Jesuit High School Tampa
Forming young men in the Tampa Bay area since 1899
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Athletics

Jesuit High School's tradition of excellence in athletics is second to none in the Tampa Bay area and among the very best in Florida every year. The Tigers perennially rank at the top of the Florida High School Athletic Association's athletic and academic rankings among all Florida schools.

In 2019-20, Jesuit repeated as State Champion in the Florida High School Athletic Association's All-Sports Award rankings, a.k.a. the FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup. The Tigers led the way not only in Class 5A, but over every school in Florida, tallying 101 points in the FHSAA's scoring system to win by 21.5 points over runner-up Lake Highland Prep. 

The Tigers annually rank at or near the very top among all FHSAA boys sports programs in the All-Sports Award rankings. The past seven years, since 2013-14, Jesuit has finished No. 1 three times statewide and never below 6th. Among Jesuit's 12 FHSAA sports programs, the Tigers have claimed District titles in 62 of 80 opportunities, a 77% clip, during that time. (Jesuit's four spring sports did not complete their seasons in 2020 due to COVID-19).

Leading the way for the Tigers in 2019-20 was the State Champion soccer (head coach Eric Sims) and wrestling (Sal Basile) teams, the District and Region champion football (Matt Thompson) and swimming (Bill Shaffer) teams, and the District champion golf (David Simmons) and basketball (Neal Goldman) teams.

The Tigers also excel annually in the FHSAA’s Academic Team Champion Award (ATC) results. Since 2013-14, Jesuit has finished 1st or 2nd annually in its overall classification in the ATC standings among boys sports programs. Every year during that time, at least one Jesuit team has ranked No. 1 in its respective sport in the ATC standings, and several years multiple teams have ranked 1st, including the basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, swimming, and bowling teams. 

Jesuit athletics is comprised of 22 teams in 12 sports - 12 Varsity, 7 JV, and 3 Freshman squads. Tiger teams have combined to win 24 state titles in eight sports: soccer (7), baseball (5), cross country (4), basketball (3), swimming (2), football (1), track & field (1), and wrestling (1). The athletic program involves student assistants in training, managing, announcing, live streaming, timing, and scoring. Interscholastic athletics are an important part of the total formation of Jesuit students, and every student is encouraged to participate in some way. Jesuit teams uphold the highest standards of sportsmanship, and Jesuit athletes compete for the greater glory of God, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (AMDG).  

Go Tigers!


FHSAA All-Sports standings



FHSAA Boys All-Sports Award - All Classifications 
  
2014-15 
SchoolPoints
1. Plantation American Heritage111.75
2. Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas106.75
3. Tallahassee Lawton Chiles96
4. Jacksonville Bolles91.75
5. Jesuit High School79.5
6. Weston Cypress Bay78
7. Orlando Lake Highland Prep76.75
8. Miami Belen Jesuit75
9. Miami Columbus66
10. Lake Mary63
  
2013-14 
SchoolPoints
1. Jesuit High School107
2. Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas103.5
3. Plantation American Heritage92.25
4. Orlando Lake Highland Prep92
5. Pinecrest Gulliver Prep77.75
6. Tallahassee Lawton Chiles74
7. Jacksonville Bolles73.5
8. Winter Park68
8. Homestead South Dade68
10. Orlando Dr. Phillips66.5

Athletic Program Awards

Athletic Program Awards

Jesuit’s athletic program, teams, and individual student-athletes have earned many awards and honors during the long history of the school. Below is a listing of some of the prominent program and team awards:

Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Boys Outstanding Athletic Program of the Year
1997-98
1998-99
2000-01
2005-06
2006-07
2011-12
2013-14

Tampa Bay Times Outstanding Athletic Program
1997-98
1998-99
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2013-14

Tampa Tribune Athletic Program of the Year
2003-2004

National Champions
Baseball - 1997
Soccer - 2001

State Champion Teams
Baseball - 1994, 1997, 2000, 2014, 2019
Basketball - 1950, 1984, 2013
Cross-Country - 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005
Football - 1968
Soccer - 1987, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
Swimming - 2017, 2018
Track - 2003

The Tiger Tradition

The Tiger Tradition

Jesuit High School has more than 100 years of athletic excellence. Since humble beginnings at the turn of the 19th century, Jesuit's athletic programs have developed, through the decades, into nationally recognized championship contenders.

These classic photos offer a glimpse of Jesuit's storied athletic history.


Al Lopez Sr. '27 was Florida's first professional baseball player. He is the namesake for Jesuit's Al Lopez Sports Complex.


Jesuit's 1943-44 basketball team won the Southwest Conference Championship.


1959 football


1944 tennis


1948 basketball


1959 swimming


1957 baseball


1921- Jesuit's first football team


1959 basketball - No. 4 is professional baseball legend Lou Piniella, who was a basketball star at Jesuit.


1938 football



1940 football


Swimming circa early 1950s


1968 State Championship football


Running back Leonard George - 1968 State Champion football. The first African-American to receive a scholarship to play at the University of Florida.


Coach Paul Straub during the construction of Jesuit's gym in 1961. Straub served Jesuit for 42 years as coach of several sports, and also as athletic director, alumni director, and teacher.


1980 baseball. Dave Magadan is in the back row, fifth from the right. Magadan spent more than a decade playing for several MLB teams.

Athletic Facilities

Jesuit High School is home to the area's premier high school athletic facilities, providing student-athletes with state-of-the-art venues, top training equipment, updated locker and shower facilities, and an aesthetically stimulating athletic environment.

Jesuit's on-campus facilities include the Al Lopez Sports Complex, Alumni Track & Field at Corral Memorial Stadium, the nationally recognized Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park, The Oliva Weight Room, The Agliano Training Room, and the Hamilton Locker Room.
 

Alumni Track & Field at Corral Memorial Stadium features a state-of-the-art synthetic playing field, which was resurfaced in 2015, and rubberized track surface. The playing field is used by the football, soccer, and lacrosse programs.

Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park was named field of the year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association. Its dimensions are 320 feet down the lines and 380 to center, and it is perhaps the finest athletic facility in the Tampa Bay area.

The Al Lopez Sports Complex houses the gymnasium (a.k.a. Tiger Palace), The Oliva Weight Room, The Agilano Training Room, The Hamilton Locker Room, the wrestling facility, additional locker rooms and shower facilities, physical education classrooms, and Athletic Department offices.

The south side of the Al Lopez Sports Complex overlooks Alumni Track and Field. The Oliva Weight Room inside the complex is equipped with elite, well-maintained equipment and features high, arched windows that overlook Alumni Track and Field and Corral Memorial Stadium, providing an inspirational view of the playing fields and stadium area. The Tigers' Den on the south side serves as the athletes' entrance to the locker room and training areas. 

 

 

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