School in 1981. When he graduated in 1985, he had left a legacy of achievement.
Andy was a gifted student-athlete and respected immensely by his fellow classmates and teachers and coaches. He was a two-year letterman in basketball and a four-year letterman in football.
A three-year starter at linebacker and fullback on the varsity football team, as a junior Andy helped lead the 1983 Shamrocks to an undefeated season (14-0) and a state championship win over Owensboro, scoring three touchdowns in the game.
After his senior season (1984), Andy received the Defensive Captain Award from his coaches, was selected to the All-State Team (Second Team) and was one of a handful of players to play both offense and defense in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game.
Andy's athletic ability earned him a football scholarship to the University of Kentucky, where he was a three-year starter at fullback. He was known as a leader among his teammates and as a tough, aggressive runner and blocker. His junior year he made 98 knockdown blocks (8.9 per game) on opponents. Andy's offensive ability was key to the Wildcats' winning record his senior season (1989). The UK coaching staff inserted an option series to capitalize on Andy's blocking ability. Also in his senior season, Andy was named a team co-captain for coach Jerry Claiborne's final season at UK and was named to WTBS Television's All-Southeastern Conference First Team.
Andy also was successful in the classroom. His senior year he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from UK in 1990.
Also in 1990, Andy was drafted as a fullback by the Houston Oilers of the National Football League and attended the Oilers' rookie camp.
After professional football, Andy entered the business world. He was a sales representative for Brandeis Machinery in Louisville and a sales rep in the pharmaceutical industry, where he received "Rookie of the Year" honors and was promoted to district manager. After two years out of state, Andy returned to Kentucky and took a position with Fruit of the Loom Activewear. His experience there led him to purchase T-Shirts and More, a wholesale distributor in Louisville.
At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Andy was owner and president of Murray Productions, a custom apparel and ad-specialty products company. He also serves on the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the corporate steering committee for the Cerebral Palsy KIDS Center (Kosair Charities). In addition, he has coached children in several sports. In 1992 he guided St. Pius X School to the Toy Bowl.
Despite living in Northern Kentucky, Andy continued to visit Trinity, attending the Sandy Newman Memorial Golf Classic, the Shamrock Bass Classic and athletic contests. He also served on the Alumni Board of Directors (1992).
As outstanding as his athletic accomplishments were, Andy Murray's qualities as a person are his true measure.
Andy and his wife, Karen, have four children: Kaitlin, Michael, Sam and Ella.
William "Sandy" Newman
Sandy, a 1967 graduate, participated in a number of activities during his four years at Trinity, including the National Honor Society, the Pep Club, and the Soccer Club. He received a Shamrock Award for his excellent scholastic achievements during his junior year.
As an alumnus, Sandy served on the Alumni Board for over 10 years, serving as the treasurer for more than six of those years. He was extremely active in a number of alumni activities and instrumental in organizing the Trinity All-Class Reunion as well as the Alumni Golf Scramble until his untimely death in March 1995.
In 1995, Sandy was posthumously awarded the Trinity Honor Alumnus Award for his outstanding loyalty and dedication to Trinity.
Sandy was best known for his unfailing desire to help with any alumni activity that promoted Trinity. With Sandy, it was not any one effort, it was continuous efforts to promote Trinity each and every day.
Though Sandy is no longer with us, those members of the Trinity family that knew and loved him will remember his spirit and love for Trinity High School.
William O'Connell, Jr.
Bill was born in Chicago in 1917. After his mother's death, and because his father could no longer care for his brothers and sisters, Bill lived in the St. Mary's Orphanage which was run by the Sisters of Charity.
He attended St. Mel's High School and later went on to Depaul University night school while he worked during the day.
Bill served in WWII in Africa, England, and France. While in France, he met his future wife and they moved to St. Matthews in 1956.
In 1961, Bill's oldest son, Bill III '65, enrolled in Trinity High School and it was then that Bill became active in the Trinity family. Bill helped found the Trinity Booster Club in 1964 and was elected its first president.
He was an active member of the boosters from 1964-1979, doing everything from serving as a concession stand worker to working at the Trinity Bingo and grade school football games. Because of his childhood experiences, Bill was active in the St. Joseph Orphanage, serving on their Board of Directors. He also served on the St. Matthews City Council from 1985 until his death in 1995.
Bill was one of the people who helped build Trinity in the early years. He always enjoyed Trinity events, and always wore the tag of Trinity with him wherever he went. Shortly before his death, Bill was made an Honorary Alumnus of Trinity for his work at the school.
Nick Osting truly epitomized Shamrock spirit. The courage Nick displayed in battling a terminal disease for 19 years served as an inspiration for countless Trinity students.
A member of the 1955 freshman football team and a 1959 graduate, Nick returned to his alma mater in 1972 to coach freshmen. He had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 1970 and given six months to three years to live. Rather than resign himself to death, Nick chose to squeeze every drop of life from every day God granted him.
Nick became a true Trinity ambassador, spreading the word about the school he loved to anyone who would listen. Despite numerous operations, chemotherapy, radiation and various other treatments, Nick maintained a positive attitude. He had, after all, vowed to see his sons graduate from Trinity.
Nick fought his disease until his death in 1989. He had won the battle, however. He lived to see his sons graduate. He lived to see his grandchildren. He lived to create a legacy of courage that will never die.
A successful entrepreneur and small-business owner, Clair Patenaude’s (H’07) influence and impact can be seen in many aspects of Trinity’s campus and student life.
Clair was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She attended Western Maryland College, earning a bachelor’s degree with a double major in sociology and English in 1966. She moved to Louisville in the early 1970s.
Clair had three sons attend Trinity – David, Mitchell ’87 and Bart ’89. While a freshman at Trinity, David, a member of the Class of 1984, courageously lost his battle with brain cancer. To keep his legacy alive, Clair created what now is one of the longest-running endowed scholarships, which has provided tuition assistance to dozens of students.
It was in those early days of David’s arrival on campus that Clair became involved as a volunteer and board member. In 1983, she was one of four visionaries who came up with the concept of forming the Trinity High School Foundation, a non-profit organization, which ultimately was instrumental in the renaissance of Trinity’s campus, as well as the growth of the school’s assets.
At the time of her Hall of Fame induction, Clair was the longest-serving Foundation Board member in the history of the school, with continuous service since 1983. It’s been said that her continued participation on the Foundation Board charmed many young alumni and others into the Trinity Family.
Clair helped start a campus beautification program in 1983. It became the forerunner of the campus master plan that now is enjoyed by many. She personally helped pay for some of the landscaping, curbs, irrigation system and lighting in the school’s parking lots. Along the way, she was involved with the debut of the Communication Arts Center, which includes the Convocation Hall. The building was a former National Guard armory and was opened for school use in 1987.
During that same period, Clair saw great potential with the annual Benefit Dinner and volunteered to take the lead to help move the event into its second major evolution. She also served as co-chair of the massive Alumni Hall renovation project, which turned an abandoned car dealership into a beautiful, functional, state-of-the-art facility that serves as the iconic gateway to the school.
Not only has Clair been a tireless donor of her personal time, she also has significantly supported the school’s efforts financially, providing generous gifts to capital projects, the Trinity Annual Fund and the endowment.
In 2003, Clair and fellow Trinity High School Foundation founders Bill Ballard ’58, John Brenzel ’58 and John Grenough H’11 received the Trinity High School Foundation’s Steiny Award for their service, support and spirited leadership. In 2007, Clair was named an honorary alumna of Trinity.
Clair has a grandchild, Grace Patenaude, daughter of Bart Patenaude.
