Class of 2019
At ORHS – A three-sport star at ORHS lettering in Swimming, Football, and Track and Field – earning 8 totals. In football, he played halfback position. He scored the game-winning touchdown in the first ever Oak Ridge High School football game – as the Pioneers defeated Ocoee High 13-7. His senior year, ORHS went 4-6 on the season, which was the winningest season in school history till that point in time. He went on to win Orlando Sentinel Star "Back of The Week" after rushing for 113 yards in the first half of a game against Ft. Pierce St. Anastasia Catholic. In track, he was State runner-up in the 880yd run as a junior (1963). As a senior, he was District and Region champion in the 880. As a student, he served as Freshman class president, Sophomore class vice president, Junior class president, President of Student Athletic Club, and a member of High School Junior Achievement during his time at ORHS. Post HS – Went on to run Cross Country and Track at The Citadel. Graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and went on to serve in the US Air Force, reaching the rank of Major.
At ORHS – Considered one of the all-time great linebackers in Pioneer history, Tom was the starting LB his junior year on the 1970 Metro and District Championship team and led Oak Ridge into the state playoffs for the first time ever in school history. A two-year letterman, Tom earned All-Metro and All Central Florida first team honors his senior year. In addition to football, Tom earned two varsity letters in Golf and participated in JV Basketball and Track. Post HS – Accepting a scholarship to Alabama and playing for Bear Bryant, Tom was a three-year member, staring his junior year at linebacker for the #2 Ranked 9 – 1 Orange Bowl Champions in 1974. In spring practice his senior year; Tom sustained a back injury that ended his playing career. He left Alabama and returned to Florida and graduated from FSU. He was an assistant football coach and Head golf coach for four years at Boone where his golf team qualified for state on two occasions. He also started the Boone Weightlifting program and was the first coach. He has owned his construction business the past 32 years. Tom and his workers built the Hall of Fame permanent home in April 2016.
At ORHS – 1977 All American Track & Field performer as a member of the state champion and record setting 880 yd. Relay Team. He earned two varsity letters as a member of the 1976 and 77 Metro, District and Region Championship teams. He is still ranked #10 all time in the 110 High Hurdles. Recovering from knee surgery following the football season, he was unable to compete as a senior. A three-year letterman in Football, Gary was named to the All-State 1st Team as a defensive back. In addition to earning All-Metro and All-Central Florida honors as a first team defensive back in leading Oak Ridge to the Metro and District Championships, he was the leader of a defensive team that surrendered less than 7 points a game. During his senior season, he had the second longest “pick 6”, 72 yards, in school history. Following a first round playoff win, the team suffered its second loss of the season in the Region final. Post HS – Went on to play football at Florida State. Was the starting safety on the Seminoles when they played Oklahoma for the National Championship in the 1980 Orange Bowl.
At ORHS – Earned 4 varsity letters during his time at Oak Ridge – 1 in Football, 3 in Track. In track, he was a 4-time Metro Champion – 100m, 220Yds., 440 yd Relay and Mile Relay, and earned his name shirt in the 100 meters. As a junior, he earned the Ray Judy Most Outstanding Performer award. Member of 2 District and 1 Metro Championship teams. Glover also won the 1986 USATF Junior Olympic National title in the 400 Meters. Finished his career ranked in the Top 10 in every individual sprint event - #3 – 60yds, #5 – 100 M, #7 – 220yds, #6 – 330yds, and #3 – 440yds. - in Oak Ridge history. Due to an injury, Richard was unable to compete in the Metro, District, Region and State Championships his senior year. Post HS – Signed a football scholarship to NC State University. He was also a member of the Indoor Track Team. He is a 25-year member of the Orlando Fire Department and a district chief.
At ORHS – A 3 sport athlete during his days as a Pioneer, lettering in Football, Baseball and Weightlifting. On the field, Barton shined at the Linebacker position earning All-Metro, and All-Central Florida honors. He served as Team Captain, while racking up 200+ tackles during his junior and senior seasons. Other honors included Orlando Sentinel Player of the Week, Orlando Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week, Orlando Sentinel Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, and the Recipient of the Bob Martin Memorial Award recognizing Outstanding Student Athlete. In Baseball, he starred at Right Field and Pitcher; while earning a .300+ batting Average, and All-Metro honors. He went on to earn the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando Scholar Athlete Award as a Senior; as well as Volunteer of the Year for the State of Florida, while graduating with a 4.3 GPA. Post HS – Steve earned received a scholarship to Princeton University. He lettered in Football at the Fullback/Tailback position – and was a member of the 1989 Ivy League Championship team. He also lettered in Rugby while at Princeton and was a member of their International team that traveled to Canada and England in 1992.
At ORHS – Arguably one of the best distance runners in Oak Ridge history, earning 9 varsity letters in Track, Cross Country and Swimming. In Cross Country, she earned All-Metro, District, Region and State honors, as well as becoming a Metro and District Champion. In track, she was a 7-time Metro Champion, 6-time District Champion, a Region Champion during her career; she reached the top of the podium winning the State Championship in the 800m in 1994. She is one of the few athletes to ever win all the distance events in the Metro Championship meet in the same year (1994); winning the 800, 1600, and 3200m. She was named Orange County Girls Track Athlete of the Year as a Senior, as well as Oak Ridge Female Athlete of the year; resulting in having her jersey retired in 1994. Nicole went on to be inducted in the Metro Conference Hall of Fame. Post HS - Went on to complete at Florida State on a Track and Cross-Country scholarship. She earned All-ACC honors twice during her time with the Seminoles; as well as being named Cross Country team captain.
