Distinguished Hall of Fame

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 BECKMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

HALL of FAME
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 ALUMNI-ATHLETICS  
 Matt Tobin '08  2019
 Nic Ungs '98  2018
 Jason Nurre '91  2018
 Kate Witte '78  2017
 Coach Tom Jenk Jr. '71  2017
 Bruce Klostermann '81  2017
 Mike Haight '81  2017
   
   
 ALUMNI-TEAM   
 1992 Girls Golf State Champs  2019
 1986 State Baseball Champs  2018
 1968 State Baseball Champs  2017
   
   
  DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI  
 Mark Brady '83  2019
 Marily Noel '71  2018
 Fr. Mark Schramm, SVD '67  2017
   
 
 ALUMNI-ACTIVITIES/FINE ARTS  
 Becky Williams '00  2019
 Jeff Jacque '73  2018
 Jacqueline Jasper Tsao '71  2017
 Dr. James March '72  2017
   
 DISTINGUISHED FRIEND OF BECKMAN  
 Jack Klein (posthumously)  2019
 1973 Fundraising Committee  2018
 Coach Dick Mesher  2017
 Sister Mary Clare Miller  2017

 


 



Hall of Fame Biographies

 Alumni-Athletics
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Matt Tobin, ‘08
     Matt was a standout football player at Beckman Catholic—even if he didn’t start a game until his senior year.  In that year, he achieved much. Matt earned second-team all-state and first-team honors (all district and all area); he was also named captain of the all-area squad.  After graduating from Beckman, he continued playing football as a walk-on at the University of Iowa, and he worked construction in the summers to help pay for his education.  Matt started his final 22 games as a Hawkeye, and though he went undrafted, he persevered and got signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. He went on to play with the Eagles for four years, with the Seattle Seahawks for one year, and with the New England Patriots for his final season.  Matt is a true example of what hard work and dedication will help you achieve.

Nic Ungs, ‘98
Nic was a three year starter for the baseball team; his sophomore year he was named 2 nd team all-district and all-conference.  His junior year he batted .453 and 8-1 as a pitcher, and was 1 st team all-conference, all district, all INA.  Nic had a 13-0 record with an ERA of .068 and 158 KO’s in 92 innings his senior year.  He batted .453 with 17 home runs. He was named to the Super Elite All-State squad, as well as first team all-conference and district.  During his career at Northern Iowa, Nic was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2001 after going 11-2 with a 2.48 ERA and finishing with 114 strikeouts with only fourteen walks in 109 innings. He was a second-team All-American, a first-team All-Valley selection, and was later named to the MVC All-Decade team. Nic played professionally for eleven years after being selected in the twelfth round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins.  He played in the Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers organizations--four years at the Triple-A level and five years in Double-A. He had an 82-68 career record with a 3.79 ERA, and he tossed a no-hitter in 2005. During his first season with the Utica Blue Sox in the New York-Penn League, Ungs had 40 strikeouts without issuing a walk in twelve appearances (11 starts). Nic played internationally in
Venezuela, Taiwan, Australia, and Cuba, and was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2005
and 2006. He was a pitching coach in Georgia for nine years, coaching 45 players who went on
to play D-1 baseball and nine players who have been drafted in the last two MLB first-year player drafts.  He is currently Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Iowa.

Jason Nurre, ‘91

     Jason was a wrestling standout in his four years at Beckman.  His junior year he placed third at state in the 103 # division and finished the season with a 36-2 record.  Jason wrestled at 112# his senior year and became Beckman High School’s first state champion. His season record of 35-1 is a school record (tie).  He also holds the school record for most tech falls--six, and finished his high school career with 114 wins. Jason went on to wrestle at Iowa State University where he became an all American at 118# division, won a Big 8 championship title and finished 2nd  in the Nation in NCAA tournament in 1996.  He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in engineering. He has been at John Deere as a Product Engineer since.  He was a wrestling coach at Des Moines Dowling.

Kate Witte, ‘78

     Beckman Catholic Hall of Fame: Alumni- Athletics Kate was a four sport athlete at Beckman Catholic, team captain in all four. She was selected female athlete of the year her senior year. She
walked-on the University of Northern Iowa volleyball team, and became a scholarship athlete the next three years. She worked as a graduate assistant volleyball coach while earning her Master’s Degree at the University of Indiana. She has been the head volleyball coach at Ohio
Northern University for the past 26 years. She has logged 664 victories, a .750 winning percentage. She has several conference championships, and 20 NCAA D-III tournament appearances. She has been named conference coach of the year seven times and AVCA regional coach six times.