Mr. Dave Peege
Dave Peege '81 made his mark locally, nationally and internationally. After graduating from the DePaul School, Dave was a standout student-athlete at Trinity. He was a member of the 1978 and 79 state championship golf teams. He also won four individual titles. In 1979 and 80 he was the regional champion, and state runner-up in 1980 and 81. His classmates honored him in 1981 with the "Mr. Spring Sports" Shammy Award.
After high school, Dave attended the University of Mississippi, where he won the Southeastern Conference Individual Championship in 1983. In 1984 he led the Rebels to victory in the 1984 SEC Championship. In 1984 and 85 he was a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-SEC 1983-85. He was named the SEC Player of the Year in 1984 and 85. In 1984 he was named Ole Miss "Athlete of the Year," the first time a golfer achieved this recognition. In 2000 he was inducted into Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dave also had a successful amateur and professional golf career. He won the Kentucky Open Championship in 1983, 85, 90 and 92. In 1989, while playing on the Asian Tour, he had one top-10 finish in the Philippine Open. He also played on the Canadian PGA Tour, finishing twice in the Top Ten Order of Merit and with the lowest stroke average of the Tour in 1987. He played on the U.S. PGA Tour 1992-93, finishing eighth in driving accuracy in 1992 and 11th in sand saves in 1993.
In addition to playing nationally and internationally, Dave was assistant pro at Big Spring Country Club in 1989 and director of golf at the Practice Tee Golf Academy 1990-91 and 1994-97.
Dave never forgot his roots, returning often to the DePaul School to tutor students and to Trinity to speak about life as a professional golfer. He always encouraged Shamrock golfers to earn a college degree before pursuing a professional golf career.
Dave's civic involvement includes coaching little league baseball at Lyndon Recreation and serving as a volunteer for Southeast Christian Church ministries.
Dave and his wife, Lauren, have two children, Michael and Christopher.
Bob graduated from Trinity in 1959 and received his degree from Bellarmine College in 1963, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He earned his Master of Arts from Arizona State University and received his Rank 1 Certification in 1972 from the University of Louisville.
Bob was one of the first of Trinity's alumni to return to his alma mater as a member of the faculty. He became athletic director in 1968, and it was during his tenure as athletic director that Trinity won its first football state championship.
At the age of 27, Bob became one of the first lay persons to become a high school administrator in the Archdiocese of Louisville, when he became assistant principal at Trinity. He initiated the Advanced College Credit Program with Bellarmine in 1971, and Trinity was the pilot school for a year before Bellarmine offered this program to the other area Catholic schools.
In 1976, Bob moved on to Bellarmine College, serving as an assistant professor of history. He has also served as the director of admissions & records, the dean of admissions & educational services, and the registrar.
In 1984, he received the Trinity Honor Alumnus Award. He was Bellarmine's Teacher of the Year in 1989, and he was the Metroversity Adult Teacher of the Year in 1990. Bob's son, Brian, is also an alumnus of Trinity, graduating in 1986.
A 1985 graduate of Trinity, Mike Pfeifer has throughout his lifetime helped construct Trinity physically, and more importantly, morally.
Mike is a testament to and example of overcoming obstacles. As a child who struggled academically, Mike was determined to overcome any obstacles by simply putting his head down and going to work. Mike did not accept what was presented to him, but took those challenges in front of him and thrived. Mike translated the extraordinary amount of work he had to put in to his academics onto the playing field, where he thrived as a student-athlete. A state champion in football and shot put during his time at Trinity, Mike was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky where he earned recognition on multiple All-American teams. Mike even earned an SEC All-Academic award twice, while completing his degree in Industrial Education.
Following his time at UK, Mike began his own company, Pfeifer Construction. Aside from his company’s obligations, Mike donated his time and talent to help the renovation and design at Marshall Stadium during the stadium’s reconstruction in 2006. After multiple years receiving many awards and recognitions for his work, Mike merged with his business partner to form Promaster Contracting. Mike has also donated many hours and years to coaching football at Trinity.
Mike and his wife, Mary Jude, are parishioners at Holy Spirit Parish with their children Matthew ’18, and Anna (SHA ’20), and David ’23.
M. David Power
Following his graduation from Trinity in 1989, M. David Power has made an indelible positive mark on the Louisville landscape in his professional life, in service to those in need and on his beloved alma mater.
After earning a bachelor's degree in marketing and business from the University of Louisville in 1993, David joined Power Creative advertising agency as an account executive. His father, Mike Power, founded the company in 1976.
In 2001, David took over the reins as president and chief operating officer, and in less than a decade Power Creative had grown into one of the largest and most sought after advertising agencies in the region. Their clients include local and international companies and organizations.
Despite the time and energy involved in his position at Power, David personally oversaw a brilliant campaign to enhance Trinity's image throughout Kentuckiana. In the late 1990s, Power began its relationship with Trinity when it designed the artwork for the printed materials for the celebraTion dinner-auction. The work of Power's talented designers helped usher in record-breaking proceeds for celebraTion.
Power Creative then took on Trinity as a pro-bono account and developed award-winning recruitment materials, including a viewbook, interactive CD, displays and a complete local advertising campaign. The campaign proved instrumental in Trinity attracting record numbers of students.
In addition, Power developed a new logo for Trinity in 2001, letterhead, banners, part of the mural in the Floersh Hall extension and numerous annual senior theme posters.
It is conservatively estimated that David's company donated nearly $1 million worth of time over a 10-year period. Largely through David's philanthropy and love for his alma mater, Trinity has stepped into the 21st century as a leader among local high schools.
In 2000, David was honored by Business First newspaper as one of Louisville's top 40 business leaders under 40 years of age. In 2007, Power was named a Business First Small Business Company of the Year. He and the Power team also received dozens of awards from their peers in advertising, including several gold Louie awards from the Ad Federation of Louisville and national Telly awards for their work on Trinity's print and television campaigns.
In addition to his efforts on behalf of Trinity, David and his father are strong supporters of higher education. Together they support U of L's Department of Fine Arts with a long-term commitment to support the Power Creative designer-in-residence staff position, thus ensuring the advancement of the graphic design curriculum.
David serves as a board member of Indian Summer Camp, Kentucky's camp for children with cancer. The legacy of his late 13-year-old friend Jarrett Mynear inspired David to support Jarrett's Joy Cart, which works to deliver toys and smiles to pediatric oncology patients in hospitals across Kentucky, the U.S. and even China.
Other organizations that benefited from David's talents include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which gave him their Award of Excellence in 2003, and the Council on Mental Retardation, which honored him with their Vision Award in 2004.
In 2002, David was selected as the Trinity Alumni Association's Honor Alumnus. In 2004, the Trinity High School Foundation honored David with the Steiny Award, which is given to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of Monsignor Alfred Steinhauser, Trinity's first principal, through his or her outstanding support of and service to Trinity.
Dennis Pursley is one of the most acclaimed swimmers to ever attend Trinity High School. Dennis was three-time State Champion in the breast-stroke and was named to several All American Teams. He was Student Council President his senior year and swim captain his junior and senior years.
Awarded a scholarship to the University of Alabama, Dennis continued his success in the pool. He was the Southeastern Conference Champion breast-stroker in 1969 and chosen Alabama's team captain his junior and senior years. He went on to become a two-time member of the United States National Swim Team.
Dennis's greatest achievements however came after his years as a competitive swimmer. He climbed the coaching ranks beginning in 1971 as head coach of the Cincinnati Marlins Swim Club. He was appointed to the coaching staff of the 1979 U.S.A. Pan American Team and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. Dennis was named 1980 U.S.A. "Coach of the Year" by the Swimming Coaches Association.
