Radano, longtime Gloucester Catholic coach, dies

Posted: October 09, 2012

Al Radano, whose teams won five state titles in his 16 seasons as the baseball coach at Gloucester Catholic High School, died Monday from complications from several ailments.

Radano, 70, was a 1960 Gloucester Catholic graduate who was a standout pitcher for the Rams as well as the Brooklawn American Legion team.

Radano was Gloucester Catholic's coach from 1976 to 1980 and 1983-93. His teams went 351-101 and won state titles in 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1993.

His 1980 squad went 24-0 and is regarded by many observers as the best baseball team in South Jersey history.

"Al was the only coach to win 300 games and state championships and stay a nice guy to everybody in the process," said Rutgers-Camden coach Dennis Barth, who played on Radano's 1980 team and succeeded him as Gloucester Catholic coach in 1994. "He made sure he played everybody in important games."

Funeral arrangements were pending.

   - Phil Anastasia

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