Haigh Announces Coaching Staff for 2019-20 Season
Philadelphia, Pa. – Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ryan Haigh has officially announced his coaching staff for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Haigh, in his first season as head coach, will be assisted by Willis Wareham, Chuck Ellis and Turhan Griffin.
“I’m very excited to bring these three on as assistant coaches,” said Haigh. “The wealth of knowledge and experience they bring to the table will be extremely valuable as we look to continue to grow the program not only on the court but also off the court in the class room and community. We’re looking forward to hit the ground running and get ready for the upcoming season.”
Wareham comes on as a full-time assistant coach taking over the void left by Haigh as he was promoted to head coach earlier this summer. Wareham comes to Holy Family after spending the previous season at Rowan College at Gloucester County as head men’s basketball coach. The team finished 28-4 in 2018-19 and was nationally ranked the entire season. Wareham recruited and coached NJCAA All-American Jazere Noel.
Prior to his stint at RCGC Wareham spent three seasons as head coach at Cumberland County College from 2015-2018. He led the team to three consecutive Region 19 tournaments, including the program’s first Region 19 championship game appearance in over 20 years. The team was ranked during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 top-25 in the NCJAA Poll. Wareham’s squad also achieved the highest overall GPA in the athletic department.
Wareham was an assistant coach at Gwynedd Mercy College for five seasons, where he served as the team’s lead recruiter and as head of player development. Wareham was a standout player at Lower Cape May through 1996 and would later graduate from Post University.
He has 20 years of total service in the New Jersey Army National Guard, including 12 as a recruiter with military service. He served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004.
Off the court, Wareham is also the co-founder and co-director of New Jersey Soldiers Basketball Club, which has expanded from 11 players to over 85 in recent years. The club provides local youth the opportunity to travel and play around the country.
Ellis joins Holy Family after spending the previous three seasons at Division III Rutgers-Camden as an assistant coach. He served as recruiting assistant and helped prepare scouting reports as well as conduct practices for the Scarlet Raptors.
Prior to joining Rutgers-Camden, Ellis spent four seasons as an assistant at Division III Immaculata University from 2012-2016. He also spent time at his alma mater Cheyney University as the head assistant coach from 2007-2012. At Cheyney, Ellis managed all scouting and recruitment of potential student-athletes as well as prepared season long scouting reports for opposing teams. He also assisted with the team fundraising opportunities that helped raise over $10,000 during his tenure.
In addition to coaching, Ellis is also a 1-on-1 skills trainer for several local NBA players, including three-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington and the Morris twins to name a few.
Ellis graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Cheyney in 2003 and is currently pursuing a M.A. of Art in Teaching in Elementary Education at Cheyney.
Griffin has been elevated to assistant coach after spending the previous three seasons on the Holy Family staff as a volunteer assistant. Griffin graduated from Holy Family in 2016 with a degree in Sport Marketing-Management.
He was part of the 2015-16 squad that won the program’s first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship and went on to host the NCAA Division II East Regional. The Tigers went 26-6 that season setting a new program record for most wins in a season since joining Division II in 2003-04.
Griffin appeared in 115 career games and totaled 610 points and 253 assists in his career.
Welcome Back! Laukaitis ’00 Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Philadelphia, Pa. – Holy Family University has named Bernadette Laukaitis ’00 its new head women’s basketball coach as announced by Director of Athletics Tim Hamill on Monday. Laukaitis becomes the program’s sixth head coach in its 33-year history.
“I can’t think of anyone better to lead our women’s basketball team and take the program to the next level,” said Hamill. “I’m happy to welcome Bernadette back to Holy Family where she was a standout player and began her coaching career as an assistant. She brings a ton of knowledge and experience with her after spending close to two decades with one of the top coaches in the area in Mike McLaughlin. Bernadette’s enthusiasm for Holy Family basketball and her connection with our alumni can’t be overlooked. I’m confident she’s going to do great things with the program.”
Laukaitis comes to Holy Family after spending the past 10 years at Division I University of Pennsylvania as an assistant coach. While at Penn, she assisted with all aspects of the program, including recruitment, on-the-court coaching at individual workouts/practices and scouting opponents while establishing game strategy.
“I am very honored to be named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Holy Family University,” said Laukaitis. “It truly is my dream job as it is a place that I have an enormous amount of pride and passion for both as a player, assistant coach and now as a head coach. As it is difficult to leave a special place like Penn, I believe it has helped shape me and prepared me for this moment. I will miss the wonderful people that I had the pleasure to work with during my tenure and I look forward to following their continued success. I am looking forward to building my own foundation of success both on and off the floor by establishing strong relationships with the team, our alumni and the HFU community. Thank you Sr Maureen McGarrity and Tim Hamill for this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to start the next chapter in my coaching journey!”
