Contacts: Mike Cherenson / 973.992-7800, x.104 / [email protected]
Kurt Praschak / 973.992-7800, x.289 / [email protected]
New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association,
New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association
host Hall of Fame 2018 awards event
Inductees from 16 New Jersey counties
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (April 9, 2018) – The New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association (NJSCA) – in cooperation with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) – recently hosted its annual Hall of Fame awards luncheon at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, in Princeton. Forty-two high school coaches and one athletic trainer, representing schools from 16 different New Jersey counties, were inducted during the event.
The Hall of Fame program, sponsored by Wilson Sporting goods, honors coaches from all sports, and from public and non-public secondary schools. All inductees exhibited exceptional coaching skills during their careers, along with strong ethics and integrity.
A complete list of 2018 Hall of Fame inductees – as well as a list of New Jersey-based coaches and other individuals being recognized as Coach of the Year by the National Federation Coaches Association (NFCA) – is available by following this link.
“For those of us with a long-standing connection to New Jersey scholastic sports, this annual event brings back a host of memories,” says Larry White, NJSIAA executive director. “Most of these individuals who were inducted worked with hundreds or even thousands of young people, and had a profoundly positive impact on so many lives. They’re truly heroes.”
In addition to the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees, and those honored for NFCA recognition, the awards event also featured former New Jersey Devil Jim Dowd being celebrated as this year’s honored guest. Dowd, who starred at Brick Township High School, played in the NHL for 17 seasons, on 10 different teams, and is the only New Jersey native to win a high school state championship, NCAA championship, and the Stanley Cup.
The luncheon also featured Bergen County Umpire Association member Joe Belger, Sr. being presented with this year’s Stuart L. Leon Umpire Award. In addition, 28 officials were selected by the National Federation Officials Association as Official of the Year. A complete list is available at this link.
About the NJSIAA
Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 436 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports. Championship competition for girls is sponsored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, and volleyball. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling.
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