2012 Hall of Honor
Class of 1993
In Football, every top running back depends on a strong offensive line to clear a path for big yardage. And every strong offensive line needs an anchor to lead the way. For four seasons, John Fitzpatrick, the team’s center, was that anchor for the Buccaneer Football squad. A four-year starter and three-time First Team All-Conference player, he helped lead Beloit to three straight Midwest Conference North Division titles and a 29-10 record over his four seasons. The Bucs’ rushing attack during his four seasons is unequalled in the Beloit record book, totaling over 10,000 yards on the ground, including a still-record 309.9 yards per game in 1990. Fitzpatrick was the team’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1989 and then, as a senior in 1992, was a team captain, the team’s Blocker of the Year and the Coach Carl Nelson Team Player of the Year. He also received the Janssen Award as a junior and was a Beloit College Blanket recipient at the end of his senior year. His leadership qualities continued after graduation. He has been the Assistant Principal at Locke School in the Chicago Public Schools for 12 years and manages and coaches his two children’s softball, baseball and football teams. He is also on the Board for the Oriole Park Baseball/Softball Association, which serves over 1,300 players.
Class of 1996
“The best pitcher in the modern era of Beloit College Baseball.” That’s how head coach Dave DeGeorge described Geoff “Bump” Bailey at the end of his four-season career for the Buccaneers. A four-time All-Midwest Conference honoree and a three-time team Pitcher of the Year, Bailey’s records are still very much a part of the Beloit record book. He is the all-time victories leader with 22 and shares the innings-pitched mark of 219.1. In 39 career appearances he struck out 152 batters, with both numbers still ranking third on the career books. During his senior season he won seven games, the most ever at the time, while pitching 62.1 innings and recording a miniscule 1.46 earned-run-average. During that season he also combined with Jim Herbison to pitch the first no-hitter in Beloit history, shutting down Knox. Bailey’s take-charge ability has continued after graduation in a career of education in which he has taught, coached and been an administrator. He has been an elementary school principal since 2007, currently at Grapevine Elementary in Crofton, Kentucky.
Class of 2001
Muller put everything she had into each and every throw of her career, from high school through four seasons for the Buccaneer Track & Field team. Her strong will and competitive attitude propelled her to a record-setting career for the Bucs. Her time in the ring from 1998 to 2001 was dominant. She won 11 Midwest Conference Championships. She was a four-time Indoor Champion in the 20-pound weight, a three-time champ in the shot indoors and outdoors and added the discus championship as a junior. She still holds four school records, two indoor (Shot and Weight) and two outdoor (Discus and Hammer), in the weight events. She qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Nationals three times in the weight throw, placing in the top ten all three years, and an Outdoor Nationals qualifier in the hammer as a senior, earning All-American honors with a third-place finish. After graduation Muller worked in the social services field before becoming a licensed massage therapist. The Massage Therapist of the Year in 2010, she has worked as a Lead Massage Therapist for four years at Massage Envy in Naperville, Illinois.
Class of 2001
“Zac is focused on success and that separates him from most athletes,” said head coach Brian Bliese back in 2001. Freudenburg started running as a freshman in high school. And he still hasn’t stopped. A Midwest Conference Champion in Cross Country and a two-time national qualifier, he also still holds five Track & Field distance records and was a national qualifier in the steeplechase. In 1998, he won the 1000, 1500 and 5000 at the MWC Indoor Championships and then captured the 1500 and 3000 Steeplechase at the Outdoor Championships. After graduation he continued running, finishing third in the Pikes Peak Marathon in 2006 and 19th in the Boston Marathon in 2007 while qualifying and running in the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. He then turned his focus to mountain running and competed on the U.S. Team at the World Mountain Running Championships in 2008 and 2009. Also in 2009 he set a new course record in the St. Louis Marathon and also set a world record for running a marathon while pushing a stroller with his oldest son, Liam. A four-time Academic All-American, Freudenburg is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Utrecht in the field of Brain Computer Interfacing.