BR Basketball Begins New Season

Basketball vs Seton 2013 CoverThe Crusader Basketball team begins their new season on Monday in the Riverside Brookfield Thanksgiving tournament.

This isn’t any normal opening game.  For the first time in 25 seasons, Pat Richardson will not be leading the Crusaders from the bench.

Rick Harrigan ‘02, will begin his tenure as Brother Rice’s head coach Monday night at 8:00 P.M. as the Crusaders tip off against OPRF in the first game of four games throughout the week.

After playing at Augustana, Harrigan played professionally for two years before coming home to coach at Gallaudet University, Elmhurst College, and finally Augustana before returning to Brother Rice.

After a couple weeks of practice, the Crusaders are ready for games.  “We are looking to build upon the success and foundation that Coach Richardson paved for the past 25 years,” Harrigan said. “He took the program to new heights and we are looking to not only get back to those levels, but exceed them.”

Joining Coach Harrigan on the varsity staff are Ryan O’Reilly ‘01 and Tim Harrigan ‘04.  O’Reilly played college basketball at Iowa Wesleyan and won a CCL title as a senior.  Tim Harrigan graduated from St. Ambrose, where he played golf, and as a Crusader, was a member of the undefeated CCL team.

“I am very excited to have both Ryan and Tim on staff,” said Coach Harrigan.  “They come from Crusader basketball lineage, bring lots of energy, and are valuable assets to the team.”

Also on that undefeated CCL team were sophomore coaches Jim Murtaugh ‘05, and Dave Wills ‘04.  Both of these Crusaders are returning coaches and have earned 6 CCL titles, as players and coaches, combined.

“We expect to be very good with a balanced effort,” Coach Wills said.  “Our offense should be fun to watch.”

Rounding out the freshman staff are Mark Klutcharch ‘82 and Bob Alberts ‘85.  Alberts is coming out of coaching retirement for this assignment, as Klutcharch did with the sophomore team last year.  Both have been coaching at Brother Rice for 20 years, and between them have a combined 505 wins – 193 for Klutcharch and 312 for Alberts.

When asked about what they were looking forward to this season, the response was “working with the kids, and being back on the bench with a great friend.”

Visit the basketball website for a full schedule for the 2013-2014 season.

Welcome to the Circle of Champions Class of 2014

Circle-of-Champions-Logo-300x208The Circle of Champions Officers and Directors would like to welcome the Class of 2014:

Jim Augustine ’72, Brent Cunningham ’03, Pat Folliard ’73, Lee Fry ’64, Terry Garvey ’63, Bill Gleeson ’01, Vince Greene ’00, Pat Harvey ’98, George Horn ’84, Steve Klutcharch ’77, Tom Kurzawski ’75, Nick Markulin, Dan Nicholson ’04, Kevin Padden ’69, Jim Padden ’72, Mike Padden ’74, Mike Redden ’72, Bill Roche ’63, Raymond Schul, Tony Scheurich ’69, Br. Jay Toole, CFC, Mike Troy ’70, and the 1976 State Championship Baseball Team.

The Class of 2014 inductees will be announced for the first time in public during halftime of the Brother Rice Homecoming varsity game on Friday, September 27.

Circle of Champions Class of 2014 Nominations

Circle Nomination 2014Nominations for the Brother Rice Circle of Champions Class of 2014 are now being accepted for consideration.

Those who would like to nominate a candidate should download this nomination form.  Completed forms should be mailed to the Brother Rice Athletic Office at the following address:  Phil Cahill, Athletic Director, Brother Rice High School, 10001 So. Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60655

Nomination forms are due to the Brother Rice Athletic Office by Friday, July 26, 2013.

Brother Rice Remembers the Life of John Tracy ‘64

John Tracy 64 CoverIt is with deep sadness that Brother Rice High School announces the passing of John B. Tracy, Jr. ’64. John is the brother of James M. Tracy ’70, Timothy P. Tracy ’72 and the late Thomas D. Tracy ’65.

