Hall of Fame
Morristown-Beard School Athletic Hall of Fame Welcomes Four New Members inducted on October 2nd, 2015.
John Hatch’66 (posthumous), Carey Scully Strobeck ’92, Michael Betz, Jr. ’08, and Julie Guempel ’09 are the newest members of the Morristown-Beard School Athletic Hall of Fame. They were inducted into the Morristown-Beard School Athletic Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony on Friday, October 2, 2015. The ceremony was held in Kirby Chapel.
John Hatch ’66 (football)
John was born in Alton, IL and spent the majority of his childhood in Convent Station, NJ. While at Morristown Prep, John made many lifelong friends, and enjoyed playing baseball and football. His athletic highlights included the Most Valuable Player Award during his freshman year of baseball, and throwing the touchdown pass to Jim Barnes to defeat Delbarton in 1964.
After graduating from Morristown Prep, John attended the University of South Carolina, and entered the Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam as a Forward Observer in 1969. In 1971, John married Martha Luckey, and they spent the next 43 years creating a life together. John and Martha had two children, Chris and Stephanie, and they settled in Long Valley, NJ. John shared his love for baseball with his son and other children by coaching Little League baseball for many years. He spent 10 years as an editor and eventually the managing editor of the Morris County Daily Record. In 1982, he became the sole proprietor and picture framer of The Country Gallery in Chester, NJ.
John was a wonderful father and family man, and enjoyed spending time with his family. He attended sporting events of both of his children, which included soccer, lacrosse, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and softball. John has been greatly missed since his death on February 5, 2014.
Carey Scully Strobeck ’92 (lacrosse, field hockey, and ice hockey)
After excelling at lacrosse, field hockey, and ice hockey at Morristown-Beard School, Carey continued her athletics at St. Lawrence University. She played women’s ice hockey and lacrosse during her freshman year, field hockey and lacrosse during her sophomore year, and field hockey in her senior year. She spent her junior year abroad in Spain, and graduated with a double major in Spanish and Fine Arts.
After college, she lived in Cincinnati, where she received an M.Ed and taught 1st and 2nd grades. She also played on a travel women’s ice hockey team on weekends, and would play in tournaments as far north as Toronto and as far south as Atlanta.
She and her husband, Matt, were married in 2000 and they have four children: Liam (14), Drew (12), Jake (10), and Carly (8). In 2012, Carey and her family moved to Charlotte, VT where they have five horses, 10 chickens, two dogs and a cat. Her favorite activities are still sports-related, and she enjoys watching her kids participate in their favorite sports.
She loves riding her mare, Zena, plays doubles tennis, enjoys paddle boarding in the summer, and skis with her family in the winter. “My most rewarding experience has been raising four caring, fun and respectful kids with my soul-mate Matt,” she said.
Michael Betz, Jr. ’08 (baseball, football, and ice hockey)
Now known as Trooper #7366, Michael recently hung up his cleats and skates to serve and protect the state where he was born and raised, New Jersey.
Baseball, football and hockey were Michael’s passion at Morristown-Beard School. While attending MBS, he was blessed to play all three of the sports he loved during all four years of high school, “and receive a great education to boot!” He credits his teachers, coaches and friends with helping him excel on the playing field and in the classroom.
Michael said that he was so well-prepared for college that, “It was easier than high school!” After graduating from MBS, Michael attended Seton Hall University, where he received a baseball scholarship. He majored in Criminal Justice and was a four-year Big East academic all-star. A thrill of a lifetime was when he played with the Seton Hall Pirates in Clearwater, Florida in 2011 and won the Big East Championship. It was a memory and experience he will cherish forever!
Michael is currently in his third year as a New Jersey State Trooper. His first station was in Totowa where he covered Rt. 80, 280 and 287. He is now working out of the Sussex Barracks, covering 12 towns. His hope for the near future is to transfer to Netcong.
Michael enjoys traveling, working out, and attending his younger brother Cory’s football games on his off days. He currently lives at home in Mine Hill, NJ with his parents, Laurie and Michael, brother Cory, and foster sister, Gabriella.
Julie Guempel ’09 (field hockey, track and field)
Julie was a four-year varsity starter and earned four varsity letters on the MBS field hockey team. She served as the captain during her senior year, and helped the Crimson capture the Prep B Championship title against MKA in the fall of 2008. She was also a member of the Edge Club field hockey team and participated in national tournaments. Throughout Julie’s high school field hockey career, she earned numerous accolades including Most Improved Player, Coaches Award, Female Fall Sportsmanship award, and Offensive Most Valuable Player.
Julie is also an avid runner. She earned four varsity letters for the MBS track and field team, and was named captain for her senior year. In addition, she held four school records — 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x400 meters, and triple jump. She currently holds the School record for the 200 meters, which she set in 2008. Julie was awarded with the Girls MVP in 2008 and Coaches award in 2009. She was named to the Spring Track All-County Team in both her junior year and senior year. In 2009, she participated in the NJ State Meet of Champions for the 100 meters, 200 meters, and triple jump. She has three County titles—the 100 meters (2008), 200 meters (2009), and 4x100 meter relay (2009). Julie was the first female county champion to win a county title for the Crimson since 1983. In addition to her athletics, Julie was the editor-in-chief of the yearbook and a blood drive captain.
She graduated from Bucknell University in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in education. She was a member of the track and field team and was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as well as earning Dean’s List. She participated in club field hockey, club ultimate frisbee, and was a coach for Girls on the Run. She has also completed five half marathons, one marathon, and is currently training for her sixth half marathon.
From 2013-2015, Julie returned to MBS as an assistant coach for both the field hockey team and track and field team. She has a loving mother and father, Nancy and Scot, two older siblings, Jennifer Guempel Leaman ’05 and Rob Guempel, supportive grandparents, Robert and Jeanne Guempel, and an adorable dog named Krista. She currently attends Thomas Jefferson University for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in Philadelphia, PA. She is expected to graduate in May of 2018.
See below for highlights and a slide show from last year's program - the Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumni Tailgate 2014.
The 2014 Induction Ceremony of the Athletic Hall of Fame was held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The deserving recipients were Bruce Driver and David Reiley, founding coaches of the Girls' Ice Hockey program and Elizabeth "Betsy" Bayne Curtis ’81 a multi-talented three-sport athlete who continued to participate in athletics in college and beyond.
In 1986, the Alumni Association and the Crimson Club created the Hall of Fame Award to honor sportsmanship, team spirit and athletic achievement while in school and after graduation. The award recognizes both individuals and teams who have made a mark in athletic competition while at Beard, Morristown, or Morristown-Beard School and/or later in their lives.
Any member of the Morristown School, Beard School or Morristown-Beard School community may make a nomination. However, candidates may not be considered for induction until five years after their graduation.
This award is given to recognize graduates from the Beard School, Morristown School or Morristown-Beard School who have made their mark on the world in their field, and/or have done great things for their alma mater. Any alumnus or alumna may be nominated; current members of the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Board are not eligible to receive this award.
Please nominate a Beard, Morristown, or Morristown-Beard graduate you feel merits this honor.