Notes from Induction Night
Tom O’Brien is a member of the class of 1966. Although football was his primary sport, he was a good baseball player as well.
He led all St. Xavier tacklers as a defensive end his Senior year and was named Senior Most Improved Player and All-GCL.
Upon graduation, O'Brien matriculated at the U.S. Naval Academy where he was a three year starter in football. O'Brien was voted All-East Defensive End in 1970. After the Academy he played one year of football with the Quantico Marines, and completed 5 years of active Marine Corps Duty.
His coaching career started back at Navy in 1975, after which he moved to Virginia with Coach George Welch. O'Brien was named Head Coach at Boston College in 1997.
Bert Schloemer is a member of the class of 1933. He was a classic three sport athlete, starting at guard and center for two years in basketball, cornerback and halfback for three years in football, and running track for four years.
In track he competed in the 100 & 220 yard dash, 440, relays, low hurdles, broad jump, javelin & shot put. Schloemer was never beaten in a GCL sprint race. He won three gold medals in 1932 GCL meet and four in the 1933 GCL meet. He set GCL and St X track records which stood until the 50’s.
After graduation from St. Xavier, Schloemer played fullback and ran track at University of Detroit and then at Notre Dame. He was a member of 1935 Notre Dame team that played the legendary game against Ohio State.
Frank (Rod) Johnson is a member of the class of 1945. He was a three sport athlete (Baseball, Basketball, and Football.)
In football he played both offensive and defensive line. In 1944 he was named All-GCL, All-City and All-State.
After St. Xavier, Johnson played for Frank Leahy at Notre Dame. During his last three years the Irish went undefeated and were twice named National Champions.
Hal Pennington, a Cincinnati Sports Legend, is a member of the St. Xavier Class of 1930. He was a three sport athlete (baseball, basketball, football.)
Pennington made All-City as a first baseman in baseball. On the gridiron, he was a halfback and fullback. He led St. Xavier in scoring twice and was named captain and 1st Team All-City his senior year.
In basketball he repeated his leadership as a scorer, leading the squad in his Junior and Senior years. Three times in basketball Pennington outscored the other team by himself. The 1928-29 team lost in quarter finals of the National Catholic High School Tournament in Chicago.
After high school, Pennington played football and basketball at Xavier University for 3 years, serving as Co-Captain of the basketball team his Senior Year. He was named to All-time Xavier team in 1970.
Pennington went on to play professional basketball (before the NBA.) He served as a long-time amateur coach, coaching National Champion AAU basketball teams. He also played and coached professional football, starting as the youngest coach in professional football history (23). As a youth baseball coach Pennington won National Championships in 1968 and 1985. Some of his former players include the likes of Dave Parker, Ron Oester and Buddy Bell.
Pennington is a member of Xavier, Hamilton County and LaRosa’s Halls of Fame.