February 2016 – Michael Juskus 1976 Graduate

Michael Juskus – Hopatcong High School Graduate – 1976

“I attended HHS from 1972-1976 and during that time I participated in baseball, football, bowling and wrestling. My senior year I was honored with being inducted in to the Hopatcong High School Hall of Fame. After graduation I attended Rowan University where I majored in Industrial Technology. At RU I played football and shortly after some time there, decided to try something new: javelin. On my first practice I nearly injured myself, but at my second meet ever, I beat the Division III National Record in javelin.

In 1979 I was named the NCAA Division I National Champion and in 1982 I placed 2nd. I was an eleven time NCAA All American Champion and a five time NCAA Champion as well as a current record holder in the NCAA Division III. Towards the completion of my studies at RU, I was inducted in the Rowan University Hall of Fame in 1987 for my accomplishments. After finalizing my degree, my path led me back to Hopatcong Schools.

I am a proud father of five children; Ryan, Shane, Dania, Brittany and Joy as well as five grandsons; Tyler, Michael, David, Langdon, and Elias. I’ve been a teacher and coach at Hopatcong Schools for 33 years now. I teach Wood Sculpture and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and coach the track team. As a coach, my track career record is 164-86. Our team became undefeated conference champions from 2010-2014 with a record of 35-0. In addition, the team held the title of NJAC Small Schools Champions in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Needless to say my love for teaching and working with students continues to grow as each year passes. I anticipate a great season ahead as the track coach and look forward to the upcoming year.”

Additional Honors:

  • New Jersey Star Ledger – North Jersey Coach of the Year 2013 & 2014
    • Coached past athletes Dylan Campwell (Top American 800M Indoor – 2015
    • Bobby Smith NCAA All American Javelin and Olympic Triels Champion.
  • Hopatcong Teacher of the Year
  • Community Volunteer Person of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Competed in the 1980 Olympic Triles (Boycotted)
  • 11 Time NCAA All American Champion
  • 5 Time NCAA Champion
  • 2005 NCAA Hall of Fame
  • 2006 Sussex County Hall of Fame
  • 8 Year President of the Hopatcong Warriors
  • 2013 Wounded Warrior, Tough Mudder Competitor


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Elena Melekos

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