Collins, Fryer, Kane, Scott named to Community Coaches Honor Roll (2015)

By TONY LEODORA

For the past 12 years the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame has shined a very special spotlight on a group of very special people. The Community Coaches Honor Roll was added to the night’s lineup, honoring the “Legacy of Leadership” that has been an integral part of the Montgomery County sports scene.

Volunteer coaches, the ones who toil in relative anonymity, have been an added focus of the annual Induction Banquet that began 14 years ago. And it is a welcome addition.

Jim Davis, a Founding Father of the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame, saw the need to recognize volunteer coaches from across the county – the ones who build the foundation for the great success in sports that athletes enjoy on the high school level … the college level … and for a fortunate few, on the professional level. He pushed hard to add the Community

Coaches Honor Roll to the annual banquet agenda and has taken an active part in honoring them ever since.

He remembers his earliest coaches … and so do most other athletes. They are quick to credit the coaches who worked with them in their formative years. Those coaches are often the lifeblood of their communities.

With more than 140 years of service to the Montgomery County sports scene, four new members are being added to the Montgomery County Community Coaches Honor Roll tonight — Tuesday, November 24, 2015 — at Normandy Farm. It is a long-overdue display of recognition for these unselfish individuals.

Volunteer coaches Paul Collins, Lee Fryer, Gary Kane and Van Scott join the four inductees in the spotlight at the 14 th Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.

They join those already named for induction tonight in the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame: former Plymouth Whitemarsh High and Ursinus College basketball coach Al Angelos, Cheltenham High track and field coach Bob Beale, former Germantown Academy field hockey and lacrosse coach Virginia Hofmann and former Spring-Ford High wrestling coach Pat Nugent.

They also sit on the dais alongside Lifetime Achievement Award winner Steve Javie.

The four volunteer coaches bring to 43 the total of members in the Community Coaches Honor

Roll. They are being honored for their longtime commitment to the spirit of volunteerism in the county.

“Each year our committee is so impressed with the resumes of those who are nominated for the Community Coaches Honor Roll,” says committee chairman Tom Brady. “Not only have they given an incredible amount of their time each year, but they have done it for many years. It becomes a part of their lives and, in turn, they enrich the lives of so many others.”

This year’s quartet truly represents the best of a rare breed of volunteer coaches in Montgomery County.

Paul Collins

It is safe to say that the youth sports scene in the greater Lansdale/North Penn area would be very different today if not for the efforts of Paul Collins.

In the world of coaching, he spent 20 years as a basketball coach in Montgomery Township. His willingness to work with children and his knowledge of the fundamentals of the game have been recognized by many throughout the years.

But it was in the world of the North Penn Valley Girls Softball Association that Collins really made his mark. For 22 years he has been president of this girls fast pitch softball organization.

And he has led it to a paramount position in girls softball throughout the region. The level of organization that Collins brings to the association can be seen just by going to the website – www.npvgsa.org.

It has Collins fingerprints all over it.

Lee Fryer

Lee Fryer is one of those individuals who always has to stay busy. The 40-hour work week is not enough for him.

Originally, his out-of- work involvement came as a slow pitch softball pitcher – incredibly adroit at the unlimited arc style of softball that was relatively unique to the Plymouth Township Adult Softball League.

But Fryer soon became more involved. First he organized a team. Then he organized the league. For more than 20 years he has served as commissioner of one of the more consistent and successful adult softball leagues in the area. And, if anyone thinks it is difficult organizing a sports league for children … just try organizing one for children who are in their 20s, 30s, 40s and up.

As if all of the softball activity isn’t enough, Fryer also organizes a bowling league during the winter at Facenda Whitaker Lanes. He is always busy … doing for others.

Gary Kane

Coaching Whitpain boys’ travel soccer and boys’ and girls’ basketball in the St. Helena’s CYO athletic program for more than 20 years should have been enough volunteer activity for anyone.

But Gary Kane had a vision many years ago.

This year the 11 th annual St. Helena’s CYO Memorial Invitational Varsity Basketball Tournament will bring the best 7 th and 8 th grade teams from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to Blue Bell. And the tournament has been the pet project of Kane from its inception. It is widely regarded as the most prestigious grammar school tournament in the area.

The tournament originated in 2004 to honor John Burke, a  deceased member of the St. Helena community who made significant contributions  to St. Helena’s CYO.

It continues not only to honor other deceased members of St. Helena’s CYO community, but as an important event for St. Helena’s parish, bringing together hundreds of volunteers for a weekend of camaraderie, community service and outstanding basketball. Money raised from sponsors, admissions and food sales benefits many causes – including the St. Helena’s parish community, St. Helena’s CYO, families needing tuition assistance at St. Helena’s School and, important local organizations.

Van Scott

Nobody can claim more longevity than Van Scott. For half of a century, anybody who grew up playing baseball in Pottstown got to know Scott. He is the longest-tenured Babe Ruth and Little League coach in the area.

In fact, his association with Pottstown Little League goes back to the very beginning of the
organization. Along with his wife, Laura, they were founding members of Pottstown Little
League. Van served as the first league president, while Laura served on the League Board.

