Inductee Class of 2016: de Marteleire, Lewis, Mellor, Mondillo and Morgan

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Quintet from Varied Sports Backgrounds Elected

To Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame

 

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (June 14, 2016) – Five coaches, with stellar records in varied sports, make up the latest class of inductees into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame. They will be the centerpiece of the 15th annual induction banquet on Tuesday, November 22 at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell.

The newest class of inductees includes Maggie de Marteleire, who has more than 500 wins as girls basketball coach at North Penn High School and formerly at Lansdale Catholic High; the late Pete Lewis, who formed the foundation of the sports programs at Norristown High; retired Penn Charter baseball coach Rick Mellor; Gwynedd Mercy University women’s basketball coach Keith Mondillo; and James Madison University field hockey coach Christy Morgan.

“Our move to Normandy Farm last year was a huge success,” reported Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame President Dale Hood. “We look forward to holding the banquet in this classy venue again this year.”

In addition to providing an elegant setting for the banquet, the hotel can house out-of-town guests who will be attending the evening’s festivities.

The new class of inductees brings a long list of accomplishments to this year’s banquet.

Maggie de Marteleire

An outstanding four-sport athlete at Lansdale Catholic High, and a starter on the basketball and tennis teams at Widener University, Maggie de Marteleire followed a family coaching heritage. Her father, Jim Algeo, was the longtime football coach at Lansdale Catholic High and was inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. They are the first father-child tandem of inductees.

Her head coaching career began at her alma mater in 1992. In 16 years she had 16 winning seasons and compiled a 323-106 record. Her teams won 10 PAC-10 championships, advanced to district playoffs all 16 years and moved on to state playoffs in seven seasons.

In 2008 she was hired at North Penn High and, after a rocky first year, continued a winning tradition. North Penn has been an annual participant in district and state playoffs. This year she reached the magical 500-win mark, a landmark accomplishment for girls’ basketball coaches.

Pete Lewis

Before the late Pete Lewis embarked on his illustrious career as longtime Norristown High athletic director, he earned a reputation as a very successful coach. His resume includes five state championships.

He began his coaching career at Altoona High, before returning to his alma mater, Norristown High. As track coach, he won 11 district championships and four state championships – in 1937, 1948, 1951 and 1952. As swimming coach, he brought a state championship back to Norristown in 1952.

He also spent four seasons as the football coach, compiling a 25-6-5 record from 1935 to 1938. To show his great versatility, he also coached the basketball team for two years, in 1935 and 1936.

Rick Mellor

A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Rick Mellor coached baseball for 32 years at Penn Charter – his alma mater – where he starred in baseball, football and basketball.

During those 32 years as head coach he compiled a 451-198 record, won 10 Inter-Ac titles and one Pennsylvania Independent School state championship.

Over the years he has developed countless players who have gone on to play collegiate baseball and/or professional baseball. Two of the most notable who reached the big league level are former pitcher Mark Gubicza and former outfielder Ruben Amaro Jr.

Keith Mondillo

A product of the District Championship Archbishop Kennedy High basketball program, Keith Mondillo went on to play collegiately at Arcadia University, where he served as team captain his junior and senior seasons.

After college he became the men’s assistant basketball coach at Gwynedd Mercy University. He returned to Arcadia University in the same position for one season before accepting the women’s head coaching job at Gwynedd Mercy.

He turned a struggling program into a Division III powerhouse. After only one losing season he has posted 20 straight winning seasons, captured seven conference championships and made nine NCAA tournament appearances. His overall record is 412-166, while his league dominance is supported by a 277-55 record.

Five times Mondillo has been named Conference Coach of the Year.

Christy Morgan

One of the greatest athletes in Methacton High history, Christy Morgan went on to become a three-time All-American player and win three consecutive NCAA field hockey championships at Old Dominion University. She also spent eight years on the U.S. National team, two years on the U.S. World Cup team and played in the 1988 Olympics.

After her playing career ended, she was named head coach at James Madison University in 1991 and coached the team for nine seasons. She led JMU to five NCAA tournament appearances and won the national championship in 1994.

She left JMU in 2001 to coach one year at Davidson, before her coaching career was halted by illness for nine years.

Morgan returned to coaching in 2011, spending three years as the associate head coach at Wake Forest. In 2014 she returned to James Madison University as head coach and immediately turned the sagging program around. The team reached the conference final for the first time since 2008 and was ranked No. 20 nationally during the season. Her overall head coaching record is 164-94-2.

Selection Committee Chairman Gordon Glantz, summed up the 15th annual class of inductees by saying, “This is one of the most well-rounded classes we ever had. We have three men, two women and six sports represented. We expect a big crowd for this year’s banquet.”

The five members of the new induction class, along with the yet-to-be-announced members of the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame Honor Roll (for volunteer coaches), and the yet-to-be-announced Lifetime Achievement Award winner, will be inducted at the November 22 banquet.

Tickets for the banquet 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.com or by calling the banquet management office at 610-279-9220.

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