Who is on your Tiger Sports Mount Rushmore?
It’s almost the end of January, and we are nearing the beginning of the end for both basketball and swimming. Tiger Basketball has games against Eastern, Ballard and Waggener this week, and Tiger Swimming and Diving has the Jefferson County Invitational this Saturday, but let’s look in to the past for a couple of minutes, shall we?
If you could pick any four St. X sports figures to be on your St. Xavier Mount Rushmore, who would be on it and why? Tweet us your four, and tell us who you would pick.
Here’s my four:
Coach Mike Glaser – I don’t even really think there is a question on whether or not he should be one of the four. He helped lead the football team to 7 State Championships as a coach in ’86, ’92, ’95, ’97, ’99, ’04 and ’09, and he cared about each one of his players and each team he coached. He probably loves St. X more than just about anybody, and he treats everybody the same and demands greatness from everyone.
Coach Marty O’Toole – Who knows more about winning than this guy? He was the swimming coach that started the streak and got it to 20 straight championships before handing the reins over to his son Mike O’Toole in 2009 (Coach Larkin took over in 2010). If you can start a legendary streak and keep it going for 2 decades, you deserve to be on every list that has something to do with legendary sports figures from St. X.
Bobby Curtis – Curtis made my four because he is the best runner in Kentucky history and was the focal point of a 3-peat in Track and Field from 2001-2003. He was also a part of a 2001 Cross Country State Championship team. Here is why he is historic though. He never lost a race in the mile or 2 mile in high school, and he never lost an in-state cross country race after his freshman year. During his senior year’s track state championship, he won the 800 meter run, 1600 meter run, 3200 meter run and was a part of the 4 x 800 meter relay team that finished first. That’s impressive.
Mike Silliman – Silliman was a ’62 graduate and is the best basketball player in the history of the school. He led St. X to it’s most recent Basketball State Championship during his senior campaign. He also was a West Point graduate. He was an Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. The United States defeated Yugoslavia in the Gold Medal match 65-50. He was Captain of that Olympic team. He also was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 1966 NBA Draft. He represented St. X as a tremendous leader and man of integrity.
Honorable Mentions: Paul Young (Athletic Director), Bobby Nichols (State Champion Golfer), Coach Todd Larkin (Swimming), Coach Howe (Lacrosse), Alan Donhoff (Athletic Director).
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