Athletic Hall of Fame

BJ Armstrong '85

Armstrong starred for Iowa’s basketball team in the late 80s and then spent 11 years in the National Basketball Association, including three with Chicago Bulls teams that won NBA Championships (1991-93). He still holds Brother Rice’s single-game scoring record (51 points), is a member of the Catholic League Hall of Fame and was an NBA All-Star in 1994.

Al Fracassa

Fracassa has won more football games than any other high school coach in Michigan. A head coach for 53 years, 45 of them at Brother Rice, he has led Brother Rice to Nine State Championships and received numerous honors through the years, including the National High School Coach of the Year from the National Football League in 1997 and Michiganian of the Year in 2009 from the Detroit News. Fracassa, also taught history and physical education at Brother Rice from 1969-98 and coached baseball from 1970-82.

Mike Lodish ‘85

Lodish was All-State in both football and lacrosse at Brother Rice before moving on to a decorated career at UCLA. After college, he spent a 11-year career in the National Football League, including two with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Lodish has appeared in more Super Bowls (six, including four with the Buffalo Bills) than any player in NFL history.

Bill Norton

The school’s winningest basketball coach, Norton is one of the most well-respected names in Michigan high school basketball circles. His 1973-74 team won Brother Rice’s first State Championship, roughly seven months before Fracassa’s first State Title. Norton counts 323 wins with Brother Rice among his 456 career victories. He also served the school in many roles, including Athletic Director (1968-81), Dean of Students, Director of Development, Science and Health teacher and Head Football Coach (1968).

Mike Popson

Popson succeeded Norton as the school’s athletic director and held the position until his retirement in 2003. During his tenure, Popson presided over 35 of the 52 State Championships. In addition to 29 years as a biology teacher, Popson also served as Fracassa’s Offensive Line Coach and Track & Field Coach. In 2003, Popson was honored by the Catholic High School League as Athletic Director of the Year.

Bob Stark '64

Stark is a member of the school’s first graduating class. After receiving his degree from the University of Notre Dame, he returned to Brother Rice in 1968 and has taught math and coached Cross Country and Track & Field since. Stark has been named Catholic High School League Man of the Year in 2006 and was the distinguished honoree at the Oakland Country Track Meet in 2008

Brian Brennan '80

Brennan was All-State in both football and baseketball at Brother Rice before moving on to a decorated career at Boston College where he still holds the record for most catches in a season with 66. While at BC he was awarded The Thomas F. Scanlan Memorial Trophy is an award given by the Boston College Varsity Club to the senior football player outstanding in scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability. After college, Brian was drafted in the 4th round by the Cleveland Brown where he spent an 8-year career in the National Football League including 7 with Browns where he had 315 catches (tied for fourth in club history) and 20 touchdowns.

Jim Rademacher

“Rads” as his golfers and students have known him is the school’s legendary golf coach.  Leading the Warrior Golf program from 1977-2000 his teams won 7 state titles in 1977, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1990 and 1998.  He is a 1999 inductee into the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame, a 1994 inductee into the Catholic League Hall of Fame.

Pat Davey '74

Davey is the first individual state champion in school history capturing the 1973 Cross Country title.  He also was a member of the winning United State team at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Monza Italy in 1974 where he placed 10th overall.  After being named a HS All-American in 1974 he went on to run at the University of Tennessee.  Davey held the Michigan State record for the two mile for 27 years with a time of 9:00.4 and still holds the Brother Rice record for the 3200-meter run with a time of 8:57.0.

Rob Ambrose

Ambrose is the most dominant coach in the history of High School Sports in Michigan.  In 1983, Rob started the Brother Rice lacrosse program, going from 8-8 in his first year to 12-4 and a Midwest Tournament win in his second.  In the 21 years that Rob has coached Brother Rice, he has had 57 players be named All-American, won 16 Catholic titles, 16 State MHSAA/MSLA titles, 8 MSCLA Midwest titles and the 2008 Inside Lacrosse National Championship. Individually he was named national coach of the year in 2009 by US Lacrosse and is a 6 time Michigan Coach of the Year and 2012 inductee into the Michigan Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Kevin Hart '74

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 '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 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.

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.

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.

Greg Collins '71

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.

Jon English '79

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 accepted a scholarship to Michigan State University but 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 the 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

David Lynn ‘01 is the best tennis player ever to 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 years All Catholic, four-year All-District and 4-year 1st team All-State. At graduation, he held the most wins in state history at #1 singles with a 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 3 seasons and was a 2-year captain both at Rice and Penn. After receiving 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

D.J. LeMahieu ‘07 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’s 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 9 home runs and 96 RBI’s.