Joe Quinn
Joe Quinn

The Southwestern Ohio “That’s Our Boy” Award is named after Joe Quinn, former sports writer at the Cincinnati Post. Joe retired in October, 1976, after working in the sports department of the Post for 41 years. He was the first to pick a High School All-Star Team, the first to write a column about high school sports, and the first to write about the high school scene on a daily basis.Joe Quinn organized the first meeting of high school coaches in Southwest Ohio; that meeting was the beginning of the Southwestern Ohio Football Coaches Association. As he recalled, “I thought it was a shame the way some people bickered and fought with each other; and if we could get together socially, it might develop some friendliness around the schools.” The first meeting was in the basement of the home of Fred Yeager, the coach at Central Vocational. There were eight coaches present. S.W.O.F.C.A. has grown to be the largest local football coaches’ organization in the state of Ohio. Joe passed away in 1980. We are pleased to honor Joe Quinn by naming the Southwestern Ohio Award: “The Joe Quinn That’s Our Boy Award.”

Brian Williams
Brian Williams

The Northern Kentucky “That’s My Boy” Award is named for Brian P. Williams, a former winner of the award, who died in New York in the World Trade Center on September, 11, 2001. He was 30 years old. Brian was a three sport star and a star in the classroom at Covington Catholic High School. He had an accumulative grade point average of 4.0 and was a three year varsity letterman in football on two state championship teams. Brian was team captain his senior year and was also First Team All-State as a tight end. He was a two-time silver medalist in the discus throw at the Kentucky State Championships and was also a First Team All Conference Basketball player in Northern Kentucky.

Brian continued his football career at Columbia University in New York City where he was a starter at tight end for four years. After graduation Brian began working as a bond trader at Canton-Fitzgerald whose offices were on the
top floors of The World Trade Center. We are pleased to honor Brian Williams by naming the Northern Kentucky Award: “The Brian Williams That’s My Boy Award.”

2017 Southern Ohio That’s Our Boy” Award

Nicholas Noyen

2017 Northern Kentucky That’s My Boy” Award

Hunter Ziegelmeyer

Past “That’s My Boy” Award Recipients

1962
Tom Kiehfuss – Purcell – Ohio State

1963
Paul Erickson – Colerain – Cornell

1964
Tom Rhoads – St. Xavier – Notre Dame

1965
Gene Otting – Elder Xavier

1966
Dennis Fox – Oak Hills – Purdue

1967
Steve Hopping – Sycamore – Brown

1968
John Raterman – Elder – Notre Dame

1969
Ron Dieckman – Western Hills – Harvard

1970
Steve Imhoff – Sycamore – Miami

1971
Mark Morelli – Roger Bacon – Butler

1972
Doug Crum – Lockland – Purdue

1973
Steve Grote – Elder – Michigan

1974
John Tuke – St. Xavier – Harvard

1975
Scott Schroer – Mariemont – Vanderbilt

1976
Tom Berger – Wyoming – Eastern Ky.

1977
Tim Koegel – Moeller – Notre Dame

1978
Kevin Bates – Wyoming – Stanford

1979
Sam Ach – Wyoming – Amherst
Jeff Dennis – Wyoming – Kentucky

1980
Eric Humpert – Forest Park – Ball State

1981
Eric Kattus – Colerain – Michigan

1982
Paul Rolfes – Oak Hills – Cincinnati

1983
Jim Heiser – Mariemont – Duke

1984
Pete Mather – Sycamore – Miami

1985
Todd Smith – Goshen – U.S. Naval Academy

1986
Sean Apke – Lockland – Ohio Northern

1987
Rodney Vincent – Cin. Country Day – Brown

1988
Mike Healy – St. Xavier – Vanderbilt

1989
Nick Smith – Forest Park – Notre Dame

1990
Chris Allen – New Miami – Miami

1991
Justin Clark – Williamsburg – Ohio State

1992
Craig Wilmhoff -Beechwood – Eastern KY
Matt Hirsch – Colerain – Cincinnati

1993
Chad Cogswell – Covington Cath. – Northern KY
Marc Edwards – Norwood – Notre Dame
Scott Sollmann – St. Xavier – Notre Dame

1994
Ryan Murphy – LaSalle – Illinois
Rob Sandfoss – Newport Cent. Cath. – KY Wesleyan
Trevor Speeg – Williamsburg – Cincinnati

1995
Jeremy Burns – Campbell County – Valparaiso
Ahmed Plummer – Wyoming – Ohio State

1996
Cameron Demmerle – Beechwood – Centre
Seneca Gray – Holmes – Kentucky State
Jefferson Kelley – Colerain – Ohio State

1997
Ed Eviston – Newport Central Catholic – Georgetown
Danny Jones – Goshen – Wilmington

1998
Scott Kuhnhein – Highlands – Ohio State
Dan Startsman – Mariemont – Brown

1999
Tom Beechem – Covington Catholic – Dayton
Austin King – Purcell-Marian – Northwestern

2000
Matt Atkins – Newport – Thomas More
Steve Sollmann – St. Xavier – Notre Dame

2001
Brent Grover – Highlands – Purdue
Andrew Willis – Cincinnati Country Day – Colgate

2002
Mike Hurley – St. Xavier – Yale
Rob Smith – Highlands – Tennessee

2003
Brandent Englemon – Holmes – Michigan
Brad Maurer – Kings – Lafayette

2004
Jeff Wera – Beechwood – William and Mary
Josh Kuempel – Mariemont – Stanford

2005
Brayden Coombs – Colerain – Miami
Trevor Stellman – Conner – Thomas More

2006
Mike Scherpenberg – Indian Hill – Grand Valley State
Lance Durbin – Conner – Cincinnati

2007
Doug Browne – CHCA – Vanderbilt
Scott Gray – Ryle Marshall
Matt Frankey – Hamilton-Badin – Cincinnati

2008
Fred Craig – St. Xavier – Stanford
Cory Farris – Boone County – Kentucky

2009
Drake Browne – CHCA – Furman
Patrick Van Sant – Covington Catholic – Georgetown

2010
Tate Nichols – Ryle – Notre Dame
Andrew Perkins – CHCA – Ohio State

2011
Jarrett Grace – Colerain – Notre Dame
Troy Timmerman – Covington – Catholic Kentucky

2012
Joe Burger – LaSalle – Ohio State
Patrick Towles – Highlands – Kentucky

2013
Donovan McCoy – Highlands – Kentucky
Dylan Wiesman – Colerain – Tennessee

2014
Jon Bezney – Mariemont – Yale
Sam Burchell – Covington Catholic – Cincinnati
Andrew Way – Connor – Dayton

2015
Simeon Lane – St. Xavier – Princeton
Ryan Woolf – Ryle – Georgetown

2016
Johnny Noyen – CHCA – Dayton
Brett Slusher – Beechwood – Kentucky