Nationally known and respected, he has participated as a featured speaker at a number of conferences and seminars throughout the world. In 1989, Dennis was appointed as the first National Swim Team Director for the United States with responsibility for all aspects of the National Swim Team Program, a position he still holds.
Dennis says, however, that his greatest achievement in life is his five children.
Charles "Jeep" Quire
Charles "Jeep" Quire, who taught and coached at Trinity for 10 years (1954-1964), was one of the school's most respected faculty members. He was a friend to colleagues and students alike.
Jeep was a coach whose success was measured not by the win column but by his ability to draw out the best his players had to give. He coached football and basketball from 1954-59 and football only from 1959-64.
Jeep was known as one of the state's most innovative football coaches. He originated the "short stem T" and the "quick huddle." In his first victory over St. Xavier, he created an offense that utilized four "lonesome" ends and one running back.
Jeep was a special person whose demeanor endeared him to the entire Trinity community. His unique brand of inspiration was illustrated clearly by "the walk."
Before the St. X game, Jeep told his players he would walk home if they won. True to his work, following the emotional victory over the Tigers, Jeep took his legendary walk home along Eastern Parkway.
Steve Raible was one of the school's most accomplished athletes and the first from Trinity to become a professional football player. During his years competing for the Green and White, Steve excelled in football and track. He enjoyed a banner senior year (1972) in football and was named to several postseason squads, including the All-State Team. During track season he demonstrated his sprinting prowess. Steve's athletic accomplishments led to a scholarship to Georgia Tech.
During his years at Tech, Steve caught the pro scout's eyes, and he was drafted in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks, for whom he was a regular performer from 1976 to 1981.
Steve also excelled off the field. He became an integral part of the Seattle community and in 1980 was nominated for the NFL Man of the Year award. His numerous service activities included work with the Boy Scouts, Variety Clubs and the Ronald McDonald House.
A leader on and off the playing field, an exceptional student, a gifted athlete and an outstanding person, Emmett Ramser '87 quickly established himself as a leader in all facets of Trinity life.
He was a Shamrock Award winner, a Trinity Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded the "Mr. Baseball" Shammy Award. He was elected Senior Class vice president and graduated ninth in his class.
A two-sport student-athlete, Emmett excelled at baseball and basketball, playing both sports all four years. He played point guard for the freshman and JV Basketball Rocks, guiding them to records of 22-1 and 23-0, respectively. As a junior, he played a vital role on the Varsity Rocks, contributing at several positions. He averaged 10 points per game, but was primarily known for his tenacious defense. He contributed 17 points in the Rocks' 1986 regional final loss and was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the 1986 season. He returned to the point guard position his senior year, averaging 10 points and five assists. He was named the Most Outstanding Passer for the 1987 team that was ranked in the top 20 and reached the regional semifinal.
Emmett was a three-year starter for the Baseball Rocks and was widely considered to be one of the best players in Kentucky during the 1987 season. As a sophomore, he was named to the All-Region Tournament Team. As a junior, he earned the Most Valuable Hitter Award and was named to the All-District and All-Region teams. In his senior season, Emmett was named to the All-District, All-Region and All-State teams. During his Trinity career, Emmett batted .430 with a .590 on-base percentage. He hit 14 career home runs (a record at that time), including twice hitting three home runs in a single game. He scored 110 runs and drove in 87. In his senior season, he anchored the pitching staff, going 7-2 with a 1.95 ERA. The teams he was a part of compiled a varsity record of 80-18 over three years.
Upon graduating from Trinity in 1987, Emmett attended the prestigious University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, where he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors in 1993. He immediately began practicing as a critical care pharmacist at Norton Hospital in Louisville. In 1998, he was named director of pharmacy at Kosair Children's Hospital, where he was serving at the time of his Hall of Fame induction.
Emmett's tenure at Kosair has seen pharmacy services achieve regional and national exposure in innovative and outstanding pharmacy care for children. His primary work involves patient safety, implementing safe medication practices to serve the children of the area. Under his leadership, Kosair pharmacy was named Institution of the Year by the Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists in 2008. Also in 2008, Emmett was selected as one of 45 pharmacists nationwide to participate in the Wharton Executive Program for Pharmacy Leaders.v Emmett and his wife, Barbara (Sacred Heart, 1986), have three children: Daniel (Trinity, 2015), Matthew (Trinity, 2018) and Andrew (Trinity, 2021). They are active members of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. Emmett's primary passion remains coaching and mentoring youth in the Louisville area. He has been a successful coach and role model for hundreds of children while coaching St. Albert basketball, St. Matthews Little League Baseball as well as travel baseball and basketball teams.
Whether as a Trinity student-athlete, a pharmacist, a coach or a husband and father, Emmett's life has been a model of leadership, hard work and dedication.
Many people give of their time, talent and treasure to wonderful organizations. Few do it with the passion and commitment of Paul Resch '76.
Paul enrolled at Trinity in 1972 after graduating from Holy Spirit Catholic School. He followed in the footsteps of his older brothers Phil (Trinity, 1967) and Steve (Trinity, 1969). Paul's brother Casper also graduated from Trinity in 1977, and his sister, Michele is a 1970 Sacred Heart Academy alumna.
Unfortunately, Paul lost both his parents prior to his graduating from Trinity. His father, Phil Resch Sr., was a founding member and president of the Trinity Boosters, and his mother Esther (Presentation, 1938) was an early volunteer for the Boosters. The early loss of his parents taught Paul the value of his family and that of his extended human family and Trinity Family.
Paul learned of, accepted and now lives the values that Trinity teaches. He was a leader among his classmates and remains so to this day. As a member of the football team, he gained an understanding of leadership, teamwork, discipline and compassion.
After graduating from Trinity in 1976, Paul attended the University of Louisville, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1983. Paul's professional career began in Louisville in 1979 when he owned and operated his own contract cleaning business for six years. He sold the business and went to work for a Fortune 500 company in Cleveland, Ohio.
After several career moves throughout the Northeast, Paul returned to Louisville in 1990. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Paul was a business development manager for ASI Limited, a top-10 glass and glazing contractor in Indianapolis.
Paul never forgot his Trinity roots. He served on the Alumni Board of Directors from 1989-94. In 1992, he served as the first board chair under the current 15-member board structure and helped to develop the by-laws that are still in use today.
In addition, Paul has served as a Class Ambassador and a member of Team Trinity. Paul also was instrumental in founding the Class of 1976 Endowed Scholarship, which was one of Trinity's first endowed class scholarships and a model for many other reunion class gifts. As well, for many years Paul was pivotal to the success of Trinity's annual Open House, serving as point man for the alumni classroom presenters and never failing to greet visitors with a warm smile and welcoming handshake.
Paul's service also benefitted the Catholic community of Louisville. He served on the committee that oversaw the renovation of the chapel at Sacred Heart Academy and volunteered with the youth ministry program at Holy Spirit Parish. For five years in the 1980s, Paul served as a volunteer probation officer. He also served as mayor of the Beals Branch Neighborhood Association.
In 1997, at age 39, Paul was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. At the time of his diagnosis, he was given a 14 percent chance of survival. This event in his life had a profound impact not just on his personal and professional life, but on his spiritual journey of life as well.
Paul channeled his passion for living into causes related to leukemia and other blood-related cancers. He was a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Board for Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter from 1999-2007, including serving as board president from 2003-05. He also served as a Board of Representative on the National Board for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of New York.
At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Paul was chairman of the board for Sailing for a Cure Foundation, a non-profit organization he helped found in 2010.