Van and Laura also served as Assistant District Administrators in District 23. In 1993 District 23 was split into three districts, with Van taking the District Administrator position for the newly formed District 27, and Laura assuming the Financial Coordinator position.

They retired in 2004 but continue to serve Pottstown baseball in many ways.

On September 17, 2005 the creation of the Laura & Van Scott Scholarship was announced at the annual league awards banquet. The scholarship recognizes the many contributions and years of service of Laura and Van Scott to the Little League programs of the Pottstown area.

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2014 Inductees: Fenerty, Pennypacker, Lorusso

Jim Fenerty

Fenerty           Starting his basketball coaching career at Bishop Egan High, in the very competitive Philadelphia Catholic League of the 1980s, Jim Fenerty learned a lot – mostly humility. His coaching record at Egan was 61-138. But he took some well-earned lessons with him to Germantown Academy in 1990. Over the next 25 seasons, he built Germantown Academy into a national power.

Over that span he notched a 151-59 record on Inter-Ac play, including 13 league championship and four undefeated league seasons.

His overall record is even more impressive, since it was formed playing some of the top high school basketball teams in the country. He has compiled a record at GA of 460-196. Including his wins at Egan, he surpassed a major milestone during the 2011-2012 season, winning his 500th game. He is only the seventh coach in Philadelphia high school basketball history to have more than 500 victories.

Fenerty has coached 20 players who went on to play at the collegiate Division I level and two who went on to play in the NBA.

 

Rick Pennypacker

           

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After graduation from Spring-Ford High School in 1972, Pennypacker went to West Virginia University where he played under the legendary Bobby Bowden. He earned three varsity letters and played in the Peach Bowl.

Upon his graduation from college, he began a coaching career in baseball, football and basketball on the high school level in Virginia and West Virginia. He returned to Montgomery County, taking over the football program at Pottsgrove in 1989. He made an immediate impact, winning Pottsgrove’s first Pac 10 football championship in 1990.

That began a string of nine Pac 10 championships – including seven undefeated seasons – through 2012. That run included two District Championships in 2001 and 2009. He is the all-time Pac 10 leader in games won, with a record of 160-61-4. His all-time record at Pottsgrove High is 205-80-4.

When it comes to honors, Pennypacker has plenty. He was named the District One Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2009. He was the Nike Pennsylvania AAA Coach of the Year in 2012. He was inducted into the Tri County Hall of Fame and the Pottsgrove school board named the high school’s stadium after him.

 

Dominick “Mick” Lorusso

Lorusso

Dominick Lorusso has been associated with Valley Forge Military Academy for more than four decades, serving the students as a teacher, the Head of the Department of Health and Physical Education, and Director of Athletics. He began his career in 1972 and retired in 2014.

He is the only coach in the history of Valley Forge to record more than 250 career wins, and did s

o in two sports — baseball and wrestling.

In baseball, his teams won 300 games.  Along the way, he led the Trojans to six championships in the school’s own Trojan Spring Classic Baseball Tournament, an event he created, and has taken his team to the state playoffs seven times.

His storied 1981 team, which went 19 and 4, tied a national high school record for team batting average for a season, hitting an incredible .410 as a team.  He was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association for his quarter of a century coaching.     In wrestling, Lorusso’s teams compiled 286 meet victories, and accumulated an additional 37 tournament championships.  This includes securing five titles in two of the tournaments which he founded, the Cadet Invitational and the VF Duals.

Over a three-year period in the late eighties, his Trojan teams went 48-2, finished second in the states twice, and won the state team championship in 1988, the only team state championship in the school’s history.

He produced 14 individual state wrestling champions, and more than 30 National Prep School All-Americans. He was recognized by both the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association for 100 and 200 wins during his coaching tenure at VFMA.

Raised in Oreland, PA, Lorusso attended Springfield (Montco) High School, and went on to play collegiate baseball at Concord College in Athens, WV.  Although announcing his retirement from Valley Forge Military Academy in June, he could not stay retired long. He currently is working as assistant athletic director in Georgia.

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Steve Javie to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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Steve Javie – a Montgomery County native who went on to a renowned career as an NBA referee and now mentors young officials in the league – will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame banquet on Tuesday, November 24 at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell.

Before his officiating career began, Javie crafted a stellar athletic career of his own. He grew up in Whitemarsh Township and attend LaSalle College High School, where he starred in baseball, football and basketball. Following high school, he continued his athletic and academic career at Temple University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A star pitcher for the Owls, Javie signed a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles, but retired after one year due to an arm injury.

Following in the footsteps of his father Stan Javie, a well-known NFL referee for many years, Javie turned to officiating. At first, he became a baseball umpire, working a number of years in the minor leagues. During the offseason he worked as a PIAA referee on the high school circuit. He quickly moved up the chain. In 1981 he was hired by the Continental Basketball Association and worked at that level for five years before landing in the NBA in 1986.

