Green Wave Football Wins in First Round of Division IV Playoffs

Green Wave Football Wins in First Round of Division IV Playoffs

The Holy Name Community is incredibly proud of the Varsity Football Team after their 50-43 first round playoff victory over #2 seed Perry Saturday night!

Leading the Green Wave was senior running back Shakif “Fish” Seymour, who rushed for 391 yards and scored six touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Joe Carter also ran in for a Holy Name touchdown. Senior kicker Marty Wallace was a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs, with Seymour also successfully running in for a two-point conversion to account for all of the season-high 50 points scored by the Namers.

With the win, the Namers continue on in the Division IV playoffs. The next game will be played against #3 seed Mantua Crestwood (9-2) on Saturday, November 14 at Nordonia High School’s William Boliantz Stadium. Gametime is set for 7 p.m. The stadium’s address is 8006 South Bedford Road, Macedonia, OH 44056.

Ticket information for next Saturday’s game versus Crestwood will be released as soon as it is available.

For more game highlights, read’s story here.

To vote for Fish Seymour as’s Saturday Top Performer, go to this site and vote as many times as you can!

To watch video of yesterday’s outstanding offensive performance and to hear both Fish Seymour’s and Coach Dan Wondolowski’s reactions after the win, visit this page.

To see pictures of the game taken by talented Holy Name senior Tara Byrne, visit her Flickr album here.

Go Green Wave and good luck against Crestwood next weekend!

Watch John Banaszak ’68 Deliver Motivational Speech to Holy Name Students

Watch John Banaszak ’68 Deliver Motivational Speech to Holy Name Students

Super Bowl Champion John Banaszak ’68 Presents HN with Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Golden Football

Super Bowl Champion John Banaszak ’68 Presents HN with Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Golden Football

Three-time Super Bowl Champion and 1968 Holy Name High School graduate John Banaszak helped Holy Name students, alumni and supporters celebrate the school’s inclusion on the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll this past Friday. Banaszak, who played in Super Bowls X, XIII and XIV for the Pittsburgh Steelers and whose role on the teams allowed Holy Name to receive this honor, presented the school with a Golden Football provided by Wilson.

The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll was created this year by the National Football League to commemorate Super Bowl 50, which will be played Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay area. The Honor Roll recognizes more than 2,000 high schools who have had a player or coach included on an active Super Bowl roster. Schools honored receive a Golden Football that features the school’s name and location, the player’s name and the Super Bowl(s) that he appeared in during his NFL career.

Banaszak first presented the Golden Football during an all-school assembly at Holy Name on Friday. He was introduced by his wife, fellow 1968 Holy Name graduate Mary Redig Banaszak. Following this introduction, Banaszak spoke to the students about how he went from a student at Holy Name, to a member of three Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl teams. This journey included time spent in the United States Marine Corps, as a college athlete at Eastern Michigan University, as an entrepreneur, and now, as a head football coach at Division I FCS school Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh.

“When I reflect on the past 50 years, I think about the odds of something like this ever happening to a kid and his wife from the corner of Broadway and Harvard,” said Banaszak during his speech. “And I realize, not only how lucky we were in our journey, but how blessed and fortunate that Mary and I have been.”

One lesson Banaszak shared is that you should never give up on your dreams. He said, “Fight hard, fight long. Fight long and you, too, will be rewarded with a fulfilling life. A meaningful life.” Additionally, right before presenting the Golden Football, Banaszak thanked “Wilson and the National Football League for giving me the opportunity to give something back to my alma mater, Holy Name High School.”

On Friday evening, Banaszak met and greeted fans before the Holy Name-Valley Forge Varsity Football Game at Byers Field. Between the first and second quarters, he went onto the field and once again presented the Golden Football, this time to all Holy Name alumni, friends and supporters in attendance. The Golden Football, along with a Pittsburgh Steelers’ jersey signed by Banaszak, will now be displayed in one of the school’s trophy cases.

Thank you to John and Mary for spending their Friday with us, and for giving Holy Name this great honor!

*Photos taken by Tara Byrne Photography (HN Student Class of 2016) and Holy Name High School*

Holy Name Hosts Successful Team Up for Turf Summer Event

Holy Name Hosts Successful Team Up for Turf Summer Event

Loyal Holy Name parents, alumni, and supporters gathered on Thursday, August 6 to celebrate the conclusion of summer and to hear more information about Holy Name’s Team Up for Turf initiative. The project includes building a turf field and a six-lane track in place of the school’s current grass field and non-regulation track. The new facility will serve as a multi-purpose complex for athletic teams and extracurricular activities. Approximately $1.5 million is needed for the field, track, and all other amenities, and already $570,000 has been pledged and raised toward the project. However, additional support is needed to make the project a reality.

To start the discussion on the Team Up for Turf initiative, Director of Advancement Ray Murphy spoke about the benefits of building a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field and all-weather track at Holy Name, and also explained the planned phases of the project. Phase one will be to install the turf field and track base; phase two will be to apply a polyurethane surface to the track; and phase three will be to add amenities such as stands, a ticket gate, and a concession stand. The goal is to have phase one of the project – the installation of the turf field – completed by the beginning of the 2016 fall sports season.

Cicerchi Development President and CEO Rich Cicerchi ’65, whose generous support is helping to make Cicerchi Field possible, explained how extracurricular activities, particularly football, play an integral role in his life. He shared the many character intangibles that he learned while at Holy Name, and stressed that it’s important to have a field where current and future Namers can continue to have an experience that allows them to develop strong character traits and important life skills.

