As part of its Homecoming & Reunion Weekend on October 22 and 23, Morristown Beard School will celebrate the life and legacy of beloved teacher and coach Eddie Franz, who passed away last summer after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
On Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to noon, MBS graduates will participate in an Alumni Basketball Game in the Simon Athletic Center honoring their former coach, who left a remarkable legacy. A reception on Alumni House Lawn will immediately follow the game. You may register for the game here. In more than 35 seasons as head coach at MBS, Eddie surpassed 400 wins and captured eight conference titles and four prep titles. He was named Morris County Coach of the Year in 2017 and was inducted into the Morristown Beard School Athletic Hall of Fame and the New Jersey State Coaches Hall of Fame.
The following day, Sunday, October 23, Morristown Beard School will host a Celebration of Life for Eddie Franz from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Founders Hall. The School is compiling videos from Eddie’s former students and colleagues to share stories about him. You may RSVP for the event here.
In addition, the School announced the creation of two endowed funds in Eddie’s honor — The Eddie Franz Endowed Scholarship Fund and The Eddie Franz Endowed Chair for Wellness. To learn more about these funds and how you can make a gift, visit www.mbs.net/support-mbs/eddie-franz-endowed-funds or contact Betsy Patterson, Director of Advancement, at 973-532-7524 or email@example.com.
Throughout his 39 years at MBS, Eddie served as a teacher of history and constitutional law, as well as the boys varsity basketball coach and the School's guidance and crisis management director. He also coached boys varsity tennis from 1983-1999 and again from 2011-2014, earning over 200 wins.
Along with his work at MBS, Eddie spent nearly 35 summers as the Director of LifeCamp. Located in Pottersville, LifeCamp’s mission is to provide academic enrichment, artistic expression and athletic opportunities in a safe outdoor space for Newark students.