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January 30, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fittingly, the two victories that pushed Paul Morina to the top of the South Jersey mountaintop came courtesy of his sons. Senior Mike Morina's decision at 126 pounds moved his father to the brink of the South Jersey record for career coaching victories. Senior Sam Morina's pin at 132 finished the job. "You don't even know," Paul Morina said of his feelings about having his two sons play such a prominent role in such a milestone victory. Morina won his 606th career match, as Paulsboro beat Haddonfield, 47-14, in a Colonial Conference clash Wednesday night.
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December 19, 2000 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Christian Academy's basketball coach, John Waller, has been around for a long while. Sometimes too long, he laughs. With longevity come milestones, and Waller has certainly collected his share and then some in his 18 years as head coach at the small Christian school in Brookhaven. Waller has traditionally put out strong teams, and the Crusaders have won 10 straight Keystone Conference titles. Waller added another achievement in his illustrious career, winning his 400th career coaching victory with a 51-37 triumph over Delco Christian on Saturday night.
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January 19, 2012
A former standout player at Upper Darby, Colleen Hafich captured her 100th career coaching win on Wednesday night as the Royals topped visiting Central League basketball foe Harriton, 41-28. Before graduating from Upper Darby in 1996, Hafich played two seasons at Archbishop Prendergast. She's been at the helm for seven seasons. Tyra Polite led the Royals with 12 rebounds and 16 points. Also in the Central League, Shannon Clark and Sam Foy both had 11 points as Ridley eased past visiting Penncrest, 65-39.
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February 3, 2012
By Ted Silary silaryt@phillynews.com In a crowded corner of St. Joseph's Prep's basketball locker room, long after much of the excitement had ebbed, coach William "Speedy" Morris finally got the chance to address his players. First things first: There'd be practice today. No one booed or even groaned. Then he noted, "Too much of this is on me. " Well, sir, the spotlight tends to resemble the sun when a guy garners his nine hundredth career coaching victory.
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January 16, 2003 | By Dave Zeitlin FOR THE INQUIRER
Dobbins boys' basketball coach Rich Yankowitz walked solemnly off the gym floor late yesterday afternoon, banged his fist against the door and disappeared into the locker room. He had been 11.5 seconds away from coaching the Mustangs to an upset of Simon Gratz, ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer. The win also would have given Yankowitz a Public League record of 457 career coaching wins. Gratz guard Omar Johnson had other ideas. Johnson converted a three-point play in the waning seconds to give Gratz a hard-fought, emotional 58-57 victory over host the host Mustangs.
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April 5, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Lenny Wilkens set the NBA record for most career coaching losses with one of the Raptors' most lopsided defeats of the season. Wilkens dropped his 1,107th game last night as Malik Rose scored 23 points to lead visiting San Antonio past the Raptors, 124-98. Wilkens, already the winningest coach in league history with 1,292 victories, surpassed Bill Fitch's record. Wilkens, in his 30th year as an NBA coach, could have just seven games remaining in his Hall of Fame career.
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December 14, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Juan Dixon is more than just a starting shooting guard with a slick touch. He's proof that coach Gary Williams knows a little something about recruiting. Dixon scored 23 points to top 1,000 for his career as No. 20 Maryland won its fifth game in a row, 93-67 over visiting Maryland-Baltimore County last night. Lonny Baxter had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Terrapins (6-3), who never trailed after Dixon snapped a 4-4 tie with seven straight points. It was Maryland's 73rd consecutive nonconference home win, the longest such streak in the nation.
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April 18, 2000 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Alvin Gentry says he's just another unemployed NBA coach. That's why he had time to coach the Harlem Globetrotters against a college all-star team during the Final Four weekend in Indianapolis. That's why he had time to coach three games last week during the Desert Classic, a postseason venue for prospective first-round draft choices in Tempe, Ariz. And, he says, that's why he'll be with the 76ers for several days, then rejoin them during the playoffs. But there's more to the presence of Gentry, fired earlier this season by the Detroit Pistons, than that.
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June 21, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Neil McCarthy's era of triumph and turmoil at New Mexico State returned to haunt the school one more time yesterday. The NCAA, citing what the chairman of its Committee on Infractions termed "a rather serious case," placed the men's basketball program on four years' probation and imposed other sanctions for violations dating to 1996, when McCarthy - who led the Aggies to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances - was the head coach. The ruling also affects the record of current head coach Lou Henson, a member of the elite list of 13 Division I coaches with more than 700 career victories.
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February 20, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Rodio knew the math. "Before the season, my wife asked me if I thought this team could win 19 so I could get to 800," said Rodio, the St. Augustine Prep basketball coach. "I said, 'I don't know. We're so young.' "I turned around and we were 15-1 and I was like, 'I'm still not sure.' " Rodio on Tuesday night became the first coach in South Jersey history and just the third in the state with 800 victories as St. Augustine beat Lower Cape May, 70-45. Rodio, South Jersey's all-time leader in coaching victories, joins St. Anthony of Jersey City's Bob Hurley, who is still active with 1,093 wins, as well as the late Jerry Molloy, who won 900 at four nonpublic schools in North Jersey, as the only coaches in the state to reach 800. "It means a lot to a lot of other people," Rodio said Sunday after his team beat Eastern in a clash of Top 5 teams at the Cherry Hill East Invitational.