Javie quickly established himself as one of the highest rated, as well as most colorful officials in the NBA. He continued officiating until 2011. He is still active in mentoring and assisting young officials. Along with his wife, Mary Ellen, they founded the Javie Foundation for Charity, raising money for homeless, neglected, abused and disabled children.

This will not be Javie’s first appearance at the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame Banquet. He has attended others in support of the inductees and was a guest speaker at the 2013 induction banquet and was quite surprised when notified of his invitation to come back for the 2015 banquet.

“This is shocking and an incredible honor for me,” said Javie. “I have attended a number of banquets and just marvel at the coaches I see on the dais. Now I am going to be sitting up there with them. I am humbled and incredibly honored to be considered for this.”

 

 

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Community Coaches For 2015 Induction Announced

Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame

“A Legacy of Leadership”

Collins, Fryer, Kane and Scott Selected For Montgomery County Coaches Honor Roll

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (September 24, 2015) – The bright spotlight of the 14th annual Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame induction banquet once again will spill over into the volunteer coaching ranks. Another class of volunteer coaches will be added to the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame Honor Roll.

Paul Collins, a cornerstone of North Penn Valley Girls Softball; Lee Fryer, whose name is synonymous with Plymouth Men’s Softball; Gary Kane, who is the driving force behind one of the region’s most successful basketball tournaments, the St. Helena’s CYO Holiday Tournament; and Van Scott, who has spent 50 years as a manager and coach of Pottstown Babe Ruth and Little League, are the new group of honorees.

The volunteer coaches will join coaching legends Albert Angelos, Bob Beale, Virginia Hofmann and Pat Nugent when they are inducted into the 14th Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame. This year’s induction banquet, an annual highlight of the sports calendar in Montgomery County, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 24 at Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

Paul Collins has been an integral part of the very successful North Penn Valley Girls Softball organization for 22 years. In addition, he spent 20 years as a basketball coach in Montgomery Township.

Lee Fryer has been the main organizing force behind the well-run Plymouth Softball League for more than 20 years. He serves as commissioner, as well as a team organizer, in the adult softball league.

Gary Kane has been involved with St. Helena’s CYO Girls Soccer and Basketball for more than 20 years. But his real fame comes as founder and director of the St. Helena’s Holiday Basketball Tournament, a renowned event throughout the region.

Nobody can claim more longevity than Van Scott. For half of a century, anybody who grew up playing baseball in Pottstown got to know Scott. He is the longest-tenured Babe Ruth and Little League coach in the area.

 

The four members of the new induction class and the four Honor Roll members will be inducted at the November 24 banquet – which moves to the new Normandy Farm location after 13 years at Westover GC.

In addition, a yet-to-be-announced individual will be honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets for the banquet ($75, or $60 if paid by Nov. 14) are available for purchase by contacting any member of the Hall of Fame Advisory Board. Additional information can be obtained by going to the website – www.mcchof.org or by calling the banquet management office at 610-279-9220.

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14th Annual Induction Banquet – November 24, 2015

Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame

 “A Legacy of Leadership”

14th Annual Induction Banquet
Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame at Normandy Farm Hotel-Conference Center
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Download flyer: Banquet_Flyer_2015

New Inductees

Albert Angelos – Former Ursinus and Plymouth Whitemarsh basketball coach
Bob Beale – Cheltenham High track and field coach
Virginia Hofmann – Former Germantown Academy lacrosse, field hockey coach
Pat Nugent – Former Spring-Ford High wrestling coach

Lifetime Achievement Award

Steve Javie – Former NBA official and current mentor of basketball officials

Community Coaches Honor Roll

Lee Fryer (Plymouth Softball),
Paul Collins (North Penn Girls Softball),
Van Scott (Pottstown youth baseball),
Gary Kane
(St. Helena’s CYO basketball tournament)
Tickets — $75 or $60 if paid by Nov. 14 (Tables of 10 — $550)

Cocktails at 5:30 — Dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets – Mail check ($60 – if paid by Nov. 14 — or $550 for a table of 10) to:

Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame
803 Northview Blvd.
Norristown, Pa. 19401

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For tickets, contact:
Joe Manzo 610-517-9525
Tom McGee 484-336-4060
Bob Davis 484-250-1106
Dale Hood 484-902-8796
Dave Ritting 610-256-0300
Bob Shoudt 610-337-1838
Tom Brady 610-937-1924
Tony Leodora 610-279-9220
Rod Vaughan 610-539-4689
Joe Rowan 610-213-8755
Gordon Glantz 215-266-2314
Geoff Brandon 610-812-8604
Tom Catagnus 215-803-6487
Joe Rowan 610-213-8755
Mark Werkiser 610-662-1885
Dave Coupe 484-213-6801
John Pergine 610-277-1210
Steve Dimitry 610-539-9297
Mike Morsch 484-744-1486
Rick Troncelliti 610-909-1660
Megan McGowan 610-812-2293
Steve Harner 610-389-3929
Jim Serratore 610-539-3575
Gary/Nina Smith 610-279-1072
Bob Schaefer 215-643-1998

 

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