Laukaitis was part of four Ivy League Championships at Penn, including two Big 5 titles. The Quakers appeared in three NCAA Tournaments and two WNIT Tournaments with Laukaitis on staff. She also coached three Ivy League Players of the Year, four Ivy League Defensive Players of the Year and four Ivy League Rookies of the Year. In addition, 23 players earned All-Ivy honors and 15 were selected All-Philadelphia Big 5.
Prior to Penn, Laukaitis spent the 2008-09 season as head coach at Division III Cabrini College. She led Cabrini to the 2009 CSAC Championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Cabrini finished 23-5 overall and 15-1 in conference play that year; the most wins for the program since the 1994-95 season.
Her coaching career began after graduating from Holy Family as an assistant with the Tigers. Laukaitis spent eight seasons on the Campus Center sidelines and went on to win five Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) titles and also appear in the program’s first five NCAA Tournaments. During those eight seasons the Tigers went 234-27, including a 32-1 mark in 2007-08 when the team finished No. 4 nationally. Prior to the program’s transition to NCAA Division II the Tigers appeared in three NAIA Tournaments.
Laukaitis graduated from Holy Family in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. A three-year team captain, Laukaitis ranks fifth in the Tigers’ record book in steals (247) and ninth in assists (372).
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Holy Family University Athletics
Holy Family University spent $1,805,451
on women’s teams and received $1,822,561 in revenue.
On average, Holy Family University gave female athletes $10,904 in sports related student aid.
There are 9 head coaches for women’s teams.
They make, on average, $17,920.
They are supported by 16 assistant coaches
who earn, on average, $5,049.
|Sport||Overall Sports Ranking|
|Women’s Basketball (D2)||150 of 276|
|Women’s Lacrosse (D2)||72 of 96|
|Women’s Soccer (D2)||65 of 230|
|Women’s Softball (D2)||60 of 260|
|Women’s Tennis||no data|
|Women’s Track and Field, Indoor||no data|
|Women’s Track and Field, Outdoor||no data|
|Women’s Track and Field, X-Country||no data|
|Women’s Volleyball (D2)||104 of 263|
|Sport||Players||Head Coaches||Assistant Coaches|
|Women’s Basketball (D2)||12||1||3|
|Women’s Lacrosse (D2)||16||1||1|
|Women’s Soccer (D2)||21||1||2|
|Women’s Softball (D2)||17||1||1|
|Women’s Track and Field, Indoor||9||1||2|
|Women’s Track and Field, Outdoor||9||1||2|
|Women’s Track and Field, X-Country||8||1||2|
|Women’s Volleyball (D2)||11||1||1|
|Sport||Total Revenue||Total Expenses||Net Revenue|
|Women’s Basketball (D2)||$511,495||$499,145||$12,350|
|Women’s Lacrosse (D2)||$212,838||$212,838||$0|
|Women’s Soccer (D2)||$289,311||$284,551||$4,760|
|Women’s Softball (D2)||$280,255||$280,255||$0|
|Women’s Track and Field, Indoor||$40,356||$40,356||$0|
|Women’s Track and Field, Outdoor||$40,356||$40,356||$0|
|Women’s Track and Field, X-Country||$75,381||$75,381||$0|
|Women’s Volleyball (D2)||$200,737||$200,737||$0|
|Women’s Basketball (D2)||no data|
|Women’s Lacrosse (D2)||no data|
|Women’s Soccer (D2)||no data|
|Women’s Softball (D2)||no data|
|Women’s Tennis||no data|
|Women’s Track and Field, Indoor||no data|
|Women’s Track and Field, Outdoor||no data|
|Women’s Track and Field, X-Country||no data|
|Women’s Volleyball (D2)||no data|
|Women’s Basketball (D2)||D|
|Women’s Lacrosse (D2)||F+|
|Women’s Soccer (D2)||C+|
|Women’s Softball (D2)||C+|
|Women’s Tennis||no data|
|Women’s Track and Field, Indoor||no data|
|Women’s Track and Field, Outdoor||no data|
|Women’s Track and Field, X-Country||no data|
|Women’s Volleyball (D2)||C-|
Holy Family inducts five in its hall of fame
Holy Family inducted five into its Athletic Hall of Fame this year. Mike McLaughlin, Catherine Carr, Dan Williams, Allison Maddock and Melissa Murphy are the newest inductees. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
It’s a heck of a class, that’s for sure.