Coach Tom Jenk, Jr., ‘71
   
 Beckman Catholic Hall of Fame: Alumni- Athletics-Coach Tom started coaching the Blazer baseball team in 1975. His record is 1056-496 which ranks 4th highest in victories in the state. In his 42 years coaching, he has 19 conference championships, 26 district championships, 16 state appearances, with seven runner-up trophies and four state titles; 1986, 2000, and back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2103. Tom has been selected state coach of the year four times, and has been
inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Bruce Klostermann, ‘81
     Bruce was football co-captain his senior year at Beckman Catholic and was selected 1st Team All-Conference Linebacker, and 2nd Team All-State Linebacker. Bruce graduated from South Dakota State in 1986 where he was all-conference line backer and selected to the ‘50 year’ all-time team. He was drafted in 1986 by the Denver Broncos, playing five years in the NFL and three Super Bowls.

Mike Haight, ‘81
     Mike was co-captain his senior year at Beckman Catholic and received a full ride scholarship to the University of Iowa. In 1985 he was co-captain, Hawkeye Co-MVP and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, and played in the Rose Bowl. He was the 1st overall pick of the 1986 USFL draft by the Orlando Renegades and 1st round draft pick by the New York Jets. He played six years with the Jets and one year with the
Washington Redskins.



Alumni-Team
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1992 Girls Golf State Championship Team
     In 1992, the girls golf team had an overall record of 37-2.  A tremendous regular season was only topped by a more spectacular postseason.  The team finished in 2nd place in the Big Bend Conference.  They were champions of both the district and regionals.  The state tournament was next on the list—and this team was determined to return and complete for what they left unfinished the year before.  The Blazers finished the season by winning the Class 2A Girls Golf Championship by 25 strokes! The team members included the following: Leah Willenborg, Carla Boeckenstedt, Sarah Wessels, Becky Jacque, Carrie Wienke, Kathy Streit, Heather Showalter, Emily Bell, and Coach Jim Sheston.

1986 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPS

     The 1986 Blazer baseball team brought home the second state championship trophy for Beckman High School.  The ’86 Blazers won thirteen of their last fourteen games, finishing the season with a record of 23-9. They defeated Centerville 11-4 in the semi-finals and Pella Christian 8-6 in the Class 3A championship game.  The Blazers placed six players on the ECIC all-conference team, three players on the all-district team, three members on the All-State team, three members on the All-tournament team with Tom Wegmann receiving MVP honors.  Coach Jenk was named NE Iowa coach of the year. Members of the 1986 state championship team: Head Coach Tom Jenk, Jr., Assistant Coaches Rick Laue and Pat ‘Rico’ Vaske. Team members: Tim Boge ’88, Tim Brunkan ’87, Mike Budan ’88, Lee Cusick ’87, Tom English ’86, Roger Feldmann ’86,
Tim Greiner ’86, Jim Hermsen ’86, Dennis Jaeger ’88, Todd Lawrence ’88, Jeff Maiers ’86, Brian Moss ’86, Jim Offerman ’87, Scott Ruden ’89, Wayne Ruden ’87, Tim Weber, Ken Wedewer ’88, Terry Wedewer ’86, Tom Wegmann ’86, Greg Wessels ’86, and Ron Wilwert ’86.

1968 State Baseball Champs

     Beckman Catholic Hall of Fame: Alumni- Athletics The 1968 baseball team and Head Coach Art Huinker paved the way for the rich baseball tradition at Beckman Catholic. Coming off a 19-3
spring season, the Blazers completed an undefeated summer campaign finishing 21-0 and winning the state title. Their tournament run included wins against Davenport Assumption, as well as perennial powerhouse and previously undefeated Cedar Rapids Washington. They defeated Norway 5-4 in the championship game. Norway had won the previous spring and fall championships and attempting to three-peat. Members of the ’68 champs; Head Coach Art Huinker, players, Jerry Bildstein ’68, Tom Burlage ’68, Dan Goerdt ’68, Gene Knipper ’68, Lloyd Koelker ’68, Bob Klostermann ’69, Rick Knipper ’69, Lee Kruse ’69, Jim Overman ’69,
John Goerdt ’70, Ron Kramer ’70, and Keith Krapfl ’70.

