We are forever grateful to Coach McQuade for the way he shared his love of the game of baseball, and all the spirit of teamwork and pride that he brought to everything associated with Hun baseball. We know that being part of Coach McQuade's program prepared Alex for the next phase of his life and for a lifetime of leadership. I will never forget his voice on the sideline, or the long, funny, meaningful speeches at the awards ceremonies after the seasons. I miss those days but I am grateful that our son had them with his Coach and his team. Thank you.
It's hard to sum up both my playing and coaching experiences at Hun with Coach McQuade. As an 8th grader, I chose Hun for several reasons but only one person was the deciding factor, Coach McQuade. It’s people like Coach McQuade that influence others to be the best they can be. Coach McQuade has taught me to be positive, selfless, passionate, and excited about everyday life and any situation that I come across. Coach McQuade is an unbelievable teacher of the game, but an even better teacher of life. The lessons I have learned from Coach McQuade are endless, but will stick with me forever. You are the reason I have become close with so many of my friends. Thank you. You have left your stamp on Hun and have influenced an infinite amount of people for the better. Thank you for doing what you do. Congratulations on your retirement!
Coach McQuade is the best teacher I have ever met. His commitment to educating students on and off the field is unparalleled. We are all going to miss his infectious energy and passion for life. We are all so lucky to have gotten to know him and learn from him for so many years. I hope wherever retirement takes him has an unlimited coffee supply!
Easy, fast, and ongoing friends since the day we began our Hun teaching careers, I heartily congratulate Bill McQuade for his natural, long-term dedication to a wonderful school. Thousands of people, as I, have felt his deeply humanitarian, dynamic, and inspirational impact that has served us well and will remain as a testament to the values Bill has manifested and shared with unwavering humility. A finer, more genuine person I have not known.
The support you provided for our son Christopher, class of 2011, both on and off the field, was one of the biggest factors in his success at Hun. The foundation you helped lay and the lessons you taught will stay with him and certainly contribute to life success going forward. We feel truly blessed to have had you as one of Christopher's mentors - you will be missed. Thank you and enjoy your retirement.
It's been nearly 20 years since I have graduated, but as though it was yesterday, I can still hear Mr. McQuade saying, "Ah, it's a great day isn't it MacKenzie?" as he walked (always very quickly) around the campus. I can still see his infectious smile that made Hun just a bit brighter each day. Mr. McQuade greeted everyone with genuine kindness and exuded happiness. In my 4 years as a student (and even upon returns as an alumni) I can't recall a single time that he was anything less than gracious and positive. Hard to say that about many people --Mr. McQuade may be one in a million in that respect. Enjoy a much deserved retirement!
What an incomparable career you have had at Hun. You’ve worn many hats over the past 46 years and have touched the lives of so many. Most importantly you have been a mentor to many students, offering your guidance, knowledge, compassion and friendship in the classroom, on the field, and in life.
You will be remembered for all that you have accomplished at Hun, however, you will forever be remembered more for the person you are – caring, loving, humorous, compassionate, with never-ending positivity, and your eternal and contagious smile. You are retiring from Hun but your legacy will live on. So now it is time for the next phase …..time for you …..trading in the baseball field for the golf course…..time to enjoy what’s ahead. Congratulations on a most outstanding career. Love, Barb
Coach McQuade has always had that unique ability to challenge you to be your best, while at the same time making your journey to that goal all about having fun. Whether he was teaching a Geometry class or coaching on the diamond, Coach McQuade's enthusiasm and dedication to his students and his players was unmistakable and ever-present. There was no problem too big to solve and no opponent too good to beat. Coach McQuade only thought positive and we went into ever class and every game knowing we could succeed and win. As a youth basketball and baseball coach, I’ve taken many pages from Coach’s book over the years in order to instill the same enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game in my players that Coach instilled in all of us. It was certainly a privilege to have been taught and coached by Coach McQuade and I look back on those experiences as some of my most cherished Hun memories. Best of luck on a well-earned retirement, Coach !
