Welcome to the Holy Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame
Web Site


June 6, 2005

6:00 p.m. Cocktails

7:00 p.m. Dinner

Induction Ceremony Following Dinner


Thomas V. Bednar President


Master of Ceremonies

Steven J. Gladden

Head Track and Field Coach and Cross-Country Coach

Athletic Hall of Fame Committee

Chet Lis, ’58 Chairperson

Ron Sowizrol, ’57

Denis Zamirowski, ’63

Joe Gliwa, ’55

Len Karwowski, ’51

Induction Presentation


Ted Jarosz


Class of 1948



Brother Ambrose Nowak, C.S.C.

HTHS 1941-1947, 1958-1961,

Athletic Director, Champion for Athletics & Principal

Ronald (Ron) Heiden


Class of 1954



Henry Brandt Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient

Jorge Hernandez Arreguin

Class of 1985

Presented By Tim Bopp

Vice-President of Institutional Development





Ted Jarocz

Football, Class of 1948

Presenter: Chet Lis

Ted, pound for pound at 5’8’’, 145 lbs., was a very dedicated and dominant player. Playing center and guard on offense and linebacker and guard on defense, he was a three year starter and three year major letter winner. As a senior he earned numerous distinctions, which included serving as a team captain, being selected for the Catholic League North Section All Star Team, and playing in the annual Catholic League North vs. South football game. Additionally, one of the opponent high schools, St. George, selected Ted to their All Opponent First Team and selected him as Captain. Purdue University also selected him as “Outstanding Senior”.


Ted received a football scholarship to Lewis College (now Lewis University) in Romeoville. For the Lewis College Flyers, he played center and guard on offense and linebacker and guard on defense and was a 4 year letterman. He was a Co-Captain and All-Conference Linebacker in his senior year. The Flyers were very successful during his college career, winning three conference championships while Ted was a freshman, sophomore and senior.


He was the head football coach at HTHS in 1956–57 and 1957-1958 and has been nominated to the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame.


After college, Ted went to work for Bishop Sheil at St. Andrews Parish managing the recreation center and working with the youth of the parish. He then had a tour of duty in the Army during the Korean War, spending most of his time working at the Pentagon in the computer section. After the Army, he held various positions including: Assistant Coach at DeLaSalle H.S., Head Football Coach at HTHS, educator at HTHS and working for the mayor of Bridgeview. He then moved to the Elkhart, Indiana and the Edwardsburg, Michigan area where he spent 40 years working for Eaz-Lift Spring Corporation a manufacturer of hitches and various other towing components for the recreational vehicle industry. Ted held various positions including Plant Manager and National Sales Manager.

Ted and his wife Alice have been married 52 years and have 5 children, Teresa, Laura, Julia, James and Jonathan. They have 6 grandchildren, Kyle, Leo, Sara, Brandy, Caitlin and Hannah. They also have 3 great grandchildren, Jermiah, Adrianna and Alexander.





Brother Ambrose Nowak, C.S.C.

HTHS 1941 – 1947, 1958 - 1961

Athletic Director, Champion for Athletics & Principal

Presenter: Brother Robert Fillmore, C.S.C.

Brother Ambrose was the Athletic Director at HTHS in the early 1940’s, and he returned in 1958 to serve as principal until 1961. As a pioneer of Holy Trinity athletics, he established the football program and revived other athletic programs that were dormant in the early 1940’s. In 1945-46, he brought HTHS from the neighborhood league to the Catholic League for football, basketball and baseball. Brother Ambrose was largely responsible for building up the athletic program at HTHS with new uniforms, larger schedules, a new scoreboard and new bleachers in the gym, and a rented bus. He served as Treasurer-Secretary in the Chicago Catholic League in 1945-46. He played a big part in recruiting the 1947-48 and 1948-49 basketball teams. The 1948-49 Junior Basketball Team won the Fenwick Junior Basketball Tournament.

As a champion for Holy Trinity beyond the court and field, he was very instrumental in building up enrollment by going to grammar schools and talking to students. He was a very good math teacher. He was the Brother who talked with a proud father in the bleachers at a football game and told him how great his son was out there on the field. He was a Holy Cross Brother in the truest sense—he was really seen as everyone’s brother.

Brother Ambrose was a principal three times at various high schools. Joe Gliwa, Class of 1955 and HTHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, was hired by Brother Ambrose to teach at HTHS after Joe graduated from Purdue.

Brother Ambrose died on Nov. 21, 1975 in Akron, Ohio of a heart attack while attending a high school football game. He was teaching mathematics at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.



Ronald (Ron) Heiden

Football, Class of 1954

Presenter: Kenneth Watt

Ron, a member of the football team for four years, was a starter on the football team as a sophomore and was a major letter winner in his sophomore, junior and senior years. On offense he played fullback and on defense he played linebacker. Throughout his high school career, he was noted as one of the better running backs in the Catholic League. During his senior year, Ron moved into the top ranks of Catholic League running backs, as he had a two-game stretch where he ran close to 600 yards and scored six touchdowns. The 1953-54 season was one of the most successful football seasons HTHS has ever had with a record of 5 wins and 3 loses.

