CLASS OF '73
YEAR OF INDUCTION: 2008
Brand was the central figure in the back of Jake Tarr’s 2-3 zone and the offense revolved around
him and his graceful offensive moves. Brand led Steinert to a school record for victories in the
1972-73 season that held for over two decades. He was MVP of the Hamilton Jaycee Christmas
Tournament and powered the Spartans to the Central Jersey Group IV Championship. He was the
Knight of Columbus and Hamilton Elks Player of the Year that season. He was also a track & field
standout, setting a school record in the shot put that would take 16 years to break. He earned
a full scholarship to Temple University where in played in Hawaii’s prestigious Rainbow Classic
and earned Player of the Game honors. He was drafted to play professional in France, but the
onset of illness prevented him from following through.
He became a profile in courage and inspiration. After receiving a kidney transplant from
his bother in 1989, he completed the 5K Hamilton Hangover Race six months later. In 1992 he won
silver medals in the 1600 and 3200 US Transplant Olympic Games. Phil passed away at the
much-too-early age of 50 on September 8, 2005. His impact will always be felt among family,
friends, and the Steinert community.
Photo at top left: Accepting the HOF award for Phil are his two children, Philip and Colleen Brand.
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