Fizulich*, Mark

Graduation Year: 1993
Category: Athlete

Mark Fizulich 93 was often described as an easygoing kid who played a gritty brand of basketball for Bergen Catholic High School. His numbers said it all. Mark averaged 18.2 points, nine rebounds and two steals a game as a senior in 1992-93. Mark was a 2-time All-County selection for the Crusaders who scored 773 career points. He attended St. Michael’s College in Vermont on scholarship, where he enjoyed a Hall of Fame career and where his jersey, # 50, hangs in the rafters today. Mark is highly regarded as one of the top forwards in the history of the Saint Michaels basketball program. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, he is the only Purple Knight basketball player to be named All-Conference four straight years and was also a two-time All-ECAC selection. Mark led the team in scoring and broke the Colleges freshman scoring record. He captured every major rookie award that year Rookie of the Year by the NABC, ECAC, Northeast-10, and Vermont All-Division, and was named All-East by Eastern Basketball Magazine. A consistent and durable force as a four-year starter, he didn’t miss a game over his career. He was only the fifth player in College history to break the 1,000-point barrier before his senior season, and finished his career ranked #7 all-time with 1,612 points. After graduation, Mark found success on Wall Street, rising rapidly to the position of Vice President for Credit Derivatives for Bear Stearns. In 2005, Mark was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Despite his amazing spirit, and the love, prayers and care of his family, Mark lost his 2 1/2-year battle on March 9, 2008. He was just 32 years old.