Notes from Induction Night
MICHAEL ANDREWS – 1992
Our first inductee is a member of the class of 1992 who is another outstanding St. Xavier swimmer who competed in the huge shadow of Joe Hudepohl.
A member of 3 State Champion Teams, he himself was a 7-time State Champion, and 11-time High School All American who specialized in the backstroke, freestyle and medley events at 50, 100 and 200 meters and was world ranked in 1991 and 92.
As a freshman he attained All American status in the 200-medley relay, won a state championship and made All-City. As a sophomore he was All-America in medley relay and backstroke and named to the U.S. National Junior Team. Unfortunately that year he missed the State Meet with mononucleosis. As a junior he won 3 State Championships in which he was designated All-American, set 1 State record, 3 District records, and was First Team All-City. He also won the 200-meter backstroke and finished 2nd in the 100 meter at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival and was a member of the U.S. National Team at the Canada Cup.
As a Senior he was a major contributor to the 1992 Ohio and National High School Championship Team. He was State Champion in 3 events in which State records were set, runner up in a fourth and again achieved All-America in those 3 winning events. Though two-time Olympic Gold Medallist Joe Hudepohl was his teammate he was voted St. Xavier Most Valuable Swimmer and Ohio High School Swimmer of the Year. He was again named to the U.S. National Team where he won 2 events and was runner up in a third at the Canada Cup.
Upon graduating from St. X he received a scholarship to UCLA where he was named outstanding freshman swimmer and MVP his sophomore year after he finished 4th in the NCAA Championships. He also made the U.S. National Team both years and set an under 18 National Record in the 200 meter backstroke. He set two schools records that won’t be broken soon because after sophomore year UCLA Swimming was sacrificed on the Title IX altar and he was forced to transfer to Auburn. At Auburn he won three Southeastern Conference titles, set one SEC record and was a13-time NCAA All American. He competed in 2 individual events at the NCAA Championships both years and finished 3rd 3 times out of 4. His Senior year he set a world record in the backstroke leg of the medley relay and was named Auburn Swimmer of the Year. He continued as a member of the National Team and just missed joining Hudepohl on the 1996 Olympic Team after he finished 4th in the 100 meter backstroke at the Olympic Trials.
He was an Academic All-American in 1995 and 96, three-time Auburn Dean’s List member and graduated in 1997. Today he is a Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Cincinnati. St. Xavier Hall Of Fame proudly welcomes another great swimmer Michael Andrews.
BILL HOFFER – 1947
Our next inductee is a member of the class of 1947 who was a 2-Sport Athlete, equally gifted in baseball and basketball.
As one of many Northern Kentuckians who made their mark on St. X Athletics prior to 1979 he was a two-year starter in both sports playing infield on the Baseball Team and forward on the Basketball Team.
A fierce competitor who played smart and hard, he was one of Hall of Fame Coach John Dromo’s basketball stalwarts. Along with fellow Hall of Famer Bill Cady, he anchored a 20-5 team that lost in the District Finals. He was fourth in the City in scoring his senior year (Cady was first) and was named All-City. In baseball he was a home run hitter who’s most notable teammate was St X and Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning.
Upon graduating from St. X he turned down offers from U.C., Miami and UK and enrolled at Xavier University on a basketball scholarship because he wanted to attend a Catholic university. At XU he continued playing both sports. As a leftfielder on the baseball team with fellow Hall of Famers Dick Berning and Bob Conway he was a 3-year starter who, as a senior, was the team’s most productive hitter. As a guard on the Basketball Team for coach Lew Hirt he was a 3-year letterman who led the team in scoring his junior year. He also was known as the “Bearcat Beater” as he averaged around 20 points in basketball against UC and his senior year hit for the cycle against them in baseball.
After graduating in 1951 he played briefly on a team of collegiate All-Americans that toured the Nation playing against the Harlem Globetrotters but then entered the military service with the U.S. Army. He was also drafted by another group -the Syracuse Nationals of the NBA but in those days Uncle Sam always won that contest. While in the Army he again played both sports hitting 55 home runs and competing against another 2-sport wonder Dick Groat. After discharge from the service he considered playing basketball for Syracuse but instead chose the premier sport of the day, baseball, signing with the Detroit Tigers. He played 3 years in the Tiger’s minor league system before marriage and starting a family persuaded him to seek his life’s work. He worked 37 years for the Mosler Safe Company in sales and marketing. Ever the competitive athlete, he taught himself how to play golf which he still pursues quite well today keeping his handicap close to single digits. Retired and living in West Chester I present a modest man of exemplary achievements: Bill Hoffer.
