CARTERET—New Jersey City University head softball coach Bridgette Quimpo will become the first female inducted into the Carteret High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 25, as part of that school’s second induction ceremonies.
Quimpo, a four-year, three-sport varsity standout in softball, basketball and tennis for the Ramblers from 1993-97, will be one of 16 inductees in the 2008 class, which will include individuals dating to 1926. The festivities will open with a special ceremony at halftime of the Carteret High School football game on Oct. 24, with the induction dinner held on Oct. 25.
Quimpo, beginning her sixth year at NJCU, said: “To be inducted, period, is already an honor in and of itself. There were many great female athletes before me that are just as deserving as I am. It is very special to be the first female, therefore I feel very honored. I’m just happy because being inducted is a huge honor.”
A June 1997 graduate of Carteret High School, Quimpo, as a senior, was honored with the prestigious Benjamin Zusman Award—presented to a Carteret senior for sportsmanship and athletic ability. She earned All-Greater Middlesex Conference and All-GMC Blue Division honors in all three sports during her career at CHS.
In softball, she was selected Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year in the GMC Blue Division, as the Ramblers won three straight division championships from 1995-97, and claimed the 1996 Central Jersey Group II state sectional crown. Quimpo was chosen to the All-Division, All-Conference, and All-Middlesex County teams, and named All-Area Honorable Mention. In tennis, she was team MVP in 1995 and 1996, while earning All-Division and All-Conference accolades. She secured Most Outstanding Player and All-Division distinction in basketball.
Before becoming an assistant coach, and later head coach at NJCU, Quimpo served as the assistant coach of the softball and basketball teams at Carteret High in 2002 and 2003. She played an important role in guiding the Ramblers to the 2002 Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship in softball, and the 2002-2003 basketball team to the GMC title.
After high school, she was a four-year collegiate standout at catcher for South Carolina-Aiken from 1998-01, and was captain of the Pacers as a senior. She continued her playing career in the Amateur Softball Association Women’s Major Fast Pitch League for the New Jersey Divas which won the 2003 ASA National Championship and she earned ASA First-Team All-American accolades in 2004 and 2006. Quimpo also earned a tryout for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2002.
In addition to her coaching duties at NJCU, she has been a respected clinician and speaker. In 2007, she was a speaker at the 2007 Big Apple Baseball and Softball Coaches Convention in White Plains, NY. She has traveled the country as a clinician working with U.S. Olympic players and coaches, professional softball players and Division I coaches. In December 2007, she ran catching drills for the University of South Florida’s Winter Clinics.
Quimpo will be inducted in a class that includes: Albert Brechka (’38); Dennis Burney (’93); Philip Chiera (’69); James Gilrain (‘54); Brian McComb (’88); Stephen Nelson (’54); Robert O’Donnell (’48); Mahdi Pettus (2000); Robert Ringwall (’73); Michael Rustemeyer (’78); Richard Sheerin (‘94); Wesley Spewak (’35); Michael Turco (’66); Richard Wexler (’26); and Chester Wielgolinski (’35).