On April 26th, former colleagues, coaches, and teachers, and beloved family members, from infants to grandparents, turned out to celebrate two Hun employees and four Hun athletes. Honorees were lauded for their contributions to the School and accomplishments here and beyond.
Bonnie Beach, H’14
“I went to public school, and I taught there for years. But after three years at Hun, I realized that at a private school like Hun, I had a family, in a collegial, cooperative, and supportive atmosphere. And that is the way it is to this day.”
Bonnie Beach has been a member of The Hun School community since the late 1960s when she and her husband Terry Beach, former dean of admissions and financial aid, moved to campus. She began teaching Spanish at Hun in 1972 and in the early 1970s, she was a founding faculty member of the
Academic Learning Skills Program. She was named director of the program
in 1980, and in 2009, the center was
renamed to The Bonnie Beach Academic Learning Center. Mr. and Mrs. Beach lived on campus for six years in an apartment in Russell Hall and served as surrogate parents to many students with whom they forged lasting relationships. Her own two children, Danielle ’87 and Dale ’90, spent their infant years in Russell Hall, eventually graduating from the School many years later. She retired in 2010.
Kathryn M. Quirk H’14
"Thank you to the school for this wonderful honor. . . Forty-six years ago, Dr. Chesebro gave me a chance to work with the students at Hun, especially the female athletes. I was hired as a health and physical education teacher, coaching field hockey, basketball, and softball, and making $5,500 a year. I thought I had hit the lottery. Coaching was very important to me, I was competitive, and more than anything, I wanted to win. But over the years, people will tell you I’ve mellowed and become soft. I learned. . . that there is more to the game than winning and losing. Coaching is more about the life lessons we teach, the friendships that are made, and importance of working together.”
Kathryn Quirk came to The Hun School
in September 1973 and when she retires
at the end of this year, she will have
spent forty-six years with the School as
a teacher, coach, advisor, and associate
athletic director. She has coached
softball, basketball, field hockey, and cheerleading and taught physical
education and health. As a coach, she
has an impressive record, with eleven
state championships and numerous
MAPL championships. She was inducted into Hun’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, was named Coach of the Year by The Trenton Times and The Trentonian, Prep Coach of the Year by The Star-Ledger, and Coach of the Decade by The Princeton Packet. Mrs. Quirk and her husband, Athletic Director Bill Quirk, have always lived on campus and raised both sons, Bill ’99 and Patrick ’02 here.
2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Polo Wagner Mueller ’94
“Coming to Hun as a junior, I wasn’t sure if I would fit in. One day, I had a fencing tournament where I didn’t do so hot. But Coach (Reinaldo Gonzalez) said four words to me: ‘You made Hun proud.’ And those four words made me feel like I belonged.”
Polo Wagner Mueller ’94, who began fencing in middle school, came to The Hun School as a junior and quickly made a name for herself, earning Most Valuable Player junior and senior year. She took home many state and regional championships in both foil and epee fencing and helped the team make the top three in State finals. Ms. Mueller was a Garden State Scholar, and received the Dartmouth Book Award for academic scholarship at graduation. She attended Penn State University, where she led the fencing team to three NCAA Championships while earning All American honors for academic and athletic excellence. She met and married her husband between her junior and senior year and transferred to The University of Washington in Seattle, earning a degree in Landscape Architecture. She and her husband, along with their four children, now live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Erin Cahill-Wetzel ’99
“I wasn’t the most talented athlete or the smartest student, but I did well because I worked hard . . . I hope I can inspire others as my teachers and coaches here at Hun inspired me.”
Erin Cahill-Wetzel ’99 earned twelve varsity letters in cross country, basketball, and softball. She was the Trenton Times Prep Runner of the Year and set three course records in her senior year. Ms. Cahill-Wetzel became the third female in Hun history and ninth player overall to score 1,000 points in basketball. In softball, she was a member of three straight Prep Championship teams and earned All-State Honors all four seasons. She also earned the Iron Woman Award all four of her seasons, having never missed a practice or game. She continued setting records and winning championships in her running career at The College of New Jersey. Ms. Cahill-Wetzel works at Mercer County Community College, where she is the coordinator of the fitness center and swimming pool and serves as a strength and conditioning coach. She and her husband have three children and live in Hamilton, New Jersey.
Craig J. McGovern ’04
"Hun has given me a lot throughout the years, starting with my beautiful wife Kelly. I have these lifelong friendships with all of the people here tonight. Since I always played a team sport, I always needed the support of those teammates. Thanks for blocking for me, and (former football) Coach Law, for teaching them how to block. And thanks to those of you who threw me the ball. I am humbled by this; I cherish my time at Hun."
Craig McGovern ’04 earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball, football, and lacrosse. As a football standout, he established Hun’s all-time receiving yards record. He also earned All-State honors, was named a SuperPrep All-American in his senior season, was selected to the All-American Junior Combine and represented New Jersey in the 2004 Governor’s Bowl All-Star Game. He also excelled in lacrosse, where he earned All-State and Bianchi League recognitions. He graduated with high honors and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a civic award bestowed by the President of the United States recognizing individuals who give hundreds of volunteer service hours.
Mr. McGovern earned varsity letters at both Michigan State and Rutgers. He was a part of three bowl wins at Rutgers and was recently named by the Lansing State Journal as one of the best players ever to wear the number “88” at Michigan State. He is a Certified Financial Planner with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in New Hope, Pennsylvania. He also serves as class agent, sits on his 15-year reunion committee, and is a member of both the Red and Black Society and the John Gale Hun Society. He lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with his wife Kelly Ann (Stoddard) McGovern ‘05 and their four-year old twins, Everly and Gavin.
Nick Williams ’09
“The personal relationships define the culture here. My coaches all did selfless work for their athletes, and that type of effort for the kids is what makes Hun so special. That kind of commitment drove me to play that much harder, to study that much longer. It’s ludicrous to think that I did any of this on my own. I’m so grateful to have experienced Hun.”
Nick Williams ’09 was a member of the varsity football, basketball, and track teams, including the 2007 undefeated football team. During his four-year high school career, Mr. Williams scored over thirty touchdowns and totaled over twenty interceptions, which contributed to two MAPL Championships. He was captain of the football team at the University of Connecticut and ranks third all-time in Big East Football history for his kickoff return average. He is also the only player to rush, receive, return a punt, and return a kick for a touchdown in UCONN football history. Mr. Williams’ National Football League career began in 2013 when he was signed by the Washington Redskins. Since then he has played for the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, and Los Angeles Rams. During the offseason, he returns to East Windsor, New Jersey to spend time with his fiancé Danielle, his family, and friends.