CHARLES KEATING III – 1973
Our next inductee is a member of the class of 1973 and another member of the fabled 1973 National Championship swim team who also pulls his family into a tie with the Wolfs for most Hall of Fame members.
Starting at the age of 13 he qualified for the AAU National Championships. At St. X 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 the state meet in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breastroke, finished 6th and 4th respectively and achieved All American status. As a sophomore he won his first State Title in the 200 IM and set a state record in the100 Breastroke and again achieved All American status. His junior year was cut short by a shoulder injury that kept him out of the State Meet but prior to that he swam well enough to qualify once more as an All American and finished 6th at the 1972 Olympic Trials.
His senior year was a coronation of the previous 3. He was named Co-Captain of the Team. He won the State Championship in the 200 IM and 100 Breastroke and set Ohio records in both events. Not surprisingly he was named All American. In fact he would’ve been named an NCAA All American if he had been in college.
Accepting a scholarship to Indiana University, which was the college swimming power at that time, he was a varsity swimmer all four years. He was a 6-time NCAA All American who won 4 Big Ten Championships in the 200-yard Breastroke and the Medley Relay. He qualified for the NCAA championships each year, finishing as high as 3rd in the 200 Breastroke. His IM Relay Team finished 2d three times. In 1976 he won the AAU National Championship, finished 3rd in the Olympic Trials and placed 5th in the 200 Meter Breastroke at the Montreal Games. He was eventually inducted into the Indiana Swimming Hall of Fame.
Today he lives in the Phoenix area with his children where he works as a real estate developer and homebuilder. During his tenure as a St. X swimmer, he was a one of four young men entering St. Xavier in the fall of 1969 who changed the face of St. X swimming and created the dynasty that still continues today. I ask you all to welcome to the St. X Hall of Fame Charlie Keating.
CHRIS MACK – 1988
Our final inductee is a member of the Class of 1988 and is the first son of a member of the fabled 1965 basketball team to make the Hall of Fame. Like his father Tom he was a basketball player.
He was a 3-year member of and 2-year starter on the Basketball team. During his 3-year varsity career his teams made the Regional Semi-Finals, and Sectional Finals twice.
A starter at forward his junior year he was All-GCL and All-City. His senior year he led the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 22 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals per game. He was the team MVP, the GCL Player of the Year, 1st Team All-City, 1st Team All-Southwest District, Cincinnati Post Player of the Year, All Ohio, and Honorable Mention All-American Jesuit Team. He finished his career with the 2nd highest single season and career scoring records both of which have been recently moved to third place by the exploits of Johnny Wolf.
After graduating from St. X he accepted a basketball scholarship to University of Evansville. As a freshman he averaged 7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. As a sophomore he averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds per game. After his Sophomore year he tired of Coach Crews and transferred to Xavier where he played under Coach Pete Gillen. After sitting out the required year he was elected Tri-Captain for 1991-92 Season but never played a game as he tore his ACL in his left knee 8 seconds into the first exhibition game. After rehabilitating that knee he planned to return for his Senior season but then tore the ACL in his right knee during a summer league game. Despite the two knee injuries he was reelected Tri-Captain and eventually played for the Musketeers.
After graduating from Xavier in 1993 he played with Athletes in Action for a year and one year in the European Pro League. He moved from a playing career to coaching in 1995 beginning at Mount Notre Dame coaching girls. He had very successful 4-year run with the Cougars and was named the 1996 Cincinnati Post Coach of the Year. In 1999 he took a huge leap in the field by becoming Xavier’s Director of Basketball Operations and moved to Wake Forest in 2001 with Head Coach Skip Prosser where he helped recruit people such as Chris Paul. Additionally he helped reintroduce Winston-Salem to tie-died shirts. However, just as at Evansville, the yearning for home was too much and in 2004 he returned to Xavier as First Assistant to new Head Coach Sean Miller where he is today. Among his accomplishments he enticed the man who passed him in the St. X. record books, Johnny Wolf, to come to XU.
With his wife Christi and new daughter Lainee, he looks forward to advancing in the coaching field. Introducing one of the five greatest basketball players in St. X history: Chris Mack.