CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2000 INDUCTEES
Robert Arnzen ('45) | Coach
Robert A. Arnzen is a member of the class of 1945 whose fame derives primarily from his accomplishments after departing St. X.
His athletic career at St. X was, at best, limited. He played and captained the freshman basketball team, was a member of the varsity baseball team as a senior and that was it. He did however pay attention to how these games were played and translated that into a high school coaching career without peer.
After graduating from St. X, he attended the University of Dayton. He played for the U.D. varsity basketball team as a freshman, but an injury that year transformed him into a manager for the rest of his career. However, that injury also enabled him to get the job that led to his success.
In 1950 he began student teaching at St. John’s High School in Delphos, Ohio, and so impressed the principal that he was hired to teach and coach prior to receiving his Bachelor’s degree in 1951. It was a job he retained for the next 43 years.
At St. John’s his record was 676 wins and 291 losses, a 70% winning percentage. The 676 wins is the Ohio record for a boy’s basketball coach.
Those 676 wins represents 11 conference championships and five appearances at the State Finals. His team was State runner-up in 1954 and 1973 and was the 1983 Class A State Champs. Most importantly, it also includes a lifetime 1-0 record versus his Alma Mater where he out coached an overmatched Tom Ballaban.
He was twice named Ohio Coach of the year, and was named the 1976 National Catholic High School coach of the year and the 1990 National High School Athletic Coaches Association regional coach of the year. Since his retirement in 1993 he was elected to the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Kyle Fresh ('89) | Soccer
Kyle Fresh is a member of the class of 1989 who is the first athlete who excelled at soccer to be so honored.
As a freshman he played on the freshman team but for the next three years he was the varsity star. He led the team in scoring and assists in both his junior and senior seasons. Among the school records he holds are: career goals(50), career assists(30), single season goals(20), and goals in one game (7). He was the team MVP after both his junior and senior season and team captain his senior year.
He was named 1st team All-GCL and 1st team All-City both his junior and senior seasons. In addition, after his senior year he was named 1st team All-State, All-Midwest and nationally, he was featured in the Faces in the Crowd section of Sports Illustrated.
For those of you who are not familiar with soccer, there is a second season for most high school players that takes place in the spring and is known as Club Soccer. In 1989, on his club team, Club Ohio, he led in scoring with 56 goals and took them to the National Championship game.
Accepting a scholarship to the University of Richmond, he started as a freshman and led the team in scoring with 11 goals and 5 assists, which was then the freshman scoring record. The highlight of that season was his scoring the only goal in an upset 1-0 win over National Champion University of Virginia which ended their 33 game unbeaten streak.
After his freshman year he transferred to Boston University. While he changed schools, his performance did not. He played and started for three years and holds the school record for most goals and points in a season. After his senior season he was named team MVP, North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, and Division I All-American.
After graduating from Boston U. he was commissioned in the Army where he also continued to play soccer and was named to the All Armed Forces Team. Today he is still an officer in the Indiana National Guard and still plays and coaches soccer in this area.
Micheal Grimmer ('73) | Swimming
Michael Grimmer is a member of the class of 1973 and member of the fabled 1973 National Championship team.
He was a varsity swimmer for four years on a team that won the Ohio State championship all those years as well as the national championship in ‘73. As has been said before, only (5) college teams would have beaten that 1973 St. X team in a dual meet.
As a freshman he qualified for state meet in the 400 freestyle. As a sophomore he finished 3rd in state in the 400 freestyle, was a member of the state champion 400 freestyle relay team, named All-American, and qualified for the AAU National swim meet.
In his junior year he was the state champion in 400 freestyle individual race where, along the way, he set the team, pool, sectional, district, and state record, achieving the #4 ranking in the nation. He was also again a member of the state champion 400 freestyle relay team. He was named a 2-time All-American, again qualified for the AAU national swim meet and also qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials.
In his senior year he tried a new event and became the state champion in the 100 butterfly individual race and finished 2nd in state in the 400 freestyle individual race. Once again he was named All America and qualified for the AAU national swim meet.
Accepting a scholarship to the University of Illinois, he was a varsity swimmer all four years. He placed in the Big Ten Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships all four of those years. He set Illinois Team records in the 500 freestyle, the 1000 freestyle, and the 1650 freestyle races.
Today he lives in the Cincinnati area where he works as an engineer for General Electric.