Brian Magovern, age 57, is the son of Frank and Rosalie Magovern, who summered in Belmar with their parents early in the 1900’s. Brian now lives in his family’s home, where he was born and raised, with his eight brothers and sisters, Terry, Dennis, Richard, Robert, Lee, James, Mary, and Patrick, at 207 South Lake Drive.
Brian is married to his wife Jane for 36 years, and is the father to his two daughters Meghann and Colleen. Brian became a grandfather in February, 2010 to his grandson Andrew and is anxiously awaiting the birth of is second grandchild this June.
Brian graduated from William Paterson College of New Jersey in 1974 with a degree in Physical Education and Health. He taught at St. Rose Grammar School for five years after college, before accepting the position as the Belmar Recreation Director in 1978, following the retirement of Tom Hope. Brian currently works as the physical education teacher at St. Peter School in Point Pleasant Beach.
Brian has been fortunate to have grown up in Belmar and been influenced by several Belmar icons. First, Anne Cubbons, the kindergarten teacher for 50 years at Belmar Elementary was his teacher in kindergarten. Next, Brian learned to play organized basketball under the tutelage of recreation director Tom Hope. In high school, Brian was the 1970 captain of the varsity basketball team at St. Rose for coach Pat McCann. Starting in 1971, Brian worked as a Belmar lifeguard for 25 summers on the 10th Avenue beach and assisted legendary lifeguard, Howard Rowland, for many years with swimming lessons at the “L” Street Beach. Brian’s father and brothers Terry, Richard and Patrick also worked as Belmar lifeguards with Howard Rowland.
Belmar Community Service:
- 1978-1996- Belmar Kiwanis Club (President 1988)
- 1978-1995- Belmar Five Mile Run (Director 1985)
- 2004-2009 Belmar Historical Council (Co-chair 2008, 2009)
- 2004-2009 – Belmar Geese Peace representative and dog handler
- 2008-2009 – Belmar Shade Tree Commission (Chairman)
- The George Hixon Distinguished Kiwanis President Award 1988
- 2002 Belmar Citizen of the Year
- 2007 – Monmouth County Employee of the Year
- 1980-1995; 2009-2010 – IAABO Basketball Official
- 1982-1992- SBUA Baseball Umpire
- 2008-2010 – NJSIAA Track Official
Unofficial World Record:
Brian claims to have walked around Silver Lake (approximately 8064 times and still counting), more than anyone else in the world while working for the Geese Peace program from 2004 to the present.
- Beach Committee (operations and activities, except lifeguards)
- Environmental Committee
- Parks, Roads & Buildings Committee
- Community Services Committee (including youth services, recreation, senior citizen services, Drug Alliance)