Athletics

Gerald P. Butler Athletic Hall of Fame

In celebration of the achievements and contributions of our student-athletes and coaches, the Alumnae/i Association formed the Oak Knoll School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. The purpose of the Oak Knoll School Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize athletes, athletic teams, coaches and administrators who have made significant contributions to Oak Knoll School athletics through their service, performance, dedication, commitment or accomplishments.

In May 2016, the Hall of Fame was renamed The Gerald  P. Butler Athletic Hall of Fame to honor the achievements of Oak Knoll’s athletic director who shaped Oak Knoll athletics for more than 43 years.   

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  • Christina Butler Murphy '87

    At Oak Knoll: Fencing, tennis and lacrosse
     
    Did You Know: Murphy was a four-year member of all three teams, having earned varsity status for each as a freshman. She became captain of the fencing team during her sophomore year en route to the squad’s third-place finish in the state championships. She was also an integral piece to the school’s inaugural tennis team in addition to setting the then lacrosse individual season scoring record with 103 goals as a sophomore.
     
    After Oak Knoll: Murphy played lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, continues to play tennis and paddle tennis competitively, and has coached both tennis and lacrosse.

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  • Gerald P. Butler

    Athletic Director Gerald P. Butler, for whom the Athletic Hall of Fame is now named, oversaw the expansion of Oak Knoll athletics from a handful of teams playing on small fields to the 14 varsity sports and 36 levels of play between grades 5 and 12 that compete today. He also coached myriad sports, including the varsity basketball team that won the NJIS-A Prep Basketball Championship in 1978. Five members of that team would go on to be the inaugural inductees of the hall in 2010.

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  • Margaret Grace ’75

    At Oak Knoll: Field hockey, tennis and basketball

    After Oak Knoll: Margaret McMenamin Grace ’75 played varsity basketball and tennis at St. Bonaventure University. She later transferred to Notre Dame where she played forward for the basketball team as a sophomore. 

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  • Jean Cosentino

    At Oak Knoll: She began her career at Oak Knoll as a physical education teacher in 1985, bringing with her incredible kindness, athleticism and an ability to encourage her students to seek her own personal best.

    She also coached softball to grades 5 to 8, as well as the seventh- and eighth- grade girls’ spring tennis team. Cosentino lost her battle with cancer during the summer of 2013, but through her induction, Oak Knoll honors her integrity, courage and memory, as well as recognizes her contributions to the athletic program. 

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  • Katie Cummings ’03

    At Oak Knoll: Soccer and basketball

    After Oak Knoll:  Cummings later played basketball at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She returned to the Oak Knoll parquet floor in 2012 to serve as assistant coach of varsity basketball. She now serves as head coach.

    Did you know? Cummings was among the top 10 scorers in Union County history for soccer and, in 2003, led the team to the Union County championships and the parochial B state finals. In basketball, Cummings was a four-year MVP and Mountain Valley Conference player of the year with 1,357 points on her resume.

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  • Christie Smith ‘82

    At Oak Knoll: Smith, who played softball, field hockey and basketball, served as Athletic Council president during her senior year, and was named co-Athlete of the Year along with classmate Trish Moriarty.

    Did you know? She continued her athletic endeavors after Oak Knoll, achieving success as captain of the field hockey team during her junior and senior years at Loyola College. She also played U.S. Olympic club team and returned to coach the sport, as well as lacrosse at Oak Knoll. Smith also played professional golf, and has run several half marathons, marathons and triathlons.   

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  • Kristin O'Brien '91

    At Oak Knoll: Field hockey, basketball and softball

    Did you know?  Kristin Oakes O’Brien was a member of the Union County Tournament championship field hockey team in 1991 and was named MVP by her coaches during her senior year. She was also the school’s first-ever recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award. O’Brien was recognized by the New Jersey Independent Women’s Athletic Association and named Athlete of the Year in 1991.

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  • 1978 NJIS-A Prep Basketball Champs

    Pictured, clockwise from bottom left, are Ryan Martin Ungrady, Peggy Murphy Reinhold, Amalia Duarte, Nancy Denman Schaedel and Helen McMenamin O'Connor – all members of the Class of 1980.

    At Oak Knoll: In addition to basketball, these athletes also played softball and field hockey.

    Did you know? The NJIS-A Prep Basketball Champions were coached by fellow Hall of Famer and former Athletic Director Jerry Butler

    Other Oak Knoll accolades: Reinhold and Ungrady were named to the All-State softball team in 1979. Carter also scored 1,000 career points in basketball.





To nominate someone or for more information, contact Cynthia Prewitt, director Institutional Advancement, at 908-522-8106 or 

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.

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