Last name starts with:
Chris McKeon – Athletic Director

Has led the Columbus athletic program to an unprecedented 20-year run of success at the highest levels in the State of Florida. Columbus has taken home the All Miami-Dade Athletic Award for the Best Boys Major Sports Program four times, and we have also won the prestigious Sunshine Cup three times, which is awarded to the most successful boys sports program in the State of Florida.
Has been the only non-public school A.D. to ever serve on the GMAC Executive Board
Has been a member of the FHSAA Board of Directors, served …

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Served as the Christopher Columbus Equipment Manager for 28 years
Established a system for organizing all equipment needed for outfitting a football team
Has helped countless Columbus Football players with their uniforms needs

Luis Palenzuela (’86) – Soccer

2nd team All-Dade honors as a senior
As a sophomore, helped the Columbus team go 11-2 and capture the first District title in the short history of the program
All-time Assist Leader at Barry University

Timothy Briand (’96) – Golf

Named the Dade County Golfer of the Year by the Miami Herald
Tim had the lowest scoring average in Dade County, shooting just over 34 per round
Tim was a member of the University of South Carolina Men’s Golf Team that ended the 1998 season as 4th in the nation

Roger Cainzos (’93) – Baseball

Four-year letterman
Named 1st Team All-Dade as a Senior
While at FIU, he helped the Panthers win the 1995 TAAC Conference and contributed heavily to a school record of 21 straight wins

Raymond “Ray” De Cario (’64) – Football

Named First Team All-Catholic by the Voice newspaper
First Team All Gold Coast Conference selection
1968 Pre-Season All-American for the Naval Academy

Mark Gulesian (’11) – Cross Country

Three-straight First Team All-Dade selections
Crowned GMAC champion as s Senior
During Mark’s tenure, the Cross Country won three District, Regional and an unprecedented three straight State titles

John Oakley (’71) – Baseball

Named First-Team All-Dade as Senior
Four-year Letterman at Stetson University
Finished 7th in the nation for stolen bases during his senior year at Stetson

Hugo Alvarez (’91) – Football

Two-time All-Dade Third Team selection by the Miami Herald
Invited to play in the Florida Shriner’s All-Star Game
Two-year Letterman at the University of Maine

Fernando Rodriguez (’93) – Baseball

Went 9-1, with 1.2 ERA as a Senior
Named the American Legion Player of the Year in 1994
Member of the 1995 FIU Conference Championship

Eric Thomas (’95) – Football

Earned First-Team All-Dade and Second-Team All-State honors
Two-year starter at Florida State University
Nine-year starter in the Arena Football League

Edward “Eddie” Odio (’11) – Basketball

Named 1st Team All-Dade as a Junior and Senior
Led Basketball team to win District as well as the first Regional title in Columbus History
Four-year Letterman at Boston College

Donald “Donnie” Lewis (’80) – Football

Three-time letterman for the Explorers
Led the nation in receptions in 1982
Third Team All-American for Columbia University in 1983

Daniel “Danny” Matienzo (’97) – Baseball

Named First Team All-Dade and First Team All-State
Named to the 2000 All-Regional Team at the University of Miami
Member of the 2001 National Championship Team at UM

Cesar Trigo De Serrano (’05) – Volleyball

Named First Team All-Dade as a senior
First Explorer to receive a college scholarship for volleyball from Mount Olive College in North Carolina
Set a school record for kills per set at Mount Olive

Cesar Hoed De Beche (’88) – Water Polo

Led Dade County in scoring as a Senior
Named First Team All-Dade, First Team All-State and First Team All-American
Earned a Scholarship to the University of Miami

Casey Sreenan (’08) – Swimming

Earned District and GMAC titles in the 50 freestyle as Senior
First Team All Dade as a Senior
Member of the All-Big Ten Academic Team at the University of Michigan

Armando Del Valle (’11) – Track & Field

Most decorated athlete in Columbus History
Two-time State Champ in the 3200 meters, the 1600 meters, and the 4×800 relay
Three-time Regional Champ in the 3200 meters
Four-time Regional Champ in the 1600 meters
Named the Miami-Dade Athlete of the Year in 2011

