February 2, 2015 |
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.
January 30, 2015 |
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.
July 11, 2014 |
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.
February 27, 2014 |
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.
February 20, 2014 |
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.
October 17, 2013 |
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.
May 1, 2012 |
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?
April 29, 2012 |
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.)
March 25, 2012 |
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.
February 4, 2012 |
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.