MCCHOF 2011 Inductees

2011 Coaches

Hall of Fame Inductees

Chris Bockrath – “Beloved” is

the word that first comes to mind when thinking of Bockrath, the late football

coach at Archbishop Kennedy High and Kennedy-Kenrick High. There is possibly no

coach to come out of Montgomery County who garnered that same level of respect.

A native of Montgomery County, Bockrath graduated from Delaware Valley College

in 1970 and was prepared to take a job in the food industry business when a

teaching and coaching position opened at Archbishop Kennedy High in

Conshohocken. For the next 21 years Bockrath worked to build a respected

football program at the tiny school. His career record of 124-82-6 included 10

outright league championships and another three co-championships. He then took

over the reigns at Kennedy-Kenrick High, after the merger and unified the two

schools quickly. His football teams finished undefeated in 1993 and 1995.

Despite is love for the school, his success caused his former college to come

calling and Bockrath accepted the job as head football coach at Delaware Valley

College. Unfortunately, he never got to live out the last part of his coaching

dream because he died of a heart attack at age 49 in 1997.

Tom Shirley –

He has crafted a 30-year coaching career that puts him at the top of his profession

in terms of achievement. After a seven-year stint at DeSales University in

Allentown, where his women’s basketball team was a three-time NAIA District 19

champion and recorded seven 20-win seasons, the Plymouth Whitemarsh High product

found his true home at Philadelphia University (then Textile University). He

finished the 2010-11 season with a 607-281 career record that makes him

Philadelphia’s winningest active women’s basketball coach. Currently he ranks

fourth among women’s Division II coaches in career victories. At Philadelphia

University Shirley’s teams have posted 16 20-plus win seasons and 19 consecutive

times his team qualified for a post-season tournament. His teams won two ECAC

championships and has been a 10-time ECAC finalist. In 1993 Shirley was named

the AWSF Division II National Coach of the Year. Also that year he was named the

Converse District Coach of the Year. Shrley is a member of the De Sales

University Hall of Fame, as well as the Philadelphia University Hall of Fame.

Barb Clipsham – During her

25-year tenure as a Methacton High, Barb Clipsham crafted a field hockey dynasty

that has spread its roots and lives to other programs across the country. And

all of this was done in a program that had absolutely no history of success, nor

winning tradition, before her arrival. Clipsham won her first of two state

titles in 1989 with a 2-0 win over West Chester East, avenging a 2-1 loss in the

state final in 1985. Clipsham, whose unbeaten 1989 team also won the District 1

AAA title while giving up only two goals all season, guided the Warriors to the

state crown again in 1995 with a 3-0 win over Ridley. The win was the 300th for

Clipsham who then retired. She finished with 99 losses and 27 ties. Clipsham,

who amassed eight Suburban One League American Conference Freedom Division

titles, consistently sent student-athletes to the Division I level and is most

proud of the 100 percent graduation rate of those players. “That’s really what

I’m most proud of,” said Clipsham, who taught Social Studies at Methacton until

her retirement in 2005. Most notable among the scholar athletes was Sam Salvia,

an all-state performer on the 1989 who went on to play at powerhouse Old

Dominion University and was a Rhodes Scholar The list of outstanding all-state,

Division I-level players who came out of Methacton under Clipsham’s guidance

includes Maegan Galie, Christy Morgan, Kristen Winters, Kristen Daddona, Kelly

Daddona, Denise Wernersbach, Colleen Kreiger, Kelly Kreiger, Meredith

Mandracchia, Sherry DeMito and Michele DeMito. Many of Clipsham’s former players

went on to become successful head coaches. Winters, for example, led James

Madison University to a national championship with three Methacton alums in the

lineup. Clipsham also made a name for herself beyond the scholastic level,

coaching at the 1989 Junior Olympics and 1992 Olympic Festival, both in San

Antonio, Texas. She also coached in the Future’s Program, the Keystone State

games and has been a guest speaker at many prestigious coaching clinics.

