As one of the very few Montville High School graduates to have earned 10 varsity letters,
Jerry Hug is recognized as one of the best all-around athletes to have worn the Mustang colors.
Jerry started his athletic career at Montville with the distinction of being the first freshman to play in a varsity football game under Coach Gallucci. He continued his hard work beyond the football season to earn the title of Morris County Freshman 200 Meter Track Champion. In his sophomore year, he continued the pace playing Football, Basketball and Baseball, all at the varsity level.
In his junior year while continuing to play three sports he was named MVP for Football and was selected to both the Start Ledger and Daily Record's Group III Football 1st Team.
As a senior, the accolades continued to roll in. He was named captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was football MVP and Outstanding Male Senior Athlete. He made the All County/All Conference teams in Football and Baseball, the 1st Team, All State, All Groups Football Team for both the Star Ledger and Daily Record and was named to the Parade and Adidas High School All American Football Teams. Collegiate scouting bureaus rated Jerry the #3 wide receiver in the country and more than 75 college programs recruited him.
Jerry accepted a full athletic scholarship to Penn State University. While there, he majored in Finance and in 1986 his team won the National Championship defeating the University of Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. Unfortunately, an injury to his knee cut short his future in football.
Jerry transferred that same determination and drive into his subsequent ventures. After college, he entered the financial community, first with Merrill Lynch and then CIBC Oppenhiemer. He then started his own business, which was subsequently bought by Wireless Retail Inc., the nation’s largest provider of outsourced retail sales solutions for wireless products and services. In conjunction with the transaction, Jerry was asked to stay on as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Today, Wireless Retail, with corporate offices in Scottsdale Arizona, has over 6,000 employees located in all 50 states, and was recently named #65 in INC. Magazine's survey of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States.
Jerry resides in Scottsdale, where he enjoys life with his wife Kimberly and children, Alexandra- age 7 and Gerard, who is 4.
Diane Lyn Naugle
Another of Montville High School’s athletic elite, Diane Angle started in her freshman year playing Freshman Field Hockey. She then moved on to Varsity Basketball where she was voted Most Improved Player and then Varsity Softball, where she was named MVP, and appointed to the 1st Team All Conference, and the Daily Record 3rd Team All Area. This dynamic start also earned her the title of Freshman Athlete of the Year for '93-'94.
Diane's sophomore year continued with the same intensity. She moved up to JV Field Hockey and continued on Varsity Basketball and Softball, making MVP in both of the latter two. Additionally, she got an Honorable Mention for All Conference Basketball, made the 1st team in both All Conference and "The Trends", as well as the Daily Record 2nd All Area and the 3rd Team All County for Softball.
She continued in all three sports at the Varsity level for her remaining two years, and by her senior year, she was captain on all three teams. Her phenomenal abilities earned her three move MVP award, election to 10 more 1st team, and 17 school records in Softball. Diane graduated as a 10 Varsity letter athlete, recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship award and the Morris County Scholar Athlete award, a Dairy Record Athlete of the Week, a National Women's Day in Sorts Honoree, and 1997 Mustang of the Year.
In her college career at William Paterson University, Diane continued her athletics, playing Field Hockey and Softball all four years. During that time, she earned such distinctions as "Rookie of the Year" her freshman year, Captain of her Softball Team both her Junior and Senior years, and Captain for Field Hockey in her senior year. She again was an honoree in the National Women's Day for Sports, NJAX Female Athlete of the Year for 2000-2001, and Softball Player of the Year for NJ Division 3, Metro Area Division 3, and ECAC and NJAC. In four years, she was selected to more than a dozen all star teams, and yet sill managed to achieve Dean's List status with her academics. All of these accomplishments placed Diane as the first (and thus far) only 2 sport All-American in William Paterson University history, where she still holds more than a dozen softball records.
Currently working as a Health and Physical Education teacher at Roxbury High School, Diane also coached field hockey and softball and works as a private Softball instructor. She divides her free time between her parents' home in Montville and her sister's house in Succasunna.
A 1982 graduate, John's Montville High School career was a busy one, having played three years of football and four of baseball and basketball. As early as his sophomore year, John was a starter on the conference champion basketball team. In his junior year, John's athletic achievements included being a member of the conference champion baseball team, as well as being voted All-Conference and MVP in football and basketball.