Coach McQuade (still can't bring myself to call him Bill) was instrumental in my growth as both a baseball player and a person. Had I not come to Hun and not spent 3 years with him (as both a coach and the head of the upper school) I absolutely would not have made it nearly as far as I did. There were two major things that I appreciated and respected about Coach. First was that for better or worse you always knew where you stood and he always found a way to help you improve. Second, was his unwavering positivity. We could be down by 10 runs in the bottom of the 7th and he'd find a way to get us to continue to compete. There are few people who can do this at such a high level for such a long time and it's an honor to have been coached/mentored by one of them. Congrats Coach McQuade!
When people talk about good teachers they had I always think back to Mr. McQuade. I was in his class for several years. I remember learning trigonometry and calculus under his always enthusiastic supervision. I still use these every day. I remember an occasional lesson on the statistics of Atlantic City betting games. And slipped in every now and then was a lesson on growing up. He made what could have been a dry subject into the class I most looked forward to being in. Thanks for being such a great teacher. I try to summon your excitement for the properties of triangles whenever I help my kids with their homework. I'm sure you have been an inspiration to many of us.
Coach an era has come to an end and what a run it has been . Teacher, coach, winner, and friend . My years at The Hun school are memorable ones because of you and your other colleagues. You taught us a great work ethic on and off the field .You made living on campus in the 70s lots of fun and kept the boarders on their toes and groomed us to become good men . The memories of spring baseball still linger in my mind now and then and I have to stop and smile . Even though I was not a baseball player you made me a part of the team and being able to be around the other athletes was the best and we had great teams and won . Coach thanks again for everything, especially for the memories, enjoy your retirement you deserve it! Good luck!
I remember freshman geometry with Mr. McQuade like it was yesterday. Mr. McQuade had the ability to relate to his students and figure out a way to help engineer success for each one of us. I also admired his compassion and manner in which he treated each student with respect. Although I never played baseball at Hun, there is not doubt that the legacy he leaves behind includes the development of one of the most respected baseball programs in the county, state, and region. Bill McQuade's teams always played with heart and intensity but never at the expense of good sportsmanship and respect for the game. A true role model both in and out of the classroom, Bill is one of the few icons in independent school education. As I entered the world of independent school education, I found myself turning to Bill whenever I had a question and he always would make time for me. As Hun alumnus, Ed Cervone used to say, "He's one of the good guys". Congratulations on an outstanding career, Bill! You will be greatly missed.
Bill, What can I say? You have been the cornerstone for not only baseball but the Hun Community. Your support of the community comes truly from the heart. You always had the students best interest in mind in everything done here at Hun. You are the only person I know who can correct a student with a smile on his face. You are always smiling!! It is not fair to try and fill your shoes as a teacher or coach, so I will just close the book and keep the McQuade Era as part of Hun history. Something people can read about and for those who were part of it just embellish it with time. Hun is losing one of the last true historians. Best of luck, to a true friend.
Mr. McQuade, congratulations on your retirement! I can't let the opportunity pass to let you know what a significant impact you have had on my life. I will never forget the day you called me when I didn't get into Dartmouth! I will always remember your infectious enthusiasm, your compassion and your support. You took the role of teacher well beyond our calculus books. You were truly a mentor that taught from the heart! Thank you for being so special.
What I remember most about Coach Mc Quade was his enthusiasm both in the classroom and on the baseball field. I came to The Hun School as a Sophomore and didn't know many people, but Coach Mc Quade knowing I was a baseball player went out of his way to make me feel a part of The Hun School. And even when my son's baseball team played against Hun the past two years, he made sure to come over to me between innings and great me with a hug, not a handshake. That sums up Bill in a nut shell. I try to use that enthusiasm when I coach and will always be grateful to him for helping me motivate my players. When I think of The Hun School I first think of Coach Mc Quade. Enjoy your retirement!
Poor Mr. McQuade had me as a math student. He tutored me numerous hours after school . He was so patient and so kind. After all of his effort and work, I think I squeezed out of his class with a generous C. He suggested in a very nice way that I might want to stay away from a major that required a lot of math classes in college. He will be happy to know I did get a BS degree in interior design which happened to have a lot of math! It finally clicked. You were a great teacher who always encouraged with a smile. Congratulations on your retirement.
Bill McQuade is, and always has been, a mentor. It was his path whether he knew it when he started, or realized it in the years that followed. You could always rely on Bill to be there with a smile and a straight answer. I can only imagine how many lives that he's changed for the better. Work on your golf game now and give me a call when you're ready.
