Tickets are on sale for the 21st annual Blue & Gold Banquet celebrating the Jesuit Dallas Sports Hall of Fame scheduled for Saturday, May 4. The Rangers are historically one of the strongest high school athletic programs in the state, having won 124 state championships, and a state-best 66 boy’s district titles since joining the UIL in 2003. Four men that have shaped that remarkable legacy are among those that will be inducted at this year’s ceremony, which is open to all supporters of the Jesuit community. In addition, the evening will honor John Boykin ’54, a key figure in the creation of the Jesuit Dallas Sports Hall of Fame and the 2019 recipient of the Gold Ranger Award. Purchase your tickets here.
Kenny Cooper ’03
A star forward for the Jesuit Dallas soccer program, Cooper stitched together the most impressive pro career of any soccer alumnus in School history. A 2003 McDonald’s All-American and Dallas Morning News Player of the Year, Cooper was signed to Manchester United Soccer Club directly out of high school, beginning a 15-year pro career that included clubs in Portugal, Germany, England, the United States, and Canada.
From 2006-09, Cooper scored 40 goals for FC Dallas. Leading the league with four game-winning goals during the 2008 season, Cooper was named to the MLS all-star team and was later named to the MLS Best XI and as the MLS Comeback Player of the Year. That same season saw Cooper earn his first World Cup Qualifying start and his first World Cup qualifying-round goal against Guatemala. In 2009, Cooper scored the game-winning goal for the United States in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and then added another goal in the semifinals five days later.
After a successful stint with 1860 Munich in the top flight of Germany’s Bundesliga, Cooper returned to the MLS where he scored 27 goals over two seasons with the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas. In 2014, Cooper helped the Seattle Sounders in capturing the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Scoring six goals in four games, he was named the U.S. Open Cup Player of the Tournament.
Matt Delzell ’99
A two-time state champion point guard for the Rangers, Matt Delzell went from walk-on to starter to star for the University of San Diego basketball program. Despite being a walk-on for the Toreros in 1999, Delzell ended up starting 25 games as a freshman. Becoming just the second player named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team four straight years, he was selected as the Student Athlete of the Year in the WCC as a senior.
Delzell was a steady force for the Toreros, and in 2003, he led USD to its first WCC Championship. Delzell scored a game-high 20 points in the WCC semifinal and later was named to the WCC All-Tournament team after helping to author USD’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 years.
Delzell, who was captain of the Toreros as a senior and selected co-MVP by coaches and teammates following the season, was a two-time USD Student-Athlete of the Year. During his senior campaign in which he averaged 8 points and a team-best 3.6 assists per game, Delzell shot 48% from behind the arc and finished fifth in the nation in three-point shooting.
Jeff Fellows ’97
A two-time all-district and all-state selection, Jeff Fellows was the first star in Jesuit’s storied, if young, lacrosse history. As a senior, he was named captain of the elite travel squad, Team Texas, but his legendary status was cemented in 1997 when he became the first alumnus to be named U.S. Lacrosse All-American.
Fellows enjoyed a standout season at the Naval Academy Prep School following graduation from Jesuit. Scoring a hat trick in his first game, the Prep school’s team captain scored four goals, including the game-winner in the much-anticipated Little Army-Navy game.
Fellows went to become a four-year letterwinner and starter for the Midshipmen, who ranked among the top 20 college programs in the country during all four of his years while going a perfect 4-0 against the archrival Army Black Knights. Anchoring the midfield with his tough, relentless play, he capped his senior year by being named the recipient of the Lt. j.g. Frank McKeone Award for spirit, sportsmanship and as the team's unsung hero.
In 2017, following 15 years of active duty service piloting F/A-18EF Super Hornets and the F-35C Lightning II Strike Fighter, Fellows was selected to command the Navy’s first F-35C Strike Fighter squadron. In 2018, he started his command tour with VFA 147 Argonauts.
Matthew Thompson ’09
One of the most decorated athletes in the history of Jesuit Dallas, Thompson left a wake of swimming records and accomplishments at the high school, collegiate, and national level. A six-time UIL state champion, seven-time junior national champion, and 14-time NISCA/Speedo All-American, Thompson capped a dazzling high school swimming career by collecting three top-10 finishes at the 2009 U.S. World Championships.
Holding School records in five individual events and two relays, Thompson was twice named the top swimmer in Texas and was a four-time regional swimmer of the year. Authoring a pair of Texas state records, Thompson established a national record in the 200 IM during his senior season.
Thompson earned a scholarship to Stanford University, where he was a five-time NCAA All-American, PAC-12 champion, and a four-time Academic All-Pac 12 selection. A two-time semifinalist in the 200 back at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Thompson earned a Bronze medal at the 2011 U.S. National Championships.
Thompson, who was a two-time champion at the 2018 Senior Metropolitan Short Course Winter Championships, still ranks among the top 15 in Stanford history in the 200 back, 200 IM, and 400 IM.