 Distinguished Alumni
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Mark Brady ‘83
     Mark was involved in many activities during his time at Beckman.  He was a member of the band, math club, drama club and National Honor Society.  He also performed in several plays and musicals. Mark graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.  He went on to earn his MBA from the University of Chicago, School of Business in 1991. Mark is the Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at William Blair and Company, which happens to be the largest investment banking company in Chicago.  He joined them in 1991 and was named a partner in 1996. Mark has successfully completed over 200 acquisitions and financing transactions with companies domiciled in over 20 different countries. During his time with William Blair, he has earned different recognitions, and they include the 2008 Midmarket Banker-of-the-year by Investment Dealers’ Digest and the 2012 Dealmaker-of-the-year by Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine.  Mark has been married to his wife Jamie for 28 years—and they are blessed with four children. Mark is a board member for several Chicago-based nonprofits, and this philanthropic work is an extension of the service started at Beckman Catholic.

Marilyn Noel, ‘71
     Marilyn dedicated 43years to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Dubuque.  The last 29
years as the student counselor at Beckman Catholic. In addition to her full-time counseling
duties, she coordinated the Senior Awards program, the National Honor Society program and
induction, Real Life Academy, and the Mentoring program.  She worked countless after school
hours helping students secure college scholarships. One of her major accomplishments during
her tenure at Beckman Catholic was to create a Career Development program that prepared
students for post-secondary education.  Mrs. Noel’s commitment and dedication has proved
instrumental to countless Beckman students.

Fr. Mark Schramm, SVD, ‘67

     Beckman Catholic Hall of Fame: Distinguished Alum Fr. Mark is a graduate of Divine Word College and was ordained in 1975. He spent 18 years doing missionary work in Ghana, Africa. He was the director of the main mission station and 40 villages. He was also director of the Language Centre in Abetifi, Ghana. He received his doctorate in 1996 and taught priest candidates for several years. He is an adjunct faculty member of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he was also the Director of Field Education and chair of the CTU committee
on World Mission. He is currently on a mission parish assignment on Mtserrat Island in the West Indies.

Alumni- Activities / Fine Arts
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Becky Williams ‘00
     While at Beckman, Becky participated in band, jazz band, pep band, choir, musicals, and plays.  She received the following Beckman awards: Semper Fidelis Music Award, Iowa Choral Director’s Association Award, and Best Actress award for the musical Bye, Bye, Birdie. Becky competed and succeeded as a pianist at local, regional and international levels.  Some of these competitions included IMTA, the Terrace Hill Piano Competition, and the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition.  She continued her studies at the University of Northern Iowa and focused on degrees in Piano, Marketing/Public Relations, and Organizational Communications.  Becky has always enjoyed a passion for liturgy and sharing the wide and rich history of music in our Catholic faith. She has used this passion as the music director at the Basilica and currently as Coordinator of Music and Liturgy for the St. Thomas Aquinas Pastorate in Cascade.  She has also been the staff accompanist and musical accompanist at Beckman since 2007, and she has done all of this with the help of her biggest fan, her husband Blake, and their five Cheerleaders.

 Jeff Jacque, ‘73
     Jeff started his theatre career while in high school at Beckman when he landed a role in the FallPlay as a junior in the production of Arsenic and Old Lace, in 1971.  He continued to be active in the Drama program appearing in all the subsequent plays and musicals.  After high school, Jeff
became involved in theatre productions at Five Flags and Divine Word. Later he became involved with numerous productions at the Bell Tower Theatre in Dubuque.  In 1985, Jeff was asked to help with productions at Beckman. The following year, Principal Jack Klein offered Jeff the opportunity as Director of the spring musical. Jeff went on to direct 29 Fall Plays and twenty musicals.  His commitment to the Fine Arts program has made him a great role model to hundreds of Beckman students. Jeff continues his dedication to the Beckman Fine Arts Program
as director of the 2018 Fall Play.