Coach - congratulations and good luck as you travel down a well deserved road into retirement. We had some good baseball and football teams back then and you were a big reason why. Let's get together and hit some golf balls and reminisce.
Your exuberance within the realm of athletics and academics throughout The Hun School during your tenure was remarkable. I take this time to not only thank you for the excellent coaching and athletic contributions that you have made in my life, but also in the transition of becoming a young man who is prepared to face the real challenges that life expends upon me. From the first "spring break" trip to "sunny Florida," to the last game I played under your tenure, the life lessons that I learned and nurtured were like no other. Thank you for teaching me the "prep school" way, and more importantly for being my friend and someone that I can aspire to become. Enjoy retirement coach, you have truly left The Hun School community with an everlasting trail of professionalism, leadership, and well-being.
When I think of my time at Hun, one of the bright lights that stands out for me has to be you, Mr. McQuade. You had this way of making each and every one of this students feel special and important and heard. Heck, you even found a way to make math fun! You wanted us to be the best version of ourselves that we could be which meant chatting with us before class, attending our sporting games and just checking in with us on a regular basis. You made me a better person, Mr. McQuade and I thank you for that!
Starting Freshman year in advisory groups and ending Senior year in Calculus, Mr. McQuade was an extraordinarily integral part of my experience at Hun. Every time I would see him on campus, he would enthusiastically address me as a "star", which made even my most stressful days brighter. This encouragement and consideration is what makes Mr. McQuade so special. He taught me and so many others the importance of not only making your day as bright and joyful as it could be, but also making the days of those around you bright too. I am so grateful for his perpetual positive presence in my life and am sure his light will shine forever at Hun!
Mr. McQuade would say, every single day of the spring, whether it was 75 and sunny, or 25 and snowing. Every day truly was a great day playing for Coach McQuade. We would have our disagreements on the field, about facial hair, bunt defenses, first and thirds, but I always knew he had my back. I was never the most talented baseball player on the field; however, Mr. McQuade would constantly tell me that I was the best first baseman he has ever had, that I was a great hitter, and that I was a lot faster than I appear to be. Whether or not any of that was true, I believed it. Because I believed those things, I played that way.
Coach McQuade has always had that unique ability to challenge you to be your best, while at the same time making your journey to that goal all about having fun. Whether he was teaching a Geometry class or coaching on the diamond, Coach McQuade's enthusiasm and dedication to his students and his players was unmistakable and ever-present. There was no problem too big to solve and no opponent too good to beat. Coach McQuade only thought positive and we went into every class and every game knowing we could succeed and win. As a youth basketball and baseball coach, I’ve taken many pages from Coach’s book over the years in order to instill the same enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game in my players that Coach instilled in all of us. It was certainly a privilege to have been taught and coached by Coach McQuade and I look back on those experiences as some of my most cherished Hun memories.
To my coach, my teacher, my cheerleader, and my dad.
Congratulations on an amazing career – and congratulations to Hun for the honor of having you on their team all these years. Growing up at Hun, watching you teach and coach showed me what a “calling” looked like – and what joy and passion and drive looked like rolled up together.
As a tiny kid, I loved going to your practices (and putting on the spare catcher’s gear…?!) and watching you. I got to eavesdrop on team pep talks and coaches meetings – learning all there was to know about leadership, competition, loyalty, and fun. As an elementary schooler sitting next to you at the dining room table alongside you grading the papers of your best students – I learned that I too wanted to be “the cream of the crop.” And later, when I would hang out in the math lounge like I belonged there, with you and Mr. Stout (no wimps) and the Davises (pre-Davises), I would get to see you in your element – laughing with the other teachers and squeezing in quick tutor sessions with students in between classes. And, eh hem, occasionally helping me cram for my next test. Most of all, I remember driving to school every day and stopping to buy a newspaper, then pouring over every detail of the high school sports section. Then we would joyfully dissect yesterday’s games and strategize and prep for the upcoming ones. I was lucky enough to have the best dad – that happened to be the best teacher and the best coach that I have ever had. I love you. Enjoy your retirement - it's always a good day for two!
Dad, I am very fortunate to have so many wonderful memories because of you. You are the best dad, teacher, fishing buddy, coach and role model that a daughter could ask for! You have the most amazing ability to make someone feel very special with your constant love and encouragement...Lauren and I can certainly attest to this! I can only hope that one day Luke will have a teacher/coach with as much passion, drive and dedication as you. If not, luckily Luke will always have you as his grandfather!