As a senior at MHS, John again excelled. He was not only a member of the conference champion baseball team, but he was a captain of the conference champion football team and basketball team, taking the latter to the state sectional finals with a 24-4 record. Besides being named All-County in Football and Basketball, and All-Conference in Football, Basketball and Baseball, his efforts also earned John the distinction of being the first recipient of the mustang of the Year award. Years later, John's achievement is still being recognized as he was recently named as an Honorable mention to the 25th Anniversary All County Tournament team.
John's athletic success led to a wealth of college choices, including Richmond, Wagner and New Haven to name a few. John chose the University of Bridgeport, where he received a full Basketball scholarship. While there, he not only started as a freshman, but went on to starts in every one of his 115 college games and finish his career with the school's assist record. An All-American candidate, his leadership qualities were evident as he became a three-time team captain and led his team to a conference championship and a 5th ranking in NCAA Division II in 1984-1985. As a result of his success he was named to the school's basketball hall of fame. But his successes were not only on the court. In addition to graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Finance, due to an injury sustained in his senor year, John went on to earn a Master of Business degree, while playing during his fifth year of eligibility.
Now a Senior Vice President with Fleet Bank, John has returned to his roots, and resides in Montville, with June, his wife of eleven years. He is the proud father of three beautiful children Katie-age 7, Kelly Anne- age 5, and John - age 2. An active community member, John is a trustee of the Montville Education Foundation, volunteers as a soccer coach as well as with the High School basketball teams and works individually with high school players in the off season.
Elizabeth Van Duyne
At an early age, those around Elizabeth were already aware of her star quality. Starting with ballet lessons at the age of four, adding violin at eight, and eventually studying tap, jazz, piano, voice, and guitar, she has been encouraged all of her life to follow her dreams.
Her performing career started early, from soloing with the church choir at age 9 and solos in the school choirs at Cedar Hill and Lazar Middle School. Her dance took her all the way to England where she studied at the Royal Academy. But it was the plays at the High School that really caught her attention.
When she finally got to Montville High, Elizabeth was an active participant in the music program. Bedsides belong to both the Chorus and the Orchestra for all four years; she also had musical leads in the productions of Carousel, Into the Woods, Dames At Sea and Pirates of Penzance. She also performed in non-singing roles in Ancient Voice with Stories to Tell and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
After graduating, Elizabeth attended the Boston Conservatory, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. She ahs performed principle roles in stock productions of Oklahoma, Nunsense, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and Anything Goes to name just of few of the many. She played the part of Christine in a European tour of Phantom of the Opera and performed in an off-Broadway production of Pirates of Penzance. In 2001, Elisabeth realized one of her dreams when she was cast in the Broadway production of 42nd Street. Most recently, she is playing a principle role in "And the world goes Round" a musical revue at Florida Studio Theatre.
Elizabeth's accomplishments, however, are not restricted to the stage. Besides getting her certification in SCUBA diving, she enjoys Sky-Diving, sing with her Bluegrass/fold band "Pete's Sake". She has also spent time assisting in research and protection for Leatherback Sea Turtle in Trinidad.
Currently single, Elizabeth most relishes her roles as daughter, sister and granddaughter. She resides in a northern area of Manhattan know as "Inwood" and is enjoying her success as a debt-free struggling actress.
In 1990, when his friends asked Pete to sing at the Montville High School talent show, little did he know that it would have such a great impact on his life. Though it was his first public singing performance, he was such a hit that he was asked back out with another band to perform again. Following that success, he started writing and singing his own music and has never looked back.
Pete's music career actually began at age nine, when he taught himself to play his brother's drums and at age twelve he moved on to guitar, and eventually added keyboards and harmonica. From Montville High, Pete went on to graduate from Syracuse University in 1990 and then headed west to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career.
After a few years on the club circuit, he was signed with Columbia Records after an impromptu acoustic performance of his song "Life on a Chain". His first album "Musicforthemorningafter", which he co-produced and played most of the instruments, has sold over 500,000 copies and his new release "Day I Forgot" is receiving critical acclaim. Pete has been featured in countless publications, such as "ICE" magazine, "Vogue", "Teen Vogue", "People", the "Daily News", "Guitar World Acoustic", and "Entertainment Weekly". "Rolling Stone" magazine named him on its "Ten to Watch" list for 2001.
