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?"
June 20, 2014 |
JOE PARISI was a senior at La Salle University, finishing up a practice teaching assignment at North Catholic when he was intercepted by then-baseball coach Larry Conti. "He said, 'What are you doing after school?' " Parisi recalled yesterday as he watched the Phillies in his office. "I said, 'Nothing.' He said, 'You're coaching JV baseball.' And that's how I started coaching. " Well, after 28 years as the head Explorer in charge at La Salle High, Parisi has decided to retire, citing a multitude of reasons.
June 6, 2014 |
With the Archdiocese of Philadelphia lifting his suspension Wednesday, Pope John Paul II baseball coach John Duffy will be back on the bench Thursday afternoon for the PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal against Northeastern. Duffy, who had to sit out four games for his actions during the May 14 loss to Methacton in the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game, will return in a limited capacity. "Coach Duffy has not been formally reinstated as the head coach," archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin wrote in an e-mail.
May 29, 2014
LONGTIME ASSISTANT coach Joe O'Hara will serve as Germantown Academy's interim varsity baseball coach for the 2015 season, ahtletic director Jim Fenerty confirmed in a release yesterday. O'Hara had served as the Patriots' pitching coach under former coach Tyler Stampone for the past 3 years. Stampone, a 2005 GA grad, has decided to pursue a law degree, according to the statement. After a 12-12 campaign in 2014, the Patriots have eight seniors graduating this spring. As a baseball coach at George Washington High, O'Hara won six Public League championships and was named coach of the year four times.