2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Posted: January 12, 2015

Brother Rice High School extends a special invitation to the Brother Rice community to attend the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

February 7, 2015 Event Details

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 7 in downtown Royal Oak at 5th Avenue Sports & Entertainment (215 West 5th St., Royal Oak, MI 48067).

The program for the evening will be as follows:

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Cocktail hour with strolling hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:45 p.m. Introduction & Welcoming by the Master of Ceremonies, Brad Galli ‘07
  • 7:00 Induction Presentations
    • 7:00 p.m. Greg Collins ’71
    • 7:15 p.m. 1974 Football Team
    • 7:30 p.m. Jon English ’79
    • 7:45 p.m. David Lynn ’01
    • 8:00 p.m. D.J. LeMahieu ’07
  • 8:15 p.m. Closing Remarks by Master of Ceremonies, Brad Galli ‘07

Dress code for the induction ceremony is business casual. Admission is $25 per person which will include food. Drink specials that evening will cost $3 for bottled beer and $5 for wine and/or mixed drink.

If you would like to attend, please contact Dan McGrath ’96 in the Alumni Office (248.833.2016). Reservations must be made by 4 p.m. on Friday, January 30. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Brother Rice High School is recognized as having one of the most successful high school athletic programs in the nation.   The school has earned 65 team state championships and more than 60 individual student-athletes have been named state champions in Brother Rice’s 54 years of existence.

Brother Rice High School established its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 in order to honor those student-athletes, coaches and staff members who helped develop and build Brother Rice’s athletic Tradition of Excellence.

The Brother Rice High School Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced the following inductees into the class of 2015:

Greg Collins ’71, Football

Greg Collins was a member of Coach Fracassa’s first team at Brother Rice in the fall of 1969. In addition to that first, he was the first high school football All-American from Brother Rice, the first college All-American from Brother Rice and the first professional football player from Brother Rice. In 1973, he helped the University of Notre Dame capture a National Championship and was named a captain the following season. A year later, he was the 35th pick in the 2nd round of the NFL draft. He went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and the Buffalo Bills. Currently, Greg lives in California and works as an actor appearing in movies, television shows and commercials.

The 1974 Football Team

The 1974 football team finished the season as the #1 ranked team in the state and was listed among the top 25 in the nation. The team was selected by the Oakland Press as the greatest team in Oakland County history in a 2008 article. This was Coach Fracassa’s first State Championship team and the title secured the school’s reputation as a perennial power in Michigan athletics as the school earned championships in both basketball and football in 1974.

Jon English ’79, Football, Track & Field

Jon English was Brother Rice’s starting quarterback from his sophomore season in 1976 through his senior season in 1978. His teams won two Catholic League Championships and a State Championship in 1977. Jon was three-time Catholic All-League, two-time All-State and an All-American his senior year. He originally accepted a scholarship to Michigan State University but later transferred and finished a successful collegiate career at Tulane University. As a Track & Field athlete, English scored in the State Championship as a junior and a senior. In 1979, he finished third in the state in high jump after jumping 6 feet 11 inches, which is still a school record, and would be good enough to win the state title in all but three years over the last 40 years. In 1979, English was named Most Outstanding Athlete for his accomplishments in track & field and football.

David Lynn ’01, Tennis

David Lynn is the best tennis player to ever walk the halls of Brother Rice. He played #1 singles all four years, appearing in four straight State Final Championships, winning #1 singles his junior and senior years and winning four straight Catholic League individual championships. His individual titles include: Four-year All-Catholic, Four-year All-District and Four-year 1st Team All-State. At graduation, he held the most wins in state history at #1 singles with an all-time record of 120-3. As a member of the Rice tennis team, Brother Rice captured four straight team Catholic High School League Championships and four straight Division I State Championships, an unprecedented accomplishment by any tennis team before or since. Foregoing a shot at professional tennis, he attended the University of Pennsylvania where he played one year at #2 and three years at #1 singles. He earned All-Ivy League three seasons and was a two-year captain both at Rice and Penn. After earning his degree from the Wharton School of Business, he went on to earn an MBA from the London School of Business.

D.J. LeMahieu ’07, Baseball

D.J. LeMahieu is the first Major League Baseball player to graduate from Brother Rice High School. His career high school batting average is .459 with 201 hits. In his senior year, he hit .574 with 8 home runs, 16 doubles, 7 triples, 70 runs, 32 RBI and 39 stolen bases. He was named an Aflac All-American his junior year, the Louisville Slugger Player of the Year for the State of Michigan and a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year. In 2009, he led the LSU Tigers to the NCAA National Championship and was named to the 2009 College World Series All-Tournament Team. After a successful collegiate career, he has found success at the Major League Baseball level. He made his MLB debut with the Chicago Cubs on May 30, 2011. In 2014, his first year as a full-time starter, he was awarded the National League Second Baseman Gold Glove Award while playing for the Colorado Rockies. His career batting average is .276 with nine home runs and 96 RBI.