Brother Rice High School is pleased to announce the selection of the newest members of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Four graduates will join the seventeen individuals and two teams that comprise the Brother Rice Athletic Hall of Fame instituted in 2008. Kevin Smith ’77, Dave Yarema ’82, Derek Moscovic ’92 and Matt Parrish ’98 join the Athletic Hall of Fame and will be honored and recognized on February 20 at Fifth Avenue Sports & Entertainment in downtown Royal Oak.
Kevin Smith ‘77
As a three-year varsity letter winner in basketball, Kevin Smith ‘77 was known as a fierce competitor. He was named to the All-State, All-Catholic and All-Area teams as a junior. During his senior year, he was named co-captain and averaged 24.5 points, 7 assists and 3 steals per game along with many outstanding performances in High School All-Star games. He is the 5th all-time leading scorer at Brother Rice and holds the second highest individual game record in school history with 47 points against Alpena on December 28, 1976. He was named a McDonald’s and Parade All-American along with being named First Team and co-captain of the All-State team. His outstanding performance while attending the elite Five-Star Basketball camp resulted in being named the Most Valuable Player.
The 6 foot 2 Smith was known to excel in pressure situations and made several last second shots to win games. He led Brother Rice to the Class A state final where he sunk a last second shot to force the game to overtime against Lansing Everett. Though Brother Rice lost in overtime, “the shot” is considered one of the most famous plays in Michigan High School Basketball history and is still remembered by coaches, sports writers and fans.
After receiving over 200 college athletic scholarship offers, many believed the University of Michigan had the inside track. However, Smith surprised everyone and decided to attend the University of Detroit Titans, a team coming off an NCAA appearance. He led the Titans to a 25-4 record and set a freshman record with 139 assists. Smith transferred to Michigan State University after his freshman year.
Kevin received his degree from Michigan State University and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1982. He was signed by the CBA’s Detroit Spirits and led them to a championship in 1983. After his basketball career, Kevin married his college sweetheart, Ramada, and began a career as a stockbroker and eventually co-founded the first African American investment banking firm in Michigan.
After Ramada completed medical school, residency and fellowship training, Kevin moved his family to Maryland where he worked and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. He and his wife have three children Kevin Jr., Shannon and Lauren and currently reside in North Carolina.
Dave Yarema ‘82
In the 1979 Boys Bowl against the number one ranked team and eventual state champion, Catholic Central, starting senior quarterback and Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Brian Brennan ’80, suffered a broken arm on the opening kick-off. This defining moment would be the start of Dave Yarema’s football career at Brother Rice. Brennan’s injury put sophomore back-up quarterback Dave Yarema into the starting lineup, a position he would hold until graduating in 1982. Although Brother Rice would lose the game 10-7 on a field goal in overtime, the young Yarema had become the Warriors starting quarterback as a fourteen year old teenager. During the team’s final four games, Brother Rice went 3-1 to finish the season.
In the 1980 season, Yarema led the Warriors to a 12-0 record and the school’s 3rd State Championship. He threw for 1,489 yards, 23 touchdowns and 92 completions. These numbers included an individual game record of 280 passing yards against Sterling Heights Stevenson on November 8, 1980 and four touchdown passes verses Catholic Central a week later on November 15. He was named to the All-Central Division, All-Catholic and All-State teams.
In 1981, Brother Rice dropped the opening game to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 16-13 at the Pontiac Silverdome, before they would reel off eight straight wins to finish the season 8-1. Were it not for the old playoff-point system, it seems as though Brother Rice was destined to repeat as State Champions. Yarema’s passing attack gave the Warriors an ideal alternative to the running game. In nine games his senior year, he finished the season with 1,115 passing yards, averaging 123.8 passing yards per game, and was named to the All-Central, All-Catholic, All-State and All-American teams. He finished his career with a 27-4 record, 3,032 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, 194 completions and a 53.3% overall completion percentage.
Yarema accepted a football scholarship to Michigan State University. As a true freshman, Spartan coach Muddy Waters controversially inserted him as MSU’s starting QB in game eight against Indiana. The Spartans went on to beat the Hoosiers, 22-14. The following game vs. Northwestern, Yarema completed 11 of 12 passes (.917), eclipsing a 30-year-old mark for passing accuracy. In MSU’s 1983 upset of Notre Dame, 28-23, he completed 15 of 23 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns. After injuring his thumb in the ’85 season opener, Yarema came back to rally the Spartans to victories in their last five regular-season games and a berth in the All American Bowl. During his final season at MSU in 1986, he was named captain and threw for a school-record 2,581 yards, including a 352-yard performance against Northwestern, the second-best effort in Green and White history. Yarema ended his career with 5,809 yards and 44 TD passes (source: Lansing State Journal). In 2012, iSportsWeb.com ranked Yarema as one of the 10 best Quarterbacks in MSU history.