Jacqueline Jasper Tsao, ‘71
     
Jacqueline is a renowned portrait artist. She is the recipient of numerous awards in international competition including the Portrait Society of America and The American Society of America. In 2017 she received the honor of ‘signature’ status from The Portrait Society of America as an accomplished portrait artist. Her commissioned portraits include Senator Tom Harkin, John Cardinal O’Conner, from the Archdiocese of New York, Michael J. Malloy, U.S Circuit Court Judge, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 16 college/university presidents and nine past university presidents.

Dr. James March, ‘72

     
Jim graduated from St. John’s University in 1976, received his Master of Fine Arts, University of Iowa in 1980, and completed his Doctorate of Music from the University of Iowa in 1983. He has been a professor of music at Morningside University for the past 28 years. In addition to his teaching and service on several boards at the university, he has founded the Iowa International Piano competition through his affiliation with the Sioux City Symphony. He has handcrafted several musical instruments for/and with the help of his students, including a fortepiano, harpsichord, clavichord and a 4-part harmony board for a blind student.


Distinguished Friend of Beckman
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Jack Klein (Posthumously)
     
Jack began teaching at Xavier High School in Dyersville in the year 1965.  He moved to the new Beckman High School in 1966. During his time at Beckman, he wore many hats: teacher, coach, and administrator.  His love of Beckman and Catholic education was shown in everything he did. He taught from 1966 until 1976. At that time, Jack became the assistant principal, and in 1980, he became the principal until 1992.  When he was named principal, he was the first and the only lay principal in the archdiocese for several years. Jack and his whole family were a big part of Beckman—because Barbara taught at Beckman for several years and their children both graduated from Beckman: Dennis in 1988 and Debra in 1990.  After leaving Beckman, he continued to do what he loved—teaching. He taught Anatomy/Physiology and Microbiology at NICC until his retirement in 2001.

1973 Fundraising Committee
     On November 5, 1973, at the Beckman Inter-parochial School Board monthly meeting, discussion was held regarding the future of Beckman High School.  At this meeting (lasting over four hours with adjournment at 12: 05 AM), the Board voted 4-1 to close Beckman High School due to extreme financial constraints.  The following evening, a public meeting was held in the Beckman commons to discuss raising funds to keep Beckman open. There were over 300 people in attendance.  Twenty-four people pledged $51,000, the Beckman Endowment was established, and an organizational committee was formed to raise the balance of funds to keep Beckman open.  The committee formed at the November 6, 1973 meeting, included Linus Showalter, General Chairman; John Witte, Treasurer; Joe Ertl, Secretary; parish chairmen were: Worthington, Don Pettinger and Loras Gravel; New Vienna, Ed Maiers; Petersburg, Bud Domeyer; Earlville, Elmer White; Dyersville, Ray Reicher.  Jim Engler, Allan Ertl, and Mark Peckham were assigned to chair the major gifts and foundations committee. This committee, along with an expanded group of volunteers, reconvened on November 19, reporting cash and pledges at $570,655 from 775 individuals. The group was present at the December 6 monthly meeting of the Beckman Inter-parochial School Board, and reported they had surpassed their goal and raised a total of $717,626 in cash and pledges.  The Beckman Board voted unanimously to rescind the November motion to close Beckman at the end of the 73-74 school year.


Coach Dick Mescher
     
Coach Mescher was one of the first lay teachers at Beckman Catholic. He fulfilled many roles in his 23 years as guidance counselor, athletic director, teacher, assistant football and softball coach, and head boys basketball coach for 16 years. Coach Mescher influenced countless students with his positive role modeling, his integrity, and his sense of dignity. His role as honorary co-chair of the recent capital campaign, exemplifies his life-long commitment to the Beckman community. Coach Mescher is receiving a dual award for his dedication to Beckman Catholic, as a Distinguished Friend of Beckman for his role as teacher and counselor, and Hall of Fame Athletic award for his outstanding  coaching credentials.


Sister Mary Clare Miller (Posthumously)
   
Sister Mary Clare had numerous roles during her tenure at Beckman Catholic. Her first, and probably her most difficult, role was to conduct meetings with the constituents of the three parish high schools and convince them that closing their parish schools and consolidating to a central school in Dyersville was in their best interest. Her initial role when the school opened in September of 1966 was assistant principal and dean of female students. Additional roles included teacher, registrar, and alumni director. Her vision, which took shape in the mid 1960’s, became her passionate life’s work for the next 37 years. She was truly the matriarch of the Beckman community.