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February 2, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Ask any high school coach in any sport about the trickiest aspect of the profession in 2015 and most of them will answer with one word: "Parents. " And when the coach and parent are the same person, things can get even trickier. Gloucester Catholic's Lisa Gedaka fretted for years about coaching her daughter Mary in basketball, although that seems to be working out pretty well. Middle Township boys' basketball coach Tom Feraco talked earlier this season about the natural tendency to watch his son Mike "out of the corner of your eye" even as he focuses on the game and the rest of the team.
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January 30, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fittingly, the two victories that pushed Paul Morina to the top of the South Jersey mountaintop came courtesy of his sons. Senior Mike Morina's decision at 126 pounds moved his father to the brink of the South Jersey record for career coaching victories. Senior Sam Morina's pin at 132 finished the job. "You don't even know," Paul Morina said of his feelings about having his two sons play such a prominent role in such a milestone victory. Morina won his 606th career match, as Paulsboro beat Haddonfield, 47-14, in a Colonial Conference clash Wednesday night.
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July 11, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
Color mattered when Roger Gordon attended Penn Charter in the 1950s and '60s. And as a high school athlete, the young man who grew up in North Philadelphia was reminded nearly every day. He enrolled at the private Quaker school in kindergarten in 1956 and may have been the first black student to matriculate straight through when he graduated in 1969 and headed for Princeton. Along the way, he developed an unshakable passion for sports that eventually blossomed into a 48-year career coaching various sports.
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February 27, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IMAGINE you're a high school senior with a chance at redemption, retribution and a record, all in 1 night. Would you seize it or let it slip through your fingers? Ss. Neumann-Goretti forward Jamal Custis was faced with that scenario in Monday's Catholic League title game against Roman Catholic, but the problem was, he had only nine healthy digits. Custis is a 6-6 senior headed to Syracuse as a wide receiver, but he's been without one of his key moneymakers since he tore a ligament in his right pinkie in January.
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February 20, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Rodio knew the math. "Before the season, my wife asked me if I thought this team could win 19 so I could get to 800," said Rodio, the St. Augustine Prep basketball coach. "I said, 'I don't know. We're so young.' "I turned around and we were 15-1 and I was like, 'I'm still not sure.' " Rodio on Tuesday night became the first coach in South Jersey history and just the third in the state with 800 victories as St. Augustine beat Lower Cape May, 70-45. Rodio, South Jersey's all-time leader in coaching victories, joins St. Anthony of Jersey City's Bob Hurley, who is still active with 1,093 wins, as well as the late Jerry Molloy, who won 900 at four nonpublic schools in North Jersey, as the only coaches in the state to reach 800. "It means a lot to a lot of other people," Rodio said Sunday after his team beat Eastern in a clash of Top 5 teams at the Cherry Hill East Invitational.
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October 17, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia and Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writers
Camden Catholic's Jim Crawford, who is third on South Jersey's all-time list in career coaching victories in boys' basketball, has decided to retire as head coach. Crawford, who won 713 games and three state titles in 35 seasons with the Irish, will remain with the program as an assistant coach. Matt Crawford, 33, Jim's son and an assistant coach with the Irish for the last four seasons, will become the program's head coach. "My health is good, and I am leaving on good terms and feel good about the team coming up this year," Jim Crawford said.
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May 1, 2012 | Carolyn Hax
Question: I'm depressed about the direction my professional life has taken. I feel like I could cry at any moment. I need a warm word or a hug. I get this kind of support from my sister and parents but not from my wife. She has been supportive during this time, but she never comes around to giving me any kind of show of support through either an encouraging word or a hug or anything. Her support is mostly silent (and sometimes it seems to be waning or even critical). I think she cares about what I'm going through, but she doesn't show it. How can I convey how upset I am to her?
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April 29, 2012 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
The Long Goodbye, Part 1   He takes a mighty cut, as they all are, and whiffs on high heat. He strides briskly back to the dugout, his face betraying no emotion at all, but you wonder if, inside, he isn't dying. Because we on the outside sure are. The first commandment of this profession is: Thou shalt not cheer in the press box. Rarely is this a caution that is difficult by which to abide. Until along happens a Jim Thome. (Or as my 98-year-old mother fondly calls him: Big Boy.)
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March 25, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost every time he has spoken about Elton Brand, 76ers coach Doug Collins has prefaced his statements by saying that this condensed season has been particularly tough on the 13-year veteran. However, Collins is always quick to point out in almost the same sentence that he believes the team can and will count on Brand down the stretch. "I have worked hard with the coaching staff to make sure that I'm ready when the team needs me the most, and we are getting to that point now," Brand said.
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February 4, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
After reaching another coaching milestone, William "Speedy" Morris looked back on how it all started. "I was 24 years old, coaching CYO ball, and I was lucky enough to get the JV job at Roman Catholic," he said. "Then they got rid of the varsity coach, and they offered me the job. All that's happened since then, well, it's kind of overwhelming. " On Friday afternoon, in front of an overflow crowd filled with former players and coaching brethren, Morris guided host St. Joseph's Prep, where he has been the last 11 seasons, to a 73-67 triumph over Roman.
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