Ted Beneski
Baseball,  Soccer,  Basketball, 
​Inducted in 2007
Ted was a three-sport athlete at Suffield High School earning 8 varsity letters in his career --- 3 in baseball, 3 in soccer, and 2 in basketball. In his eight varsity seasons, Ted was NCCC all conference 4 times --- once in soccer, once in basketball, and twice in baseball. In addition, he was named to the Journal Inquirer First Team, All-Area baseball team, one of nine Northern Connecticut athletes selected from all school class sizes. Further, his coaches and peers named him captain or co-captain in all three sports his senior year. None of the eight teams Ted played on ever had a losing season. While achieving athletically, Ted also graduated in the top 2% of his class, was President of Student Government, and received numerous academic awards including a special award in 1974 (created that year) from the Suffield Education Association “to recognize superlative academic and extra-curricular accomplishment and potential for future success.” Ted also was a recipient of the Meade Alcorn Outstanding Athlete award.
In soccer, he was a versatile player who played forward, midfielder, and defender. Ted helped lead his team to the Class B tournament in his first two varsity years and as a senior was named an NCCC all-star, with 4 goals and 10 assists, participating in two-thirds of his team’s goals. He went on to become a 3-year starter and captain of his Amherst College soccer team anchoring the defense on a team that compiled an overall record of 20-12-4 over his career. Amherst played national powers Connecticut and Brown as well as traditional rivals such as Williams and Wesleyan. As a senior he received the “Friends of Amherst Athletics” award for contributing the most to the soccer program

In basketball, Ted was the leading scorer and an NCCC all-star his junior year averaging 13 points per game. His high game was 25 against Fermi High of Enfield. He was among the top 10 scorers in the conference for the season, and was often in the top 5. He led his team to a berth in the Class B state tournament. As a senior, Ted was called upon to shift from shooting guard to forward to bolster the team’s rebounding. The result was an NCCC tournament championship and a much improved overall record of 13-6. Ted went on to play one season of basketball in college for Stirling University in Scotland during his semester abroad. He averaged 25 points a game with a high game of 41 against Glasgow.

Clearly Ted’s best sport at SHS was baseball and he is regarded as one of the best baseball players ever to play for Suffield High. He was the ace of the pitching staff for 3 years compiling records of 6-2, 9-2, and 8-1 for an overall career mark of 23-5. His career earned run average was under 2.0 and his strikeout to walk ratio was more than 3 to 1. He led his Suffield team to the Class B state “final four” in both his junior and senior years, with completely different teams. In his junior season, going into the state tournament, Ted had given up only 1 earned run all season…and, after competing against the best in the state, including the #1 ranked team, his overall ERA was 1.11 with 66 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched. In his senior year, he finished at 8-1 with his only loss coming from a 2 run error with 2 outs in the last inning. As in the prior year, he pitched and batted the Wildcats to the state tournament semifinals with wins over Weston and Guilford. Suffield then had to face the #1 ranked team, Ansonia, but Ted could not pitch on 2 days rest. Suffield lost in the semi-finals for the second consecutive year. It should be noted that all of Ted’s, and the team’s, accomplishments occurred without ever playing a home game…Suffield High did not have a playable field during this entire period!

Ted graduated from Amherst in 1978, received an MBA degree from Harvard and, most recently, founded his own private equity firm, Insight Equity.