Gary Beach was Coach Jack Rafter’s featured cross country and track athlete from 1966 to 1967. Following in the footsteps of RBC Athletic Hall of Fame member Bob Byron, Gary earned All-State status four times and was also named to the All-Shore Cross Country and Track Teams four times in two years.
As a senior, Gary competed at the NJISAA Cross Country Championships in Pennsauken, with a course completion time that was bettered by only one runner among the 3,000 runners from all groups who competed that day. In the
spring of 1968 he gained national notoriety when he ran 1:55.4 for the 880-yard run, a time that shattered both the RBC and Shore records for that distance and one that held up for years.
He earned a full scholarship to Manhattan College where he was a member of cross country and track teams that earned national titles. He shifted his focus to the mile and two-mile distances and ran 4:08 and 9:09 as respective personal records.
Upon graduation Gary was privileged to come back to RBC where, under the leadership of then RBC Principal and fellow RBC Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Sister Percy Lee Hart, he taught a course on the New Testament for one year. He also served as Coach Rafter’s Assistant Coach of the 1972 Boys Cross Country Team which won the second State Championship in school history. In 2011 he was named to the Shore Athletic Club’s Hall of Fame.
Gary went on to pursue a 40 year career as a publishing executive. In 2013 he authored the book The U.S.Technology Skills Gap. He continues to write a monthly column on that topic for The Wall Street Journal.
The 2017 Class of the RBC Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted on Saturday, June 17th in the RBC Vincent J. Eck Student Center. All are invited. Click HERE for event details and ticket information.