Now it's time for your next adventures...perhaps a t-ball coach?! We love you!
Bill, 49 years ago while I was working at Hun, I saw in you the wonderful potential of you being a great teacher and coach...YOU ARE THAT!!! Congratulations! My best wishes for your retirement! Thank you for my beautiful granddaughters (Lauren and Lindsay) and my three wonderful great grandchildren (Hailey, Luke and Catherine)!
When I look back on my years at Hun, I have many fond memories but one stands out while I participated in athletics and that was when coach McQuade came aboard. The fact that he just seemed to be such a natural fit of what The Hun School was all about. I am sure he will be missed but rest assured coach your influence on me still lives. Congratulations and I wish you the best in your retirement.
As a member of the first baseball team you coached at Hun in 1971 and on behalf of every team and player that came thereafter, let me sincerely thank you. Your spirit and enthusiasm has always been infectious. You have always inspired your players to be the best that they could be irrespective of their abilities. You have always comported yourself with class and dignity on the field and in the classroom and in doing so, set a wonderful example for the student athletes under your tutelage. You have been the penultimate ambassador for The Hun School. Congratulations on your retirement!
It was great seeing you at our 30 year reunion!! As I told you that night, you helped me a lot in pre-calculus; even though math was and still is not my thing. You always had patience and understanding to help me "get it". That is always something I will remember along with your great personality. I wish you lots of luck in your retirement and I know Hun will miss a great mentor.
It has been an honor and a privilege knowing you, and I am forever indebted for your patience in waiting the five or ten minutes for me to run to first base, and allowing me the bunt hit - my last at bat, 8 years ago.
Mr. McQuade, congratulations on your retirement ! I can't let the opportunity pass to let you know what a significant impact you have had on my life. I will never forget the day you called me when I didn't get into Dartmouth! I will always remember you infectious enthusiasm, your compassion and your support. You took the role of teacher well beyond our calculus books. You were truly a mentor that taught from the heart ! Thank you for being so special.
Coach McQuade has had a positive and generational impact on my family. I was fortunate to play baseball for Hun under Coach McQuade, and now my son Alex '16 has had the opportunity to do so as well. Thank you and all the best Coach.
In the days before instant communication and global travel was as easy for the common man, I found myself, with some trepidation as to what lay ahead, on the other side of the world far from loved ones. I need not have worried for Bill swiftly put this 'Limey' at ease and made sure I felt at home and guided me through the vagaries of not only Hun life but life in America. The greatest compliment I can provide is that this was all done without fuss as he carefully nurtured, not just for me, all the young lives he oversaw. An early lesson in leadership style, a style that I have hopefully followed in the roles I have subsequently held. My Hun year still stands as an important milestone in establishing the person I have come to be. Thanks for being part of it Bill - enjoy what will hopefully be a long and enjoyable retirement ahead.
If you look in the dictionary under teach/coach/mentor you would find Bill McQuade's name at the top of the list. He has spent his life teaching and coaching and mentoring young men and women to become better students and athletes, but most importantly better human beings. He was always laughing and smiling, but always had time for anyone that needed extra help or advise. I feel so fortunate that I had Mr. McQuade for 3 years at Hun, as his math lessons helped me in college, but his life lessons helped me become a better person. He will be missed at Hun but I wish him all the best in his retirement. He truly is one of a kind.
I was fortunate to have Mr. McQuade as both a teacher and coach. While some of his lessons specific to math and baseball have long been forgotten, his lessons on life have remained with me. In his very special way, Mr. McQuade taught us to treat people well, always care about what one did, and never give up on one’s self. He modeled for us that hard work and fun could coexist, a mantra that I’ve made my own. Like so many Hun School students, I am grateful to Mr. McQuade for so many things and wish him the best in retirement.
Coach was and is always so positive! Every day, every game, and every moment was an opportunity. An opportunity to help lift a student or an athlete toward their own success in whatever they were pursuing. His unwavering support, guidance, and passion are evident in everything he does and has a lasting impact on those that were fortunate to have been taught or coached by him. Thank you Coach!
