Catholic Central hosts 14th and 15th Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Detroit Catholic Central High School is proud to announce the 14th and 15th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions which took place on campus Sunday, September 26, 2021, in the Robert Santello “58 Gymnasium as part of the 77th Annual Boys’ Bowl weekend activities.
 
 
The Class of 2020 and 2021 Inductees are:
 

Volunteer Contributor - Salvatore Cipriano (Posthumously)
 
  • The Catholic Central (CC) Athletic Department was blessed to have Sal Cipriano’s counsel, service and friendship for many years. Sal, a Brooklyn NY native brought to the area by the Detroit Tigers, also coached, with great success, baseball and basketball at Our Lady of Grace and Our Lady of Sorrows for many years.  Sal Cipriano has also been recognized by the Catholic League Hall of Fame.
 
Coach: Richard Coratti ‘69
 
  • During Rick Coratti’s 36 years of coaching football, he was Defensive Coordinator for nine (9) Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) State Championships, 15 MHSAA Regional Championships,13 MHSAA State Finals appearances and15 Catholic High School League (CHSL) Championships.  His varsity teams’ record was 303 wins and 77 losses. In his 21-year basketball career as an Assistant Coach and head coach at Catholic Central, Rick’s team's accomplishments included three (3) MHSAA District Championships, six (6) CHSL final appearances and two (2) CHSL Championships.  Rick’s overall varsity record was 183-77.  He has been inducted into the Catholic League Hall of Fame, the Michigan High School Coaches (MHSCA) Hall of Fame and the Michigan High School Football Coaches (MHSFCA) Hall of Fame.  Rick was named the MHSFCA’s Assistant Coach of the Year, the Detroit Free Press Assistant Coach of the Year and three times the CHSL Divisional Basketball Coach of the Year.
 
Student Athlete – Stan Heath III ‘83
 
  • Stanley (Stan) Heath III was known at Catholic Central (CC) as a hardworking, playmaking point guard. He led the Shamrocks to the1983 Catholic High School League (CHSL) Championship while earning “All State” honors.  Stan’s head coaching career record at major schools is:  13 Years, 209-207, .502 W‑L%.  KSU (30-6), Arkansas (82-71) and USF (97-130).  His teams were Conference Champions twice, made four (4) NCAA and one (1) NIT appearances, had five (5) 20-win seasons, had 17 wins against nationally ranked top-25 teams, and had four (4) nationally ranked recruiting classes.  Coach Heath was listed in Sports Illustrated as one of "five college coaches waiting in the wings” (2001), MAC Coach of the Year (2002), BIG EAST Coach of the Year (2012), CBSSportsline.com and CollegeInsider.com “National Rookie Coach of the Year” (2002), and ESPN analyst (2015).  In August 2017, Stan Heath was named Head Coach of the Lakeland (Orlando) Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA) G League and in 2021 led the Lakeland Magic to the NBA/G league Championship.  In April 2021 he was named the Head Basketball Coach at his alma mater, EMU, which is the position he holds at the time of this writing.
 
Student Athlete - Michael Lewis ‘80

  • When you talk about outstanding all around three (3) sport athletes at Catholic Central (CC), Mike Lewis is one of the best.  The Whalen Award winner was a three-year Varsity football quarterback/safety, three-year Varsity basketball point guard, three-year Varsity baseball shortstop, and four-year Honor Roll member.  Mike was a key player on two (2) state championship teams in a six-month period, the 1979 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division I Baseball State Champions and 1979 MHSAA Division I Football State Champions.
Coach – Thomas Mach
 
  • Over 41 years Tom Mach established a football powerhouse at Detroit Catholic Central leading the Shamrocks to unprecedented heights, winning 370 games and 10 state championships along with sending a few hundred student-athletes on to college success. Tom Mach’s win total ranks him third all-time in the State of Michigan.  Tom Mach was inducted into the Detroit Catholic League Hall of Fame, the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and, in 2014, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.  Over his career, he earned multiple Coach of the Year honors, including the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Year.  Coach Mach was Mick McCabe’s choice as the Best Catholic High School League (CHSL) Football Coach of all time.  Coach Mach led Catholic Central to more state championship game appearances (17) than any other coach, earning 10 state titles, the last one coming in 2009.  He was the first Division I Coach to “three peat” the state title.  Along the way, his teams won 12 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) District titles, 20 MHSAA Regional titles, 21 CHSL Division titles, and 17 CHSL titles.
 
Student Athlete - David Moss ‘00
  • David Moss had a stellar hockey career.  At Catholic Central (CC) he worked his way from the scout team to All State 1st Team both junior and senior years as well as being named to the All-State Dream Team his senior year.  David played four (4) seasons at U of M where he once again distinguished himself.  David’s NHL (Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes) career stats:  501 games, 78 goals, 100 assists and 157 penalty minutes.  David Moss’ highlights include centering Calgary’s top line of Jarome Inginla and Alex Tanguary and appearing in three outdoor games.
 
