2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted: January 7, 2014

1974 Team Picture

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 the Warrior’s athletic Tradition of Excellence. That historic class included  three time NBA Champion BJ Armstrong ’85, 10 time State Champion football coach Al Fracassa, two time Super Bowl Champion Mike Lodish ’85, coach of the 1974 Michigan High School State Basketball Champions Bill Norton, long time athletic director, coach and teacher Mike Popson and longtime teacher, cross country and track coach Bob Stark ’64.This set in motion a great tradition.  Since then four remarkable Warriors have been invited to the ranks – 10 year NFL veteran Brian Brennan ’80, seven time State Champion golf coach Jim Rademacher, 1973 cross country State Champion Pat Davey ’74 and coach of the 2008 National Champion lacrosse team and 16 time State Champion coach Rob Ambrose.The ranks will swell later this month when a coach, two players and an entire team will be added as the 2014 inductees.

ND vs GT 1977

Kevin Hart and Notre Dame vs Georgia Tech in 1974

  • The 1974 Basketball Team: The 1973-74 basketball season at Brother Rice High School remains to this day, the single most successful season in program history. Led by Hall of Fame coach Bill Norton,the Warriors captured the basketball program’s first Catholic League Title, and the first MHSAA State Championship (this was also the first athletic state championship of the eventual 63 in school history).  Just as impressive as their accomplishments on the court, several team members have gone on to become leaders in business and government. The roster includes Jim MacGuidwin  the retired controller of AOL, Mike Bouchard the current Oakland County Sheriff, Michael Brielmaier, CFO of Ford’s China joint venture, Jiangling Motors Company (JMC) and Sam Washington Jr who runs the basketball and counseling programs at St Cecilia’s in Detroit.
  • Kevin Hart ’75: As Tri-Captain of the 1974 State Championship football team and a member of the 1974 State Championship basketball team, Kevin was a leader of two of the most legendary teams in Brother Rice history.  Kevin was selected as All State and All American in football in 1974, he was also All-League in basketball in 1975.  He received a football scholarship to the University of Notre Dame where he was a three time letter winner and member of the 1977 National Championship team. Married to his wife of 33 years Martie and father of Brendan ‘00, Conor 11’
    and Jenna, Kevin owns a successful architectural firm in Birmingham and is a 14 time Detroit Home Hour Magazine Design Award Winner.  Still a member of this community, Kevin coaches the Brother Rice Freshman football team.

    Pete Mitchell

    Pete Mitchell in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Pete Mitchell ’90: As a co-captain of the 1989 football team, Mitchell was a standout tight end for the Warriors. His team reached the Class A state semifinals.  He was also an All-League basketball player and member of the baseball team.  He received a football scholarship to Boston College where he earned first-team All-American honors as a junior in 1993. As a senior in 1994, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having been a first-team selection of the Associated Press, the Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association of America, Scripps-Howard, and The Sporting News.  A fourth round selection of the Miami Dolphins in the 1995 draft, Mitchell was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars where he started his NFL career.  In eight-seasons, Mitchell played in 114 regular season games, started 63 of them, and compiled 279 receptions for 2,885 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Retiring from the NFL in 2002, Mitchell has been a successful banker and now serves as a Senior Portfolio Specialist at Thornburg Investment Management in Florida where he lives with his wife Tamara and his children Skyler,  Sophia and Shepherd.
  • Ron Kalczynski: “Coach Kal” came to Brother Rice High School in 1973 as a teacher and coach. He led the Warrior baseball program to their first two state titles in 1992 and 94 and was the defensive coordinator for the football team for seven state championships.  He taught English, history and theology and also served as a guidance counselor.  The father of five, he and his wife Susan sent all four of their boys to Brother Rice and their daughter to
    Coach Kal during the 2008 State Championship Run

    Coach Kal during the 2008 State Championship Run

    Marian High School.  Although he has retired from Brother Rice and now spends his winters in Florida, Coach Kal returns every spring to help out with the baseball team and spend time with his grandchildren.

“This is a tremendous class including players, a coach and a teacher who have distinguished themselves not only athletically while at Brother Rice, but have also gone on to distinguish themselves in their careers and communities,” said Brother Michael Segvich, CFC. “I congratulate them all.”The inductees will be recognized during halftime of the January 24th varsity basketball game vs Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s.  A reception in their honor will be held on January 25th  at the Big Rock Chophouse located in Birmingham.  The new members will be immortalized with a plaque that will hang permanently in the halls of Brother Rice High School.

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