As a sophomore and junior, Ron was selected by the Chicago Daily News as an All North Section Catholic League Honorable Mention. In his junior year, the Herald American selected him as All Catholic League Honorable Mention. In his senior year, he earned All State Honorable Mention in the Chicago American, All Catholic League 2nd Team in the Chicago American, All North Section in the Chicago Tribune and All Catholic League 3rd Team in the New World. Ron was a member of the Student Council in his freshman year and Vice President in his sophomore and junior years. He received a football scholarship to the University of Illinois.

After leaving the University of Illinois, Ron joined the Chicago Police Department in 1961 and retired in 1991 with 30 years of service. He served as a beat officer, youth officer, youth official, traffic officer, undercover officer and finally lock-up officer. After retirement, Ron started his own indoor and outdoor painting business. The business was successful until he had to slow down in 2001 when he had a single by-pass.

Ron and his wife Loretta have 6 children, 3 granddaughters and 4 grandsons.

Athletic Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumnus Award

This award is named after the legendary basketball player, baseball player, captain and coach who was the very first coach at Holy Trinity, a charter member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame and a man who gave years of service for Holy Trinity and its students. The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes a graduate that is committed to and gives unselfishly to the school.


Jorge Hernandez Arreguin

Henry Brandt Distinguished Alumnus Award

Class of 1985

Presenter: Tim Bopp

Vice-President of Institutional Development


Jorge graduated from Holy Trinity in 1985 as the class valedictorian. He also received the coveted Student of the Year Award, was the National Honor Society president, the editor-in-chief of the Gold and Blue student newspaper and the senior editor of the school yearbook. Academically, he received the Mathematics Award (top math student in school) and Junior Citizenship Award, where he was the district winner and placed third out of sixteen finalists for the city title. He was an Illinois State and Notre Dame Scholar. Athletically, Jorge was a varsity letter winner all 4 years for the track and field team and selected for the Chicago Prep Conference All Academic Team for three consecutive years. After graduation, Jorge headed to the University of Notre Dame where he graduated in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics.


From Notre Dame, Jorge returned to Holy Trinity High School where for the next 16 years he taught every single math class the school offered to all levels and grade of student. He also became moderator of several organizations (school newspaper and National Honor Society), worked on several committees (student responsibility, activity period, calendar and National Honor Society selection), participated in several Boards (Discipline and President’s Advisory Council) and successfully coached girls and boys basketball, boys and girls track and field and boys and girls cross country. He was also assistant athletic director for 6 years.


While at Holy Trinity as a teacher and coach, he has been honored many times for his accomplishments including Teacher of the Year for Holy Trinity High School in 2004, Coach of the Year for Holy Trinity High School in 2003 and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award for District One in 2001.

Current Members

Holy Trinity High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Don “Red” Amidei, Basketball and Baseball, Class of 1945, Inducted 2000

Don “Tuffy” Balicki, Basketball, Class of 1957, Inducted 1999

Henry J. Brandt, Coach, Class of 1927, Inducted 1999

Leonard “Len” Czarnecki, Basketball and Football, Class of 1948, Inducted 2000

William “Red” Daletski, Football, Class of 1952, Inducted 2003

Ralph Gatto, Basketball, Class of 1948, Inducted 2004

Robert Glazik, Basketball, Class of 1967, Inducted 2003

Joe “Herman” Gliwa, Football, Class of 1955, Inducted 1999

Brother Alfred Grilli, C.S.C., Band Director 1942 – 1987, Inducted 1999

Brother Tom Henning, C.S.C., Athletic Director, Faculty & Staff 1958-1970, 1989-1992, Inducted 2002

John “Jack” Krol, Baseball and Basketball, Class of 1953, Inducted 2001

Stephen Kubiatowski, Basketball and Golf, Class of 1953, Inducted 2001

Marcus Overstreet, Basketball, Class of 1993, Inducted 2003

August “Gus” Pasquini, Football and Basketball, Class of 1951,

Inducted 2000

Michael “Mickey” Salzinski, Class of 1956, Basketball, Inducted 2001

Ted Schultz, Football, Class of 1951, Inducted 2004

Adam Sochacki, Football, Class of 1960, Inducted 2004

Richard “Honey” Starzyk, Basketball, Class of 1938, Inducted 2002

Belinda Williams, Volleyball, Track & Field, Class of 1993, Inducted 2002

Frank “Andy” Wodziak, Football, Class of 1949, Inducted 1999


Current Members

Henry Brandt Distinguished Alumnus Award


Chester “Chet” Lis, Class of 1958, Inducted 2004



Thank You This booklet was put together with the teamwork of two former Tiger football co-captains.  Chester Lis '58, e-mailed the text to Greg Lopatka '58.  Greg printed it on his home computer and created this web page. 



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