The Jesuit basketball program features Varsity, JV, and Freshman teams and a decades-long tradition of hardwood success, including three state championships, in 1950 (the first Catholic school to win a state title), 1984, and 2013. The 2012-13 team is considered perhaps the greatest in Tampa Bay-area history, having won 30 games by 10 or more points and going unbeaten against Florida competition en route to finishing 31-1 as State Champions. That team was honored in December 2022 at the inaugural Cookie Garcia Jesuit Invitational, during the 10th anniversary season of its championship
Head coach Neal Goldman enters his 36th season in 2022-23 with a career record of 672-305 and 15 District titles. Last season, 2021-22, the Tigers went 22-7 – their 8th consecutive 20-win season – as senior Patrick Ruffner had a breakout season leading the Tigers with 13.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, and 1.6 bpg.
In the 2020-21 season, Jesuit reached the State Semifinal, finishing 25-5 while capturing the Region Championship with three straight road wins. In the 2021 State Semifinal, the Tigers played into overtime vs. the eventual State champions, Pembroke Pines Charter, before succumbing in an epic game. It marked the 11th time Jesuit had captured the Region title to advance to the Final Four in the State Tournament, following 1941, '44, '46, '50, '76, '77, '84, '85, '13, and '16. Jesuit basketball also continues to excel in the classroom, earning 1st place honors in the FHSAA's Academic Team Champion standings in 2018 and 2nd place in 2019 and 2020!
The Jesuit basketball page on MaxPreps.com is regularly updated with the Jesuit basketball team roster, statistics, and results after every Varsity game.
On January 30, 2021, Ryan Weir '21 became the 16th player in Jesuit basketball history to score more than 1,000 points in his career. Jesuit athletic director Terry Rupp '84 is the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,705 points. View below the full list of Tigers who have achieved 1,000 career points.
Jesuit Basketball - 1,000 Career Points
- Terry Rupp - 1,705 - 1981-84
- Lou Piniella - 1,549 - 1959-61
- Reggie Reed - 1,372 - 1971-74
- Travis Johnson - 1,303 - 2009-13
- Jack Fleming - 1,280 - 2009-13
- Bob Bacon - 1,276 - 1956-58
- John Williams - 1,272 - 1978-81
- Gary Godsey - 1,210 - 1995-99
- Andrew Darst - 1,202 - 2003-07
- James Bunn - 1,177 - 1999-02
- Stevie Darst - 1,161 - 2014-16
- Alan Schonbrun - 1,146 - 1999-03
- Thomas Kaiser - 1,138 - 2003-06
- Ryan Weir - 1,082 - 2018-21
- Everette Egun - 1,060 - 1999-02
- Bob Gooding - 1,012 - 1953-55
Varsity Head Coach
Neal Goldman (36th season in 2022-23)
672-305 career record
Varsity Assistant Coaches
David Ritchie '91
JV Head Coach
JV Assistant Coach
Stevie Adamchak '14
Freshman Head Coach
Jonathan Barlaan '07
Freshman Assistant Coach
Mr. Peter Bell, S.J.