Alex Galvez (’92) – Football

Three year starter at center
Named First Team All Dade in 1992
Three year starter at the University of Central Florida

John Adams (’82) – Football

Named 1st Team All-Dade by both the Miami Herald and Miami News
Garnered 2nd Team All-State recognition
Lettered in Football, Basketball and Baseball

Michael Aguirre (‘96) – Swimming

Four-time All-Dade First Team Member
Five-time Individual County Champion
Six-Time Individual GMAC Champion

Sam Ancona (’92) – Wrestling

School’s first State Wrestling Champion
33-1 in 1992 — 32 Pins
Wrestled at University of Virginia

Juan Ayala (’79) – Tennis

3 consecutive individual and team district championships
He was ranked in the top 150 in the world in both singles and doubles
The head tennis pro at the Forest Club in Houston, Texas

Br. Herb Baker 1983-1996 – Head Baseball Coach

Won 2 State Championships at Monsignor Pace High School
Head Coach for 14 Seasons at Columbus
Won 7 District, 5 Regional and 2 Sectional

Bret Baynham (’77) – Football and Baseball

Second Team All-County
He compiled a 24-4 career record at South Carolina
The recipient of Columbus’ scholar athlete award.

Eugene Becker (’67) – Baseball

First recruit of Charlie Greene, the legendary Miami Dade South baseball coach
Named MVP of the American Legion All-Star Game
Played on the Columbus American Legion team

Enrique “Kiki” Bengochea (’99) – Baseball

Named Player of the Year
Helped Columbus Varsity baseball post a record on the all-time win list.
Drafted by the Kansas City Royals

Tom Bernhardt (’93) – Baseball

All-County in 1995 when he led Dade County in hitting and home runs.
Played at Louisiana State University where he helped the Tigers win two National Championships.
Played in the Cubs organization.

John Bevilaqua (’65) – Basketball

Led the Explores to 16 wins and a District championship in 1965
Scored 11 points in the 1965 North-South All Star Game and took home the MVP trophy
He was named First-Team all-City by the Miami Herald

Greg Blackwell (’04) – Golf

Won both Youth Fair and GMAC titles
Named the Miami Herald Athlete of the Year for Boy’s Golf
Ranked in the Top 50 Nationally by Golfweek Magazine

Eduardo Blanco (’83) – Baseball

Three-year Starter in CF
County-record 11 Homeruns as a Junior
Played at Creighton University

Frank Boucek (’64) – Football

3 Year Letterman
First Team All-City and All-Catholic
Played both Offensive Line and Linebacker

John Bow (’76) – Football

Lettered in four sports – football, basketball, baseball and track.
Named to the Miami Herald and Miami News All-County football team.
Athlete of the Year in 1976.
Played at the University of Kentucky.

Matthew Britton (’87) – Football

Named first team All-Dade and first team All-State
22 tackles – Team captain his senior year
A hall of fame member

Marc Buoniconti (’83) – Football

All-county inside linebacker.
Started as a junior on the team that played in the state championship game.
Played at the Citadel.

Carter Burrus (’62) – Football

All-state defensive end; also played running back.
Was also a standout sprinter in track and was the CCHS Sportsmanship award winner in 1962.
Played football at Michigan State University.

Bob Bustamante (’72) – Basketball

Led CCHS to its first district basketball championship.
First-team Class AAA all-state.
Played at Miami-Dade and Biscayne College (now St. Thomas University).

Warren Butler (’76) – Basketball

Starting Point Guard for 2 Years
1976 Team Records was 23-6
Played 4 Years at Florida Southern College

Michael Carricarte (‘59)

Named to the All Gold Coast Conference First Team
Helped the Explorers make it to the Gold Coast Championship Game
Earned a Baseball Scholarship to the University of Miami

Robert “Hoven” Cizek (’82) – Tennis

Helped CCHS to four-straight winning seasons
First-ever Big South Conference player of the year
Earned First-Team All-Conference Honors

Andres Correal (’89) – Soccer

One of the toughest goalies in the history of Columbus soccer
Guided the Explorers to a record of 15-3-3, and the District title in 1989
Earned All-Dade 1st team honors from the Herald

Julio Cortes (’79) – Baseball and Football

First-team all-Dade in Baseball and Football
The “Goose Egg” defense
Won the school’s first national championship

Jim Cox (’64) – Football

All-American as a senior tight end and linebacker.
Started three years as a receiver at the University of Miami and became the first CCHS player to play in the National Football League.
Also starred in baseball and track.
Athlete of the Year in 1964.

