Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumnus 2019 Luncheon
Maclay School hosted the 6th Annual Maclay Athletics Hall of Fame Induction and Distinguished Alumnus Award Ceremony luncheon on Saturday, October 5 at 12:30pm in the Dining Hall and Performance Center. This year’s inductees include Matthew Barr (‘90, Baseball), Sean Culliton (‘84, Swimming), Haley Kole (‘13, Volleyball), Jenni Williamson (‘96, Multi-sport), and the Boys Cross Country State Champions Squads (1998-2002). Matt Hill, Class of 1990, will be honored as the Distinguished Alumnus for 2019.
Matthew Barr was an unquestionable leader of the 1990 baseball team. Batting .571 average with 43 RBI’s, Barr earned 2nd Team All-State in his junior year and 1st Team All-State in his senior year. He set school records in batting average, home runs, and RBI’s. Barr continued his baseball career at Georgia Tech, where he graduated with a BS in Management in 1994 and he earned his JD from Florida State in 1997. While at Georgia Tech, he was a part of the 1994 College World Series runner-up team, and he earned the student-athlete award for the team from 1992-1994. Additionally, he earned ACC Academic Honor Roll. Matt currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.
Sean Culliton was a member of the Maclay Varsity Swim Team and obtained many recognitions and awards during his Marauder swim career. A well-known swimmer in the Tallahassee area, Culliton was District Champion 1982 in the 50 free and 100 fly, and City Champion in the 50 free that same year. His success led him to be named All-Big Bend in 1982 and 1983. He went on to place at the State Championship in the 50 free and 100 fly in 1983 and was a member of the State Champion 400 free relay team in 1983. After his senior season, Culliton was named an All-American as well as Maclay’s Most Valuable Player and Team Captain. After graduating from Maclay, Sean Culliton attended the University of Florida (‘88) and Florida State University College of Law (‘93).
Haley Kole led the Marauder volleyball team to four straight Final Four appearances in the state tournament, was named MVP for the squad, and was twice named the Most Outstanding Maclay Female Athlete in a team sport. She was a three-time All-Big Bend Volleyball Player of the Year on top of being an All-Big Bend first-team member for all four years of high school. She earned Prep Volleyball High School All-American Highest Honorable Mention, 2012 Under Armour High School All-American Honorable Mention (top 100 in the country), two-time Florida Gatorade Player of the Year finalist, and MVP of the 2012 Florida Coaches Association All-Star Game. Haley earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Virginia where she was a four-year starter and was voted team captain twice. She also etched her name into the Cavalier record book for career kills. Haley is now completing her third year of law school at Florida State University.
Jenni Williamson was an outstanding multi-sport varsity athlete for Maclay and continued her accomplishments at the collegiate level. Though she earned eight varsity letters in soccer, softball, and volleyball, it was volleyball that was her passion. Jenni was an elite setter and high scorer for the Marauders all four years of her high school career and helped lead Maclay to four Final Four appearances. A two-time Big Bend Player of the Year and All-Big Bend First Team selection, “the quarterback” captained the team to a State Championship title in 1996, was named Dairy Farmers Player of the Year, FACA Player of the Year, and MVP of the volleyball team her senior year. Jenni went on to play at the University of Montevallo and Jacksonville State University where she graduated in 2000.
Boys Cross-Country State Championship Squad (1998-2002)
Since the inception of the Florida High School Athletic Association in 1947, only one school has won five consecutive state championships in Cross-Country – the Maclay Marauders. From 1998-2002, these teams set the bar for all other programs in the state, averaging a 65-point victory over the five-year span. Peaking in 2002, the Marauders beat the top programs from every classification, affixing themselves at the top of the heap in the state of Florida by winning the state championship by 107 points, the largest margin of victory ever.
Matt Hill is our Distinguished Alumnus for 2019. He joins an elite class of alums including 2014 DA, Lawton Langford (CEO, Community Volunteer, ’78), 2015 DA, Brigadier General John Richardson (youngest general in the US Army, ’87), 2016 DA Dr. Deryk Jones (orthopedic surgeon, ‘82), 2017 DA Betti Kathryn Grant (logistics contractor for the National Science Federation, ’76), and 2018 DA Mary Shovlain (correspondent and media producer for the Vatican, ’88).
Hill was a National Merit Scholar during his time at Maclay and was always headed to make an impact in the world. After graduating from the University of Chicago and the University of California with his Master of Mathematics, he took on Wall Street where he built a successful career. After 15 years in the financial world, Hill retired to Madagascar for a more simple, natural, and relaxed lifestyle, but his work was not done yet. He immediately went to the African country and began working on projects to help the people of Madagascar. He worked with training school teachers, designed a program to help local fishermen protect their own coral reef, and re-grew a local rainforest which had been consumed by wildfire. He was so fascinated with the process of re-growing the forest, that he decided to create a non-profit, Green Again: Madagascar, working to restore the forests of Northeast Madagascar. In 2015, after establishing his organization, Hill decided to get his Master of Restoration-Ecology from the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2018.
Hill will be spending two days on the Maclay campus prior to the induction to teach classes and meet with students on environmental and conservation issues.