Eight Belen Jesuit Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent
Teresa Martinez | Director of Communications
The Belen community is proud to announce that eight student-athletes signed their national letters of intent to play at the collegiate level. The signing ceremony was held on November 18 in the Roca Theater andstreamed live via the school’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/BelenJesuit. Click here to see the online photo album.
“Every year we take great pleasure in seeing the players achieve their dream of advancing to play at the next level,” said Jerry Albert, Head Baseball Coach. “It’s definitely been a unique year. These guys all missed out on their junior seasons and the Fall has been much different as well. To their credit, the kids have maintained focus throughout it all. Each is headed to a program that is a perfect fit for their future, both on the field and in the classroom.”
Dorian Gonzalez - University of Miami
Giovanny Cueto - Wake Forest University
Jorge Louis DeGoti - University of Florida
Esteban Rodriguez - University of Richmond
Jack Sampedro - Amherst College, MA
Carlos Iglesias - Loyola University New Orleans
Robert Fernandez - Miami-Dade College
Javier Vento - University of Florida
“Javier has made us proud throughout his very successful high school running career as he left his mark as one of our best all-time runners,” said Frankie Ruiz “96, Head Cross Country Coach. “I am thrilled of his commitment to the University of Florida where he will without a doubt elevate to that next level. UF is an excellent academic institution with a highly accomplished running program led by Coach Solinsky, who is regarded as one of the top collegiate distance coaches. Javier follows in the footsteps of several notable Belen graduates such as Jose Garcia '03 and Elliot Clemente '12 who have also gone on to have very successful collegiate running careers at UF.”
“I am proud of our Wolverines who, as true student-athletes, have achieved the Magis - both on the field and in the classroom. Congratulations to them as well as their families, coaches, and teachers who have supported their formation throughout their years at Belen,” said José E. Roca ‘84, Principal.
According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), nearly eight million students currently participate in high school athletics in the United States. In general, over 7% of high school athletes (about 1 in 13) go on to play a varsity sport in college and less than 2% of high school athletes (1 in 57) go on to play at NCAA Division I schools.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.