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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2007 INDUCTEES

Brian Fitzgerald (’91) | Football

Brian Fitzgerald was a three-year varsity running back setting numerous school records in his career, including most touchdowns (40), most rushing touchdowns (37), highest average per carry (5.8 yards), most points scored (242), career net yards (3,293) and most points in a single game. He was named team MVP, all-GCL, all-city, Cincinnati Offensive Player of the Year, all-district and second-team all-Ohio as a senior. Fitzgerald was a National Honor Society member who also ran the 100, 200 and 400 relay in track. He went on to win three varsity letters in football at North Carolina State University. Fitzgerald and his wife Marcy currently reside in Liberty Township, Ohio.

Steve Rasso | Head Coach

Steve Rasso spent 26 years as the St. X head football coach, taking over for the legendary Tom Ballaban. The Bombers continued to grow as a perennial city power. He posted a 189-86-2 record at St. X (a .682 winning percentage), and a 249-122-2 mark in his 36-year head coaching career. Among his Bomber highlights are 11 playoff appearances, five regional titles, three state-runner-up finishes, six GCL Coach of the Year awards, the 1992 Ohio Coach of the Year award and the 1992 and 1999 Cincinnati Coach of the Year awards. He was inducted to the Ohio Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Rasso was a three-year varsity football letterman starter at Bishop Duffy High near Niagara, N.Y. and a three-year letterman at the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated in 1960 with a degree in education. He got his masters in education in 1968 from Xavier University. Before coming to St. X he was head football coach at Covington Catholic, LaSalle and Mariemont High Schools. In addition to his work on the field, Rasso spent 28 years as a physical education teacher at St. X. Steve and his wife Sally live on the west side; they have three children and six grandchildren.

Dod Wales (’95) | Swimming

The most decorated swimmer in school history, Wales won 12 event titles in four state meets, had two runner-up finishes and one third-place finish in 16 career state meet swims. His individual titles included three championships each in the in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. He was also part of four title-winning 400 free relays, a 200 free relay champ and a 200 medley relay winner. Wales was a 16-time high school All-American, three-time team MVP and three-time Post and Enquirer swimmer of the year. Wales went on to Stanford University where he won an NCAA title and set an American record in the 100 butterfly while leading his team to four straight Pac-10 championships. As a YMCA swimmer, Wales set a national record in the 100 free on his way to a career record 22 first-place finishes in the YMCA Winter Nationals. He and his wife Talor and daughter now live in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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