At ORHS – A 3 sport athlete at Oak Ridge, earning 7 varsity letters in 3 sports - Track (3), Football (2) & Soccer (2). In football, Danny was a 2-year starter at cornerback, and wide receiver, while also spending time on the special teams, as a kick and punt returner. In soccer, he played both offensive and defensive positions in soccer as a striker and sweeper on the varsity squad. As a member of the track team, Smith finished his career at Oak Ridge as once of the greatest of all-time. A 2-time Metro, District, Region Champion in the 800 meters, going on to win a State title in the event in 1994. Finished as the school record holder in the 800m. He was a key member of 2 of the greatest relay teams in school history – 4x400 & 4x800; Winning multiple Metro, District, and Region titles in the events. Smith was named an All-American in 1995, as well as All-State, and named to the All-Central Florida team twice. He also a 2-Time recipient of the Hughey Leonard Coach's Achievement Award his junior and senior years – joining one other Pioneer is history to ever win the award twice in career. Winner of the ORHS “Best-All Around Athlete” award, Danny has his jersey retired in 1995. Post HS – Went on to attend Florida State University on a track scholarship. Earned All-ACC honors in the 800 meters and as a member of the 4x400 team; and in 2000, earned All-American status as his relay team finished third in the nation indoors.
At ORHS – A 2 sport athlete at ORHS – Football, Track. In Track, he is considered one of the best all-around athletes in school history. A 4-time District, 3-time Region and Metro Champion during his time at ORHS, as well as All-State honors in the 400m, Long Jump and 4x400 meter relay. Fabian is the all-time leader in Career points (680 ½) at ORHS, as well as the most points in a season (260 ½). He is the school record holder in the 55 meters and 300-meter dashes, as well as being ranked number 3 all-time in the Long Jump (24 – ¾). He was the recipient of Early Trawick Outstanding Newcomer Award (1998), Huey Leonard Coaches Achievement Award (2000), and a two-time Ray Judy Outstanding Performer Award winner (1999, 2001) – one of only five in school history to do so. He earned varsity letters in football at Wide Receiver. Post HS – Went on to compete at Division 2 powerhouse St. Augustine College in Raleigh, NC. During his time at St Aug, he was an 8-time CIAA Conference Champion in the Long Jump (4 Indoor & 4 Outdoor), leading his teams to 8 CIAA Conference Championships in both Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field. He went on to become a 3-time D2 National Champion in the Long Jump, while earning D2 All-American honors 8 times (4 Indoor, 4 Outdoor) in the Long Jump as well as helping his team win the 2006 D2 Indoor National Championship
Aleksandar (Alex) Ondelj
At ORHS - A 2 sport athlete during his time at ORHS, earning 6 varsity letters in Volleyball (4) and Soccer (2). Considered to be one of the best volleyball players to ever come out of the state of Florida, Alex earned All-Metro, All-County, and All-State (Volleyfest All-Tourney Team-Before Boys Volleyball was a sanctioned by FSHAA) honors, a 4-Time Oak Ridge Volleyball team MVP, and a 2-Time Oak Ridge Athlete of The Year. He played for the top club volleyball team in the state, Orlando Gold; earning All-USA East honors during his time. Post HS - Went on to play Volleyball at Rutgers University, and was EIVA Conference Rookie of the year as a freshman; along with being named Male Athlete of the Year. He earned First Team All-EIVA conference honors 4 times and was named National Player of the Week twice in 2002. He was awarded insignia by the Rutgers Division of Intercollegiate for achievement in Men´s Volleyball 2001-2002. He was a 3-time recipient of the Coaches Award (2002, 2003, 2004); along with being named MVP of the Annual Golden Dome Classic tournament at Rutgers University in back-to-back years. In 2005, at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships, he helped his team win a Gold medal and went on to received MVP honors. Alex went on to play professional Volleyball in Europe, winning league championships with VC Eintracht Wiesbaden and advanced in 1st Bundesliga in Germany 2007. Went on to play for TV Buhl with whom he also helped advance into the 1st Bundesliga Division and winning the silver medal in Euro-League. He now plays professionally in Luxembourg and has won 2 Silver medals in the Euro-League there since 2010; along with helping his team win silver in the Luxembourgish Beach National Championships. Most recently his team won the Luxembourgish Cup and the National Championships during the 2017-18 season.
Early Trawick was the longest serving volunteer in the history of Oak Ridge High School as he enthusiastically dedicated 25 years of support in developing the school’s student athletes. In 1978 with his son David, a 10th grade half miler on the track team, Early volunteered to drive the athletes to and from the meets whether it was after school or on a Saturday. Upon David’s graduation in 1980, Early approached Coach Hemmer regarding an opportunity to serve as a volunteer coach. He retained that position for the next 22 years, serving along side of Coach Hemmer until coach’s retirement after the 2001 season and then serving two more years assisting the new head coach, Erick Hawkins, who himself was a former football and track athlete at Oak Ridge. Early took it upon himself to attend coaching clinics, major colligate competitions and other educational events to enhance his coaching skills. His duties included but were not limited to overseeing drills for the hurdlers, relay exchange practice, gun starts and team bench protocol. In addition to his track duties, Early assisted the football program as equipment manager and practice time coordinator for four seasons, 1983-86. In 1995, the Athletic Department honored Early when the Outstanding Newcomer Award was dedicated and named the Early Trawick Newcomer Award in his honor. Coach Trawick had three sons and one grandson attend Oak Ridge. Coach Trawick passed away in 2007
* - Deceased