Luis Cristobal (’86) – Football

Named MVP in his senior year
Awarded the Scholar Athlete Award
The most intense and punishing Offensive Lineman the school has ever seen.

Mario Cristobal (’88) – Football

First Team All-Dade
University of Miami 4-year Letterman
FIU Head Coach

John Cull (’79) – Track & Field

State champion in the mile run as a senior and first team all-county.
Selected CCHS Athlete of the Year in 1979.
Won a track scholarship to the University of Michigan.

Andres Davila (’06) – Cross Country

3200 meters GMAC champ in Track
Named 1st Team All-Dade and All-State
Has one of the best distance running careers in CCHS history

Peter De Morejon (’92) – Baseball

Starting pitcher 3 years
County record 24 wins
First team All-Dade

Thomas DeSiato (’76) – Football

Named a Third-Team All-Dade
Received the Scholar Athlete Award
Walked on, received full scholarship at the University of Notre Dame; two-year letterman and member of the 1977 National Championship team

James Desmond (’81) –  Football

Guided the Explorers to a record of 20-4 over two years
Quarterback who led the Explorers offense to their first District title and State Championship Game
Three-year letterman at the University of South Carolina

Orestes Destrade (’80) – Baseball

Played professionally in Japan and in the Major Leagues for four years.
Was on the Florida Marlins opening day roster in their inaugural season.
Works as a baseball analyst for ESPN

Eric Diaz (’05)- Basketball

Most Valuable Player and Second Team All-Dade.
20 points and 11 rebounds per game
Awarded a basketball scholarship to Stetson University

Rick DiBernardo (’80) – Wrestling

State runner-up at 185-pound division as a senior with a 38-2 record.
Also was first team all-county in football as a linebacker.
Won a wrestling scholarship to Ball State.
CCHS Athlete of the Year in 1980.

Scott Dimare (’85) – Football

3-year starter

Athlete of the Year

John Doyle (’69) – Football

First Team All-Dade

Second team All-State
Scholarship to Purdue Univ

David Drier (’83) – Swimming & Diving

4 Years – All-Dade

2 years – All-state
3-time All American

Kirk Dulom (’84) – Baseball

3 year starter
First team All-Dade
UM & New York Yankees

Jack Ellison (’61) – Football

Football Captain for two years
All Gold-Coast Conference
Also played Basketball & ran Track

James Ellison (’59) – Football

Dade County’s All-Catholic most outstanding player
The first All-City player in the school’s history
Received a football scholarship to the University of Miami.

Thomas Ellison (’61) – Football

Halfback, fullback, wide receiver and linebacker
All-Gold Coast Conference first team – All Catholic All-State
Honored as the school’s top scholar athlete

Matthew Eustace (’00) – Bowling

2000 State Champion
212 Average
Bowled for FSU

Jorge Fabregas (’88) – Baseball

All-state and all-county as a senior.
Three-year starter at the University of Miami before being selected in the first round of the 1991 MLB draft by the California Angels.
Played in the Major Leagues for nine seasons (Angels, Royals).

Manny Figueroa (’67) – Swimming & Diving

All-city performer who set school records in the breaststroke and freestyle.
Selected all-American at Miami-Dade Community College and later swam at Eastern New Mexico University

Joseph Flaherty (’65) – Baseball and Wrestling

First team all-state and first team all city
10-1, won the NAIA national championship
He enter the world of professional wrestling

Brian Flynn (’80) – Football

Earned team Offensive MVP award
Three-year letterman in football
Member of University of Pennsylvania Baseball Hall of Fame

