Michael DeMaria is a 2000 graduate of Cardinal Stritch, earning 12 Varsity letters, 4 each in football, wrestling and track.
On the gridiron, he was MVP on a 12-2 state playoff Team in 1999, where he led the team in tackles and was a 1,000+ yard rusher. He won T.A.A.C. Player of the Year awards for offense, defense and special teams, in addition to All-T.A.A.C., 1st Team All-District, and All-State Honorable Mention.
As a wrestler, Michael was a state qualifier and named Most Valuable Wrestler in ’97-’98.
Michael was also a 2-time state qualifier in the 100-yard dash, setting Stritch and T.A.A.C. records in that event. He also won T.A.A.C. championships multiple times in the 100, 200 and long jump. Michael entered The Ohio State University as a preferred walk-on before earning a full athletic scholarship.
Twice named All-Academic Big Ten, Michael was the recipient of the prestigious “Bo Rein Award” for most inspirational senior football player as voted by teammates during his senior year. While at OSU, Michael also received distinction as an OSU Scholar Athlete as well as being named Academic All-Big 10.
Michael later graduated from Capital University Law School. Today, he is a practicing attorney in the Columbus area, focused on criminal defense and social security disability litigation. In 2007, Michael was inducted into the T.A.A.C. Hall of Fame.
Michael remains active in sports, coaching 7th and 8th grade football from 2005-2016 at St. Brigid of Kildare School in Dublin, Ohio. This year Michael accepted an offer to be a freshman football coach at Bishop Watterson High School, serving as the running backs and linebackers coach.
Michael, Blaique, and their son, Giovanni Michael (1½) reside in Hilliard, Ohio.