Knight of Honor & Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions: Chris Sailer to be Honored

Knight of Honor & Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions
Saturday, February 23, 2013

6:00 p.m. – Social
7:00 p.m. – Dinner/Ceremony

Notre Dame will continue its great annual tradition by awarding its Knights of Honor award to Rex and Maureen Ralwinson and the Fritz B. Burns Foundation.  Rex and Maureen are the parents of three Notre Dame graduates, Justin ’91, Neil ’94 and Ian ‘97.  Rex served on the NDHS Board of Directors in the late 1990’s and, as a Director of the Fritz B. Burns Foundation (along with Maureen), was instrumental in the foundation’s major support and construction of the Fritz B. Burns Center for Arts and Technology.  The foundation’s support continued for the construction of the Br. Robert Hampton, CSC Science Building, the planned Joseph Rawlinson Aquatic Center (2013) and the renovation of the gymnasium (2014).  The service, devotion and generosity of the Fritz B. Burns Foundation and the Rawlinson Family is a gift that has served thousands of Notre Dame students and they are deserving recipients of the 2013 Knights of Honor Award.

Notre Dame High School also is pleased to announce it will honor several athletic inductees to its Hall of Fame preceding the Knight of Honor award presentation.  The Hall of Fame began inducting athletes in 2011 and this is the third induction class.


The 2013 inductees are:

Tony Salas ’57 (posthumous) – The first 2-Time All-CIF athlete, averaged 16.3 points per game as a basketball captain in his senior year.

Bud Fabian ’69 – 1st Team All Del Rey League and 1st Team All-CIF in 1968-69, he scored 66 points in a single game versus Cathedral High School (still a record). Bud went on to play for a nationallyanked Santa Clara University team 1970-72 before suffering a career-ending injury in 1973.

Escamillo (“Eski”) Viltz ’78 – A 2-Time All-CIF baseball star at NDHS.

Nigel Miguel ’81 – All-CIF, All American and McDonald’s All American standout at NDHS who led his team to a 19-5 record and Del Rey League title.  He played four years at UCLA and was the team’s leading scorer his senior year as the Bruins won the NIT championship.

Chris Sailer ’95 – Kicked a national record 22 field goals at ND and was a high school All-American.  A 2-time All-American at UCLA as a kicker and punter, still holding the UCLA record for longest field goal (56 yards).



Travis Johnson ’00 – A 2-Time All-CIF football star, Johnson also earned Parade, PrepStar, Football News and USA Today All American First Team honors in setting the NDHS career record for sacks (61), tackles for loss (77) and forced fumbles (14).  He was All-ACC his senior year at Florida State University before being selected as the 16th player of the first round of the NFL draft by the HoustonTexans in 2005.

Garrett Green ’06 – A 3-Time All CIF quarterback, Green led the Knights to three consecutive titles and is the winningest quarterback in NDHS history.  He also was a state finalist hurdler.  He continued his football career at USC and was a member of the national contending Trojans for four seasons.


For more information please contact
Susan Armendariz at (818) 933-3608 or 
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Consistency in Coaching: Nick Folk & Kai Forbath

Consistency is the application of something necessary, for the sake of accuracy or achievement, at a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality. Ask any athlete about one of the most influential aspects of their career and chances are the answer will be directly related to consistency in coaching. This is a point I and other topanking coaches feel strongly about. As an alumnus, and the kicking and punting coach at Notre Dame High school for the past 10 years, it has been my consistency in coaching that has attributed to the success of my current and former players.

Two of my former players, who I had the privilege of coaching during high school, exemplify how natural ability and the importance of the consistency model led to them playing in the NFL.
Nick Folk and Kai Forbath. Both started with me as freshman at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA. I was able to help Nick Folk receive a scholarship to Arizona, where he went on to play in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and currently is a kicker for the New York Jets. Kai Forbath, accepted a scholarship to UCLA and now has a career with the Washington Redskins. Today, both of my former players give back by working on the Chris Sailer Kicking Staff.
Folk and Forbath exemplify two great success stories and model the importance of consistency in coaching. Remember “consistency breads excellence”.