Bronco alumni playing for ASU, USC, Stanford, Ivy League schools and Pittsburgh Pirates
By Ian C. Beck ’12 & Mason Smith ’11
The Brophy athletic program is more than the championship banners that fill the walls of Robson Gymnasium.
Over the years, Brophy has been producing high-caliber professional and collegiate athletes.
Brophy graduates include three NFL players, one NBA player, one professional soccer player, two Olympic swimmers and a professional golfer, according to the Brophy alumni office.
2001 Brophy Hall of Fame inductee Scott Garlick ’90 went on to enjoy a successful career in soccer after winning the 1990 state championship as a captain on Brophy’s soccer squad.
He has played in an MLS Championship Game, an MLS All Star Game and the CONCACAF Champions League championship game.
“The Brophy experience is more than just a high school education,” Garlick wrote in an e-mail. “It is an introduction to the world and to the excellence required to succeed in that world.”
Garlick called Brophy the launching pad for his success and said that Brophy taught him to expect only the best out of himself.
“The standard that was set by playing for state championships led directly to my future expectations and ultimately playing for the National Championship in the NCAA and MLS Cup Championships in professional soccer,” Garlick said.
The Brophy baseball team has also produced some collegiate and professional athletes in recent years.
Two recently graduated Bronco baseball players, Drew Maggi ’08 and Trent Stevenson ’09, are currently playing in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system.
Maggi was drafted in the 15th round by the Pirates in 2010 and was described as having “the makings of a blue-collar pro” by Jon Klima of baseballbeginnings.com, a website that scouts minor league prospects.
In a phone interview with The Roundup, Maggi said that while the coaches he had at Brophy helped build up his strength and his confidence, the impact the school had on him as a man was just as crucial.
“It’s actually kind of surprising how when I went out to Pirate City … they (did) a lot of stuff on your character and who you are as a man and I think Brophy taught me a lot about that,” Maggi said.
The Pirates drafted Stevenson in the seventh round and the pitcher has spent time on Single A and Rookie level minor league squads.
Mike Tree ’09, Trent Murphy ’09, Alex Garoutte ’10, Max Leonesio ’10 and several others are currently playing Division I football after finding success as part of the Brophy football team.
Tyler Hornaceck ’09, who played on the Brophy volleyball team, now plays at the University of Southern Carolina.