On Dec. 21, Holy Family University inducted five new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame. Two of the new members, Mike McLaughlin and Dan Williams, were very successful basketball coaches at the school, while Allison Maddock (class of 2001, softball), Melissa Murphy (class of 2003, soccer) and Catherine Carr (class of 2011, basketball) were stars in their sport.
The event was held at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast in front of 160 guests. It marked the first induction since 2010.
“It was an amazing evening highlighting the careers of five individuals that made a huge impact at Holy Family,” said Holy Family athletic director Tim Hamill. “To officially induct them as Hall of Famers is truly an honor. It was great to see so many alumni along with family and friends. The love and support for all inductees was on full display tonight. ”
Here is a look at each member of the class of 2019. Information provided by Holy Family.
Catherine Carr, women’s basketball
The program’s first NCAA Division II All-American, Carr is the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer with 1,995 career points after averaging 16 points per game in her career. During her four years at Holy Family (2007-11), Carr accumulated a number of honors, as she was a four-time All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honoree, CACC Rookie of the Year (2007-08) and CACC Player of the Year (2008-09). She received All-Region honors three times and capped her career with WBCA All-America accolades her senior season. Holy Family appeared in the CACC Tournament all four years of Carr’s career and raised the championship banner in 2008. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament all four years and were East Region finalists in 2008 and 2010. Carr was inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame this year.
Melissa Murphy, women’s soccer
Murphy was a member of the women’s soccer program from 1999-2002 and a stellar player in net for the Tigers during that span. She is the only goalkeeper in program history to hold a career goals against average under 1.00 (0.99) while recording a program-record 426 career saves. During the course of her career, she compiled a won-loss record of 43-18-4, including a program-record 19 victories in 2000. Murphy is a three-time All-CACC selection and was named the CACC Player of the Year in 2002, the first in program history. She was also selected to the All-Region team in her senior season and was an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honoree. During her senior season, she led the CACC with 190 saves. Murphy was part of three CACC Tournament championship teams (1999-2001) and appeared in the NAIA Regional all four seasons of her career.
Allison Maddock, softball
Eighteen years after throwing her final pitch, Maddock still ranks as the program’s all-time leader in wins with 74 and with a 1.10 earned run averaged. Over her four-year career, Maddock, who went to Little Flower, appeared in 116 games, including 92 starts and over 658 innings of work, the most in program history. She is also the career leader in opponent batting average (.163), starts, appearances, complete games (84), shutouts (31), wins and saves (3). Maddock is the single season leader in wins after winning 22 games in both 1999 and 2000. She won 18 games in 2001, which is third-most in program history. In 2000, Maddock finished with 22 victories and a career-low 1.17 ERA to go along with 124 strikeouts and nine shutouts. She helped lead the Tigers to a 38-14 season with appearances in the CACC Tournament and NAIA Regional.
Mike McLaughlin (1995-2009) women’s basketball coach
One of the most successful coaches in program history, McLaughlin served as head coach of the women’s basketball team at Holy Family for 14 seasons from 1995 to 2009. During that span, McLaughlin produced over 400 victories (407-61), becoming the fastest women’s basketball coach in NCAA history to reach 400 wins, doing it in 459 games. During his tenure at Holy Family, McLaughlin won six CACC Tournament championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008) and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament six straight seasons (2004-2009). One of his most successful seasons while at Holy Family came in 2007-08, when he led the Tigers to an undefeated regular season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional final. Holy Family’s only blemish that year came in the regional final versus Franklin Pierce University, as the Tigers finished the season 32-1 overall. An eight-time CACC Coach of the Year, McLaughlin also coached 27 All-CACC honorees, three CACC Rookie of the Years and five CACC Players of the Year. In addition, McLaughlin’s rosters featured three NAIA All-Americans and his teams advanced to eight NAIA Tournaments before Holy Family became a full-time NCAA Division II member. He is now the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dan Williams (1986-2003) men’s basketball coach
The first head coach in the program’s history, Williams is the men’s basketball winningest coach with 375 victories over the course of 17 seasons. Williams built the program from the bottom to one of the elite city college programs during its NAIA era. In his third season, the Tigers finished 30-9 and went on to the KAC Tournament Finals and won the NAIA District 19 championship. As a result, Holy Family appeared in its first NAIA National Tournament. The Tigers would go on to appear in the NAIA National Tournament four more times under Williams in 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2003. The 30 victories in the 1988-89 season are still the most in program history. Williams coached 14 NAIA All-Americans and 18 1,000 career point scorers during his tenure. He was also named Coach of the Year 12 times.
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Mike McLaughlin is the new women’s basketball coach at Penn.