Mike Flynn (’70) – Football

3 Year Starter at Linebacker
First Team All-City and All-State
Columbus Athlete of the Year in 1970

Nelson Fonseca (’91) – Basketball

3 Year starter

Team MVP
Barry Univ. – 3 year starter

Fred Foyo (’82) – Baseball and Track & Field Coach

The most dominant and respected player on the Columbus offense.
He belongs to Columbus sports hall of fame.
Baseball-Track & Field Coach at Fort Lewis College

Robert “Bobby” Fuller (’87) – Football

Led the 1986 Explorers to District and Regional championships
Honored with the Offensive MVP award
Two time University of South Carolina MVP

Dwayne Ganzy (’84) – Track & Field

School Record Holder 110 Hurdles
Three-year Letterman in Football & Track
Played Football at Syracuse University

Alex Garabedian (’04) – Baseball

Hit 28 career home runs
Two-time All Dade Selection
4 year batting average of .415

Jeff Gardner (’72) – Football

All county, all-state and all-American.
Three-year varsity starter as offensive and defensive lineman.
Selected Miami Herald all-decade team.
Three-year starter at Florida State University.

Ed Gehret (’64) – Track & Field and Cross Country

First team All-City in track & field and cross country
Championships three consecutive years
GMAC champion in cross country

Rudy Gomez (’93) – Baseball

Three Year Letterman at the University of Miami
Recognized with 1st Team All-Dade Honors
Named a AA All-Star in 1997

Joaquin Antonio Gonzalez (’97) – Football

Sugar Bowl winner in 2000; National Champion in 2001
Named Freshman All-American
Recipient of the Draddy Scholar-Athlete Award

David Goodman Swimming Coach 1963-1971

Led Columbus to 68 dual meet wins
He was honored as the Miami News Coach of the Year
He received honor from the Miami Herald in 1971

Camilo Guerci (’06) – Volleyball

A brilliant leaper with uncanny timing
Received Second-Team All Dade honors from the Miami Herald and was selected to play in the Dade-Broward All-Star game
Bronze Medal winner at the USA Open Nationals

Tony Guerra (’89) – Soccer

The most dynamic offensive weapon
He kicked 31 goals in just 17 games
Soccer at Miami-Dade & Division 1 Drexel University

Joseph “JoJo” Gutierrez (’03) – Baseball

School record holder for RBIs and Homeruns
Won 23 games as a pitcher
Delivered a clutch two-RBI double to help the Explorers bring home the State Title

Brian Griese (’93) – Football

All-county quarterback.
Played at the University of Michigan and in the National Football League.
CCHS Athlete of the Year for 1993.

Pedro Grifol (’88) – Baseball

All county catcher.
Played for Florida State University and Team USA.
Played nine seasons of professional baseball (Minnesota Twins, New York Mets)

Br. Kevin Handibode 1971-1988 – Head Basketball Coach

38 years at Columbus
Came to the school first in 1966
Titles, positions:  teacher, dean of discipline, principal, president, development director, athletic director, basketball coach

Darren Handy (’86) – Football

3-sport standout
UM — 2 national titles
Columbus coach

David Hartnett (’82) – Baseball

Columbus MVP Pitcher 1981 & 1982
Pitched at Creighton University
Pitched for Seattle Mariners & Chicago Cubs

David Heffernan (’80) – Football

“Goose Egg” Defense
1979 Team allowed 39 Points in 10 Games
2-year OT Starter at University of Miami

Jim Hendry 1980-1982 – Head Baseball Coach

Columbus Coaching Record of 80-16
National Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1991
Current General Manager of the Chicago Cubs

Joseph Hernandez (’65) – Football

Three-year Starter
1965 First Team All-Dade
Four-year Starter at University of Tampa

Luis “Wicho” Hernandez (’90) – Baseball

Helped Explores post a 27-6 Record and capture GMAC, District, Regional and Sectional titles in 1988
Received 1st Team All-Dade honors
Had a career average of .360 and was a phenomenal base-stealer

Alonzo Highsmith (’83) – Football

All-county, all-state and all-American defensive end.
Started three years as a running back at the University of Miami and was the third overall pick in the NFL draft in 1987.
Also played basketball at CCHS.  Athlete of the Year for 1983.

