Since his football-playing days, Brian Beidatsch, ’97, has started a family and a lucrative career here in Milwaukee. So when his high school alma mater, Marquette University High School, reached out to him, he was surprised to be thought of after all of these years. It was during this conversation Brian was informed that he would be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his success on the football field. “It’s honestly such a great honor," Brian says of the title.
Although Brian was an all-around athlete throughout his school years—earning six varsity letters as a multi-sport athlete—it was his talents in football that gained the Hall-of-Fame-worthy attention. Brian earned All-State and All-Conference honors as a lineman, in addition to being named as the Greater Metro Conference (GMC) Defensive Lineman of the Year. Additionally, he was chosen as team captain and selected to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-Star team. His talents were so impressive that they eventually led him to receive a scholarship to play Division 1 football for the University of Norte Dame, where he later decided to attend. Brian played football throughout his undergraduate career and continued his athletic success.
The twelfth Marquette University High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the Italian Community Center earlier this year, on February 19. Held every four years, players, teams, and coaches are recognized as their families cheer along and watch proudly. The Athletic Hall of Fame serves to award alumni who have excelled in one or more sports while at Marquette High and who have distinguished themselves and the school through their athletic endeavors while a student at MUHS. “Although I’m no longer that same young football player, the event was a nice reminder of the past," Brian said.
Brian recalls his time playing football during recess even during his Milwaukee Montessori School days. “MMS helped influence me as a person. I’m very thankful for the experience I had and how close everyone was.” Today, Brian still keeps in touch with a few of his Montessori friends. He notes that Sarah Pearce was one of his favorite teachers and helped put him on a good path to enter into high school. “The work ethic I was taught at Milwaukee Montessori helped me in sports," Brian adds.
Although Brian no longer plays himself, he does still show his love for the sport through coaching youth-level football. In fact, his son is following in his footsteps, and has played football for the past few years and is even set to attend Marquette University High School. Maybe there will be another Beidatsch Hall-of-Famer in the near future!