PENN NAMES McLAUGHLIN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH
April 28, 2009
University of Pennsylvania director of athletics Steve Bilsky has announced the hiring of Mike McLaughlin as the Quakers’ head coach of women’s basketball. McLaughlin becomes the eighth coach in program history.
McLaughlin comes to Penn from NCAA Division II member Holy Family University, where in 14 seasons as head coach of the women’s basketball team he has had a career equal to anyone who has coached the game. McLaughlin has racked up an impressive record of 407 wins and 61 losses, a winning percentage of .870 which is the highest at any level of NCAA Basketball (men or women). Out of his 14 seasons as a head coach, McLaughlin has been honored as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year 13 times.
Earlier this year, McLaughlin won his 400th game as a head coach faster than any other women’s basketball coach in NCAA history, doing it in 459 games. The Division I record is held by Leon Barmore, who needed 463 games to reach the milestone at Louisiana Tech, while the Division III record is 464 games set by Nancy Fahey at Washington University (Mo.).
“When we initially brought Mike in, it was obviously hard to look past the remarkable record he has had at Holy Family,” said Bilsky. “However, what we found out during the search process is that his players love playing for him, he is a great representative of the University at which he works, and he is big on building the community around him. We look forward to having him do that with our women’s basketball program, our department, and our University.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to represent a world-class institution like Penn,” said McLaughlin. “I look forward to building a foundation of success that will enable the women’s basketball program to consistently be at the top of the Ivy League. I want to thank Steve Bilsky and his staff for affording me the opportunity to take on this tremendous responsibility.”
McLaughlin’s teams won at least 25 games in each of his 14 years as Holy Family’s head coach. In six of those years (1998, 2000-03, 2008), the Tigers won 30 games, including a pair of 32-win seasons (1998 and 2008). Holy Family reached 29 wins three other times (1999, 2006, 2007).
Holy Family won six CACC Tournament championships with him at the helm (2000-02, 2005, 2007-08) and four NAIA conference crowns (Southeastern – 1996; Northeast – 1997, 1998; North – 2003). As an NAIA member, the Tigers made four trips to the national quarterfinals (1998, 2001-03), and since joining NCAA Division II in 2003-04 the team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament every season.
This past season, Holy Family went 26-6 overall and was a perfect 18-0 in the CACC — the fourth straight year the Tigers went undefeated in the regular season in conference play. Holy Family’s season ended in the NCAA East Region second round against Stonehill (Mass.).
In 2007-08, Holy Family started the season unranked, but had earned national respect by year’s end after finishing the season with a 32-1 mark. The Tigers won the CACC Tournament championship and made its fifth appearance in the NCAA Northeast Regional Tournament. For the first time, the Tigers earned the region’s top seed and were selected as the host institution for the tournament. Holy Family reached the NCAA Northeast Region final for the first time. During that season, Holy Family ranked as high as fourth nationally in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, and ended the year ranked ninth.
McLaughlin has had his tremendous success with tough, hard-nosed defense. In five of the last six seasons, the Tigers finished in the top-10 in Division II in scoring defense and led the nation in that statistic in 2003-04 (51. 8 ppg), 2007-08 (50.7 ppg), and 2008-09 (48.5 ppg). During the same time span, Holy Family ended the season in the top-five in field goal percentage defense five times — the Tigers were sixth this past season — and twice led the nation.
McLaughlin’s teams also had success in the classroom. All of the four-year players that he has brought in, and stayed all four years, have graduated. In 2007-08, the team boasted a team grade-point average of 3.43. For the second year in a row, McLaughlin’s program was rated the best in Division II by the College Bound Student Athletes (CBSA) guide.
McLaughlin was a two-year assistant on the women’s staff at Holy Family before taking the reins as its third head coach in 1995-96.
A graduate of Holy Family, McLaughlin received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. From his stellar playing career at Holy Family, he remains fifth all-time in scoring with 1,710 points and third with 755 assists. McLaughlin also remains the best 3-pointer shooter to wear a Tiger uniform, connecting on 57. 7 percent (161 of 279) of his attempts in his four seasons. He also holds the top two 3-point shooting percentages for a season — in 1989 McLaughlin hit 59.3 percent of his shots, and in 1988 he was a 58.5-percent shooter.
