Jesse Beimel ’02
A native of Kersey, PA, Jesse played on the baseball team at Pitt-Bradford from 1999-02. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 2002.
There are many words to describe Jesse: tough, hard nosed, respected, and dedicated to the sport. He possessed a great attitude and exhibited effort, ability and character. He was also a leader and sportsman. As one of the first recruited players on the re-established baseball team, the qualities and intangibles he possessed were the foundation of a great program and its future.
During Jesse’s tenure at Pitt-Bradford, he always left everything out on the field, and therefore he ranks as one of the school’s all-time best players. He is first in home runs with 7 and RBIs with 42 in the 2001 season. However, it is his career totals that have earned him accolades. He is currently first in games played and started with 139, home runs with 19, and most walks with 75. Jesse is second in slugging percentage at .566, at bats with 498, 126 runs, 168 hits, 53 doubles, 102 runs batted in, and 282 total bases. He is third in on-base percentage at .433 and fourth in batting average at .337 and 16 stolen bases. Jesse was the team captain in 2001 and 2002, when he led the team to back-to-back AMCC championships and earned the number-one seed in the ECAC championships in 2001 and 2002. In Jesse’s final year, he led the way for Pitt-Bradford’s first NCAA baseball tournament appearance.
Dr. MICHAEL KLAUSNER
A native of the Bronx, NY, Michael Klausner is a professor of sociology and has been teaching at Pitt-Bradford since 1976.
For the past 29 years, Michael has had a strong belief in Pitt-Bradford athletics. From the NAIA days to the move to NCAA Division III, Michael believes that our athletic programs are balanced and student focused. He always has the best interests of the student athletes at heart. More importantly, Michael is always concerned with the student athletes' intellectual and academic development as well as their athletic progress. He is interested in creatively applying principles and concepts of behavioral science to athletics, which is seen in several of his publications and work in the past with the women’s basketball team. Michael views coaching as an intense form of teaching, and as a faculty member, he helps his student athletes develop their athletic potential to the fullest.
Whether you see him walking down Campus Drive at various events on campus or engaged within the community, you know that Michael is involved and constantly gives of himself. He is the director of Pitt-Bradford’s Social Sciences Symposium Series, in which speakers discuss current issues in a forum open to members of the community and all faculty, staff and students. He also is an active volunteer in New York City with "New York Cares," which acts as a "clearinghouse" for organizations that need volunteers. He usually works with homeless children by taking them to the library and museums.