Four Jays to be Honored with Special Awards at 100th Anniversary Rivalry Game

Posted October 21, 2022 / Last updated October 26, 2022

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The 103rd meeting and 100th Anniversary between the Jays and the Tigers is soon to be underway. To honor those certain players and alumni who have made the game the venerable tradition that it is, Jesuit will be recognizing two alumni and two current students.

Alumni Honorees

2022 Distinguished Military Alumnus: Joseph Angelico ’63   

Joseph Angelico graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1967 followed by assignments in Pensacola and Key West, FL. As Commanding Officer of the Cape Darby and the Cape York, he participated in Cuban refugee patrols and was involved in 33 search and rescue cases. In Vietnam, he was Commanding Officer of the Point Jefferson and then the Point Marone. CDR Angelico was involved in Operation Market Time, the blockade of the South Vietnamese coastline, and also trained Vietnamese Navy crews to man both vessels. He was wounded in action and earned a Purple Heart as well as a Bronze Star for his service.

After Vietnam, CDR Angelico was named executive officer at the Coast Guard Base in San Pedro, CA, and then earned an MS in Communications Management. At the Data Buoy Office in Bay St. Louis, MS, he served as a communications engineer working with the conversion of the weather buoys to modern satellite communications.

In 1977 he was transferred to the Eighth Coast Guard District office in New Orleans, where he was responsible for communications along the entire Gulf Coast. Subsequent assignments included drug enforcement patrols, overseeing all data processing requirements of the district, and serving at the National Data Buoy Center at Stennis Space Center. He was honorably discharged in 1988 after having been awarded numerous medals and commendations for his service. 

Later in his career Joe yielded to the needs of his disabled spouse, Irita, whom he cared for until she passed away in late 2020. He stayed active with the class of 1963 and volunteered countless hours in the Alumni Office. Soon after being named Jesuit’s 2022 Distinguished Military Alumnus, Joe tragically passed away. Receiving the award on his behalf is his brother Robert Angelico of the class of 1976. 

2022 Legend of the Game: Steve Foley ’71 

Steve Foley was the quarterback of the 1970 Blue Jay squad that broke a five-game losing streak to Holy Cross by a score of 13-7. Foley accounted for both Jesuit touchdowns, one running and one passing. He was also a stand-out track athlete at Jesuit. 

In 1973 his team broke an even longer winning streak by the rival Tigers—this time he was quarterbacking for Tulane as the Green Wave beat the LSU Tigers for the first time in 25 years. 

Foley played his entire 11-year NFL career, from 1976 through 1986, as a defensive back with the Denver Broncos. He played in two Super Bowls, including one in New Orleans, and remains the team’s career interceptions leader with 44. 

In 2016 Foley returned to Jesuit to present an NFL Golden Football at morning assembly as part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The initiative recognized schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history through having a graduate on a Super Bowl roster. 

Foley lives in Denver, where he’s involved in real estate development and is on the board of directors of the Denver Street School, a second-chance school for students expelled from public school. He and his wife of 42 years, Cindy, have 2 children and 8 grandchildren.

Student-Athlete Honorees

2022 b1Bank Scholar-Athlete Award: Roland Waguespack

Jesuit’s Scholar-Athlete is senior left tackle Roland Waguespack with a 4.6 GPA. In addition to being a three-year letterman, Roland is the student council president, a big brother, and a member of the National Honor Society, Sodality, Campus Ministry, and Peer Support. He has also volunteered with Camp Smile, Hams for Fams, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He hopes to attend Vanderbilt, Dartmouth, or Johns Hopkins University and study the classics. Roland is the son of Roland and Jessica Waguespack. Roland will receive a scholarship from b1Bank.

2022 Royal Honda Community Service Award: Jaron Duplessis

While at Jesuit, Jaron Duplessis has gone above and beyond in serving those in need. This past summer, he volunteered for Jesuit’s Operation Upgrade, a program that works with at-risk youth in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. He was constantly on task serving these young men with great humility. At the end of the term, Jaron was named Senior of the Year by a vote of the Upgrade participants. Jaron is the son of Joseph Duplessis. Jaron will receive a scholarship from Royal Honda.