McLaughlin also spent three seasons with the Washington Generals/Harlem Globetrotters, where he served as the Generals’ team captain as he played in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
What they say about Mike McLaughlin…
“There are a number of great college basketball coaches in the city of Philadelphia, and Mike McLaughlin certainly falls into that category — his record at Holy Family speaks for itself. In my dealings with him, I have found him to be personable, passionate about basketball, and someone with outstanding leadership qualities.” – Fran Dunphy, former head men’s basketball coach at Penn, now head men’s coach at Temple
“Mike McLaughlin is a terrific hire for Penn. He is a great guy who happens to be a very successful coach. His personality and passion for the game will go a long way with this program.” – Kelly Greenberg, former head women’s basketball coach at Penn, now head women’s coach at Boston University
“Mike is a great choice for the University of Pennsylvania as its next women’s basketball coach. He has great respect for the Philadelphia Big 5, The Palestra, and the history of Penn Basketball. He will have the opportunity to work for people like Steve Bilsky and Mary DiStanislao, who care about women’s basketball and love Penn.” – Joe McKeown, Father Judge graduate, long-time head women’s basketball coach at George Washington, now head women’s coach at Northwestern
Holy Family College disbands athletics after coronavirus forces closure
MANITOWOC – All athletics at Holy Family College were disbanded Monday when the college announced its closure.
The four-year university in Manitowoc will close for good Aug. 29.
“Found out this morning, same as everyone else,” said Holy Family College athletic director and men’s basketball coach Brandt Danals. “Had no idea it was in the works or a possibility. Pretty surprising for everyone.”
Danals said nobody in the athletic department was aware how close the college was to closing, having recently hired both a bowling and women’s volleyball coach.
“Last week we thought we were in pretty good shape,” Danals said. “Shocked and surprised by the whole ordeal.”
Holy Family College announced its closure Monday, including the disbanding of athletics. The move shocked athletic director Brandt Danals. (Photo: Photo courtesy Brandt Danals)
Reasons for the closing cited in a news release by the college were increased costs, unstable enrollment and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was the last which proved a challenge for Haley Paonessa, who was hired at the beginning of March as volleyball coach.
Paonessa moved to Manitowoc from Cleveland, Ohio, on March 8 and was barely learning the layout of her new office when the school was closed due to the coronavirus.
“I was in the office one week before we shut down because of COVID-19 so been working from home pretty much since,” Paonessa said.
Holy Family was to be the first collegiate head coaching job for Paonessa, who had been a graduate assistant most recently at a small college in Ohio.
“People have been saying sorry to me like it was their fault, but it’s nobody’s fault,” Paonessa said.
When she found out the news she was in her office, one of the two days staff were allowed back as of very recently, and co-workers came to break the announcement.
“For me it was just shock,” Paonessa said. “One of my co-workers, my predecessor actually, started to cry. Everyone kept telling me if they just knew this would happen they never would have brought me in.”
Danals says the college, which went by Silver Lake College until the past year, has offered athletics since the early 1970s and became full NAIA members last year.
The search to find athletes new homes begins immediately, with a blanket release for all athletes to contact other programs forthcoming.
“We’re really committed to our athletes landing on their feet,” Danals said. “The one benefit of this coming at the end of the semester is they have the summer to find a new school.”
Paonessa, relaying the concerns of at least one of her players, thought the timing could have been better.
“Why did they announce this right before finals started?” Paonessa said. “Had they waited to Thursday or Friday the reaction might have been different. Everyone is studying for exams and now worrying about this.”
Danals summed up the situation by looking at both sides of the coin.
“The announcement is devastating to me personally, our athletes and the Manitowoc community as a whole,” Danals said. “If there’s any school equipped to handle this compassionately, though, it’s Holy Family College.”
Contact Tom Dombeck at 920-686-2965 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @Tom_Dombeck.
John O’Connor – Men’s Basketball Coach
John O[apos]Connor is in his sixth season as an assistant coach on Fran O[apos]Hanlon[apos]s staff. In 2012-13, O[apos]Connor returned to Lafayette for his second stint as an assistant after previously serving as O[apos]Hanlon[apos]s assistant for three seasons from 2001-04, two of which were as the top assistant.
O[apos]Connor was instrumental in helping return Lafayette to the Patriot League Championship Final in 2012-13, one win away from a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Leopards finished the season second in the Patriot League regular season and posted a 19-15 overall record.
He left Lafayette in 2004 for Georgia Tech where he became the director of basketball operations and later an assistant coach under Paul Hewitt, spending six seasons (2004-10) in Atlanta. O[apos]Connor left Georgia Tech in April of 2010 to become the head coach at Holy Family University. After his time at Holy Family, O[apos]Connor worked and travelled with USA Basketball[apos]s Under-19 team coached by Hewitt which competed in the world championships in Latvia in the summer of 2011. O[apos]Connor also spent time coaching youth basketball and training professional players during the NBA lockout.