Paul and his wife, Kathryn, live in Louisville and have two daughters, Corinne (Sacred Heart, 2012) and Caroline (Sacred Heart, 2014).
Teacher. Coach. Friend. Husband. These words have described many Trinity faculty members since 1953, but seldom more poignantly than for Rich Rostel.
Rich spent 33 years (1966-98) as a Trinity teacher, 31 (1968-98) as head cross country coach and 22 (1966-88) as head baseball coach. He was a legend in Kentucky cross country, winning 13 state and 24 regional titles. His accolades were numerous, including being named to the Bellarmine College and Kentucky Cross Country Coaches Halls of Fame, and receiving the Gatorade Coach's Care Award. He was named the 1992 Southeast Coach of the Year and Cross Country Coach of the Year nine times. As head baseball coach, Rich accumulated a 505-115 record and won 14 district championships and five regional championships. Shamrocks were semi-state champions twice and state runner-up once (1983). Rich was named Baseball Coach of the Year once, coached the All-Star East Team twice and held offices in the local and state baseball associations.
Rich immersed himself in all aspects of Trinity. He coordinated intramural basketball (1968-77), painted the school, was timekeeper for varsity (1968-87) and grade school (1968-72) basketball and wrestling, worked the Mason-Dixon Games and was the historian for nearly all Trinity events. He was twice awarded the Father Thomas Duerr Award (Teacher of the Year) and the Sheeran Award (Teacher of the Year), voted on by the Trinity faculty and students, respectively. He also volunteered for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
Rich was named an Honorary Trinity Alumnus in 1993 (H'93). The best, however, seem to leave us first. Rich fell to cancer in September 1998, leaving a school grieving. While his trophies and accomplishments can be counted, his influence on the lives of the young men he taught and coached cannot. His last cross country team carried a banner that read: "You're with us every step of the way, Coach Rostel." And he is.
Other than his wife Justine H'99 and family, his constant love was the San Francisco Giants. He followed them as closely as his beloved Shamrocks.
The Rev. Theodore (Ted) Sans
The Rev. Theodore (Ted) Sans taught at Trinity for 20 years, from 1959-60 and 1966-85. Ted's leadership, creativity and innovative spirit left a lasting impact on the school.
Perhaps Ted's greatest legacy was the drama program. From a modest beginning in 1967, using the St. Frances of Rome stage, through the conversion of the old VFW building into the auditorium in 1980, Ted founded and nurtured a program that became one of the finest in the area.
During his 20 years with the school, Ted's influence was felt in a variety of areas. He taught advanced placement English classes and chaired the English Department. Ted revamped the English curriculum and compiled a usage handbook for junior and senior classes. He was also adviser for the journalism class that produced the school newspaper, the ECHO.
Ted's other innovations include starting the Senior Baccalaureate Mass celebration, using students to read morning announcements, and instituting the Trinity singers and creative writing and speech courses.
Jim Sapienza is one of the finest distance runners and scholars to ever graduate from Trinity. As a student-athlete, he was the Class of 1981 valedictorian, a Shamrock Award winner and received the Senior Leadership Award and two Shammy Awards.
In athletics, Jim captained the cross country and track teams in 1980-81. He led Trinity to two cross country state runner-up titles in 1978 and 1979. Individually, he was twice state runner-up in cross country, and the state 2-mile champion in 1981. Jim set school records for the cross country 5K and the track mile and 2-mile events.
After graduation from Trinity, Jim attended Dartmouth College, where he continued his student-athlete balance. He was a Senior Fellow, an Academic All-American and earned a BA in English, cum laude, receiving the Barrett All-Around Achievement Cup as highest recognition for service to the college. He captained the cross country and track teams; set school records from 1,000 meters through 10,000 meters; established a record 12 Ivy League Conference titles; and was a seven-time All-American.
Continuing his education, Jim attended Indiana University (MA, English, 1986) and the University of Minnesota (MBA; Master of healthcare administration, 1990). His career focus has been in healthcare, serving as administrator for Sutter Health (1989-95) and marketing director for AstraZeneca (1995-2001).
Jim also enjoyed an international professional running career. Highlights include an Olympic Trials final at 10K (1988); the World University Games (1985, 1987); and Top 10 national rankings at 5K (1983, 1985, 1987) and 10K (1985, 1987).
He has served on numerous boards and councils that combine his professional interest in healthcare and love of running with service to his community.
Jim and his wife, Kathryn, have two sons, Hunter and Jenner. He and his family make their home in Issaquah, Washington.
Trinity High School has been blessed with the services of countless volunteers in her history, but few have made a more lasting impact than Paul J. Schulte H'92.
Paul, a Missouri native, attended Bellarmine University, earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1970.
In 1980, Paul founded Horizon Group International with business partner Jim Brockway out of a bedroom office in his home. The company has grown to incorporate three business centers, with the headquarter offices in St. Matthews. Horizon has received numerous local, regional and national recognitions and awards for its innovative market research.
Paul first came into contact with Trinity in 1986, when Development Director John Grenough H'11 hired his company, Horizon Research International, to conduct the school's first market research project. A year later, Paul joined what was then the Trinity Advisory School Board.
In 1992, Paul, along with Kathy Mershon H'92, was appointed by Charlie Leis H'01 to develop a strategic plan for the school. Together, Paul, Kathy and their committee called the Trinity community to a new and intense focus on the future.
In 1993, Trinity's first strategic plan was approved. It started a tradition of strategic focus that continues today and often is credited for the systematic and focused growth Trinity has enjoyed over these years. The strategic plan helped propel the effort that resulted in Trinity's relationship with the Archdiocese of Louisville. Trinity had been owned and operated by the Archdiocese. Since 1993, it has been sponsored by the Archdiocese.
The School Board's clear direction and intensity of purpose convinced then-Archbishop Thomas Kelly H'01 that Trinity's School, Foundation and Alumni boards could parent the school's operation with wisdom and vision.
Within three years, Trinity purchased and began converting nearby property into spectacular venues for school use. The Courtesy Cadillac site on Sherrin Avenue became Alumni Hall, which opened in time for Trinity's 40th anniversary year in 1993. More School Board-sponsored initiatives would follow, including construction of the Floersh Hall extension, Shamrock Hall and the R.W. Marshall Sports Center.
In 1993, Paul was elected the first governing School Board chair under the "Sponsorship Agreement" with the Archdiocese. He served as chair for three years and then an additional five years until 1999. He rotated off the Board for four years and served again from 2004-08.
Paul's visionary leadership and pastoral style pushed the school forward during his term as chair, most especially in the area of technology. Under Paul's watch, the school became known as "Cyber School," receiving local and national recognition for advances in technology. Trinity's campus became a model for the 21st century high school environment.
Paul's most lasting gift to the school might be his insistence that school leaders make tactical and strategic decisions using information. The data-driven way in which Trinity conducts business was highlighted as one of the strongest assets in the community by AdvancEd in their 2011-12 accreditation report. Trinity uses the very latest in market research to continue to make data-driven decisions.
In 1992, Paul was honored by Trinity by being named an Honorary Alumnus. In 2005, he was awarded the Trinity High School Foundation's Steiny Award for his service, support and spirited leadership.
The Trinity School and Foundation boards are only two of 15 advisory and governing boards on which Paul has served over his career. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, he had rotated off the Catholic Education Foundation after six years of service. Additionally, he served on the Advisory Board of the Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University and as chair of the Board of Trustees for the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
Paul and his wife, Sue, have two children, Matt (Trinity, 1995) and Michael (Trinity, 1999). They also have two grandchildren, Madeline and Ty. Paul and Sue are members of The Church of the Ascension.
