Ten Inducted into STVM Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Jan 08, 2019

On Saturday, January 5, the STVM Athletic Booster Club inducted the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018! Congratulations to these individuals:

Angelo Caponi VM01
Angelo was not only a 2-way starter and Co-Captain in football, but also excelled in wrestling. He was a Champion in the Bill Dies Memorial Tournament, one of the elite wrestling tournaments in the country. Angelo, won 115 career wrestling matches in 4 years and he was 40-3 during his senior year.  During his senior year, he was also named All-State, was an individual State Champion and contributed to STVM Wrestling State Championship. Angelo went on scholarship to Mercyhurst University where he was a 4-year varsity wrestler wrestling and never missed a match. He was a 2-time Co-Captain, a 4-time NCAA East Regional Placer, and a 3-time NCAA National Qualifier.  He graduated from Mercyhurst in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts focused in Business & Competitive Intelligence.

Kevin Fratturra VM93
Kevin was a versatile athlete who played multiple positions in both baseball and football. During Kevin’s junior year, both teams made it to the State Semifinals. In his senior football season, he served as team captain and played tight end/receiver on offense, linebacker on defense, and played on all special teams. According to Coach Cistone, “Kevin was an outstanding player with size and speed and was an excellent blocker.” As a 3-year starter in baseball, Kevin led the team in home runs, batted .375 and had a slugging percentage of .532. Kevin accepted a scholarship to Fordham University where he was a 4-year starter in football. Kevin graduated with a degree in Finance and went on to coach collegiate football at Columbia University. Kevin is now VP of Sales and Marketing for the New York Giants. Kevin lives in New Jersey with his wife, Lindsay, and two children: Austen, 13 and Isabella, 10. Kevin is the grandson of Al Frattura, STVM 1978 Hall of Fame Inductee.

Art Hunter V49
A St. Vincent 1949 graduate, Art earned 4 letters each, in football and basketball and 2 in baseball. Art was given a full ride scholarship to The University of Notre Dame. There, he was a 3-year starter playing football under coach Frank Leahy. He was a 1953 Consensus All-American and played in the East vs West All-Star Shrine game. In his 3 years as a starter with Notre Dame, the team compiled a 23-4-3 record finishing 13th,3rd and 2nd in the nation. Art was a first round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1954. Art played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Packers, the Browns, the Rams, and the Steelers, played in one Pro Bowl and earned  2nd Team All-NFL in 1960. Art passed away in 2009.

Mike Hurley VM02
Mike was a 3-year placer in wrestling and a State Champion wrestler in 2002. Mike was also part of the 2001 State Wrestling Championship team. He was part of a resurgence of the STVM wrestling team success along with other STVM Hall of Fame Inductees. Mike, his brother and Dad have a wrestling club called “The Neighborhood Wrestling Club” that provides high-level wrestling instruction to young, local wrestlers.  Mike is also employed as a Creative Consultant.

Ryan Hurley VM03
Ryan excelled in wrestling, winning State in his weight class and contributing to the Wrestling Team State Championship in 2001. Ryan was a 4-year State placer. In football, he was a 4-year letter winner, a 2-year starter and part of the state playoffs in 2001 and 2002. Ryan, his brother and dad now have a wrestling club called “The Neighborhood Wrestling Club” that provides high-level wrestling instruction to young, local wrestlers. Ryan is also employed at S.A. Comunale.

Coach Dru Joyce
Dru started his coaching career at STVM in 2000 as an assistant coach.  During this period, the Irish won 2 State Championships. In 2002 Dru took over as head coach and coached the Irish to a State Championship and National Championship in 2003 and to four State Championships in 2009, 2011, 2017 and 2018. The Irish were state runner-ups in 2002, 2013, 2016 and had 2 Final Four finishes in 2006 and 2014.  12 out of his 19 years as Assistant and Head Coach Dru has qualified for State. Dru coached many college-level and professional players including Lebron James. Dru has compiled 354 wins and 107 losses, a 76.79% winning percentage. Dru is still coaching the Fighting Irish.

Andre Knott VM96
Andre was a 3-year letter winner in football and baseball. In football, Andre was selected for the All-City Offensive and Defensive teams both his junior and senior year. He was also 2nd team All-Ohio and Team MVP both years. A couple of Andre’s individual bests were 206 yds rushing vs Stow and 191 yds and 4 touchdowns vs Bedford in 1994. Andre ended up with 1,995 career yards rushing including 1,013 yards in 1994 and 23 career touchdowns. In baseball, Andre led the team with 9 triples and helped lead the team to the State Semifinals. Andre accepted a football scholarship to Kent State University. He is now employed by Fox Sports and iHeartMedia and serves as a sideline reporter for the Cleveland Indians. Andre and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Wadsworth, Ohio with their children: Isabella and AJ.

Dick Lang V56
Dick has devoted many years and time in support of St. Vincent and STVM sports - 60 years to be exact. For over 30 years, he has sold tickets at multiple gates and for multiple sports. Dick served as PR director at STVM in 1994 and Dick currently serves on the Finance Committee.  Besides his long dedication to St. V and STVM, Dick has worked for 35 years with The Akron Touchdown Club, 40 years with CYO, 32 years with The World Series of Golf, as well as various other organizations.  Dick has been a St. V-M Booster Club Member for over 50 years and his dedication to Irish Athletics has earned him his induction to the STVM Hall of Fame.

Brian Unk VM92
Brian played 3 sports, was a 4-year letter winner in golf and tennis, and a 2-year letter winner in basketball.  In tennis, Brian served as Team Captain both his junior and senior years. He was also a State Qualifier as a Junior. Golf seemed to be Brian’s best sport, qualifying for state his sophomore, junior and senior year and finishing 3rd as an individual his senior year. During his senior season, he also served as Team Captain and earned the Team MVP award. Brian turned Pro in 1997 and was a 3-time Canadian PGA Tour winner.

Brandon Weems VM04
Brandon was part of the great Irish basketball teams of the early 2000’s Brandon appeared in 3 State Championships, helping the Irish win 2 State Championships and a National Championship. He went on to play college basketball at Walsh University where he was a 4-year starter and won a National Championship. There, he was also named Male Athlete of the Year during his senior year. Brandon was also working as a Graduate Assistant with the Athletic Department at The University of Kentucky when they won a National Championship in 2012.  Brandon is now working for the Cleveland Cavaliers as a Head Scout.