Additionally, former Cleveland Browns player Kevin Mack added excitement to the event and spent time mingling and greeting attendees. The Holy Name Football Team even took a quick break from their practice to meet the two-time Pro Bowl selection and took a quick picture with him!

Thank you to all who attended the event and have already supported the Team Up for Turf Project – your help is greatly appreciated! We are also grateful for the new donors who made pledges on Thursday, and those who are still considering a gift that will make a difference. If you would like more information on the Team Up for Turf Project, or would like to learn how to make a pledge, please visit You can also call Director of Advancement Ray Murphy at (440) 886-0300 ext. 111 or email him at with any questions.

Shelbrey Blanc Announced as new Principal

Shelbrey Blanc Announced as new Principal

Holy Name High School | March 10, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our search for a new Principal of Holy Name High School. Effective July 1, 2014 Shelbrey Blanc ’95 will become the new principal of Holy Name. Mrs. Blanc is currently the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Teacher Supervision at Holy Name, a position she has held since 2009. She will become the first female lay principal in Holy Name’s history.
During her high school years at Holy Name she was freshman and sophomore class president, a 4 year participant on the track team, president of French club, and a member of the National Honor Society.

Upon graduation from Holy Name, Mrs. Blanc attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Language in French in 1999. She was then named a teaching fellow at Boston College where she taught Elementary and Intermediate French classes to undergraduates and also earned her Master’s degree there in 2001.

Prior to returning to Holy Name as a French teacher and Foreign Language Department Chairperson, Mrs. Blanc worked as an English instructor to adolescents and adults in Lyon, France for two years.

“I am thrilled to accept the position of Principal of my alma mater and I look forward to working with the alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and students of Holy Name by leading the continued development of the oldest co-educational Catholic high school in the Diocese of Cleveland,” Mrs. Blanc expressed.

With this appointment Holy Name joins other diocesan high schools in adopting the successful model of separating the offices of principals and presidents. Current President/Principal Ben Farmer will continue as President of Holy Name.

“We are delighted that Shelbrey’s love for the Holy Name community is translating into a new role as principal. We welcome a new energy as this model of administration is initiated,” stated Ms. Margaret Lyons, Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education and Superintendent of Schools.
Please join us in congratulating Shelbrey Blanc and welcoming her into her new role at Holy Name.

Thank you,
The Administration of Holy Name High School.

Alumni Profile: John and Mary Banaszak Class of ’68

Alumni Profile: John and Mary Banaszak Class of ’68

THE WAVE | Winter 2013

John and Mary Banaszak, both of the Class of 1968, understand choices made at Holy Name High School can affect graduates’ lives and careers for years to come.banazak

John, who played football and basketball and ran track at Holy Name, went on to enjoy phenomenal success with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University he was signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent in 1975 and played for the team until 1981, winning three Super Bowl Championships. He later played for the Michigan Panthers in the United States Football League, winning the league championship in 1983. He currently serves as assistant football coach at Robert Morris University.

“At Holy Name, I was a pretty good football player on a really good football team that finished 8-1. I was a tall, skinny kid coming out of Holy Name at 17 years old, and the school definitely affected my career. We were always the underdogs — the Little Davids against Goliath. I remember a lot of games against teams that were much bigger, faster and stronger than we were, but we found a way to win, and that’s how my entire career was.” In 1976 John was inducted into the Holy Name Hall of Fame with a Special Recognition Award, given to individuals “who have impacted Holy Name in some positive way or have achieved outstanding success in their fields.”

Mary Banaszak, formerly Redig, also discovered her career, nursing, through Holy Name. A member of the National Honor Society she joined Future Nurses of America to participate in an extracurricular but soon found she had a passion for the field. She attended the now-closed St. Alexis Hospital School of Nursing and still maintains an active license. Today she is the CEO of Greenbriar Treatment Center, a drug and alcohol treatment system that she’s helped grow from one site to a network of 11 facilities.

“I knew from my sophomore year at Holy Name that I wanted to be a nurse,” Mary says. “I felt well-prepared for the field. I took classes geared toward science and Latin, which was a requirement for nursing school. My exposure at Holy Name definitely grew my interest in nursing.”

The Banaszaks’ choice to attend a Sadie Hawkins dance together also changed their lives. Mary asked John to the dance, and although it was cancelled, the couple went on a date anyway. They have now been married for 42 years.

John and Mary come from a family of Namers; Mary’s father and two brothers attended the school, as well as John’s sister. They also made many friends at Holy Name and still keep in touch with several of them.

“I do believe lifelong relationships are more indicative of a Catholic school than a public school,” Mary says. “We met several people we’ve kept in touch with. Two summers ago, we rented a place near Cedar Point, and I had two good friends from Holy Name come spend the day with me. It was so much fun. They brought pictures and we talked about our time at the school. I can’t put a price on it; those were some of the best years of my life.”

John, too, created lifelong relationships. He joined the Marine Corps after graduation with a friend from Holy Name, and many Namers came to watch him play in the NFL. Through his recruiting activities as a coach, he’s also gotten to visit a lot of past Holy Name connections aa area high schools.

“I go to St. Ignatius and run into the coach there, Chuck Kyle, who played against us at Holy Name,” he says,. “And the trainer, Henry Gaughan, used to tape my ankles. I talk to a lot of coaches in the Cleveland area who remember me and my days at Holy Name. It’s great to run into them and be welcomed to meet their student athletes.


This article was published in HN’s – The Wave Winter 2013 Alumni Magazine.








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