O[apos]Connor spent eight years (1993-2001) as an assistant at Drexel where he helped guide the Dragons[apos] basketball program to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT berths. O[apos]Connor worked as the top assistant coach for three years, two under Steve Seymour and one under Bill Herrion.
In his time at Drexel, the men[apos]s program played in five America East Conference Tournament championship games in eight seasons. O[apos]Connor helped develop 22 All-League players in his tenure, seven of which were first-team selections. At Drexel, he implemented a computerized recruiting program and worked primarily with both frontcourt and perimeter players.
Prior to joining the Drexel coaching staff, O[apos]Connor served as an administrative assistant at Villanova University, working with Steve Lappas who was in his first season with the Wildcats[apos] program.
O[apos]Connor graduated from Penn State in 1983 with a bachelor[apos]s degree in Exercise Physiology. While attending the University Park campus, he also earned his teaching certification.
In recent years, O[apos]Connor has spent time coaching three different age groups in the Sonny Hill Basketball League. Additionally, he spent one season (1988-89) as the head freshman coach at Bishop McDevitt High School and also served as the assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Germantown Academy from 1987-89.
O[apos]Connor, a native of Philadelphia, is married to the former Fay McColl.
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Skip Prosser – Skip Prosser
George Edward “Skip” Prosser (November 3, 1950 – July 26, 2007) was an American college basketball coach who, at the time of his death, was the head coach of men’s basketball at Wake Forest University.He was the only coach in NCAA history to invite three separate schools to an NCAA tournament in his first year of teaching teams. In his 21 years as a varsity coach, he played 18 games in the postseason.
Previously, he coached Xavier University for seven seasons, where he achieved great success. He spent his first year of coaching at the varsity level at Loyola College in Maryland, where he took the greyhounds to the team’s first modern performance at an NCAA tournament.
Prosser was the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2003.
Prosser was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb of Carnegie and graduated from Carnegie High School where he played football and basketball. He played basketball and rugby at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he received his degree in marine science in 1972.
Prosser trained at the Linsley Military Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he set a 38-9 record.He was then recruited as a history teacher at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, where he coached his teams for the 1982 state championship, five regional championships, and three conference titles over a six-year period and a 104-48 record. Later, Prosser would say that he would be happy if he still taught and coached at the Central Catholic School. One of the players on his championship team was Doug Wojczyk, the former head coach of Charleston College.Prosser earned his MA in Secondary Education from West Virginia University while teaching at Wheeling Central.
Prosser coached 15 seasons as head coach at the collegiate level. He began his coaching career in college when he was hired by coach Pete Gillen as an assistant coach for eight seasons at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, beginning in the 1985–86 season, and became Gillen’s chief assistant.
His senior coach career began at Loyola College, Maryland on April 1, 1993. In addition to replacing Tom Schneider, who retired at the height of the school’s worst 2-25 season, Prosser inherited a program that ended his sixth straight defeat. campaign. In their only season at Loyola, Greyhounds finished with an all-time record 17-13 and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship to earn their first ever NCAA Division I Mooring Tournament.He returned to Xavier exactly one year later, on April 1, 1994, to replace Guillen, who had taken a similar position at Providence College two days earlier. Prosser became the second winning coach in Xavier’s history after Gillen.
Prosser began his career at Wake Forest in 2001 and each of his first four years there brought Demon Deacons to an NCAA tournament. Prosser is credited with participating in the Wake Forest student’s Screamin ‘Demons program and increasing attendance through tricks during the game, such as when the Demon Deacon mascot drove Laurence Joel in a Harley Davidson and filled the Zombie Nation’s Kernkraft 400 Colosseum for a hint and when the deacons go on the run.During Prosser’s tenure as head coach in 2004, home season tickets were sold out for the first time. In the 2004–05 season, the team ranked first in the Associated Press rankings for the first time in school history and won a school prize. a record 27 games. In Wake Forest, Prosser won 100 games faster than anyone except two ACC coaches. In 2003, his Demon Deacons became the first ACC to ever lead a nation in rebounds. In the summer of 2007, Prosser organized a training class that was said to be in the top five for the coming year.
Prosser was the collegiate coach of current and former NBA players Aaron Williams, James Posey, David West, Josh Howard, Darius Songail and Chris Paul; he won national recruiting wars for Paul and Eric Williams. His career record was 291-146 (0.666).
Every senior Prosser coached earned a degree in four years.
Prosser’s teams were known for their fast pace and explosive attack.
Over the past two disturbing seasons, Prosser has quoted Thomas Payne, Henry David Thoreau, Friedrich Nietzsche, or William Shakespeare to his players to inspire them. In the spring semester before the summer exhibition tours, Prosser required each member of his team to take a course in the history of the place they were going to visit. He also attended classes and wrote the required coursework.
