Saint Patrick High School To Induct Six Alumni Into Hall of Fame
Chicago, IL (October 31, 2018)– On Saturday, November 3, Saint Patrick High School will induct six alumni into the Shamrock Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony will take place in the Lowell I. Stahl Family Theatre at 5:30 pm prior to the school’s All-Inclusive Class Reunion.
This year’s class of inductees are:
Marty Gibson ’82 (Coach, Swimming/Water Polo) – Marty, who is in his 22nd year as the swimming/water polo coach at Saint Patrick, was also a two-sport student-athlete earning second team All-State honors for Water Polo his senior year. As a head coach, he led the 1997 water polo team to a State Championship and was named Illinois Coach of the Year the same year. He is a five-time conference coach of the year and recipient of the prestigious Phil Stelnicki Award, Illinois Water Polo Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Marty is a police officer with the Chicago Police Department. His wife Mary works as the Admissions Officer at Saint Patrick and serves as the assistant swimming and water polo coach.
Joe Ozog ’83 (Soccer Program Founder) – Joe is one of the founders of the Saint Patrick Soccer program. With the help of Brother Richard Brady, he helped establish the team as a junior and served as one of the team’s co-captains his senior year. After the inaugural season, he was named Sportsman of the Year and the club retired his jersey number (#6). Joe remains involved with the Shamrock soccer team that has won three straight Regional Championships and two consecutive Sectional Championships and is a freshman baseball coach at Saint Patrick. Joe has been with the Chicago Police Department since 1986 and a Sergeant since 1996. He attended Portage Park Elementary School and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
Pat Gamboney ’03 (Football/Wrestling) – Pat is a two-sport athlete who led the 2003 Wrestling team to its only Sectional Championship in school history his senior year. He was the ESCC Champion and broke the school’s single-season record with 43 wins that year. He ranks thirtieth in all-time wins at Saint Patrick with a varsity record of 69-15 and an overall record of 94-18. In addition, Pat led the football team to back-to-back IHSA State Playoff berths and a Metro Blue Conference Championship in 2002. He earned All-Conference honors and was named to the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune All-Area Teams. Pat attended St. William Catholic School and Central Michigan University. He works as an engineer for the City of Chicago and resides on the Northwest Side.
Matt Cermak ’06 (Golf) – Matt is the second oldest of four Cermak brothers to attend and play golf at Saint Patrick. He was the IHSA Regional and Sectional Champion in 2003, his sophomore year. In 2005, his senior year, Matt led the golf team to its first Conference Championship since 1962. He is a three-time Western Qualifier, Illinois Open Qualifier and two-time Junior World Championship Qualifier, finishing 16th in 2003. Upon graduation from Saint Patrick, Matt went on to play golf at Division I Missouri State University and was a four-year Letterman. Matt attended St. Mary of the Woods elementary school and lives in Chicago where he works for Chicago Title Insurance Company in Commercial Sales and is a member of the Urban Land Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Association of Public Affairs.
Michael Wright ’06 (Diving) – Michael, a MCAC Champion, was a three-time qualifier for the IHSA State Diving Competition while at Saint Patrick, finishing as state runner-up his senior year. He went on to become a NJCAA Champion in the one-meter and Male Diver of the Year at the junior college level before attending Division I University of Tennessee where he was named All-American and selected to the All-SEC First Team. He was the 2011 SEC Champion in the one-meter and placed first in the same event at the USA Diving Winter National Championship in 2010 becoming the first African American to win a USA Diving Title. Michael qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in Seattle, WA and most recently competed on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” Recognized as “The Speedo Ninja,” he advanced to the finals in Las Vegas. He is a graduate of Forest Park Middle School and the current Director and Head Coach of the Diving Team at University of Tennessee.
Vince Johnson ’08 (Track & Field) – Vince earned All-Conference all four years in Track & Field at Saint Patrick and captured four ESCC titles in Long Jump and Triple Jump during his junior and senior years. He was a three-time IHSA State Qualifier and state runner up in the Long Jump his senior year. Vince went on to be a four-year Letterman in Track & Field at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he placed fifth in the Triple Jump in the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships. He attended St. Hilary School in Chicago and now lives in Cane Ridge, Tennessee where he is a Technician with Nelson Mazda.
ABOUT SAINT PATRICK HIGH SCHOOL
Now in its’s 158th year, Saint Patrick is the oldest all-male Catholic high school in Chicago. Its mission is to provide an educational experience of the highest quality which enables young men to develop their maximum potential as lifelong learners and assets to society and the Church. Saint Patrick welcomes students of other religious beliefs, varying academic abilities, and diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. Students reside in the city of Chicago and nearby suburbs and come from more than 70 different elementary schools
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