Pride. Discipline. Loyalty. Achievement.
These are the four simple words Trinity football coaches Jim Kennedy H'93 and Vince Semary emblazoned on the helmets of Shamrock players in 1968. Vince is the man who wrote the words and created the imagery that have defined Trinity's football program since then. Vince taught and coached at Trinity for a relatively short time. The mark he left here, however, will last forever.
Vince was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended grade school and high school there. In 1958, he led Cleveland high school football in scoring and rushing yards as a running back for West Tech. He also wrestled and played baseball. After high school, Vince accepted a football scholarship to the University of Kentucky. He was a member of the 1962 UK team coached by Charlie Bradshaw that was nicknamed "The Thin Thirty." After enduring the first few weeks of abusive practice, all but 30 players left the team. Vince was the smallest starting offensive guard in the nation that year, standing 5-8 and weighing 180 pounds. Vince graduated from UK in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in art education.
In 1966, Vince joined the Trinity faculty as an art teacher and assistant football and wrestling coach. When football coach Jim Kennedy arrived from Flaget High School in 1966, he enlisted Vince to design an emblem for the football helmets that would serve as a model to the players on how to play the game. The emblem depicts the hand of a Trinity football player holding up a "T." The "T" is embedded in a shamrock and surrounded by the four words Kennedy identified as the qualities needed by players to be a successful team. The 1968 Shamrocks - the first to bear the logo on its helmets - went on to win Trinity's first ever football state championship.
In addition to coaching football, Vince also was a talented art teacher and assistant wrestling coach. With Rev. Al Moore, a fellow Hall of Famer, Vince began the Trinity Art Department in 1966. The visual arts have remained a vital part of the Trinity experience, with many alumni going on to pursue careers using the talents they developed here. As a wrestling coach, Vince was instrumental in laying the foundation on which Trinity's championship program was built. Vince coached three years and was key to the development of the wrestling association that now sponsors the regional and state championship tournaments. In 1968, Trinity hosted Kentucky's first wrestling state championships.
Vince left Trinity in 1968 to take the head coaching job at Male High School. In 1969, he left Male for an assistant coaching position at the University of Louisville. After two years at Louisville, he accepted the defensive coordinator position at Morehead State University, where he also he earned his Master's degree in art education. He left Morehead in 1974 to coach at Kansas University. The Jayhawks played in the Sun Bowl while Vince was their offensive line coach in 1976. In 1977, he left Kansas to become the defensive coordinator at Rice University in Houston, Tex. He served as an assistant for the Owls for one year and then opened an art gallery in Houston.
Vince's paintings hang in homes and businesses across the country, and he is frequently asked to judge art shows and give to charities by donating art. Art has continued to support and inspire Vince. He specializes in watercolor but also works in acrylic.
Vince and his wife, Susan, have two children, Julie Ann Gallow and Vincent Patrick Semary, and two grandchildren, Bryant Gallow and Sarah Gallow.
The mark Vince Semary left on Trinity High School and its art, football and wrestling programs is carried on by the students of today who live Pride, Discipline, Loyalty and Achievement.
To say that Chuck is considered by many to be a cornerstone of the Trinity Community is an understatement. Chuck has taught, coached, mentored, befriended and exemplified what a Trinity man of faith and man of character is all about.
Chuck spent four years actively involved as a member of Trinity’s student body. His credentials in the classroom helped lead him to the University of Kentucky, where he earned a degree in Education in 1978 while playing football. Following his time at UK, Chuck entered the teaching field and returned to Trinity as a teacher and coach in 1980.
While teaching a full schedule and coaching football, Chuck managed to further his education at the University of Louisville. Chuck’s Fifth-Year Certification from UL allowed him to study a wide range of subject areas, enabling him to reach more students academically and impact more lives in the classroom.
Chuck’s tenure at Trinity came to a close in 2013, when he retired after 33 years of teaching in multiple disciplines, coaching football for 20 years (four as head coach), and 31 years of coaching track and field (including stints as head coach). He is particularly well known for the profound positive effect he had on Trinity’s students in the Traditional Program.
Over his time at Trinity, Chuck was honored numerous times including Kentucky Council for the Social Studies (KCSS) Outstanding Teacher (1993); Ashland Oil Individual Teacher Achievement Award Nominee (1998); Department of Elementary Schools National Catholic Educational Association Graduate (1998); Indiana University Southeast Exceptional Educator (1998); Walt Disney Teacher Award Nominee (2003); Jefferson County Class 4-A Coach of the Year in football (1996); Republic Bank & Trust Company – Voice-Tribune Coach of the Year in football (1996).
Being one of the Shamrocks' greatest baseball players might be enough for any Trinity student-athlete. Jimmy Sherrill was much more. The 1973 graduate was also a versatile football player, Senior Class president and an Honors Track student.
In addition to being a two-sport star, Jimmy received a Shamrock Award his freshman year and graduated in the top twenty-percent of the Senior Class. On the gridiron, Jimmy was a three-year starter who, as a sophomore, played both halfback and safety. His crowning season came during his senior year, when Jimmy switched to quarterback and led the Rocks to an undefeated season and a state title. For his efforts, Jimmy was named to the All-State team.
It was on the diamond, however, that Jimmy shined the brightest. The shortstop set school records for batting average (.494), hits (51) and stolen bases (36) on the way to earning a baseball scholarship to the University of Kentucky. Jimmy's prowess continued in college, where he was twice named All-SEC and was MVP of the Cape Cod All-Star Game played at Yankee Stadium.
The Reverend Don Springman
Rev. Don Springman H'94 was a member of the Trinity faculty from 1967-94. His primary area of teaching was religion, and he is most remembered for teaching the Scripture course that he created.
A native of Louisville, Don attended St. Brigid School and St. Xavier High School. In 1959, he enrolled at St. Thomas Minor Seminary in Louisville. In the fall of 1961, the archbishop sent him to St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Md., where he earned bachelor's degrees in philosophy and sacred theology.
Don returned to Louisville and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1967 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. He began teaching at Trinity in the fall of 1967. In 1972, he earned a Master's degree in teaching from Spalding University.
When Don arrived at Trinity, the primary religion course was Basic Catechism. However, he knew that students needed a more in-depth course on the meaning of the scriptures, so he created a course that proved extremely popular. The class was so well received by students that Don began offering it during evenings for parents and other adults. These classes became so popular they had to be moved from a classroom to the cafeteria in order to accommodate the crowd. He also taught the Scripture class to the Archdiocese of Louisville's Permanent Deacon class and in many parishes around Louisville.
Prior to his 27 years at Trinity, Don served as a counsellor at Camp Tall Trees while he was in the seminary. Camp Tall Trees was located in Otter Creek Park and rented by the Archdiocese of Louisville. Hundreds of future Trinity students spent time at Camp Tall Trees during their grade school summers. Don served as co-director of the camp with fellow Trinity teacher and priest Rev. Joe Hemmerle H'00 for three years after being ordained.
Don touched the lives of thousands of Trinity alumni in his years at Trinity. He was a master teacher who knew his craft and made a lifelong impact on his students' faith lives by helping them to better understand and appreciate the historical, cultural, political and theological contexts of the scriptures. After leaving Trinity, Don served as pastor of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church from 1994-2004. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, he was pastor at St. Martha Catholic Church.
Don was named an Honorary Alumnus of Trinity in 1994.
Monsignor Alfred W. Steinhauser
Monsignor Alfred W. Steinhauser was literally the rock upon which Trinity was founded. His life's ministry was devoted to education; his greatest achievement that of beginning Trinity High School.
