Throughout his nearly 30-year career at Brookdale, Palumbo served as both Interim Executive Vice President of Educational Services and Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs. A native of Monmouth Beach, Palumbo worked at the college from 1982 until his retirement in 2011. He was widely admired as an outspoken voice and advocate for all students, and was instrumental in his unwavering support of intercollegiate athletics. He was a former member of the Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Palumbo passed away May 14, 2016 at the age of 69.
Kevin Hayter was the head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Brookdale, where he also served as a literature professor for more than 30 years. Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Hayter lived for many years in Monmouth Beach, Basking Ridge and finally Manalapan. A Fulbright scholar and beloved lecturer in the classroom, Hayter was equally successful on the tennis court. At the time he coached, he won more matches than any other community college tennis coach in the country. Hayter passed away October 18, 2014 at the age of 81.
Rich Karpinski has served at the men’s tennis coach at Brookdale since 1989. He is currently the winningest coach in Brookdale men’s tennis history with 198 victories. A standout player for Raritan High School, “Coach K” played for the Brookdale Jersey Blues in 1978 and 1979, winning two regional doubles titles and being named First Team All-Region and All-GSAC in both years. Now in his 28th season as coach, Karpinski has coached more than 80 regional champions, 17 national champions and 43 All-American National Team runners-up throughout his career. His teams went undefeated for five consecutive seasons and won regional titles from 2000-2004, and we was named Regional Coach of the Year five consecutive times. He received the NJCAA Hershel Stevens Coaching Award in 2013, and was named to the Raritan High School Hall of Fame in 2004.
The 2005 Jersey Blues softball team is considered one of the most dominant teams in program history, winning a then-record 49 games and a national championship while earning the program’s 10th consecutive Region XIX title. The team scored 34 runs over three games in the 2005 Region XIX tournament and shut out Broome Community College in the national championship game. The championship was only the second in Brookdale softball history, following the program’s first in 2002. Members of the 2005 Jersey Blues squad were named MVP of both the regional and national tournaments, and three others were selected to the All-National Tournament team. The team was coached by Brookdale Hall of Fame inductee Thomas “Bo” Scannapieco, as well as assistant coaches Sherri Cate and Brookdale Hall of Fame softball player Jen Rosant.
Carol Hammond, Women’s Tennis 1980
Considered one of the best, if not the best, women’s tennis player in Brookdale history, Carol Hammond helped lead her team to an undefeated season in 1980.
John Macchio, Men’s Tennis 1999-2001
John Macchio was the first back-to-back national champion in men’s tennis, winning singles titles in 2000 and 2001. In both seasons Macchio helped his team finish with the number three ranking in the nation.
John McDermott, Men’s Basketball 1974-76
John McDermott helped lead his team to a two-year record of 36-11, in which he averaged 18.5 points per game and six assists. He was a first-team all-conference and all-region player in 1975 and was named team captain in 1976. He joins former teammate Peter Peltz in the Brookdale Athletics Hall of Fame.
Peter Peltz, Baseball and Men’s Basketball 1974-76
While a talented basketball player during his time at Brookdale, Peter Peltz is better known for his skills on the baseball diamond. Peltz was drafted by the Montreal Expos following his freshman season in 1975. He went on to play at Clemson University and was again drafted in 1978 by the Cleveland Indians, who signed him later that year.
Mike Toomey, multiple sports 1972-74
At a time when the Brookdale athletics program was just getting off the ground, Mike Toomey made a name for himself and the program as a multi-sport athlete. He was a member of the cross-country team, men’s basketball team, baseball team, men’s tennis team and the wrestling team. A decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, Toomey currently serves as a fitness professor at Brookdale.
Jessica Williams, Softball 2003-05
Jessica Williams played softball in 2003 and 2005, earning first-team All American honors in both seasons and being selected as a member of the All-Garden State Conference team. She was named MVP of the Region XIX tournament in 2005, after leading the nation in RBI’S with 73. Williams also played on the women’s basketball team in 2002 and 2003, where she led the conference in 3-point percentage.