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City Championship Celebration

Honoring the Legends of Saint Ignatius Football

The Saint Ignatius football program has a lengthy history full of success and tradition.

In 35 years under Head Coach Chuck Kyle '69, the Football Cats have enjoyed plenty of victories, with a record 11 OHSAA Division I State Championships. The Wildcats are a consistent football powerhouse. 

The Wildcats' success stretches far beyond 1988, however. Saint Ignatius has won 12 City Championships, the first won in 1925 and the final title coming in 1977.

In 2017, the Athletic Department will highlight these 12 City Championship teams.

Saint Ignatius will welcome its city champion alumni to campus on Friday, October 20 for practice beginning at 3:30 pm, and to a reception afterwards in Sullivan Atrium. In addition, city champion alumni will receive free tickets to attend the Saint Ignatius varsity football game vs. St. Xavier at Byers Field on Saturday, October 21 at 3 p.m.

The City Champs will be honored with a pre-game video, and will be invited to form a tunnel for the Wildcats to run through before facing the Bombers. The first 50 registrants are also guaranteed a special, limited time only T-shirt. 

Register below for this special event honoring some of the finest football players to walk the halls of Saint Ignatius. 


Coach John Wirtz (left) guided the Wildcats to 4 city championships.

The legendary 1964 Saint Ignatius football team.

The legendary 1964 Saint Ignatius football team.

For more information, contact:

Garen Distelhorst

Director of Alumni Relations and Athletic Gifts Officer gdistelhorst@ignatius.edu

Phone: 216-651-0222 x262

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