2004 Alter High School Alumni Hall of Fame
Vice Admiral Timothy J. Keating, Class of 1967
After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1971, Tim completed his flight training in October 1973 and set out on a number of combat operations, including Operation Desert Storm. In 2003, he served as Naval Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, Tim assumed responsibilities as Director, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Tim and his wife, Wanda Lee, reside in Washington, D.C. and have two grown children, Daniel and Julie Camardella.
Thomas Frericks, Jr., Class of 1973
Tom pursued a degree in electronic technology at the University of Dayton after graduating from Alter High School. While still in college, he worked at Copp Systems, a local systems integrator and design engineering company. He went on to purchase the company in 1983. Since then, he has kept busy managing his company and family, becoming president of the National Systems Contractors Association, operating the sound system at UD Arena, and staying active at his high school alma mater. Tom’s recent activities at Alter include acting as a parish representative on the Education Commission and serving as a member of the Strategic Advisory Commission and of the Executive Committee of the Alter Festival. His contributions to the annual AlterFest allow this profitable event to reach its true successful potential year after year. Tom has three children: Kim ’00, Chrissy ’01, and TJ ’03.
Judge William Klatt, Class of 1974
Following the completion of his undergraduate work at Miami University, Bill obtained his law degree from the University of Notre Dame and was admitted to the Ohio and Federal Bars in 1981. Bill is presently a member of the Tenth District Court of Appeals, where he has served since March 2002. Prior to joining the appellate bench, he was chief legal counsel to Governor Bob Taft. In addition to his judicial and legal experience in the public sector, which includes an appearance before the United States Supreme Court, Bill has significant private practice experience as a trial lawyer. Bill has been active outside his legal profession as well, previously serving as treasurer, first vice president, and president of the Godman Guild Association, a United Way public service organization. He is also a board member for the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation and the Arts and College Preparatory Academy. Bill and his wife, Dr. Maryanna Danis Klatt, a 1978 Alter graduate, have three children: Will, Anna, and Joseph.
Dr. Julie Rindler Griffith, Class of 1979
Julie obtained her B.S. in Premedicine degree with honors from the University of Dayton and her M.D. from the Ohio State University Medical School. She was named Chief Resident during her residency in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Ohio State. Her training and practice have involved working with severely injured patients with spinal cord injuries, head trauma nerve damage, and strokes. Julie currently works as a partner and owner of Physical Medicine Assoc., Inc., as an assistant clinical professor at OSU, and as a medical director at Ohio Health Impatient Rehabilitation Unit. Board certified in physical medicine and electromyography, she values her involvement with professional organizations such as the American Academy of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. Julie is married to Kevin Griffith, 1978 Alter graduate. They live in Columbus with their three daughters: Kelly, Amy, and Caroline. They are expecting their fourth child soon.
Mike Hogan, Class of 1967
Mike was a four-year varsity letter winner and starter in football while at Alter High School. He was All-Ohio and participated in the Ohio High School North-South All Star Game in Canton, Ohio, his senior year. Mike also earned a varsity letter in basketball in 1967. He accepted a full scholarship to Michigan State University and was a varsity starter in football for three years. Mike was co-captain of the team in 1970 and led the team in tackles that year. He participated in the Canadian/American North-South All Star Game in 1971 and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts that same year. Mike played semipro football from 1971 to 1979 in Michigan and taught and coached at St. Clement High School and Divine Child High School during that time. For 24 years, he has worked in transportation management and is currently the Fleet Manager for Art Van Furniture in Michigan.
Gary Trick, Class of 1969
Gary earned three varsity letters in basketball and four in baseball while at Alter. In basketball, Gary was the leading scorer for three years and was selected first team All Greater Dayton League and first team All-Area in both his junior and senior years. He was selected second team All Southwest Ohio and earned honorable mention All-State. In baseball, he was a team captain with a 23-9 record and was selected first team All-Area. Gary went to Notre Dame and played varsity baseball and freshmen basketball. After graduating, he taught at Alter High School from 1973 to 1978 and was the assistant varsity basketball coach for the 1978 state championship team. He was the head coach of the first baseball league championship team. Gary was the head basketball coach at Hamilton Badin from 1979-1981. He earned his MBA from Xavier University in 1982 and is currently teaching at Fairfield Middle School.
Tyra Carson Dean, Class of 1988
Tyra holds six Alter High School track records (100m, 200m, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, 4x400m relay, 4x200m relay). She was a four-time district champion and a two-time regional champion. In 1998, Tyra was the 200-meter hurdle state champion. Tyra accepted a full scholarship to Michigan State University where she was a three year letter winner in track. At MSU she was a three-time Big Ten All-American. She was also a member of the 1989 Junior Pan American team and placed third in the 400m hurdles at the Pan American Games. Tyra is currently working in the criminal justice system in Kansas City, Missouri, as the assistant facility manager at a residential treatment center.
Marc Molinsky, Class of 1991
Marc earned four varsity letters in golf and two in basketball while at Alter. He was a state qualifier in golf twice, finishing 11th in 1990. He was team MVP all four years he played and received a golf scholarship offer from Notre Dame. Marc was also Alter’s basketball MVP in 1991. He averaged 23 points per game that season and was Southwest Ohio Player of the Year as well as being named first team All-State. Marc was offered basketball scholarships by a number of schools, including UCLA and Stanford, and accepted a scholarship to Boston College. Marc was a four-year letterman at Boston College. He was a Big East Academic All Star for three years and played in every game (124) of his Boston College career. Marc obtained his CPA while working for Ernst & Young. He is currently president of Designer Advantage, Inc., and is vice president of Model Golf, LLC.
Andy Meyer, Class of 1992
Andy is the all-time leading scorer in Alter basketball history with 1477 points in his four-year varsity career. He is the only player to earn four varsity letters in basketball and is also the leading career rebounder. Andy was All-Ohio first team in 1992 and was chosen to play in the McDonald’s Capital Classic. He accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Dayton. At Dayton, Andy is 38th on the all-time scoring list with 988 points. A four-year letterman, he won the Thomas Luppe Freshman Award in 1993 and was the team MVP in 1995. Andy continued his basketball career playing professionally in Europe for 5 years. In 1999 he was the Irish National Championship playoff MVP. Currently Andy is a loan account executive with Mayflower Mortgage in Dayton.
Theresa Check, 1975-1982
Theresa was the girls’ basketball coach at Alter from 1975 to 1982. Her teams won 122 games and two district championships. The 1979-80 team was 24-1 and was ranked third in the state. Coach Check was also the first women’s athletic director at Alter. She was instrumental in starting the girls’ soccer program. In 1982, she left Alter to be the head basketball coach at Western Illinois University. From 1985 to 2001, she was the basketball coach at Central State University. Coach Check has a career record of 380-108 at CSU with 14 consecutive “20-win” seasons and 13 consecutive trips to the NAIA Division I National Basketball Tournament (longest streak in NAIA history). She is a member of the Central State Hall of Fame, the Cedarville High School Hall of Fame, and the NAIA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Since 1996, she has been the athletic director at Central State University.