Hall of Fame
ABOUT THE SAINT JOSEPH ATHLETICS
HALL OF FAME
The return of the Saint Joseph Athletics Hall of Fame following a 17-year hiatus provides an opportunity for followers of the school’s storied sports programs to nominate student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators, teams, and people who have significantly contributed to the advancement of interscholastic sports at Saint Joseph High School for induction to the prestigious Athletics Hall of Fame.
A total of 27 individuals were inducted to the Saint Joseph Athletics Hall of Fame during a consecutive four-year stretch beginning in 1999 (a complete alphabetical listing of those inductees can be found here).
One of Middlesex County’s most successful scholastic athletics program since the high school was founded in 1961, Saint Joseph has won 159 county or conference titles and 43 state crowns in 15 varsity sports.
Saint Joseph has produced countless All-Americans, All-State performers, All-County or All-Conference players and NCAA student-athletes.
Beginning this year, inductees will be selected during the month of April in odd calendar years and feted during a Saint Joseph Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the first of which will take place this fall at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club.
"Fr. Andre' Coindre, founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, has always instructed the Brothers to honor and to celebrate achievements,” Saint Joseph High School President Justin Fleetwood said.
“Today, the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and the Partners in Mission (Faculty and Staff) continue this mandate by honoring those Saint Joseph Men who have brought honor to Saint Joseph High School and to their families.
“We all know that honorable and successful athletics programs teach invaluable lessons to all stakeholders, particularly to student-athletes, and one of the most important lessons is that athletics bring a school community together. We are blessed to have so many young men who have been entrusted to our care not only survive in the athletic arena but to thrive at all levels of competition.
“And, what better way to honor their sacrifice and commitment to a cause greater than their own than an Athletics Hall of Fame. We are excited to bring this tradition back, and we are thankful to everyone who has assisted us in making this moment happen. It is another win for Saint Joe's, and it is a great time to be a Falcon!"
Inductees will receive a plaque illustrating their accomplishments, which will be detailed in a program provided to everyone in attendance at the Hall of Fame ceremony.
The inductees’ names will appear on a Saint Joseph Athletics Hall of Fame display in the school. Profiles of inductees will be made available through a portal on the high school’s official website.
Student-athlete inductees must be Saint Joseph graduates, must have lettered in a varsity sport, must have attended Saint Joseph High School for at least three years and must possess a record of high performance and excellence.
Coaches, athletics administrators, teams and people who have significantly contributed to the advancement of interscholastic sports at Saint Joseph High School may also be nominated for induction.
Inductees bring recognition, acclaim, and pride to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and to Saint Joseph High School. Their record of sportsmanship and lifestyle of integrity and probity makes them role models for current and future Saint Joseph High School student-athletes.
Class of 2019 inductees will be selected in April by a seven-member selection committee comprised of five alumni, two Partners in Mission and chaired by national award-winning sports writer Greg Tufaro (Class of ’85) of the Home News Tribune, who has covered Saint Joseph athletics for nearly three decades.
The Hall of Fame selection committee bridges the decades spanning the school’s founding through the present and represents a cross section of Saint Joseph’s athletics programs.
An advisory committee consisting of current and former Saint Joseph coaches, Partners in Mission and alumni will assist the selection committee.
The advisory committee includes: Miguel Cabrita (alumnus, assistant principal, director of admissions, current varsity volleyball coach); Wayne Fischer (teacher, former varsity bowling coach); Rich Hilliard (current varsity football coach); Brian Jenkins (alumnus, dean of students, teacher, current soccer coach); Pete Kolodney (founder ice hockey program, current varsity assistant ice hockey coach); Br. Richard Levin, S.C. (formation, former varsity cross country coach); Mike O’Boyle (associate athletics director, teacher, former varsity soccer coach); Alex Schiffer (alumnus); Mike Thompson (alumnus, current varsity basketball coach); and Gary Trojanowski (alumnus, teacher, former varsity track & field coach).