"Father Steiny," Trinity's first principal, was influential in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville for many decades. As superintendent of high schools, several diocesan and order schools were begun during his tenure.
After receiving directions from Archbishop Floersh to begin Trinity in 1953, Monsignor Steinhauser laid the philosophical foundation for a school that would quickly grow into a force in the St. Matthews community and achieve United
States Department of Education recognition as a School of Excellence in 1991.
Monsignor Steinhauser was truly a visionary. Many of the programs and activities begun by him 40 years ago continue today.
Beyond the bricks and mortar, Monsignor Steinhauser founded a school built on a belief in service to all.
The Steinhauser spirit lives on.
Glynn R. Stengel
Glynn Stengel '67 was an important part of Trinity's building boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
After graduating from Trinity in 1967, Glynn earned an associate?s degree in civil engineering from the University of Louisville and began working for Integral Structures.
With the involvement of its owner, Dick Eckert, Integral Structures first became involved with construction projects at Trinity in 1985, when it came time to remodel old Shamrock Hall to house a wrestling room and an expanded weight room. Beginning in 1999, Glynn was a constant participant in the planning and construction of what was termed "Trinity's renaissance on Shelbyville Road." The R.W. Marshall Sports Center (1999); new Shamrock Hall (2000); the Floersh Hall extension (2001); Duerr Hall (2003); the Charles H. Leis Academic Services Center (2004); Marshall Stadium (2005); and numerous other remodeling projects were completed with Glynn?s oversight.
In addition to work at Trinity, Glynn has participated in Integral Structures projects for others in need. In 1986 he assisted in the construction of the Home for Father Morgan for the homeless. In 1996 he helped remodel two buildings on W. Market Street into apartments and a medical clinic for men in chemical dependency recovery. Also in 1996, he assisted in the construction of the youth center at Holy Trinity Parish. In 1998 Glynn helped remodel a building at 10th and Market streets to include a meeting room for Alcoholics Anonymous, a halfway house for 70 men and a chapel.
He has served on the board of Bridgehaven Mental Health Services, which provides psychiatric and recovery services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, and on the Trinity High School Foundation Board.
Stengel remembers Trinity as vital to his success. In the late 1960s, social unrest was roiling nationwide. Students struggled with their options for life after high school. As thanks for guiding him through those troubled times, Glynn offered his oversight of construction projects as payback. "If not for some of the faculty here at that time, there?s no telling where I would have wound up," he said.
In 2001 Glynn was named the Honor Alumnus by the Trinity Alumni Association. In 2002 he received the Steiny Award from the Trinity High School Foundation, Inc.
Glynn and his wife, Donna, have a daughter, Lauren (Assumption, 2000). He and his family are parishioners at St. Edward.
Gary W. Stich
Gary W. Stich '73 is one of the finest student-athletes to play sports at Trinity High School. He was the epitome of an unselfish team player and a ferocious competitor.
Gary enrolled at Trinity in 1969, after attending grade school at St. Elizabeth Catholic School. He had played basketball at St. Elizabeth and tried out for Trinity's freshman basketball team. He was cut.
Not letting the disappointment get to him, Gary dedicated himself to improving his game. He made the team as a sophomore and went on to be the Shamrocks' leading rebounder his junior and senior years. In his junior season, Gary led the Rocks with 25 points in the Seventh Region Tournament versus Manual. Gary was a key component of Trinity's 1971-72 team that finished with a 21-4 record and won the district tournament. The winning percentage record of the 1971-72 team stood until the 2003-04 season.
As a senior, Gary was voted the team's MVP by his teammates and coaches. Other recognitions his senior year were being named to the All-District, All-City, All-Seventh Region and All-Louisville Invitational Tournament teams, and receiving an honorable mention to the All-State team.
After graduating from Trinity in 1973, Gary attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was a standout player. In 1976, the Moccasins finished as Division II runners-up, losing the title game. In 1977, UT-Chattanooga returned to the title game and won the NCAA Division II National Championship. In 2010, Gary was inducted into the UT-Chattanooga Athletics Hall of Fame.
Gary went on to a lengthy professional basketball career in Europe. He played pro basketball in Helsinki, Finland, for one year, winning the championship there for a team called Topo.
Some of the teams Gary played for in Switzerland include Pregassona, Bellinzona, MoMo, Sion, SAM Massagno, Lugano and Vacallo. For Vacallo, he was a player, player-coach and coach. He has also coached Vacallo boys' junior and under-16 teams.
Gary's last official game with Vacallo was in 2005, when, at age 50, he and his team won the League National B and were promoted to the top league, League National A. Gary's goal for 2005 was to take the team to the LNA, which he accomplished. In May 2007, the team was again promoted to LNA. As a result, at age 52, Gary was able to fulfill his last goal of being the oldest man in Switzerland to play and score in a professional basketball game. He scored two points. Gary played four and a half minutes in the record-setting game and was two-for-two from the free throw line and contributed one assist and one steal. The local newspapers published stories about Gary, or the Infinita ("The Never Ending") in Italian.
In addition to basketball, Gary has had a professional career in banking. In 1987, he began working for ABNAMRO Bank as an operator. The company was outsourced to IBM in 2005. Gary is part of the Service Delivery Management Team, and is the first incident manager for this IBM account in Switzerland. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction in 2011, he had been living in Switzerland since 1978.
Gary and his wife, Manuela, have two children, Michelle and Michael. Gary's brother, Greg, is also a Trinity alumnus, Class of 1977.
Judge David T. Stosberg
In 1968, six weeks after graduating from Bellarmine University, David enlisted in the United States Army. He spent his final year of service with the Army Security Agency in Udorn, Thailand during the Vietnam War.
A few months after receiving his military discharge, he enrolled in law school at the University of Kentucky. David graduated from law school in December 1973 as President of the Student Bar Association and began practicing law in the spring of 1974.
On June 30, 1989, David was appointed Judge for The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky - the first Trinity alumnus to be appointed a federal judge. During his nearly 23 years on the bench, he conducted court at 20 different locations in seven states. He also served on the 6th Circuit Judicial Council, the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Board of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.
At Trinity, he has actively served as "cook and concessionaire" since the early 1980s. Moreover, during the 1990s he served on the Trinity School Board that enacted the first strategic plan for the school. He led fundraising efforts for the Class of 1964 Scholarship and presently serves on the Trinity Foundation Board.
He and his wife, Ann, have three children, Andrew ’92 and Phillip ’99 and Jane (SHA ’94).
The Steiny Award David received in 2014 reflects his perpetual passion for Trinity.
Phillip J. Stuecker
Phil Stuecker ’70 is the epitome of a Trinity gentleman. He was a well-respected student and student-athlete at Trinity, and he went on to be a successful businessman, a consummate husband, father and grandfather, and an invaluable volunteer at his alma mater.
Phil attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and then Trinity. He played football for Trinity all four years, including as a member of the 1968 team that won the school’s first-ever football state championship. Phil also participated in wrestling and the National Honor Society.
After graduating from Trinity in 1970, Phil earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Louisville in 1974, his CPA certification in 1976 and an MBA from U of L in 1987. He had a 28-year career at Thomas Industries Inc. in Louisville, retiring as chief financial officer in 2005.
Phil served as a Regular member and an ex-officio member of the Trinity High School Board, including a stint as chair of the Board. Additionally, Phil led Trinity’s fundraising efforts as chair of the Trinity High School Foundation Board.
As a board member (School and Foundation), Phil was instrumental in the “campus renaissance” that began in 1999. He was a strong proponent of sweeping physical changes to Steinhauser Gymnasium and Floersh, Old Trinity and Sheehan halls. He demanded high performance from school management and pushed for adoption of important financial policies and controls. He also led Trinity’s effort to secure a significant in-kind gift of lighting for an Alumni Hall renovation project.
