CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 1990 INDUCTEES
John Dromo | Coach
John Dromo is a native of Sharon Pa. and a graduate of John Carroll University where he starred in every sport they had. Upon graduation in 1939, he entered coaching and enjoyed a successful tenure at DeSales High in Newark, Ohio. He briefly returned to John Carroll and then, in 1942, was lured by the lucre and the glory of St. X. As was the custom in those days, he coached nearly everything. And to his credit, he coached everything well.
Ending years of athletic drought, he single handedly returned champions to St. X. With such players as Charlie Wolf, George Ratterman, Rod Johnson, the Gruber twins and Tom Powers, he brought home the first GCL football championship in our history. However, in basketball, he made an even greater mark. With many of the same players he won two GCL and a district championship and is perhaps best remembered for his 1943 44 team which lost only once, in the State tournament. It was this team that inspired the nickname, Bombers, that still adorns our teams today.
In 1947 he left St. X to coach at Louisville's Male High School. While refereeing, was spotted by University of Louisville's legendary basketball coach Peck Hickman and soon after hired as a Jack of all-trades coach. While at UL he was an assistant football coach, where he recruited Johnny Unitas, the golf coach, where he recorded over 1500 victories, and of course either an assistant or head basketball coach. During his tenure with the basketball program, he recruited such players as Butch Beard, Wes Unseld, Jim Price, Charlie Tyra and Mike Lawhon. With one of the nation's best recruiting classes at his side he was ready to move UL into the really big time when a heart attack ended his basketball career in 1971. The fruits of his efforts are apparent today as Louisville is an annual powerhouse. He continued coaching golf until 1988 when he finally retired. Dromo is a member of the U of L, John Carroll and Mercer County, Pa. Halls of Fame.
Joseph Sadelfeld ('65) | Basketball
Joseph Sadelfeld is a member of the glorious class of 1965 and, along with Hall of famer Bob Arnzen, led the St. X basketball team to its still greatest moment, the State Finals.
A two sport star, he played four years of baseball and three years of varsity basketball. During his basketball career, he averaged over 17 points per game, was a senior co captain and played for back to back GCL championships as well as the state finalists. He made all GCL his junior and senior years, all city as a senior and made the all tournament team in Columbus. He still ranks in the top ten of career scorers. As a baseball pitcher, he also made all GCL, all City, and earned a scholarship to Ohio State.
At Ohio State, he played both baseball and basketball. He was all Big Ten as a sophomore pitcher in 1967 and still holds a number of school records there. Also, though not a key link, he was nevertheless a member of the 1968 OSU basketball team that went to the Final Four and beat Houston and Elvin Hayes for the consolation game. After dropping basketball to concentrate on baseball, he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1969 and entered their minor league system. After one year he developed the bane of all pitchers’ arm trouble which ended his professional sports career. He then entered the education/coaching profession in which in he still retains memberships today as a teacher and basketball coach at Naples High School in Naples, Florida.
Bill Schulte ('73) | Swimming
Bill Schulte is a member of the class of 1973 and, depending on who you talk to, somewhere between the best and 3rd best swimmer to compete at St. X.
Basically, but not exclusively a backstroke swimmer, he was all City four times, Swimmer of the Year in 1972, multiple state champion in two events, the backstroke and medley relay, and, as a captain, led St. X to the first four of its eventual 9 straight Ohio Swimming Championships. He set and then broke his own state records for the backstroke and capped it off by setting a national high school record for the 100 meter backstroke in 1973. As a result of this excellence he was a four time high school All American. He slacked off very little in national competition as he finished 6th in the 100 backstroke and 11th in the 200 at the 1972 Indoor Nationals and 12th at the 1972 Olympic Trials. In 1973 he finished 2nd in the 100 at the AAU National Indoors, 4 hundredths of a second behind world record holder John Naber.
After St. X he attended Indiana University, which in those days was the UCLA of swimming. In 1975, during his sophomore year he was runner up in the 200 yard backstroke which is second best national finish by a graduate of St. Xavier High School.
Dick Ullrich ('56) | Football
Dick Ullrich is a member of the class of 1956 and a resident of the State of Indiana who took the Trailways bus to school and back.
Unable to play sports his freshman year because of his residence, as a sophomore he stepped into the starting football lineup on both the offense and defense and never left. A senior co captain, he played guard and linebacker, and was all GCL and all City his junior and senior years. Aptly nicknamed "Killer" he literally inspired fear in offensive players by his exploits as a linebacker. At that time he may have been the best linebacker in the history of the league. He also competed in the field events on the track team.
After graduation, he earned a football scholarship to Purdue where he played under legendary coach Jack Mollenkoph and with players like Len Dawson. Following his father's footsteps, he became a pharmacist, the profession he still practices today. Still a loyal Hoosier, he resides in Aurora with his family.