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Thomas Fogarty ('85) | Baseball, Football

Thomas Fogarty is a member of the class of 1985 who excelled at football and baseball. After being forged in the cauldron of the Guardian Angel sports program, he made the long trip from Mt. Washington to St. Xavier where he was a 3-year starter on both the football and baseball team.

As a second baseman/centerfielder he led the Bombers in hitting in 1985 and was second in the City in runs scored. After his senior year he was named 1st Team All-GCL, 1st Team All-City and a member of the East-West All Star Team. He was also named the team MVP.

By the time he completed his 3-year varsity football career he held the single-season and career records in nearly every non-passing category, including rushing yards, yards-per-carry, touchdowns and points. And for 1 year he even held the career record for pass receptions. He was the team MVP and Best Offensive back his junior and senior years. After his senior year in which he was a Co-captain he was named 1st Team All-GCL and Offensive Back of the Year, 1st Team All-City, 1st Team Southwest Ohio and Special Mention All-Ohio. He also won the Tim Banker Award honoring the football player who best embodies courage and leadership in football, scholarship, school activities and spiritual values. All of his records were soon eclipsed but our inductee was undoubtedly the first in a string of multi-talented running backs that has marked the Steve Rasso era of St. X football.

After graduation from St. X he attended Miami University where he was a 4-year varsity letterman baseball player. During his career at Miami, where he played centerfield, he made All-MAC his junior year, leading the team in stolen bases. Fogarty was named Co-Captain his senior year.

Today he is married with two sons and lives in the St. Louis area where he is the regional sales manager for Green Bay Packaging.

Joseph Hudepohl ('92) | Swimming

Joseph Hudepohl is a member of the class of 1992 and is the premier product of the St. Xavier Swimming Program.

Surprisingly for a St. X swimmer, he did not even swim for the team his freshman year, choosing to swim full-time for the Marlins. By his sophomore year he was ready to join the Aquabombers and once he did so, his impact on the swim program never stopped. During those three years the team won everything, GCL, Sectionals, Districts and State Championships. His senior year the team won the National Championship. As a free-style swimmer in the shorter distances (50, 100, 200 meters), he won 6 state championships, set 5 national high school records, 2 of which still survive today, and was a 3-time All American. He also set 4 national records in his age groups, won 2 national championships and became the youngest man to break 50 seconds in the 100 free and 1:49 in the 200 free. After his senior season he was named the 1992 National High School Swimmer of the Year. But even this impressive resume pales compared to what followed.

Upon graduating from St. X he accepted a swimming scholarship to Stanford. He won another national championship in 1993, was ranked #2 in the world in the 100, became the 6th fastest 100 free-style swimmer in world swimming history and 3rd fastest in the US. He was also a member of two American record relay teams and was part of a world record 4x100 relay team at the 1995 Pan Pacific Championships.

Before starting college he qualified for the US Olympic Swimming team. Despite being the youngest member of the team he went to Barcelona, Spain and returned with two Olympic medals including a gold medal as a part of the 4x100 freestyle relay team. He also finished 6th in the 200 free. Four years later he returned to Atlanta and won another gold medal as a member of the 4x200 free relay team.

After graduation from Stanford he joined Goldman, Sachs. Today he is married, a member of the Growth Equity Team of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and lives in Tampa, Florida.

Joan Whitaker | Coach

Joan Whitaker is only the 5th coach elected to the St. Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame.

A native of Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of Keuka College, she began teaching in 1961. Coming to St Xavier in 1975 to teach math, she eventually became the chair of the department. She would have continued uneventfully doing so until that fateful day in 1980 when St. X needed a golf coach. Although she did play some golf it was her desire to do some service for St. X and the students that she volunteered for the position. Her volunteer work lasted 18 more years.

During those 18 years St. X became one of the premier golf programs in the City and the State. Being the female coach of a boy’s team was certainly unique and so was her coaching style that can best be described as part teacher, part motivator and part mom. Whatever it was, it worked. Her teams had an overall wining percentage of 82%. They won 86% of their dual matches and 90% of GCL matches. They won the GCL 15 times and the GCL Tournament 13 Times. They also won 7 sectional titles and 6 districts. She led them to the State Tournament 11 times and in 1995 St. X won the Ohio State Championship. She also never ceased to amaze her players with her 7-iron driving-range shots.

What finally brought this tenure to an end was retirement. Not her retirement, but her husband’s. Deciding that winters in Hilton Head were better than those in Cincinnati, in 1997 she moved with her husband, Don to South Carolina. Before she left Cincinnati, the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association honored her by inducting her into its Hall of Fame and the St. Xavier Golf Team named its MVP award after her.

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