The Saint Thomas Academy Alumni Association announced today the honorees who will be inducted into the Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 16, during Homecoming Reunion Weekend. They include:
- Richard Hanousek STMA 1922 – A multi-sport athlete at Saint Thomas Academy (football, basketball and track), Hanousek was a member of the 1924 NCAA football National Champion team from Notre Dame under Knute Rockne. Hanousek was a lineman blocking for the famed Four Horsemen.
- John Knip, Jr. STMA '53 – A multi-sport athlete (football, hockey and baseball) who excelled in hockey for the Minneapolis Bungaloos and at University of Minnesota.
- Leo Kelly STMA '54 – Multi-sport athlete at Saint Thomas Academy: football, basketball and baseball. Pitched collegiately for the College of St. Thomas.
- Earl Wetzel '65 – Competed in football, hockey, baseball and track for the Cadets. He's the former Farmington high school football head coach who began his successful coaching career as a Saint Thomas Academy assistant coach.
- John Baskfield '83 – Multi-sport athlete: cross country, track, baseball. Accomplished speed skater who competed at the international level, including the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
- Nicholas Flood '84 – Played football and basketball at Saint Thomas Academy and the University of St. Thomas.
- Zavier Smith '98 – Smith competed in football, basketball and track at Saint Thomas Academy. In three varsity football seasons, he amassed over 3,000 rushing yards.
- Robert Worthington '98 – Played basketball and baseball at the Academy. He was the captain of the 1998 Saint Thomas Academy state championship basketball team and then went on to lead Lafayette College to multiple NCAA basketball tournament appearances and Patriot League championships.
- Hockey Co-Head Coach Thomas Vannelli – In his 16 seasons co-coaching with his brother Greg Vannelli '72, Tom guided the Cadets to over 360 wins, 5 state championships and double-digit state tournament appearances while mentoring his players to the next levels of hockey.
The Hall of Fame seeks to recognize those outstanding athletes who helped establish Saint Thomas Academy as a strong competitor in Minnesota high school sports, as well as loyal supporters who contributed to the success of the Academy’s athletes and teams.
Saint Thomas Academy Athletic Hall of Fame Mission Statement
To instill and preserve pride in the rich tradition of Saint Thomas Academy by celebrating the outstanding athletic accomplishments or contributions to the athletic history and traditions of the Academy by alumni athletes, their coaches, directors, advisors and loyal supporters.