Pete's music has been featured in movies such as "Spiderman" and also "Me, Myself and Irene", in which not only were two of his songs highlighted, but he also wrote the score. It has also been featured on television�s "Felicity", "Dawson's Creek", and the "Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn". Besides recording solo, Pete also collaborated on the new Liz Phair album. He has toured with Blues Traveler, Sunny Day Real Estate, has performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC and the Riviera Theater in Chicago and recently returned to New Jersey to open for Bon Jovi. Besides his original songs, Pete also performs covers of songs by a wide range of artists from Springsteen and David Bowie to the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
When not touring his music, Pete is residing back in Los Angeles. While his name has been attached to some high profile relationships, he is currently single and dedicated to his first love- His Music.
With a teaching and coaching career that spanned more than 25 years, Bob Sueter has touched thousands of lives.
Bob joined the Montville School system in 1964, well before the creation of Montville High School. He started at the elementary school level, moved up to Lazar and eventually joined the staff at the High School. Although his main duties were as a physical education teacher, he also doubled as the baseball coach and coached soccer and basketball as well. In addition, he also spent many hours in the Driver's Ed car, bravely giving countless students their first driving lessons. He was initially also the Athletic Director and supervisor of Physical Education, however he relinquished the role to concentrate on coaching. Over the years he continued to fill in as Acting Athletic Director on several occasions and eventually was renamed in 1993 as both Athletics Director and Supervisor of PE, position which he held until retirement in 2002.
Under his 25 years of direction there were many great baseballs teams, including county and state championship teams and great players as well. Two of his Baseball protégés have gone on to professional careers in the Major League and are fellow members of the Montville Hall of Fame. Bob credits his students for their dedication and positive attitudes, but these were qualities that he exemplified as a role model. He takes great pride in knowing he helped shape lives and was facilitator in the creation of the Hall of Fame to recognize the successes of his students.
Another of the accomplishments that continues to give him a sense of pride is his role in the hard work that went into lighting the football and baseball fields. Many hours were put in by Bob, along with countless other coaches, teachers, and community members to reach that goal. Every time those lights go on, we now he is one of the ones to thank.
Now retired, Bob enjoys his summers at the Jersey shore and winters in sunny Florida. He spends his day’s leisurely, playing golf, going to the beach and spending time with his family. Although he is single, his family life is full as the father of Stacy, who resides in Los Angeles and Robert who lives in Florida, and the grandfather to Gavin, age 4 and Samantha, 5 months. He also counts himself lucky to have made Beverly a part of his life and as part of that has an extended family which also includes her children and three grandchildren, Angie, age 7, Kyle 6 and Isabella, 3 1/2.
1981 Girls' Field Hockey Team
Montville High School has had many great teams in many sports. There have been champions in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, the gym walls are covered with banners. But only one team thus far has won the coveted Start Ledger- No. 1 Trophy.
Coming back after a state championship the year before, Moville had lost 7 of its varsity players at graduation, and expectations were guarded as only 4 members of the championship team returned. Although they dominated the Skyline Conference in Morris County, the '81 team only hit the top of the Star ledger Top 20 briefly during the season, spending most the fall in second place.
Undaunted, they finished out the regular season with a 6-1 record and went on to secure Montville a third consecutive Morris County title defeating Chatham 2-0. Under the direction of Coach Pat Vytell, who had been with the Field Hockey program since its inception nine years earlier, Montville's team stood up under heavy pressure from their opponents.
Their capable and confident defense stifled the competition. Heidi Stasse at goal had 14 shutout games. With Jamie Gormley at center halfback, Colleen Carbery at left link, Karen Sossel at right link, Lindy Archambeau and Sue Lundy at left and right halfback, and Dale Meytrott at sweeper, only eight opponents were able to score against them all season. This coupled with a strong offense led by Jen Sudol (with 29 goals) and the attack line of Kathy Kloss, Jennifer Regan and Mary Pat Regan made them unbeatable as they cut through their opponents in the State tournament.
For the final game, the October chill couldn't dampen the spirits of the victorious Mustangs as they came back to defeat Camden Catholic 2-1 and take their second straight State Championship. Introduced before a crowd of 300, Montville started off strong, with Jen Sudol scoring just three minutes into the game. Camden battled back and tied it up midway through the second half. But with less than ten minutes left, Sudol passed to Mary Pat Regan, who shot the winning goal-right between the goalie's legs. Heidi Stasse secured the game with 19 saves, with 14 in the second half.
Their victory secured them the Group III State title with a 19-1 season, and locked in their title as No.1 in 1981.