Coach McQuade embodies the true Teacher/Coach attributes. As a Teacher/Coach I often reflect on the many life lessons learned while at Hun, under his coaching. Consistent, diligent, and passion for student athletes defines Coach McQuade. It was a blessing to be involved in his baseball program. More importantly, beyond baseball, he equipped me, and I'm sure others, to go out and strive to make a difference in the world on a daily basis. Thank you Coach McQuade!
I had the pleasure of having Bill McQuade as a Math teacher and baseball coach for the three years I attended The Hun School. And I have to admit that Bill probably had the biggest impact on me at Hun, not only as a student and athlete, but as a person. His enthusiasm in the classroom and on the field was contagious, and you couldn't help but find yourself wanting to do your best. Many years later as an assistant girls softball coach for my daughters, I found myself incorporating some of the exact same drills I learned on the baseball diamond and in the classroom, and with the same results! The smiles and giggles from the softball team members were priceless. I hope I was able to motivate the girls to enjoy the game and do their best, the same way I was motivated. And for this, I will be eternally grateful. Bill, enjoy your retirement! Best of luck!
Coach McQuade was much more than a coach and a teacher. He had this innate ability to make you feel valuable and encouraged you to aspire for greatness. On the baseball field, even though I was average (at best), he spoke to me as if the team’s whole season depended upon me. He encouraged me to live up to a potential I didn’t even know existed. I’ve carried that encouragement with me, always striving for the best I can be. As an orthopaedic surgeon who has cared for patients around the world, from an African President to impoverished African children and many people in between, I hope that Coach can feel content knowing that he has been an integral part of the person that I am today. I am grateful to have been blessed to have Coach McQuade as my teacher, coach, and friend. Dear Coach, may God bless your time of retirement, and may you reap the many fruits of your labor.
Bill has been such a positive influence on me and so many of my close friends from Hun. Anyone who has ever been around him has no choice but to notice his contagious energy. Some say it’s the coffee, but we all know it comes down to his relentless passion for influencing people. Great leaders don’t have followers; they create other leaders. Through teaching and coaching Bill has taken his passion and developed so many people into great leaders like himself. It’s difficult to sum up what someone so influential means to you in one word, but to me and my friends he is simply known as Coach. Thanks Coach!
I am forever thankful for knowing and having played for Coach McQuade. His refreshing enthusiasm, his genuine interest in his students’ growth, and his ability to impart confidence in his students/players has not only positivity impacted the Hun community, but has also left many imprints on those who were fortunate to have known him. I’m confident many of us carry traces of him in our lives after Hun, and I am grateful for sharing in that. If he only knew how many Saturday mornings in Spring, I’ve thought “It's a great day for a ballgame; let's play two!” Enjoy your retirement and I hope that you will occasionally reflect on the number of people and lives you’ve positively impacted.
Technically speaking, Mr. McQuade was my math teacher for 3 years, sophomore through senior years. As it turned out, he wove himself into the rest of my life by becoming incorporated into the composite ideal person who I use as a role model. And my daughters are the direct beneficiary of “Oscar-Had-A-Heap-Of-Apples,” which is the linchpin to trigonometry.
Mr. McQuade is the reason that The Hun School has its prestigious name. He has passion and in this life you need passion to be successful in whatever it is you do. Each person he has come in contact with over his years at Hun has become a better person because of him. He cares about everyone. He has always been there for me when I've needed him. Words cannot describe how much you've done for this School and this program. Hun baseball is family and Hun baseball is forever. Enjoy retirement coach, it's going to be a "SWEET ONE!"
Bill’s contributions have consistently mirrored the philosophy of the School as related to respecting the individuality of each student, to supporting the need for change in any number of areas necessary for administering a school the size of Hun, to teaching his students well in his math classes, and to coaching as he has done so successfully in the years he has been at Hun—especially baseball. The loyalty demonstrated by so many alums to the School is testament in part to Bill’s positive relationship with them.
Bill McQuade and I shared Division Head responsibilities at Hun for many years. During that time, I came to appreciate Bill's steady approach to problem solving and his optimistic belief in people and solutions. Most significant was the way he framed his entire approach to every academic endeavor around one central question. What is best for the student?
I always felt that Bill McQuade set the “tone” at the school. His philosophy began with a respect for oneself and others, and the priority always that what was best for the students was the priority in everything we were trying to accomplish.
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