David Hiss (’63) – Football

All-city, all-state, and all-South.
Led Dade County in rushing as a senior.
Also ran track and was Athlete of the Year for 1963.
Won a football scholarship to the University of Florida.

Christopher Hosford (’65) – Track & Field

Earned all-state honors in both the 1-mile and 880-yard runs (school record holder)
Earned all-State MVP honors
Won the Dade County sophomore and Florida Junior Olympics 1 mile titles

Carlos Huerta (’87) – Football

“Ice Man”
First Team All-Dade
University of Miami Hall of Fame

Robert Infante (’00) – Cross Country

4-time 1st Team All-Dade
2-Time 1st Team All-State
Athlete of the Year

Jonathan Jay (‘03) – Baseball

First team all-county in 2003 when he led CCHS to its first state baseball championship.
Played at the University of Miami.
Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals out of UM.

John Kaay (’67) – Swimming & Diving

Freestyle swimmer who dominated in the 50 and 100 meters and anchored the Explorers’ dominate relay teams.
Went on to William & Mary University.

Joshua Monsalve-Kirk (’98) – Soccer

First team All-Dade

Team captain: Two sports
Univ. of Bridgeport

Hank Klovekorn (’75) – Baseball

1975 Columbus Salutatorian and Scholar Athlete
First Team All-County in 1974
Played at LSU

John Koval, M.D. (‘67) – Golf

Selected to be on the Gold Coast All-Conference Team
Named Outstanding Senior Golfer
Placed on the first-ever Miami News All-Star Golf Golf Team

Frank Lagotic (’63) – Cross Country

Won state cross-country championship in 1962, becoming the first state champion in school history.
CCHS Scholar-Athlete award winner for 1963.

Patrick Lee (’03) – Football

2-year starter
Auburn – All-SEC
Green Bay Packers: Super Bowl

William (Bill) Lennon (’76) – Track and Field

Dominant in the 800 Meter and the Mile
First Team All-County
First Team All-American at Miami Dade South

Robert Lesperance (’81) – Track & Field

Received Honorable Mention by both the Herald and Miami News
Named Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Has competed in over 25 marathons including Boston, New York and Miami

Chris Lynch (’72) – Baseball

3 Year Letterman
First Team All-County in 1972
Starred at Miami Dade and the University of

Ed Lynch (’73) – Baseball

First team all-city in baseball and basketball. 
Played both sports at the University of South Carolina. 
Pitched in the Major Leagues for 8 seasons, including 7 with the New York Mets.

Robert MacKarvich (’04) – Bowling

First-team all county bowler four consecutive years.
State champion and Dade County Bowler of the Year in 2003.

Paul Mainieri (’75) – Baseball

All-county shortstop who also played quarterback on the football team.
CCHS Athlete of the Year for 1975.
Played for LSU, Miami-Dade North and the University of New Orleans.
Today is the head baseball coach at LSU.

Jose Marques-Neto (’82) – Tennis

Three-year letterman
Three-time District Champion in Singles and Doubles
Recognized as a Miami Herald All-Dade selection in 1980

David McCammon (’63) – Baseball

First team all-city as a pitcher and outfielder.
Played in the Los Angeles Dodgers system and won the batting title in the New York-Penn League.

Kevin McCutcheon (’82) – Football

3 Year Starter in Basketball and Football
First Team All-County in 1981
Played at the University of South Carolina and the University of Miami

James McKirchy (’64) – Basketball

Dade County basketball Player of the Year as a senior.
Averaged 26 points per game.  Scholar-Athlete award winner for 1964.
Won a basketball scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

John McVeigh (’81) – Football

First Team All-County, All-State and All-American
Played at the University of Kentucky and the University of Miami
Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1986

Rolando “Roly” Medina (’92) – Basketball

Named team MVP
Represented CCHS in the 1992 State All-Star Game
Went to on to Barry University to be named Sunshine State all-Freshman team

Ricardo Mejia (’81) – Wrestling

Won 2 District Championships
First Columbus Wrestler to win Regional Championship
First Team All-County for 3 Years

Mark Miggins (’72) – Baseball

2 Year Starter as Outfielder
Played at Miami Dade South for 2 Years
Played 7 Years of Professional Baseball

John E. Miller (‘67) – Football

Caught the winning touchdown pass in CCHS’s first ever victory over Coral Gables
Selected Second Team All-City in both the Herald and Miami News
Selected for an Honorable Mention All-East

Francisco Montana (’87) – Tennis

State No. 1 singles champion.
First team all-county four years.
Won a scholarship to the University of Georgia and played professionally for more than 10 years.

