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First Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Posted 12/21/2016 12:53PM

Forman School is proud to announce the first ever members of our Athletic Hall of Fame, to be inducted during an official ceremony at Alumni Weekend, May 5-7, 2017.

“We have an extraordinary group of athletes, coaches, and team members to represent our first ever Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” Director of Alumni Programs Danielle Plante says. “We are excited about celebrating this new tradition and hope you will join us in May!”

The Hall of Fame will honor members of the community from all eras of Forman’s history who have made exceptional contributions to Forman Athletics and may also have had athletic accomplishments that followed their time at Forman.

Congratulations to our new inductees, who have brought pride and distinction to themselves and Forman through their athletic endeavors, achievements, sportsmanship, and leadership.


2017 Forman School Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Gil Yule, Former Coach and Athletic Director 

Gil Yule retired from Forman in June 2001 with 27 years of service to the School. In his time at Forman, Gil was a history and math teacher, dorm parent, and the Director of Transportation, but perhaps made his biggest impact as a coach and Athletic Director. Having coached basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer, Gil was known for turning teams into success stories and having fun while doing it. Gil’s absolute passion was baseball. He built the program and created an award system, enjoying every last second with “his boys.” As an Athletic Director, he was a fearless leader and a great mentor and friend to countless student-athletes. Scott McCarty ’76 considers him his mentor and the reason he became an Athletic Director. Off the fields, Gil is an avid fisher and baseball and hockey memorabilia collector. He still attends many sporting events.

Ann Pemberton Mallory ’67

Ann Pemberton Mallory was a four-sport athlete at Forman.  A member of the Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey team from 1963-1967, Ann was named MVP and captain her senior year.  She was an outstanding athlete on the Girls’ Varsity Basketball, Softball, and Tennis teams.  Ann was known for her skill and “fire” leading her to receive the overall 1967 Outstanding Athlete Award.


Geoff Lee ’69

Geoff Lee was a three-year, three-sport athlete at Forman. He captained the soccer team for two years and helmed both the basketball and baseball teams for three years. Geoff was known as a great teammate with excellent skills in all three sports, as evidenced by three basketball MVP Awards, the Green Bat Award for the highest batting average, and the Best Male Athlete award. He continued to play soccer and baseball at the collegiate level. Geoff brought his love for athletics into adulthood, where he coached all three of his children in multiple sports. He was the Commissioner, Coach, and Referee for the Westfield, NJ In-Town Girls’ Soccer Club U7 and U8, and coached the Girls’ All-Star Traveling Soccer teams for Westfield Soccer Association for 18 years.

Jennifer Winkler Balzi ’90

Jennifer Winkler Balzi was a three-sport athlete at Forman, starring on the soccer, Lacrosse, and hockey teams. She was an amazing athlete and helped develop the Girls’ and Boys’ Lacrosse teams as well as the Boys’ Ice Hockey team. She was named MVP and Female Athlete of the Year at Commencement. Jen went on to play soccer, Lacrosse, and club ice hockey in college, where she captained both the soccer and Lacrosse teams and was nominated All-American in Lacrosse. Since graduating college, she has coached high school soccer and is currently coaching youth soccer.


Brian Eisenberg '92

Brian Eisenberg was a two-year, three-sport athlete at Forman. He was a member of Forman’s first New England Championship soccer team, contributing 26 goals and 17 assists in his first year at Forman and he had an equally impressive second year with 29 goals and 19 assists. In his first year, he was named to the All-New England, All-State, and All-Conference teams, and in his second year, he was named MVP and a member of the All-State, All-Conference, and All-Tournament teams. Brian was a member of the 1990-’91 and 1991-’92 New England Championship Ski teams, individually winning the NE Championship his junior year as the team MVP and coming in 3rd place in New England his senior year. Brian was a team MVP in Tennis and a New England All-Star selection both years. Brian was also named Male Athlete of the Year, was elected to the Letterman’s Club, and then went on to play Division I collegiate soccer. He is currently the owner of a sports marketing agency specializing in branding, public relations, client relationships, sponsorships, and philanthropy.


Blake Miller ’92

Blake Miller was a four-year, three-sport athlete at Forman, participating in soccer, basketball, and Lacrosse. Blake Miller played soccer, basketball, and Lacrosse at Forman. He was a member of Forman’s New England Championship Soccer team and a star player on Forman’s NE Championship Lacrosse team. As MVP of the championship Lacrosse game, he clinched the win with his overtime goal. He went on to play Lacrosse at Nassau Community College, where he was named Junior College All-American First Team Attackman. He then played at Hofstra University, where he was named Division I All-American, North Atlantic Coast Player of the Year, Outstanding Senior Athlete, was awarded the Peter Banker Award, and was selected to play in the North/South All-Star game. Blake went on to play for the Long Island Lacrosse Club, leading his team to win two USCLA titles and earning two first team All-Club Selection honors. Blake was on the 1998 U.S. National Team that won the gold at the World Championships. In 2001, Blake became one of the first players in Major League Lacrosse in 2004, was named Offensive Player of the Year, setting the league seasonal record for goals scored by a midfielder. In 2005, Blake was traded to the Long Island Lizards, where he played in 61 games and recorded 107 goals, 27 assists, and 91 ground balls. Blake played pro indoor Lacrosse with the New York Saints for nearly 10 years. Blake was named an All-MLL Selection twice and MLL All-Star four times. In 2006, Blake was once again on the U.S. National Team, taking home the silver at the World Championships. During his career, Blake earned two All-MLL Selection honors and four MLL All-Star honors. In 2006, Blake was once again on the US National Team, and took home the silver medal at the World Championships. Blake has been the Assistant Boys’ Varsity Coach at Manhasset High School for the past six years.

1992-1993 Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team

1992-’93 was a momentous year for the Boys' Varsity Soccer team, with an overall Forman best record of 18-1-2. The team finished 2nd in the McDonald’s Cup, ranked 20th overall in the Western New England Prep School Soccer Association (WNEPSSA), and ranked 1st in the small school ranking. The players on this team were outstanding, leading the Lions to a New England Prep School Championship for the second year in a row.


 

Posthumous Selection

John Reinicke '86

John Reinicke was a four-year, three-sport athlete at Forman, participating in soccer, skiing, and baseball.  According to Athletic Director Scott McCarty ’76, John was the best goalkeeper that Forman has ever seen and was a college prospect for soccer. Unfortunately, John was injured while skiing during his senior year at Forman and while treating his injury, cancer was found and his arm had to be removed. Being the tenacious young man that he was, he returned to Forman in the spring and resumed his athletic career, playing baseball with only one arm. After graduation, John returned to Forman for two summers to help run soccer camps and then the snack bar, now named John's Place. John would often get in goal despite his disability, motivating all those in his presence. John passed away not long after, but his memory is strong and lives on in the Forman community.

 

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