After earning three varsity letters and unanimous all-city honors in football at SHS, Frank Martucci went on to William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he continued to excel on the gridiron.

In 2011, Martucci was inducted into the William Penn Athletic Hall of Fame. During the induction, it was noted that Martucci, a four-year letterman, helped turn the Statesmen football team into a national power in the late 1960s. He was described as one of the best offensive lineman in school history. He was an All-Iowa Conference honoree in 1969.

The leadership abilities that helped him when he was a captain of his football teams in high school and college also played a major role in his professional life. A former general partner and senior managing director and member of the Board of Directors of Bear Stearns & Co., Martucci also served as president of Millcross High Yield Fund before retiring.

After a successful career on Wall Street that lasted into his 40s, Martucci earned a master's degree in Philosophy in 1996 from Fordham University. Martucci and his wife Katherine were awarded honorary Doctorates from William Penn in 1994 following his commencement address.

As the story goes, a boy from Hamilton Township, N.J., and a girl from New York City went to Iowa where they met and fell in love. Frank and Katherine Martucci have three children and four grandchildren. They have homes in New York and Florida.

Active in community service, Martucci has served on the boards of numerous groups and he remains interested in philosophy, art and farming.

He's come a long way from his days as an offensive guard and defensive tackle for the Spartans.

"I liked football because of the competitive nature of the sport and the team concept of it," Martucci said. He credited his coaches from high school and junior high as well as family members for their help in his development as a student-athlete. "I'd like to thank (Coaches) Pete Brescia, Dave Bryant, Coach (Jim) Wilno and my Uncle Ron Fiori who always came to my games."