Prosser and his wife Nancy met in Cincinnati.He had two sons, Scott and Mark, from his first marriage to Ruth Charles. Mark was formerly head coach at Brevard College Division II, served as assistant coach at Winthrop University, and is now head coach at Winthrop University.
An avid sports fan, Prosser has been a follower of the Pittsburgh Steelers since childhood and often found sports bars to watch them play on the road. He was at the Three Rivers Stadium to attend a flawless reception.He also saw Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th and last hit and the last game ever played at the Three Rivers Stadium. He once hitchhiked around the country.
Prosser has earned a reputation in college basketball for his sharp intellect and sense of humor. He loved to read books by Robert Ladlam, as well as his biographies and books on history, philosophy and politics. Loyola’s sporting director, Joe Boylan, said Prosser was “a renaissance basketball coach.”Former Xavier player Duane Wilson said: “He always loved to read history books, so he always quoted something – be it Winston Churchill or another great writer – he always quoted someone. ”
Prosser stated in an interview that aired shortly after his death that his favorite quote was from a speech by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “He was a transcendentalist in America in the 1830s who said: who will make us do what we can.”I thought it was a powerful statement that we need to be around people who challenge us to be as good as we can.”
Since 2009, Prosser’s legacy has been celebrated in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with the annual READ Challenge as part of the Skip Prosser literacy program. The READ Challenge, a collaboration between Wake Forest Athletics and the Wake Forest Department of Education and supported by Winston-Salem-based literary non-profit organization Bookmarks, encourages and supports reading among fourth-grade students in Winston-Salem / Forsyth County.In the fall of 2019, 1,441 fourth-graders from 29 primary schools took part in the READ Challenge. 903 fourth graders read 1,500 minutes or more before winter break, the highest attendance rate since 2014.
On July 26, 2007, Prosser passed out in his office around noon after jogging on the Kentner Stadium track, near his office at the Manchester Sports Center on the Wake Forest Campus. The employee found that he did not answer at around 12:45 pm; The medical staff performed CPR and used a defibrillator to revive Prosser.He was rushed to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:41 pm from an apparent “sudden massive heart attack.” He was 56 years old.
The announcement of Prosser’s death was delayed until a later time because his wife was on her way to Cincinnati but had not yet heard. The players were rounded up and transported off campus without cell phones to keep them from reporting Prosser’s death.
Prosser had lunch the previous day with his predecessor as Wake Forest coach, then University of South Carolina coach Dave Odom.Prosser then had lunch with his son Mark, who was also recruiting in Florida, before flying to North Carolina on Thursday morning.
Two funeral masses were held for Prosser. The first was on July 31, 2007 at the Sagrada Familia Catholic Church in Clemmons, North Carolina, near the Wake Forest campus (due to limited space, this service was broadcast on closed-circuit television in Waite Chapel on campus). The second Mass was held on August 4, 2007 at the Syntas Center on the grounds of Xavier University in Cincinnati.Prosser was then buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.
Coaching track record
|Loyola Greyhounds (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1993-1994)|
|1993–94||Loyola||17-13||6-8||5th||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Loyola:||17-13 (0. 567)||6-8 (.429)|
|Xavier The Musketeers (Midwest University Conference) (1994-1995)|
|1994–95||Xavier||23-5||14-0||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Xavier:||23-5 (0.821)||14-0 (1.000)|
|Xavier Musketeers (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1995-2001)|
|1996–97||Xavier||23–6||13–3||1st (West)||NCAA Division I Round Two|
|1997–98||Xavier||22-8||11–5||T – 1st (West)||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1998–99||Xavier||25-11||12–4||2nd (West)||NIT third place|
|1999–00||Xavier||21-12||9–7||3rd (West)||NIT second round|
|2000–01||Xavier||21-8||12–4||T – 2nd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Xavier:||148–65 (0. 695)||79-31 (0.718)|
|Wake Forest Demon Demon Deacons (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2001-2007))|
|2001–02||Wake Forest||21-13||9–7||T – 3rd||NCAA Division I Round Two|
|2002–03||Wake Forest||25–6||13–3||1st||NCAA Division I Round Two|
|2003–04||Wake forest||21-10||9–7||T – 3rd||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2004–05||Wake forest||27–6||13–3||2nd||NCAA Division I Round Two|
|2005–06||Wake Forest||17-17||3-13||12th||NIT First round|
|2006–07||Wake Forest||15-16||5-11||T – 10|
|Wake Forest:||126-68 (0. 649)||52–44 (.542)|
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90,000 Catholic High School Athletic Association
Catholic High School Athletic Association or CHSAA is a high school athletic association of Catholic schools based in New York, Long Island, Westchester and Buffalo. It is the largest Catholic high school athletic league in the United States.
