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Four Individuals and One Team Inducted into the Bishop Ireton Athletic Hall of Fame

Today, Bishop Ireton Head of School Kathleen McNutt announced the selection of four individuals – Dan Cloyd (BI ’75), David Damiani (BI ’86) Garwood Whaley III (BI ’86) and Kristin Kelleher Endress (BI ’08) – and one team – the 1972-73 Bishop Ireton High School/St. Mary’s Academy Swim & Dive Team into the Bishop Ireton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. These honorees join an already inducted elite group of just over 40 individuals and one team.

“We’re so proud to recognize the outstanding athletic achievement of all our inductees,” said Head of School Kathleen McNutt. “These honorees exemplify the highest standards of positive sportsmanship and ethical conduct. Their character is an embodiment of that which St. Francis de Sales preached: ‘Be who you are and be that well.’”

The honorees will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 4 at a ceremony held at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Va. Following their induction, they will be memorialized outside of Bishop Ireton’s Godley Gymnasium.

Dan Cloyd, a Distinguished Graduate in the Class of 1975, was a four-year member of the Varsity Swimming Team and specialized in distance freestyle. He was a high school swimming All-American. Dan served in the United States Navy for more than 36 years, retiring as a Rear Admiral. He commanded two F-14 Tomcat fighter squadrons, a fast combat support ship, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, a carrier strike group forward deployed to Japan and the Navy’s forces in Japan. Dan retired from Northrop Grumman in 2019 and lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife of 38-years, Susan (nee Adams). He’s a graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he was a varsity swimmer and earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.

David Damiani was a star player on Bishop Ireton’s soccer team. During his time at Bishop Ireton, he won multiple Catholic State Championships, Metro League Championships and Bollingbrook Invitational Championships. David was selected as a Parade Magazine All-American Soccer Player, a two-time First Team Washington Post All-Met Soccer Player and a two-time Alexandria Sportsman of the Year in Soccer. Following his time at Bishop Ireton, David attended the University of Virginia and played soccer on the UVA Men’s Soccer Team. During his time at UVA, the Men’s soccer team was consistently ranked No. 1 in the NCAA and won the NCAA Championship in 1989. He currently lives in Star Tannery, Virginia with his wife, the Honorable Uley Damiani and their children, Van and Daniela. David is currently a partner at the law firm of Damiani & Damiani, P.C.

Garwood Whaley III, Bishop Ireton class of 1986, played lacrosse and soccer and was a member of the wrestling team during his high school career, earning varsity letters in each sport. He was named to the Washington Post’s first ever All-Met Lacrosse team, the WALL (Washington Area Lacrosse League) All League Team and the WALL All Stars. In 1986, he was named Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Player of the Year and was the team’s MVP. Upon graduation from Bishop Ireton, Gar played lacrosse for the University of New Hampshire. After two years, he transferred to and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College where he played lacrosse and was captain of the soccer team. Gar lives in Alexandria with his wife, Tracey, and daughter, Morgan. He co-founded and leads Aligned Technology Solutions, an INC. 5000 awarded Technology Services company.

Kristin Kelleher Endress was a four-year member of the Varsity Softball Team and served as the team’s captain her senior year. During her time at Bishop Ireton, she threw six no hitters, a perfect game, set the school record for strikeouts in one game (17) and posted a career .455 batting average. Kristin was named to the All-State 1st Team in 2007 and 2008 and earned 1st Team All WCAC honors in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2008, she was named Alexandria Sportman’s Club Softball Player of the Year. Kristin played Division I collegiate softball for the Charleston Southern University Buccaneers in Charleston, South Carolina from 2008-2012. In 2012, she was honored with the Charleston Southern University Woman of the Year. Kristin was an intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and currently works as a contract Intelligence Analyst with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). She currently resides in Chantilly, Va. with her husband, Mike.

The 1972-73 Bishop Ireton High School/St. Mary’s Academy Swim & Dive Team entered the 1972-1973 season under the coaching of Harry Sober, Fr. Al Smith and diving coach BJ Hendrickson. The team was composed of 27 Bishop Ireton athletes and 20 St. Mary’s Academy athletes and was combined as a single co-ed team to compete in and ultimately capture two separate league championships: the Washington Metropolitan Independent High School Swim League and the Northern Virginia High School Swimming League, Division III. In dual meet competition, the combined team was 13-0. The St. Mary’s Academy part of the team also competed against and defeated two NCAA Women’s teams, East Carolina University and American University. The combined team also had 10 swimmers ranked as High School All-Americans.
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