In 2008, Phil was honored at the annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni. The Salute celebrates the excellence of Catholic schools by highlighting the contributions made by Catholic school graduates.
In 2011, he was awarded the Steiny Award, which is presented to an individual who exemplifies the true spirit of Monsignor Alfred W. Steinhauser through his or her outstanding support and service to Trinity.
Phil and his wife, Joy, have four children – Phillip (Trinity, 1995); Jason (Trinity, 1998); Brian (Trinity, 2001); and Christina (Sacred Heart, 1996) – and are members of the Church of the Ascension. They also have 11 grandchildren.
Phil Thieneman graduated from Trinity in 1973. He is one of the finest players to ever wear a Trinity basketball uniform. A three year varsity player under Coach Joe Thompson, Phil was the leader of a squad that brought Trinity basketball to prominence in the Seventh Region.
In 1971-72, Phil led the Rocks to a 21-4 season, the best record in the history of the program. In 1972-73, Phil earned Trinity?s Mr. Basketball award by leading the Rocks to an 18-5 record.
Phil earned an athletic scholarship to Virginia Tech. He excelled at the collegiate level as well. He was co-captain of the team both his junior and senior year. In 1976, Phil ranked as the second best free throw shooter in NCAA Division I, hitting on 92% from the charity stripe. He played in the NCAA tournament his junior year , and he played in the National Invitational Tournament his senior year. After his senior season, he was voted the MVP by his teammates and coaches.
"I am most proud of our team accomplishments because as a team, we excelled far beyond anyone?s expectations."
The heart and soul of Trinity High School have been in Joe Thompson ’63 since he enrolled at Trinity in 1959. He attributes his religious values to his Trinity teachers and coaches. As a Trinity student, Joe was a member of the National Honor Society and a class officer, serving as treasurer for the Student Council. Additionally, he lettered in basketball all four years and was captain his senior year. He received the “Mr. Basketball” Shammy Award at his senior prom.
After graduating from Trinity in 1963, Joe attended St. Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, Ind.) on a basketball scholarship. In 1967, he earned a bachelor’s of science degree. He earned a master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1977.
Joe’s wish was to return to Trinity to teach and to give back what he had been given. Then-Trinity principal, the late Rev. Thomas Duerr H’92, hired Joe to teach United States and world history for what became a 42-year career. Including his days as a Trinity student, Joe lived and loved Trinity for 46 years. His brothers – Aaron (1964) and Eddie (1971) – also are Trinity alumni.
In addition to teaching, Joe served as head basketball coach for 21 years. He won more than 300 games and received numerous coaching awards, including Seventh Region Coach of the Year. Additionally, he was inducted into the Metro Area Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Court of Honor. After one of the induction ceremonies, Joe said to his family: “These awards mean a great deal to me, but the one that will mean the most is if I ever make it into the Trinity Hall of Fame.”
The victories and awards didn’t mean as much to Joe as the difference he made in his students’ and players’ lives. Alumni frequently approach him at Trinity basketball games to tell him he helped to make them the men they are today. As well, during summer breaks, Joe held girls’ and boys’ basketball camps. Many of his former campers still recognize him as a great coach and teacher.
Joe also served on numerous Trinity boards and committees. He had a role in initiating daily Mass in the Chapel each morning before school. His Trinity colleagues honored him with the Rev. Thomas Duerr “Teacher of the Year” Award.
fter retiring from Trinity, Joe continued to live his life based upon Christian values in the Catholic tradition. He takes communion to and prays with residents at nursing homes.
Joe and his wife, Betty (Eastern, 1966), are members of St. Edward Catholic Church. They have two children – Courtney (Assumption, 1993) and Shaun (Trinity, 2001). At the time of Joe’s Hall of Fame induction, he and Betty had three grandchildren – Connor, Addisyn and Zachary.
To know Christopher Tompkins '78 is to know a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. He is the epitome of a Trinity man.
Chris attended St. Martha Catholic School and then enrolled at Trinity in 1974. He was the second of five brothers to attend Trinity. Brothers Mark (1977), David (1980), Steven (1981) and Jeff (1986) also attended Trinity.
As a Trinity student, Chris was involved with Junior Achievement, The ECHO newspaper, The Shamrock yearbook, the German Club, wrestling and football. Chris attended the University of Louisville, earning a bachelor's degree in business management in 2008. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, he was enrolled at U of L working toward an MBA.
Chris spent the majority of his professional career in the specialty building products industry as president and owner of Kruse Plastic & Plywood, a successful business he sold in 2008. In his tenure at Kruse, the company was recognized for its superior work in the industry by twice being named "Distributor of the Year" by its major vendor partner. For several years, Chris was very active in the North American Building Material Distribution Association, serving on its executive committee and as president.
In addition to his professional career, Chris has remained fiercely loyal to his alma mater. Over the years, he has served as chair of the Trinity Annual Fund Committee and six years on the Trinity School Board, the decision-making body of the school, culminating with a two-year term as chair. He also is an advisory member of the Trinity Foundation Board. Chris is a former chair of the Alumni Board of Directors, which is the governing body of the Trinity Alumni Association. Chris was recognized as a Trinity Honor Alumnus in 2004 and received the prestigious Steiny Award in 2008.
As a member of the Alumni Association, Chris has volunteered for a variety of projects benefiting his brother alumni. He is a co-founder of the annual Shillelagh Cup golf outing; a longtime volunteer at the Shamrock Bass Classic and the Trinity Alumni-Sandy Newman Memorial Golf Scramble; and a member of his graduating class' reunion planning committees. As well, Chris was the initial co-chair of the Catholic Education Foundation's "Salute to the Game" Luncheon. Chris' wife, Lisa, also volunteers at many Trinity events.
Chris and Lisa have four children: Nick (Trinity, 2004), Andrew (Trinity, 2006), Peter (Trinity, 2010) and Jack (Trinity, 2016). He and his family are parishioners at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where Chris has been a member of the Worship Committee and volunteered as an usher and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. He also has been a coach of several youth athletic teams in cross country, football, baseball and basketball.
A 1984 graduate of Trinity High School, Vince Tyra is synonymous with Trinity. Vince could be found at the annual Honor Roll awards luncheon, on the field, court, leading student council meetings, or accepting Shammies at Senior Prom. Vince’s passion during his time at Trinity led to a career of giving back and investing in Trinity and her future.
While at Trinity, Vince was a member of the baseball, basketball and football teams. The single-season home run record-holder went on to play baseball at The University of Kentucky.
Following Vince’s career at UK he joined the healthcare industry, impacting the industry in multiple cities in the United States. In 1997, Vince joined Fruit of the Loom as Executive Vice President and was promoted to President the following year. At age 33, he oversaw the company’s operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean. For Vince’s next challenge he became CEO of Broder Bros., Co., the leading global wholesale distributor of active wear, guiding the company’s sales growth from $320 million to $1 billion. Following six years as Managing Partner at Southfield Capital, a private equity fund based in Greenwich, CT, Vince joined Louisville-based ISCO Industries as its CEO in 2013.
Vince contributed to Trinity as a member of the Foundation Board, Investment Committee, Chairing the Fundraising Committee, being an active participant in our golf and fishing classics, and as an annual member of the 1953 Society.
The Reverend C.J. Wagner
Reverend C.J. Wagner served Trinity High School in many capacities from 1958 through 1970.