Currently, Dave lives in Royal Oak, MI with his wife Jennifer and children Luke and Lauren and works as a Business Owner with Yarema Die & Engineering in Troy, MI.
Derek Moscovic ‘92
It is impossible to talk about the Brother Rice Wrestling program without mentioning Derek Moscovic ’92. As a sophomore in 1990, Moscovic was an individual state champion in the 112 weight class, helping Brother Rice capture the Catholic League title for the first time in school history. In Derek’s junior year, he repeated as a state champion in the 112 weight category helping the team to a second place finish in the Catholic League Championships. By Derek’s senior year, he moved up a weight class and competed in the 119 weight category, but the results were the same and he captured his third straight individual state championship, a feat no other wrestler in school history has ever accomplished.
Moscovic’s overall individual high school record was an impeccable 197-8. He was a three-time state champion, two-time regional champion and a two-time district champion. These prep accomplishments included an All-American Asics Honorable Mention, a USA Wrestling All-American Honorable Mention and a Dapper Dan USA Team All-Star Member. Highschoolsportsscene.com recently rated the top 100 high school wrestlers of all time in the state of Michigan and Moscovic was the only wrestler from Brother Rice on that list.
Upon graduation, Derek attended Indiana University where he was a 4-year Varsity letter winner, All Big Ten place winner and a two-time NCAA qualifier in 1996 and 1997. From 2002-2010, Moscovic became the Clarkston High School Varsity Wrestling assistant coach. During that time, the program had five state champions and over 20 state place winners and numerous state qualifiers. In 2011, he was named the Varsity Wrestling head coach at Clarkston High School and has served in that capacity ever since, winning Regional Coach of the Year in 2012. He also started Integrity Wrestling, LLC, a company designed to promote and develop youth, junior and high school wrestlers, and serves as President/Coach of the company.
Derek currently works as a firefighter and paramedic for Independence Township and also works with Moscovic Building. He resides in Davisburg, MI with his wife Shannon and their three children, Stone, Macie Lou and Mack.
Matt Parrish ‘98
The Brother Rice swimming program is one of the most successful athletic programs at Brother Rice and in the state of Michigan. Since 1994, the Warriors have captured 9 state championships beginning with a run of five consecutive championships from ‘94-‘98. This unprecedented run of success involved a number of talented swimmers. The best of the bunch was Matt Parrish ’98.
During Parrish’s freshman year in 1995, Matt was a state champion in the 200 medley relay, 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay and finished 5th place in the 100 butterfly as the team captured the school’s second team state championship. The following year, he was a state champion in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay and the 100 butterfly and helped win the team’s third overall state championship. In 1996, Parrish continued his dominance by taking home a third straight 200 medley relay, a second straight 200 freestyle relay, the 100 backstroke and finished second in the 100 butterfly. The team captured their fourth overall state championship and third in three years upon Parrish’s arrival. As a senior in 1998, Matt concluded his high school career with individual state championships in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly as well as the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. The team captured the school’s fifth overall team state championship and fourth straight for Matt.
Furthermore, Matt’s prep accomplishments include the following unprecedented achievements. He was a 25 time high school All-American and won 14 of the possible 16 competitions at the State Championship meets throughout his high school tenure. This included a 1996 National Championship in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay as well as the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay National Championship in 1997. He was also recognized by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, an organization which honors All-Americans, as a national top 8 individual for his top 5 finishes in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.
Upon graduating from high school, Matt accepted an athletic scholarship to swim at the University of Tennessee. He finished out his college career as a two-time All-American his junior and senior years. Matt resides in Chardon, OH with his wife Lori and daughter Stella. He continues to stay close to the sport of swimming, working and coaching at the Geauga YMCA, the Chardon Rec Program and Chardon High School.
Tickets to the Athletic Hall of Fame can be purchased by contacting Brother Rice Alumni Director, Dan McGrath (email@example.com or (248) 833-2016), in the Brother Rice Alumni Office. Tickets are available on a limited basis for $25 per person, which includes food and drink specials. A cocktail reception will start at 7 p.m. followed by the event program at 8 p.m. Fifth Avenue Sports & Entertainment is located at 215 W. Fifth St., Royal Oak, MI 48067.