The newest members of Jesuit’s most exclusive athletic club will be formally inducted on Saturday, May 7 at the 2016 Blue & Gold Banquet celebrating the Jesuit Dallas Sports Hall of Fame. This year’s class includes the School’s first alumnus to pitch in Major League Baseball, a star defender for UNC soccer, a three-sport standout and multi-sport state champion, and a dominating defensive player on Jesuit’s star-studded football teams of the mid-1970s. The foursome earned numerous distinctions at the state, regional, and national level, while helping to pace the Rangers to eight team state championships during their years donning the Blue and Gold.
A two-sport headliner, Rich Rager ’75 was named TCIL Defensive Player of the Year and cited as an Honorable Mention All-America after his senior football season. Leading Jesuit Dallas to the 1974 TCIL State Football Championship, he was also a three-year starter at third base where he was part of a celebrated group that handed the School its first TCIL State Baseball Championship in 1973.
A two-time team captain and three-year letterman, Rich Wachsman ’88 was the star defender on an outstanding Jesuit Dallas soccer unit that ripped through the competition for three years in the late 80s. Helping guide the Rangers to a TCIL State Championship as a sophomore, Jesuit turned in back-to-back undefeated regular seasons his last two years, while ranking No. 1 in the Dallas Morning News area rankings for the entirety of both seasons. Wachsman accepted a scholarship at the University of North Carolina, where he started for four years as a stopper, sweeper, and defensive midfielder en route to First Team All-ACC honors.
Kevin Hart ’01 ascended through the baseball ranks en route to becoming Jesuit’s first alumnus to reach the Major Leagues. After notable stints in high school and college, Hart enjoyed an eight-year career in the pros, including seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. Hart was twice named first team all-state and helped lead Jesuit to the 1999 TCIL State Championship. He later paced Navarro College to a second-place finish at the 2003 NJCAA Regional Championships, before transferring to the University of Maryland, where he served as the Terrapins’ top pitcher and was named First Team All-ACC. After fantastic stops through the minors, Hart made his major league debut with the Cubs on Sept. 4, 2007 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Matt Upton ’02 was one of the most versatile student-athletes in Jesuit Dallas lore. A distinguished three-sport athlete and nine-time letterwinner, he played a key role in leading the Rangers to the 2001 Texas Rugby State Championship and the 2002 Texas Prep State Wrestling Championship. Ending his wrestling career with an overall record of 117-11 (.914), he was a four-time state medalist, as well as the 2001 and 2002 Texas Prep state heavyweight champion. And while he was also an accomplished star in football, Upton’s future was in rugby, where after a decorated high school career, he excelled at both the collegiate and professional levels.
In addition to the Hall’s four new inductees, the evening also celebrates the on-going career of Bob Wunderlick ’84, who for four decades has impacted Jesuit Dallas as a teacher, coach, mentor, volunteer, and friend. Most fondly remembered for leading Ranger football to four consecutive TCIL State Championships in the program’s final years before its historic transition to the UIL, Wunderlick is set to receive the Gold Ranger Award, which is presented to a Jesuit letterman who has brought honor to Jesuit; made contributions that have had lasting, positive effects on his fellow citizens; made a significant contribution to the Jesuit community; and lived and performed as a Man for Others.
The Blue & Gold Sports Hall of Fame Banquet begins at 6 p.m. in the Terry Center on the Jesuit campus. CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket and help celebrate Jesuit’s rich athletic history.