Marco Morales (’04) – Golf

First team All-Dade – 3 years

2 state championship teams

Edward Morse (’89) – Swimming & Diving

Won Three State Championships in Diving
Set Three State Records
1st Team All Dade

Robert Murphy (’78) – Baseball

First-team all-county as a left-handed pitcher.
Also kicked for the football team and played both baseball and football at the University of Kentucky.
Pitched in the Major Leagues for 11 years (Reds, Red Sox, Mariners, Astros, Cardinals).

Charles Musick (’65) – Golf

Won All-City Championship in 1965
Miami Herald Golfer of the Year
Scholarship to the University of Notre

Michael “Mike” O’Brien (’66) – Football

Remembered for his ferocious play and outstanding leadership
Named to both All Catholic and All City teams
Named Outstanding Athlete in his senior year

Steve O’Brien (’81-00) – Cross Country Coach

124 Consecutive Dual Meet Wins
1997 State Championship
12 District and 6 Regional Titles

Cesar Odio (’77) – Basketball

First-team all-county.
Led county in scoring as a senior.
Played four years at Florida Southern College.
CCHS Sportsmanship award winner in 1977.
Head basketball coach at Barry University.

Bill O’Dowd (’87) – Basketball

Class of 1987 Valedictorian
First Team All-County
Played at Creighton University for 4

Todd Oelze (’80) – Football

3-year starter

“Goose Egg” defense
First team All-Dade

Robert O’Malley (’66) – Tennis

#1 Singles and Doubles Player for 4 Years
Columbus Athlete of the Year in 1966
Played at Notre Dame for 4 Years

Tim Plummer (’83) – Soccer

First 4-Time Letter Winner in Soccer
First Columbus Soccer Player to be selected First Team All-County
Scored 18 Career Goals

Dick Pollock 1959-1970 – Head Basketball Coach

Won 2 District Championships
First Columbus Athletic Director
A Man for All Seasons

Adilson Puna (’00) – Soccer

MVP for three years
Named to All-Dade and All-State First team
Highest-Leading goal scorer in Columbus soccer history

Michael Putman (’07) – Track & Field

Two-time state champion

Athlete of the Year
FSU: ACC champion

Lewis Pytel (’67) – Football

All-city quarterback who started three years.
Holds school record with 1,717 yards passing in one season.
CCHS Athlete of the Year for 1967.
Played QB at the University of Miami and Tampa University.

Michael Reddick (’91) – Football

Back to back 1000 yard seasons
Set a single-game rushing record with 210 yards against South Dade
Named First-Team All-Dade

Eliseo “Rick” Riera-Gomez (’86) – Soccer

Two-year all-county performer.
Won a scholarship to the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where he was a four-year starter.
Played professionally for the Miami Freedom of the American Professional Soccer League.

Tito Riera-Gomez (’64) – Baseball

All-city second baseman as a senior and won a scholarship to the University of Miami.
Also played running back on the CCHS football team and played basketball.

David Riley (deceased) – Football, Tennis and Golf Coach

3 State Championships

Head coach – 4 sports
38 years at CCHS

John Roche – Coach

Architect of the Columbus track program
Coach Roche was named Coach of the Year by the Herald
In 1963 he led the track team to win the first District title in Columbus history

Eduardo Rodriguez (’01) – Track & Field

First team All-County in his junior and senior
Win 2 conference championships – a national qualifier
Cross Country and Track at FSU

Gabriel Rodriguez (’96) – Cross Country

Won 2 Regional and 3 District Championships
Selected First Team All-State and All-County for 3 Years
Miami Herald Runner of the Year in 1994 and 1995

Manuel Salgado (’97) – Cross Country

District Champion
Two-time First Team All-Dade
1997 Athlete of the Year 

Javier Sanchez (’00) – Baseball

Team captain

4-year starter at Notre Dame
Minnesota Twins – 4 seasons

Marty Schuette (’76) – Basketball

All-state and all-county.
Led Columbus to 23-6 record and a GMAC Southern Division championship.
Won a scholarship to Stetson University.

