CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2002 INDUCTEES
Mike Healey ('88) | Football
Mike Healey is a member of the class of 1988 who was the classic three-sport athlete but ultimately is remembered for his football prowess.
Forsaking Price Hill for the pleasures of Finneytown, he was barely acquainted with anything but varsity sports at St. X - 3 years on the football team, 3 on the basketball team and 3 on the baseball team earning 9 letters. A two-year starter in basketball, he was All-GCL his senior year. In baseball he was a 3-year starter who made All-GCL each year. In football, the fact that he was also a 3-year starter was the least of his accomplishments.
As a sophomore he was fellow Hall-of-Famer Greg Frey’s leading receiver who, until very recently, had the 3rd highest single-season receiving record. Stepping right in at quarterback after Greg’s graduation, he had two stellar seasons and held, again until recently, the 2nd and 3rd highest single-season passing records. As a result he made first–team all GCL as a Junior and Senior. Additionally he garnered a few other awards his Senior year including Team Captain, Team Best Offensive Back, Team Most Valuable Player, GCL Player of the Year, All-City in both papers, Cincinnati Post Player of the Year, Buddy La Rosa Player of the Year, All Southwest Ohio and 2nd Team All Ohio. As a further tribute to the kind of all-around person he is, he also won the “That’s My Boy” award for athletics and academics and was a National Football Foundation Scholar.
After graduation from St. X he accepted a football scholarship to Vanderbilt where he played quarterback. Despite playing for the eternally disadvantaged Commodores in the eternally over advantaged Southeast Conference, he holds a number of school records including lowest touchdown/Interception ratio, fewest lifetime interceptions, and lowest interception percentage.
After graduating from Vanderbilt he married and now has 1 child. Today he lives in South Carolina where he manages a car rental agency.
Bill Keating, Jr. ('72) | Swimming
Bill Keating, Jr. is a member of the class of 1972 and was among the vanguard that established the St. Xavier Swimming Dynasty.
He was a four-year letterman on the Varsity Swim team that included our first 3 State Champions. After getting cut from the freshman basketball team he joined the swim team where he won the GCL championship in the 400 freestyle and was a valuable member of the team that finished 6th at the State Meet. His classmates thought they had a potential state champion who would be the next star St. X swimmer and might even lead X to a team championship. However, he knew better and even told us then that next year we would win the state but he would be a foot soldier vastly overshadowed by kids who were now 8th graders. It was a prediction that was amazingly accurate and was right in character with the type of person our inductee is – prouder of the school/team’s accomplishments than of his own accomplishments and never one to toot his own horn no matter how notable those accomplishments were. Quite frankly his personal successes at St. X were quite modest once those 8th graders, which included fellow Hall of Famers Bill Schulte and Paul Hove, arrived at St. X. He qualified for the State Meet every year improving from 12th place to 7th to 3rd in the 400 freestyle by his Senior Year, and 4th in the 100 Butterfly. More important to him were those 3-in-a-row State Championships and his captaincy of the 1972 State Champions who were also the Nation’s 3rd ranked high school team.
Escaping the shadow of the superstars he attended the University of Cincinnati where he was also a four-year member of the varsity. At UC Keating showed that he was not without superior ability himself, setting numerous school records, including most points scored in a career. He twice qualified for the NCAA championships and was voted UC’s Most Valuable Swimmer in 1973 and 74. Such were his accomplishments that he was voted into UC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
After graduation from UC he continued following his father’s footsteps by becoming an attorney and joining the law firm that has his last name in its title. More importantly he has truly been a man for others for St. X Swimming, helping the coaches, raising money to refurbish the natatorium and being the one man who has connected the generations of St. Xavier swimmers.
Richard Holdham ('57) | Swimming
Richard Oldham is a member of the class of 1957 and where Bill Keating was a good swimmer who was part of great teams, this man was a great swimmer who pretty much was the team.
Unlike Bill, he did make the Freshman Basketball Team. But that was the end of his basketball career and he concentrated on swimming the next three years. In those days there was no Keating Natatorium--there wasn’t even a swimming pool at St. X. But despite the lack of facilities he pursued his specialty and pursued it well. While the team failed to win any titles, he won 2 individual state championships in the 50 freestyle and was twice state runner-up in the 100 freestyle. He was also a two-time All American. Most amazingly, he held the school record for the 50 freestyle for over 15 years, which in itself is a record that probably won’t ever be broken. For those of you not familiar with swimming where world records can be broken more than once at the same meet, a 15-year swim record borders on amazing. His 1957 time was so fast that he would have been the fastest sprinter on the first 3 State Champion teams of the 1970's.
After graduating from St. X he accepted a scholarship of a different kind, appointment to the U.S Naval Academy. While preparing to serve his country he continued swimming at Annapolis and was a four-year member of the Navy swim team. During his four years he was a NCAA All-American and was appointed Captain during his senior year. After graduating he was commissioned into the Navy where he spent a number of years in the submarine service sailing in both diesel and nuclear subs. Shortly after leaving the Sub Service he resigned from the Navy and entered Vanderbilt Medical School. Today he is the Head of Pathology at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives with his wife and two children.