Student Athlete – Jay Snyder ‘78
 
  • Jay was Captain of both the 1977 Football team and 1978 State Championship Wrestling team.  Jay earned varsity letters in Football, Wrestling, and Track & Field, multiple team awards and was the only football player in CC history to win both the Rugged Jug and MVP in the same season, as well as being named to the 1977 Football All-State team.  Jay graduated from Yale University in 1982 after leading the Eli Football team to three (3) consecutive Ivy League Championships earning All-Ivy League honors.  Jay led the Yale defense to a modern day high of #2 defense in the country.
 
1985 State Champion Tennis Team
 
  • “We will win the State Finals in “85.” was the statement of Mr. Garlicki to the press after finishing as runner-up (by 1 point) in the “84” MHSAA finals. The Shamrocks went on to win the MHSAA Regionals and the MHSAA State Finals decisively. The Shamrocks were in the front end of “back-to-back” State Class “A” Tennis Championships.  In the 1985 finals, Catholic Central had three (3) State Champions: sophomore Mark Agah, the team of Greg Grabowski and Jeff Huston and the team of Jim Gillespie and Steve Campbell.
 
1986 State Champion Tennis Team
 
  • It was a repeat for the Shamrocks as Coach Garlicki predicted.  It was a great team effort. The Shamrocks reached the semi-finals in six (6) of seven (7) flights, scoring 21 of the 24 points needed to win.  Sophomore Steve Campbell’s state title at No. 3 singles provided the clincher.  The number three doubles of senior co-captains, Mark Frederick and Walt Bartels reached the finals.  The number one (1) doubles of juniors Jim Gillespie and Jeff Huston reached the semi-finals.  The number two (2) doubles of juniors Randy Janis and Rob Transou also reached the semi-finals.  Junior Phil Eagleson the number two (2) singles and the number four (4) singles sophomore Anthony Mikulic also reached the finals.  The number one (1) singles player junior Mark Agah reached the quarterfinals.
 
 
1988 State Champion Wrestling Team
 
  • “The Dream Team” is about as close as you can come to describing the 1987-88 Catholic Central (CC) State Champion wrestling team.  The CC line-up was one of the strongest in state history.  Ranked fourth nationally, the Shamrocks repeatedly punished opponents, finishing the season with a perfect 13-0 record in dual meets.  The Shamrocks then continued their reign over the Catholic League at the Catholic High School League Championship (CHSL) meet with nine (9) CC wrestlers winning individual CHSL titles and setting a record for team points on the way to another team title.  CC was led by senior Tri-Captain and returning All American Toby Heaton and junior Lee Krueger, both of whom were State Champions.  Seniors Brendan Rock and Tri-Captain Chris Lemanski finished strong, taking second and fifth, respectively.  Juniors Matt Helm and Chris Rodriguez also did well, finishing second and fourth. 
 
1989 State Champion Cross Country Team
 
  • The CC harriers, led by Mike Sheridan, cruised through an undefeated dual-meet season and proved to be a top team in invitationals.  They won; the Catholic High School League (CHSL) Sectional and the CHSL Championship.  Going into the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s (MHSAA) state meet, CC and Ann Arbor Pioneer were tied for the number one boys’ cross-country team in Michigan during the eighties.  The Shamrocks prevailed winning their third state championship in the eighties.
 
1990 State Champion Football Team
 
  • The first ever class AA state champs, a title well deserved by the 1990 Shamrock football team which avenged two (2) early season defeats by defensively dominating their last eight (8) games, and outscoring opponents by an average of 21 points.  With a 6-2 record entering the last game of the regular season, it was do or die time for the Shamrocks. The “brick wall” defense turned in a spectacular performance, shutting down DePorres’ running game and not allowing a single pass completion. CC’s run continued through the MHSAA tournament and culminated in a nearly perfectly executed State Championship game against undefeated Detroit King, the Shamrocks, once again, proved revenge is sweet in the dominating win over the Martin Luther King Crusaders 21-0.
 
1995 State Champion Football Team
 
  • One of the greatest football teams in the history of Catholic Central (CC).  The number-one ranked team in the state and CHSL champs was led throughout the season by Co-captains Judah May, Steve Mondry, Mike Smiley and John Spolsky.  Using the strength of their running game, CC defeated all comers including the  undefeated Rams of Holt in the state title match and ended the season with a 24 to nothing victory in front of 17,000 people at the Dome
 
 
Please refer questions to the Catholic Central Athletic Hall of Fame Committee at hof@catholiccentral.net or the Alumni Relations Office at 248.596.3838.

Visit the Athletic Hall of Fame Website for more information and to view past honorees. 
 
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