Robert Schulz(’99) – Golf

Played No. 1 for Four Years
First Team All-Dade
Played Professionally for Six Years

Mike Shula (‘83) – Football

All-state and all-county quarterback.
Led CCHS to the 1982 state Class 6A championship game.
Played quarterback at the University of Alabama and the NFL.

Andre Simm (’84) – Tennis

1984 State Singles & Doubles Champion
1984 Athlete of the Year
Played at Georgia Tech

Butch Staiano (’88-08) – Basketball Coach

Winningest Coach in Columbus History
370 Varsity Wins
112 JV Wins
Coached 40 College Players

Michael Stewart (’70) – Diving

The leader of the Columbus diving team
Undefeated in 8 dual meets – honorable mention all-county.
Joined the diving team at Columbus.

Thomas Suri (’03) – Golf

Second overall in the 2002 state tournament
State champions in the year 1991, 2001 & 2002
Received a golf scholarship to Florida Atlantic University

Thomas Thweatt (’71) – Football

Dade County’s Defensive Player of the Week
First team All-Dade and first team all-state
Football at Memphis State University

Adrian Tramutola (’93)-Wrestling

Second State Champion
77-8-1 won-loss-draw
First Team All-Dade-All State

Julio Travieso (’64) – Track & Field

All-city long-jump champion who also excelled in sprints.
Won a track scholarship to the University of Miami.
CCHS Sportsmanship award winner for 1964.

James Vargas (’02) – Golf

Three-time state high school golf champion (1998, 1999, 2001).
Led CCHS to two state championships (1999, 2001).
Athlete of the Year for 2002.
Won a scholarship to the University of Florida and is now a professional.

Jonathan Ray Vasquez (‘06) – Volleyball

Named First Team All-Dade
Two year Letterman
Captured District and Regional Titles

Luis Felipe Vazquez-Bello (’99) – Basketball

Three-year Varsity Starter
1998-99:  Averaged 18 Points, 12 Rebounds
First Team All-Dade,Third Team All-State

Joe Weber (’83) – Baseball Coach

The Miami Herald’s Coach of the Year
He’s a hall of famer
Columbus (’82) – pitcher for the Explorers

Christopher Cobden Wick (’80) – Swimming & Diving

Helped the Explorers earn the GMAC and District titles in 1980
Named First-Team All-Dade honors from the Herald
Won the State title in 1980 in the Medley Relay

Daniel Wick (’72) – Swimming

Dade County Sophomore of the Year in 1970
First Team All-County 4 Consecutive Years
Scholarship to the University of Miami

Mike Whittington (’76) – Football

All-American, all-state and all-county linebacker.
Three-year starter selected to the Miami Herald all-decade team.
Three-year starter at the University of Notre Dame and member of the 1977 National Championship team.
Played four seasons in the NFL and two seasons in the USFL.

Alexander Wright (’94) – Soccer

First Team All-Dade for 4 Years
First Team All-State for 3 Years
Also played Football and Volleyball

Ken Wright (’72) – Tennis

First-team all county as a junior and senior.
Won a football scholarship to Auburn University where he played varsity tennis for two years.

Carlos Yedo (’92) – Baseball

One of the best power-hitting first basemen the Columbus Baseball program
Hit .456, with 8 homers and a county-leading 44 RBIs leading Columbus to bring home the District and Region titles in 1992
Ranks as the Miami Dade South all-time career RBI leader, with 102

David Yocum (’93) – Baseball

Two consecutive district championships
18-1, 93 mile an hour fastball
Awarded with a baseball scholarship to Florida State University

Warren Zorzi – Football and Track Coach

33 seasons – assistant coach

25 D-1 players
5 NFL players