Jack Bauerle – When mentioning

the University of Georgia women’s swimming program, the term “juggernaut” comes

to mind. That’s because, under Jack Bauerle’s direction since 1979, the Lady

Buldogs have won four NCAA Championships and finished runnerup another five

times. His teams have recorded 20 Top-10 national finishes, including 15

finishes in the Top-5. Add seven SEC championships and it quickly becomes

evident that Bauerle knows what he is doing around water. The hierarchy at

Georgia quickly noticed that and, after four years at the helm of the women,

they added the men’s team to Bauerle’s list of duties. All he did was add

another 16 Top-15 finishes to his record. Over the years he has coached 133

All-American women swimmers and another 77 All-American men swimmers. For his

women’s coaching prowess, Bauerle was named the NCAA Coach of the Year five

times. On the men’s side he is the two-time SEC Coach of the Year.

Internationally, Bauerle served as the United States Olympic Coach in 2008. He

also has served as the 2000 United States Assistant Olympic Coach. Add in

coaching stints at the World Championships, the Pan Pacific Games, World

University Games, United States National Team Camp, Elite Distance Camp and

United States Olympic Festival and it becomes evident that Bauerle stays busy at

the highest level of coaching. Bauerle was born in Glenside and is a graduate of

La Salle High.


2011 Community Coaches

Honor Roll Inductees


Fusco – David Fusco was the driving forcee behind the burgeoning

bocce movement in Montgomery County. After founding the Norristown Bocce League

(NBL) at Elmwood Park in Norristown and teaching many adults how to play the

game, as well as organizing leagues, he turned to charity activities. He

introduced bocce to the Special Olympic program, as well as being involved in

Making Strides against Breast Cancer, PAL Day and volunteering at the Norristown

State Hospital. More than 600 credit their involvement in the game of bocce to

Fusco and bocce facilities have been built in communities throughout Montgomery



Stemple – Donald Stemple has been named to the Honor Roll for his

longtime work with CYO teams in West Conshohocken. He coached for 43 years, with

affiliations to St. Gertrude’s, Sts. Cosmas and Damian and Conshohocken Catholic

grade schools. His main concentration was basketball but he also coached the

West Conshohocken Raiders 80-pound football team for five years. For one year he

coached basketball and football at the old St. Matthew’s High School.

BeBe McPherson

– BeBe McPherson has coached CYO girls bassketball,

softball and volleyball since 1977. She laid the groundwork for many girls to

pursue high school and college athletic careers. She follows a tradition of

volunteerism, as her father, the late Charles McPherson, was named to the

Community Coaches Honor Roll in 2004.

Stephen GoberStarting at age 15, Stephen Goberr has compiled an amazing 65

years of volunteering. Through tenures in Bridgeport Recreation, Plymouth Little

League, Plymouth Senior League and District-22 Little League, Gober developed a

solid reputation with generations of athletes and is known simply as “Coach.”

2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

Herb Magee – Legendary Men’s Basketball Head Coach Herb Magee is in his

52nd year at Philadelphia University and this fall will enter his 45th season at

the helm of the Philadelphia University men’s basketball program. Magee, a

member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011, became

the number one, all-time Division II men’s basketball coach in NCAA history on

February 1, 2007, when he earned his 829th win against Wilmington College,

breaking the previous mark of 828 held by legendary Winston-Salem State Head

Coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines. In 2010, the Philadelphia University Rams

went on to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Coach Magee passed Coach Bobby Knight’s

record with his 903rd win on February 23. Previously he passed former Kentucky

Coach Adolph Rupp’s NCAA record with his 877th win and former North Carolina

coach Dean Smith’s NCAA record of 879 career wins. Magee’s stellar career

includes 922 career coaching victories with all wins in the NCAA. A two-time

All-America selection as a player with the Rams, Magee finished his career as

the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,235 points. While he has since been