NYCHSAA is divided into four sections.
New York Branch
- The New York Section consists of schools in Westchester, the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island corresponding to the Archdiocese of New York.
Brooklyn Queens Section
- The Brooklyn-Queens section consists of schools in Brooklyn and Queens corresponding to the Brooklyn Diocese.
- The Nassau-Suffolk Section consists of schools in the Nassau and Suffolk counties corresponding to the Diocese of Rockville Center.
The Buffalo Section consists of schools in the Buffalo area corresponding to the Diocese of Buffalo and is also referred to as the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association. Unlike other sections, membership is open to non-Catholic schools.
Rest of the state
Catholic schools outside the CHSAA compete in their local sections of the New York State High School Athletic Association. This includes the Hudson Valley Schools outside Westchester County (although they are within the Archbishopric), as well as the other four dioceses of the state (Albany, Ogdensburg, Rochester, and Syracuse).
The Catholic High School Athletic Association of New York (CHSAA) was formed in March 1927.The city’s Catholic schools competed with their gymnasium counterparts in baseball and athletics from about 1908 to 1922, but no larger organization emerged as a result of the competition. The city’s Catholic high schools remained largely disorganized, while their counterparts in cities such as Chicago and Philadelphia were organized into leagues for years. Finally, in 1927, the Southern Branch of the Catholic High School Athletic Association of New York organized a league competition with an athletics competition held at Fordham University on May 26, 1927. The statutory league members were Fordham Prep, All Hallows, LaSalle. Academy, Regis, St. Ann and Xavier School are all in Manhattan; and Brooklyn Prep, Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn Cathedral, St. John’s Prep and St. Francis Prep; everyone in Brooklyn.
In 1928, the CHSAA introduced athletics, basketball and baseball, and in 1929, cross-country and hockey. Swimming was added to the program in 1930. The basketball winner will compete with three other group winners in the state for the right to participate in the Loyola Catholic National Basketball Tournament in Chicago.AG Spalding & Co. provided two silver cups for baseball and football competitions. The first team to win a baseball or soccer league title three times will receive permanent cup ownership.
NYCHSAA Notable Alumni
Listed below are former CHSAA students who have / have been involved in professional or college athletics.
All Holy Gaels
Archbishop Molloy Stanners :
Archbishop Stepinak Crusaders :
Falcons of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School
- Charles Jones (1998) – NBA Player, 2x NCAA Scoring Leader
- Armond Hill (1971) was a professional basketball player in the NBA (1976-1984) and was selected in the first round of the 1976 NBA Draft.
- John Halama (1990): Major League Baseball pitcher (1998-2006)
Lions of Bishop Laughlin Memorial High School :
Cardinal Hayes Cardinals :
Brooklyn Preparatory School Eagles:
Chaminade Flyers :
Christ King Royal :
Fordham Prep Rams :
- Frankie Frisch (1916) – MLB Hall of Fame, also known as “Fordham Flash”, he is the third best hit in the series behind Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle and ahead of Joe DiMaggio.
- Johnny Murphy (1925) – Former New York Yankees pitcher who played 8 World Series games, had 16.1 innings and had an ERA of 1.10.
- George Stirnwiess (1936) – former New York Yankees second baseman who was also the American Batting League champion in 1945.
- Vin Scully (1944) – Baseball Announcer in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Radio Hall of Fame, American Sports Commentators Hall of Fame. Since 1950, he has broadcast the Dodger games, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles.
- Donnie Walsh (1957) – former basketball coach and executive director; Front Office Advisor for Indiana Pacers
- Robert Hackett (1977) – silver medalist in swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
Knights of Holy Cross High School:
- Kevin Ogletree – Detroit Lions
- Mark Lugris (1978) – Dallas Sidekicks MISL / Puerto Rico National Team – World Cup Qualification 1990-94-98
Holy Trinity Diocesan Gymnasium:
- Jack Wagner – 2013 NCAA Champion, 5x NCAA All-American Champion, 3x Pac-12 Conference Champion, 6x Olympic Trials Qualifier (2012) – UC Swimming Division I
Iona Prep Gaels :
Kellenberg Memorial High School, daytime
Cardinals of the Academy La Salle :
Nazareth Regional High School Kingsmen :
Panther Force Memorial Academy :
Rice Raiders :
Salesian Eagles :
Saint Francis Prep Terriers :
Crows of Saint Raymond :
Xaverian Scissors :
Xavier Knights / Cadets :