During his 25 years of service to Mater Dei, Frank Outwater knew what mattered.
Ask anyone who was here during his tenure—where he served at various times as a math and history teacher, the athletic director and finally, vice principal—they’ll tell you that there was nothing Frank wouldn’t do to support the students and families at Mater Dei. Legend has it, he would even wash the team’s football jerseys after games.
As much as he was devoted to education, it was the students who were always his main concern. He cared about their lives off the field and out of the classroom and took the time to try to get to know his “kids”. To many alumni, Frank served as a father figure and loyal friend, always encouraging them to reach beyond their potential. He always expected the best from both students and faculty.
Because his focus was always on the students and he was one of the biggest supporters of the original stadium when it was built, it seemed fitting to dedicate the planned renovation of the fieldhouse at Monsignor Bulman Stadium in Frank’s honor.
New lockers, a new ice machine, training room furniture and storage
New roof, new windows, and bathroom
New scoreboard and cleat area with deck and benches
Paint and carpet upgrades
Upgrade to LED lighting to improve the environment and support sustainability initiatives
An anonymous donor, in a matching challenge, has generously agreed to fund 50% of the $150,000 needed to complete this project. In response to the challenge, The Cahill Family has made a lead gift of $25,000 for naming the scoreboard, in honor of Dr. John Cahill, the first team doctor. Planning for construction has already begun and, pending matching funding, The Outwater Fieldhouse renovations are scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2018.
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True to its Mission, Mater Dei Prep is an independent, faith-based college preparatory high school in Middletown, New Jersey serving Monmouth County and surrounding areas that fosters individuality and growth within an intimate and inclusive community. For over 50 years, the school has attracted talented students and families who recognize the unique learning opportunities Mater Dei Prep provides. After facing closure as a parish school in the spring of 2015, a group of alumni developed a plan to address the school’s long-term viability through privatization. On July 1, 2015, Mater Dei Prep opened as a new entity—a private, Catholic high school with 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Mater Dei Prep is now managed by an independent Board of Trustees acting as fiscal and operational stewards over the school, with The Diocese of Trenton providing ecclesiastical guidance.