Reverend Wagner taught Senior English and introduced his students to the culture embodied in classic novels, Shakespeare, and national publications. He served as moderator of the St. John Vianney Chapter of the National Honor Society and was English Department Chairman from 1966 to 1969. He instituted numerous college level courses including English Rhetoric and The British Novel - unique courses at the time.
Reverend Wagner also served as the tennis coach and as moderator of the Echo. As Senior Guidance Counselor, Reverend Wagner utilized his significant contacts with college admissions directors and his broad knowledge of course offerings to help initiate Trinity's incredible college placement rate for its students. Through his personal efforts many Trinity graduates obtained admission to, and received significant merit scholarships and financial aid from various colleges and universities.
Many say that he helped begin the tradition of caring faculty and administration at Trinity. Reverend Wagner maintained active contact with many Trinity graduates and their families until his death in 1991.
Reverend Wagner's effect on the lives of Trinity graduates is also evidenced by the large number of bricks in his name on the Trinity Donor Wall.
Dr. Kevin Walsh
Kevin Walsh is a rare individual who excelled in academics, athletics, a professional career and service. A member of Trinity's Class of 1973, Kevin was the valedictorian, earned four Shamrock Awards and was the recipient of the 1973 Mr. Spring Sports Shammy Award.
Kevin was one of the finest tennis players to compete at Trinity and in the state of Kentucky. He was the first Trinity player to go undefeated in dual-meet competition throughout his career, a member of the first Trinity Tennis team to go undefeated four consecutive years and one of the top-ranked junior players in the South. Kevin continued playing tennis at the University of Louisville, where he was the Cardinals' first full-scholarship tennis player and an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Award recipient. After college, Kevin competed on the ATP professional circuit and was ranked No. 1 in Kentucky Men's Singles (1978-80) and Doubles (1975, '77, '80-82). In 1999, he was named to the Kentucky All-Century (20th) Tennis Team in both singles and doubles. From 1980 to 1990, Kevin served as U of L's head tennis coach, where he accumulated the most wins in U of L history and led the Cardinals to their first NCAA tournament appearance.
Dr. Walsh holds BS (1978) and MEng (1985) degrees in electrical engineering from U of L and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati (1992). From 1980 until his induction to the Hall of Fame, he held a U of L professorship, accumulating over 50 publications, patents and several millions of dollars in federal funding.
As a Trinity alumnus, Dr. Walsh was a regular Trinity Benefit Dinner contributor, participated in the Annual Fund Appeal phonathon, served on the Class of '73 reunion committees and organized several charitable tennis fundraisers. Kevin and his wife Carol Summe are the proud parents of two sons, Spencer and Emerson.
Dave Weber was a member of Trinity's first graduating class. Beyond the special place reserved for all members of the Class of 1957, David earned a unique distinction: he was a five-sport athlete. His football career included scoring the first points by a Trinity athlete, leading the Rocks to their first win over St. Xavier (7-6) in a freshman football game. As a senior, he was named All-County and All-State Third Team.
As a four-year basketball player, David led his team in scoring every year and during his career received All-District, All-County, All-Region and All-State Third Team honors. During his junior year, David was runner-up for the county scoring title and led the county in scoring as a senior, averaging 24.1 points per game. Senior year highlights included a 51-point output against Ahrens (a record that still stands) and receiving the Mr. Basketball Shammy.
David was equally adept on the baseball diamond. During his three-year career, he was the team's leading hitter as a sophomore and junior. In addition to being the tennis team's top player for three years, David qualified for three state meet track events (pole vault, long jump and mile relay) as a senior.
Maurice E. Woods
The academic legacy of Trinity High School was built by consummate professional educators like Maurice E. Woods. Woody, as he was known to fellow faculty, and Mo, as he was known to students, began his teaching career at Trinity in 1963 and retired 32 years later in 1995. He taught U.S. history and accounting to thousands of Trinity students.
A graduate of Flaget High School (1951), Woody earned a bachelor's degree in business and commerce and a social studies minor from the University of Louisville in 1959 as well as a Master of Teaching degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1973. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-56.
When Woody began teaching at Trinity, he immediately put the student first. He set high standards for students, and they responded to the challenge. Each day brought the opportunity to influence the young minds that entered his classroom. Woody was passionate about teaching, beginning preparation for class each day at 4:30 a.m.
During his decades at Trinity, Woody was involved in nearly every aspect of school life - teacher, assistant track coach, dance proctor, bus driver and scorekeeper for athletic teams. He also moderated the Speech and Debate Team, Young Democrats and Young Republicans, Table Tennis Club, Shamrock yearbook and Junior Achievement. In addition, he founded Trinity's chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Stock Club, helped print the ECHO student newspaper and chaired the Business and Social Studies departments. For more than 20 summers, he taught summer school and painted classrooms. Also during summers, Woody, a tremendous historian, traveled to all 120 Kentucky counties to do research for a Kentucky history book for his classes.
Despite his busy schedule at Trinity, Woody made time to devote his life to raising a loving family. He also coached baseball, football and girls' softball at St. Gabriel the Archangel and football for the Fern Creek Optimist League.
Woody continued his passion for teaching even after retiring from Trinity. He headed the Trinity Speakers Bureau from 1995-2000 and assisted with the school's printing needs. In addition, he touched the lives of hundreds of senior citizens, volunteering his time to teach American and Kentucky history at libraries, for Bellarmine University's Veritas Society and on a local-access cable television channel.
Woody didn't crave the spotlight. Instead, he worked behind the scenes to make sure that the work of Trinity was accomplished and that his students were successful. Whether he was teaching Trinity boys or senior citizens, Woody was always well prepared. Many Trinity alumni credit Woody with making their first semesters at college simpler as a result of his teaching. Veteran, dedicated teachers like Woody are part of the recipe Trinity has enjoyed as an institution. He treated those he taught as people, not students. His accomplishments, outstanding stewardship and commitment are examples for the entire Trinity Family.
Woody and his late wife, Barbara, have six children - Mike (Trinity, 1975); Theresa (Assumption, 1976); Chris (Trinity, 1977); Jim (Trinity, 1980); Mary (Mercy, 1982); and Laura (Assumption, 1984) - and 14 grandchildren.
Reverend David H. Zettel
Rev. David H. Zettel is the embodiment of a Trinity man and a Catholic priest.
Father Dave came to Trinity from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and is a proud member of Trinity’s second graduating class. As a Trinity student, Father Dave participated in a variety of activities, especially The ECHO newspaper and The Shamrock yearbook.
Father Dave attended St. Mary’s Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1966, when he returned to Trinity to work as teacher, counselor and assistant principal. He retired in 2012 after 46 years of service. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, he was the longest-serving priest employee, college counselor and senior class moderator in school history. He has served on Trinity’s School Board since its inception in 1980.
After retiring, Father Dave remained resident chaplain and worked closely with Campus Ministry in areas involving prayer, public worship and retreats.
In 1974, Father Dave co-founded Trinity’s Christian Awakening Senior Retreat program, which is still in use today. Thousands of Trinity alumni recall their Senior Retreat as pivotal in helping them to more deeply explore their faith and relationships with God and people.
In 1987, Father Dave received the Alumni Association’s prestigious Honor Alumnus Award, presented to graduates who distinguish themselves in their professional life, demonstrate values and ideals taught at Trinity, and maintain a strong loyalty to their alma mater. In 2000, he received an award from his brother priests for outstanding pastoral service, and in 2011 he was a St. Matthews Area Chamber of Commerce Community Pride Service Award recipient.
Father Dave was a pastoral minister to thousands of Trinity students, alumni, co-workers and community members. He answered the call from the Lord. He taught. He served. He counseled. He lived our mission.
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