Join the St. Edward High School Athletic
Department for an evening to celebrate a group of storied St. Edward
High School athletes. The following Eagle athletes will be inducted
into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, September 11 at Brennan's
Party Center in Cleveland:
David McCann – Class of 1961 – Track/Cross-Country David McCann was one of the finest runners in the early history of St. Edward High School, and was one of the fastest distance runners in the state of Ohio in 1960, when he finished third in the state cross-country meet, with a time of 10:04. To this day, he is the school’s most decorated cross-country runner, and held the school’s record for the mile (4:24.7) until his time was beaten in 1987. Upon graduation from St. Edward, McCann attended Georgetown University on an athletic scholarship. He was a standout in track and cross-country for the Hoyas, and graduated in 1965 with a degree from the university’s prestigious School of Foreign Service. Today, McCann operates his own law firm in Charleston, SC.
Steve Kovacs – Class of 1969 – Football A standout on the 1967 and 1968 Eagle football teams, Kovacs earned a full athletic scholarship to Miami University. At Miami, he was an All-MAC defensive end his senior year. He has continued a life in football as a coach on the high school and college levels, including positions at Orville, Canton McKinley and Wooster College. He is currently a defensive coach at Massillon High School.
Eddie Jayne – Class of 1994 – Wrestling Eddie Jayne is one of only seven wrestlers in the storied history of the St. Edward program to win three or more state championships. He earned top honors in the state in 1992 (112 pounds), 1993 (119 pounds) and 1994 (119 pounds). He was a Cadet Freestyle National Champion in 1992 and an All-American in 1994. He wrestled at Penn State University.
Rodney Bailey – Class of 1997 – Football An All-American defensive lineman at St. Edward High School, Rodney Bailey went on to start as a true freshman at The Ohio State University. As a senior at OSU, Bailey earned All-Big Ten honors, as well as the team’s defensive player of the year. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1997 and went on to enjoy a seven-year career in the National Football League, also playing with the New England Patriots (member of the 2004 Super Bowl team), Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. He is currently enrolled in law school at The Ohio State University.
Sam Clancy – Class of 1998 – Basketball Sam Clancy was the standout center on St. Edward’s 1998 state championship basketball team, and holds the school’s rebounding record. He attended the University of Southern California, and as a senior was named the PAC-10 Player of the Year and an All-American. He graduated as USC’s leader in blocked shots (195), third all-time in points (1,657), second in rebounds (839) and fifth in steals (134). He was drafted with the 45th pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He has played in Europe and for the Continental Basketball Association, being named the league’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
Andy Hrovat – Class of 1998 – Wrestling Andy Hrovat became St. Edward High School’s first Olympian, when he competed in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. He was a two-time high school state champion (1997 and 1998) and wrestled at the University of Michigan. As a wolverine, he was an All-American in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Internationally, Hrovat earned a silver medal at the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was defeated in the round of 8 during the 2008 by Cuban Reineris Salas Perez. He continues to compete internationally.
Rocky Mills – Class of 1998 – Baseball Rocky Mills was a three-year starter on the Eagle baseball team, and was the captain of the 1998 team that won the school’s first state championship. He played baseball at Alabama as a freshman and sophomore, and transferred to Pepperdine for his junior year. At the end of his junior year he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, but returned to Pepperdine to finish his education. After his senior year, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies. He played a year in the MLB Rookie League and a year in single A (Ashville, NC), but retired due to injury. He currently owns a moving and storage business.
Mike Rupp – Class of 1998 – Hockey Mike Rupp was a member of the 1994 and 1995 St. Edward state championship teams. He finished his high school hockey career in the Ontario Hockey League,and was selected as the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NHL draft. Rupp scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in the 2003 NHL Finals as a member of the New Jersey Devils, and is still the only player to have his first Stanley Cup goal be a series clincher. In 2009, Rupp signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Coach Bob Whidden – Hockey As leader of the Eagle hockey program for 20 years, Coach Bob Whidden turned the school into a hockey powerhouse, winning 10 state championships (1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004 and 2005). His coaching resume also includes three state runner-ups, three state final fours, and seven Baron Cup Championships. Whidden is the fourth winningest all-time coach in Ohio, having amassed 507 wins, and only 149 losses, in his 20-year career. He enjoyed a decorated junior and professional hockey career before coaching, as is a member of Cleveland Hockey Legends Ring of Honor. Whidden has retired to Florida, and his son Rob now coaches the Eagles. To purchase dinner tickets, CLICK HERE.
Honoring a great past...
St. Edward High School is proud to recognize the great athletes who have competed for the Eagles. Below is a list of alumni who have been inducted into the St. Edward Athletic Hall of Fame.