CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 INDUCTEES
William “Max” Leassner (’01) | Swimming
During Max’s four years at X, the swim team won four GCL, Sectional and District Championships, three State Championships, and one National Title. During his junior season, Max was the National Champion in the 200 Medley Relay (Freestyle Leg) and School, State and National record holder. His senior year, he was National Champion in the 400 free relay (a school record) and State Champion in the 200 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay. In 2001 Max was the Enquirer swimmer of the year and first team all-city. He was a 9-time High School All American and 5-time individual state champion.
Max went on to the University of Arizona where he took 5th in the 400 Free Relay at the NCAA Championships and still holds the University of Arizona school record for the 400 free relay. Max currently lives in Arizona with his wife Kassie and their son Connor.
Ed Rigaud (’85) | Soccer
As a 6’3” forward for the St. Xavier Bombers, Ed played four years on the varsity team and was a Captain for two of those years. In one season, he scored four goals for St. Xavier in victories over Anderson, Roger Bacon and Moeller, helping lift St. Xavier to the city’s no. 1 ranking. In 1983 he helped the Bombers to their historic first State Championship victory. According to St. Xavier’s Coach, Dick Murphy, Ed was a very unselfish player who improved the play of the team. “Because he was so big and had such great speed, teams would most always put two players on him, which would allow other players to be open.” After graduating form St. X, he played soccer at Amherst, where he was a starting player all four years. In one season, he led Amherst to an 11-3-1 record and an NCAA Division III Top 20 ranking. He finished his last season as the no. 2 scorer on his team.
Bill Slinger | Head Coach Baseball
Coach Slinger was head Varsity Baseball coach at St. Xavier from 1979-2013. His teams averaged nearly 18 wins a season over his 34 years at the helm. The 2003 team won the Ohio Division I state championship. This is the only baseball state championship in school history. His teams have won 10 Greater Catholic League titles and eight district championships, the last of which came in 2007. According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association web site, Slinger is just the ninth Ohio coach to record 600 victories. His 600 wins against 346 losses is good for a .634 winning percentage. Bill retired from coaching in 2013.
Matt Williams (’99) | Football and Basketball
During the 1998-1999 school year, Matt accomplished a rare feat of leading both football and basketball to GCL championships his senior year while earning 1st team GCL in both sports. During his sophomore year, he was 2nd team GCL in basketball. As a junior, he was the leading wide receiver on the football team and was 1st team GCL and 2nd team All-City. Matt was 1st team GCL in basketball as well. As a senior, Matt was moved to quarterback and was voted captain of a team that went 13-2, won the GCL and reached the state finals, losing to Canton McKinley. Again he was 1st team GCL and Co-GCL Player of the Year and the team’s MVP. In basketball that season, Matt led the team to a GCL championship and he was voted 1st team GCL.
Matt played basketball at Rollins College where he was voted in 2002-2003 as the Rollins Male Athlete of the Year, Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and 1st team All South Team.