John attended Brother Rice High School, graduating in 1964. While at Brother Rice, he competed in every varsity basketball game during his four years, earning All-Catholic League as a junior and senior and also All-State honors. He is the school’s fifth leading scorer. He attended the University of Notre Dame on an athletic scholarship, graduating in 1968. At Notre Dame, he earned the basketball varsity letter, and during his senior year, he also served as a student assistant coach. In 1968, John came to Marquette Catholic High School, Michigan City, to serve as head basketball coach, where his teams won four conference titles and four tournament titles. He was also awarded “Area Coach of the Year” on four separate occasions. John then returned home to Chicago to serve as assistant basketball coach under former Notre Dame coach Gene Sullivan at Loyola University from 1988-1989. In 1991, he became the Dean of Students and head basketball coach at Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Prep. Under his direction, the Wolfpack basketball program won one North Sectional title, one York Tournament title, and, in 2000, captured SICP’s first Catholic League title in 42 years. One highlight of John’s coaching career was the school’s first and only Illinois Sweet Sixteen appearance. From 2009-2011, John was a television and radio color analyst for the Loyola University Ramblers. In 2011, he was inducted into the inaugural class of Brother Rice’s Circle of Champions, and in 2012, John was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League’s Hall of Fame.

John is survived by his children John Tracy III (Cheri), Mill Creek, IN, Kristine Tracy Lewis (Matthew), Carmel, IN, and stepdaughter Lauren Laramore, Wallingford, CT; grandchildren Quentin Tracy, MacKinnon Tracy, Alexander Tracy, Holly Tracy, Elizabeth Lewis, Ted Lewis, and Ben Lewis; mother of his children, Mary Laramore; brothers James Tracy (Deborah), Pleasanton, CA, Timothy Tracy (Anita), Ft Thomas, KY, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is loved by many and will be missed by us all.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Thomas Tracy.

Visitation on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at St Ignatius College Prep (Tully Hall), 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608 at 10:30 A.M., will precede the Funeral Mass at neighboring Holy Family Church at 12:30 P.M. A reception at Tully Hall will follow the Mass. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN, is handling arrangements.

The family would like to express a special thanks to the St. Anthony Hospice staff, Donna Suida RN and Pat Sandberg for the loving care of our Dad.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marquette Foundation-John Tracy Award, 306 West 10th Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360, or Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60655, or Saint Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608.

To sign the guestbook please visit and then select John Tracy from the list on the right-hand side of the webpage.

We Remember the Life of Chris Ulrich ’87

Chris UlrichChris Ulrich ’87 passed away on Monday, January 14, 2013 while working on his motorcycle, nine months after he was inducted into the Brother Rice Circle of Champions Athletic Hall of Fame.  Chris was deeply loved by family and friends and will be long remembered as one of the best athletes/swimmers in Brother Rice history.  We are proud to reprint two photos and a short profile that were published in April 14, 2012 Circle of Champions Memory Book, and in the Summer Rice Review Alumni Newsletter.

Chris, a two-sport standout in swimming and water polo, participated in both for all four years.  He earned an amazing four major letters in each sport during his Crusader athletic career.  As a member of the water polo team, Chris and his team won the state title during his junior year and took third in his senior campaign.  Chris had a stellar career as a member of the swim team.  In his junior year, Chris took fourth in state in the 100 yard butterfly.  His senior year culminated with Chris’s being the Illinois State Champion in the 100 yard butterfly and fifth place in the 50 yard freestyle, earning him the Lawless Award.  Chris made an appearance at the 1988 Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana in the 100 meter butterfly.  Chris continued his swimming career at Iowa State on scholarship, where he captured the Big Eight’s 100 meter butterfly title.  Chris competed at the NCAA Division I Championships as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team for the Cyclones.  Chris left Iowa State and continued his swimming career at Southwest Missouri State University.  As a Bear, Chris set school records in the 100 meter butterfly, the 100 meter freestyle, and the 50 meter freestyle.  As a junior at SMSU, Chris captured top honors in the 100 butterfly at the Midwest Regional Championships and placed second in the 200 IM and regional championships.  Ulrich finished in third at the Midwest Regional in total points scored for an individual.  Chris finished as a Big 8 Champion and an NCAA qualifier.

Chris Ulrich Swim

Christopher Martin Ulrich, CFD. Beloved son of Edward, Ret. Batallion Chief, CFD and Judy, Ret. CPD, Ulrich. Loving brother of the late Linda Marie and Annette Marie Ulrich. Loving owner of Fuzzy Bob. Dearest nephew of Rosemary (John) Kosaka and Barbara (the late Phil) Partipillo. Fond cousin of Christine (Christopher) Karpluk, Deborah (Cody) Lettiere, Melanie (John) Summers, Felicia and John Partipillo and great uncle of Colin, Kyle and Abby Karpluk, Joshua and Sophia Lettiere and Rosebud and Violet Summers. Funeral Saturday 9:45 a.m. from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn to St. Christina Church, Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Visitation Friday 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Member of Knights of Columbus, Fr. Perez Council 1444, Axemen Club and Illinois Patriot Guard. Info, 708-636-1193 or