MCCHOF 2005 Inductees

2005 Coaches

Hall of Fame Inductees

Jim

Algeo – In his 37th season as head football coach at Lansdale

Catholic High School, Algeo led the Crusaders to a 14-1 record and

the PIAA Class-AA state championship. His teams have recorded a

258-145-15 record during his tenure, including eight league titles,

three district-1 crowns and five teams that have reached the Eastern

PA finals or semi-finals. Among his many awards include being named

PA Class-AA Coach of the year by the AP and the PA Scholastic Football

Coaches Association and also the state’s small school coach

of the year award. He was also inducted in to the North Penn/Souderton

Hall of Fame.

 

Geno

Auriemma – A Bishop Kenrick graduate who coached at Kenrick

from 1979-1981. He then served as an assistant women’s basketball

coach at Virginia University from 1981-1985. He took over the women’s

basketball head coach position at Connecticut in 1985. He inherited

a program that had just one winning season in it’s history.

His accomplishments have been well documented. During an unparalleled

20-year stint at UConn, his Huskies have a 557-111 record for a

.834 winning percentage. They have a national record with 70 straight

victories, 13 Big East titles, Ten 30-win seasons, eight final four

appearances and five national championships. He has two undefeated

seasons. The 1994-95 team went 35-0 and the 2001-02 team went 39-0.

He has been selected national coach of the year four times and coached

six national players of the year and 10 first-team all-americans.

He was also an assistant coach on the 2000 Sydney Olympics Gold

Medal winning team.

 

Al

Cantello – A graduate of Norristown High School where he

won the state javelin title, Cantello later competing for the U.S.

Marines Corps, set a world record in the javelin throw (over 283

feet) that vaulted him to a spot in the 1960 U.S. Olympics in Rome.

Sport Magazine selected him for it’s All-Time track & field

team. He was the first track and field coach at Methacton High School

and in 1967 was named head coach of the U.S. Naval Academy’s cross

country team, a position he holds today. His teams have won over

75% of their 300 meets. He is also a member of Norristown High School’s

Hall of Fame.

 

Marge

Watson – Started out coaching field hockey and basketball

at Church Farms School in Chester County. She started the lacrosse

program at Ursinus College where she compiled a 199-19 mark during

a 25-year career as head coach which is still the second highest

winning percentage of all time. She also served as head coach of

the U.S. National team coach in 1980 and then served for nine years

as an assistant coach on the national team.

 

 

Bill

Werkiser – He was a top-shelf athlete and also a Norristown

High graduate who went on and played basketball at Millersville

State College where he set a school scoring record. He spent 40

years as a coach including 15 years with Norristown High school.

During that time, the Eagles’ Basketball team had a 291-87

record and won nine Suburban One crowns, a pair of District One

titles and twice advanced to the PIAA state title game. Overall

they made seven state playoff appearances. While at Norristown High

School, he served as the 1974 assistant Football coach and 1965

head baseball coach.. He also served as the men’s basketball coach

at Delaware Valley College for 11 years.


2005

Community Coaches

Honor Roll Inductees

Sal

Bello – He has built an unchallenged reputation as a supporter

of sports in Bridgeport. He has served as a generous team sponsor

in addition to coaching and built a dynasty in both softball and

flag football for Triple S Sports Club in Bridgeport. His softball

coaching career spanned 25 years and included 1200 wins. He has

17 Bridgeport Softball Championships. In flag football, he has amassed

140 total victories and 14 Championships over a 20 year span.

 

 

John

‘Bing’ Miller – Bing Miller was the founder and driving

force behind many faceted Visitation B.V.M. CYO programs. He started

his coaching career in 1956 and has coached football, baseball,

basketball and track. He also served as Director of CYO Athletics,

Region 21 for four years.

 

 

 

Victor

Negron – Became involved in youth sports in Plymouth Township

when his son was growing up. He was a founding father of the

Plymouth Township Little League in 1960, and was a coach on the

township team that won the 1968 Pennsylvania State Championship.

Later he was an umpire and served on the board of Pennsylvania

Little League District 22. He was also a coach, referee and

treasurer for the Plymouth Jr. ABA, a youth basketball program, and

was a member of the International Biddy Basketball Tournament

Committee in 1985 and 2005.

 


2005

Lifetime Achievement Award

Joe Brown – Joe

Brown’s coaching career in football and basketball at the old St. Pat’s and

Bishop Kenrick appears pedestrian at first glance, his behind-the-scenes

work in shaping young lives was extraordinary. A 1928 graduate of Norristown

High, where he played football, basketball and baseball, Brown ran Joe

Brown’s Bar on Swede Street in Norristown. The thriving business enabled him

to devote much of his free time to his coaching pursuits, His coaching

career, which spanned from 1943 to 1955 at St. Pat’s and 1956-64 at

Kenrick

was always hamstrung by the lack of resources at his disposal. To his credit

he still amassed a 152-71 record as Kenrick’s basketball coach, even taking

them to the 1960 PCIAA Class-A state title game. He also won 127 basketball

games at St. Pat’s and an additional 30 plus football games as their coach.