John J. O'Leary - Honored Morris Hills Faculty
Jack became a miler in high school in the mid 1960‟s and was one of the top miler prospects coming out of New Jersey. He went on to become a member of the great Villanova Wildcat squads. He became a Business Teacher at Morris Hills HS in 1974 and spent the next 40 years of his life dedicated to coaching young boys to become men via cross country running and track & field. Jack has earned numerous coaching awards as he has been recognized at the conference, county, state and national level. He was named the 2008 "National Coach of the Year" for the sport of Boys Outdoor Track and Field. The National Federation of State High School Associations selects only one coach per sport annually from across the entire United States of America for this extraordinary honor.
Jack was an executive member of the Morris County Track Coaches Association, which has helped pioneer the outstanding indoor track & field program offered within Morris County at Drew University. His contributions are so revered that the MCTCA renamed the season kick-off Drew Series Indoor Meet as the Jack O’Leary Lid Lifter Meet.
He has influenced numerous student-athletes, administrators, teachers, parents and fellow coaches and began the winning tradition that continues at Morris Hills High School today.
Jack Martin - Honored Morris Hills Alumnus
A 1960 graduate of Morris Hills HS, Jack Martin was basketball Team Captain and leading scorer in both ‟59 and ‟60, making All State, County and Conference.
Jack lettered several times in varsity Basketball for Ithaca College and after graduation, served briefly as PE teacher and Head Basketball Coach at Morris Hills. He left to become Head Basketball Coach at County College of Morris, where he was chosen to start up the Athletic Department as that institution‟s first Director of Athletics. His CCM teams captured 8 New Jersey titles, 3 East Regional Titles and 3 National appearances. His 1991 team was the Nation‟s #1 ranked team in the Final Division 2 poll. Jack was inducted into the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998 and remains the college basketball coach with the most wins in NJ history at 569-225. He remained at CCM until his retirement in 2002. Married to Pamela Martin, retired long-time teacher and Student Assistance Counselor at Morris Knolls HS, both still live locally travel extensively.
Herbert C. Lindsley - Honored Morris Knolls Faculty
Herb Lindsley started his teaching and coaching career in the Morris Hills Regional School District in September of 1961, where he taught Physical Education, Driver Education and Health Education. He coached Sophomore Football, Freshman Basketball, and Freshman and JV Baseball at Morris Hills HS. When the doors opened to the new Morris Knolls High School, Herb joined the PE department there, becoming department head for five years. Herb was also a Special Education Adaptive PE teacher for eight years. Upon arriving at The Knolls, he began his long and successful coaching career as Head Boys‟ Basketball Coach for 22 years and Head Boys‟ Soccer Coach for 15 years. Herb was the first Girls‟ Soccer coach and headed the program for the next 14 years. Over three decades, Herb‟s teams achieved many conference, county and State Sectional Championships.
Herb is an active member of The Morris County Coaching Legends Basketball Foundation. The foundation and its four coaching legends run a continuing scholarship program.
In Herb‟s words, "It is an honor and a privilege to have been able to teach and coach both boys and girls for 32 years in the Morris Hills Regional School District."
Vickie Paynter Finney, Honored Morris Knolls Alumna
A 1989 graduate of Morris Knolls High School, Vickie was the state tennis singles champion semifinalist in her junior year, and All County first team all 4 years, All State 3 years and High School All American in her junior and senior years.
At the University of Texas, Vickie was MVP of the #1 ranked team and winner of the Arthur Ashe Collegiate Leadership Award in 1993. She was a four time All American (Singles and Doubles 1992, 1993) and played at all four Grand Slams. Turning professional after college, Vickie played Domino Team Tennis for San Antonio and a season with Charlotte Express that included wins over Martina Navratilova (singles and mixed). She won the Women‟s 30„s Singles at the Bocage Senior Invitational in Baton Rouge, LA in 2003.
Still living in Texas with her husband, Vickie sat on the Board of the Texas Tennis and Education Foundation from 2005-07. Together they run dotcommandcenter.com, and she stays connected to tennis through a variety of charity events.