June 20, 2016 |
Neumann-Goretti was returning a pair of top-notch pitchers in Jeff Ciocco and Ethan Pritchett and two four-year starters in centerfielder Brian Verratti and third baseman Nick D'Amore. But with six first-year varsity players in the mix, Kevin Schneider knew there likely would be growing pains. And he was proven right when the squad dropped five of its first seven contests. "As coaches, we said: 'We're going to have to coach more than we ever have in our lives,' " the Saints boss said.
May 23, 2016 |
When Tom Hanson was a young boy in the early 1960s, he used to run around the baseball field in Farnham Park while his grandfather coached the Hatch Middle School team. "The field was configured differently then," Hanson said, standing on the same patch of ground off Park Boulevard. Lots of things have changed in the half-century since Tom Hanson used to attend the games directed by his grandfather, Ray Hanson, near the end of a teaching and coaching career that began in Camden in 1919.
May 17, 2016 |
Joseph Paul Diviny, 89, a longtime science teacher in Philadelphia's public schools, died Monday, May 9, of esophageal cancer at his home in Mayfair. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Diviny worked as a boy in the 1930s selling fruit and vegetables from a horse-drawn cart on the streets of Kensington. "One of his favorite tasks was to feed the horse a carrot at lunchtime. His grandchildren marveled at this recollection of much simpler times in Philadelphia," his family said in a remembrance.
November 13, 2015 |
During his playing days at crosstown rival Gloucester High School, Adam Tussey used to "circle" games against Gloucester Catholic on his calendar. Tussey officially joined forces Wednesday with his famous former opponent as he was named Gloucester Catholic's baseball coach. "It's a dream-come-true kind of a job," Tussey said of taking over South Jersey's most fabled baseball program. Tussey replaces Mike Rucci, who resigned in September after three seasons as the Rams' coach to become an assistant coach at Rowan University.
November 11, 2015 |
As head football coach at Haddon Township High School in the mid-2000s, Frank L. Trautz worked the field like a chessboard. "He was the classic chess player in dealing with his offense," Nelson Epley recalled. If the opposing defense "gave us a certain look, he enjoyed tweaking around," countering with a formation of his own. "We coached together for close to 20 years" as assistant football coaches at Haddon Township, Epley said, and then "I coached under him when he was a head coach.
June 4, 2015 |
Chris Jones has smiled more this season. He's hit more, too. That's not a coincidence, according to Bishop Eustace Prep baseball coach Sam Tropiano. "He's still serious," Tropiano said of Jones. "But this year, he's having fun with the game. He's enjoying it a little more. " Jones, a senior shortstop, is among the more focused and intense athletes in South Jersey. He's a four-year starter for one of the state's premier baseball programs. Jones is batting .459 with 14 doubles and 10 home runs.
April 4, 2015 |
Buena baseball coach Harry Grose confirmed that his team beat Pleasantville, 52-3, Thursday. Grose wasn't happy about it. Nobody was happy about it. Grose said he felt "terrible. " He probably feels worse if he bothered to read some of the reaction to the score on Twitter and other social-media sites. He's been getting beaten up pretty good. I won't defend Grose on this one. Wish he would have found a way to hold down the score. But I understand why he felt he was in a bind.
November 11, 2014 |
Pope John Paul II head baseball coach John Duffy, who helped guide the Golden Panthers to the PIAA Class AAA state championship in June, said his contract was not renewed by the school. Duffy said he learned of the decision in a phone conversation Saturday afternoon with PJP II president Louis M Giuliano. "Dr. Giuliano told me, 'We're not firing you, but we're not renewing your contract,' " Duffy said. "When I asked for a reason, he said: 'We want to take the baseball program in a different direction.' " In May, Duffy, in his first year at the school, originally was suspended for the remainder of the season for his actions while being ejected from a 1-0 loss to Methacton in the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game.
October 9, 2014 |
TAKING OVER a Catholic League baseball program coming off a Class AAAA state championship, its second in three seasons, and replacing a long-time head coach can certainly be daunting. But, so can becoming a first-time teacher. Such is the case for La Salle High's new baseball coach Kyle Werman. "There were definitely some nerves," Werman said with a chuckle via phone yesterday. "As an athlete you can always reflect back on your experiences on the field and that's how I kind of felt Day 1 getting thrown into it. " Yesterday, La Salle announced in a statement that Werman would succeed Joe Parisi, who remains a teacher and athletic director, but retired from coaching after 28 seasons following last year's state title run. A 4-year-starter at second base and catcher at the University of Virginia ('04)
August 6, 2014
LONGTIME Bonner-Prendergast High assistant baseball coach Gene Ferraiolo died Saturday night at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Township. Ferraiolo, 81, was also the father-in-law of current B-P baseball coach Joe DeBarberie, who is married to Ferraiolo's daughter Patty. "The good thing was that he got a chance to coach two of his grandsons," DeBarberie said yesterday, referencing his own sons, Steve and Matthew, 2006 and 2008 B-P grads, respectively. "How many guys can say they coached their grandsons in high school?"