passed by Randy Stover (2,369 points) in 1992 and Tayron Thomas (2,414) in 2006,

Magee still holds the school record for scoring average in a season when he

poured in 29.1 ppg in the 1961-62 season. Along the way, the Rams posted a 75-17

record that included the Eastern Regional Championship in 1963 under Head Coach

Bucky Harris. Following graduation, Magee was drafted by the Boston Celtics with

the 62nd pick of the 1963 NBA draft. However, he opted for a career in coaching

and he joined his mentor, Harris, as an assistant coach at then-Philadelphia

Textile. Magee, who took a career coaching record of 855-340 (.715) into the

2008-09 season, became the head coach in 1967 at the age of 25 and guided the

Rams to a 21-6 record in his first season. In his second season, Textile posted

yet another 20-win season, going 20-5, but it was his third year as head coach

that made history. After losing two of their first three contests to begin the

1969-70 season, Magee’s Rams won 28 straight games en route to the NCAA National

Championship. In the title game, the Rams defeated Tennessee State, 76-65, and

the team finished with a 29-2 mark. For the season, the Rams’ average margin of

victory was 24.5 points. In his 42 years as head coach, Magee has taken his team

to the NCAA Tournament 24 times. In addition, he has had 29 twenty-plus win

seasons and one 30-win season. His exploits as a coach have not gone unnoticed,

as his list of awards and achievements can attest: College Division National

Championship (1970), Thirty 20 or more win (and one 30-win) season, Twenty-five

NCAA Tournament appearances, Career .719 winning percentage, Coached 12

All-Americans and 39 1,000 or more point scorers, Kodak District Coach of the

Year (1993), New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1993,

1994 and 2004), Regional Coach of the Year (four times), National Coach of the

Year, CACC Coach of the Year, Numerous assistant coaches have gone onto head

coaching or assistant coaching positions at the collegiate level, including Bill

Lang at the U.S. Navel Academy, Coached the Olympic Festive team along with John

Calipari, Co-Coach of the Year in the Mideast Collegiate Conference (twice),

Honored at the NCAA Division I Final Four with the NABC’s Guardian of the Game

Award, Nationally recognized as a shooting expert, has tutored numerous

professional ball players including Hall of Fame member Charles Barkley, current

Orlando Magic standout Jameer Nelson, current Boston Celtics guard Sebastian

Telfair and current New York Knicks forward Malik Rose. Conducted shooting

clinics around the country and in Italy and Puerto Rico. Released two popular

DVDs entitled, “Nothing But Net” and “Nothing But Drills”. Some of his other

honors include: Inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2008),

Nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2006, Inducted into

the Philadelphia University Athletic Hall of Fame (2004), Inducted into the

Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (1979), Inducted into the Pennsylvania Hall of

Fame (1979), Inducted into the Philadelphia Area Small College Basketball Hall

of Fame (2002), Inducted into the West Catholic High School Hall of Fame,

Inducted into the Philadelphia University Hall of Fame (1984), Honored by the

Philadelphia Sports Writers Association (2006 and 2007), Selected member of

all-small college team, Philadelphia area (1959-60, 60-61, 61-62), Selected

outstanding small-college player, Philadelphia area (60-61, 61-62), Selected

first five all-star team, Quantico Marines Christmas Tournament (1960 and 1961),

Selected outstanding player, Quantico Marines Christmas Tournament (1960),

Leading scorer all colleges, Philadelphia Area (Palumbo Trophy). In addition to

his coaching and playing resume, Magee frequently works with NBA players from

around the league on the art of shooting, including Hall of Famer Charles

Barkley and current Orlando Magic standout Jameer Nelson. Magee played his high

school basketball at Philadelphia’s famed West Catholic High, where his

teammates included former Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Jim Lynam and former St.

Joseph’s coach Jim Boyle. Magee received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from

Philadelphia University in 1963 and a Masters in education from St. Joseph’s

University in 1969.

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