Athletic Hall of Fame, 2013
The four-year period that Steve Novak C’00 played baseball at Drew was one of the most successful in the program’s 83-year history. A three-sport athlete coming out of North Plainfield High School, Novak was the prized recruit of Jason Kroll, an assistant to Head Coach Vince Masco at the time.
Novak delivered for the Rangers, becoming a three-time, First Team All-Conference selection at first base. He appeared in 136 games in four seasons and still holds the school record for putouts in a career with 1014. At the plate, Novak was a career, .336 hitter with 17 home runs and 146 RBIs. Upon graduation, Novak held school records for games started, slugging percentage, home runs, RBIs and total bases. Today, he still ranks in the top 10 in almost every offensive category.
In four seasons, the Rangers won a total of 80 games, the most ever in any four-year stretch in school history. The Rangers compiled three, 20-win seasons and set school records for wins in a season, winning percentage and conference wins in that span.
After finishing in first place for the first time in school history in 1999, the Rangers made their deepest run into the conference playoffs since joining the Middle Atlantic Conference in the late 1960’s. The postseason concluded with an appearance in the ECAC finals where Drew was narrowly defeated by SUNY Old Westbury, 12-11.
From the moment he stepped on the diamond at Drew, Novak was one of the most feared hitters in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Twice, he led the league in RBIs and finished in the top 10 in the league all four years at Drew. He established single season records as a sophomore with six home runs and 43 RBIs. He had his finest year as a senior in 2000, batting .371 with .529 on base percentage that was just three points shy of a school record.
He is the only player in Drew baseball history with three, multiple home run games. In the first game of a doubleheader against King’s in 1998 he had one of the best games of his career, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBIs in an 11-7 Drew victory.
Off the field, Novak was a three-time Middle Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team member. In 1998 he was selected the Middle Atlantic Conference Executive Director’s All-Academic Team. He was a Dean’s List Honoree all four years in Madison.
Playing baseball at Drew allowed Novak to work in the school’s athletic department, announcing games at Ranger Stadium in the fall and keeping basketball stats in the winter. He credits Drew with giving him his start in athletics. The off-the-field skills he acquired working for Drew as a student enabled him to land a few internships in athletics where he still works today.
No internship proved to be more important than the one he took with Boston College. Only supposed to be with the Eagles for a 10-month internship, he was asked to stay on and has moved up the ranks for the past 11 years currently, serving as the Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Development. He oversees the fundraising for all of the 31 varsity sports at Boston College.
Novak received his Masters Degree in Sport Management from UMASS-Amherst and now resides in Milton, Mass with his wife Justine and his two children, Steven (3) and Charles (1).