A versatile Newton High School, Blair Academy and Springfield
College athlete. Received All State Baseball recognition three
Continued playing career in the service and as a member of the
Newton AA and Fetzer Chiefs. Began successful football, basketball
and baseball coaching career at Fox Lane (NY) High School. Names
New Jersey Herald Coach of the Year in Football (1970) and Baseball
(1978) at Hopatcong High School.
A MEMBER OF THE SUSSEX
CARDINALS WHO DOMINATED THE NORTH JERSEY BASEBALL LEAGUE IN PITCHING
FOR OVER 10 YEARS. RECORDED A 79-10 WON-LOST RECORD FROM 1954-64
WITH 569 STRIKEOUTS.
LED THE LEAGUE IN HITTING
2 YEARS AND COMPILED A .358 BATTING AVERAGE OVER 14 YEARS. PITCHED
TWO NO-HITTERS FOR SUSSEX HIGH SCHOOL. A FOUR TIME ALL COUNTY/ALL
STATE BASEBALL SELECTION.
“iron man” of the franklin high school football team in the early
helped organize and served as first head coach of the franklin
miners. spearheaded formation of the north jersey football league.
a dedicated youth athletics program coach and fund-raiser.
engineered and directed construction of alma mater’s football
stands. earned an athletic/scholarship to alfred university where
he starred in three sports.
ONE OF THE MOST VERSATILE
ATHLETES TO EVER GRADUATE FROM NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL. EARNED A TOTAL
OF 10 VARSITY LETTERS FOR BASEBALL, BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL. TWICE
NAMED TO ALL COUNTY/ALLSTATE TEAMS FOR BOTH BASEBALL AND
SCOUTED AND SIGNED BY THE
WASHINGTON SENATORS, “WILLIE” PITCHED FOR SIX DIFFERENT CLUBS DURING
A PROFESSIONAL CAREER THAT SPANNED FROM 1956 THROUGH 1963.
Three-time NJSIAA Wrestling Champion for Newton High School.
Co-Captained Penn State’s 1953 NCAA Championship Wrestling Team.
Earned second and third place NCAA finishes for the Nittany Lions.
Head Wrestling Coach at the University of Pennsylvania from
1962-70. Led Undefeated Quakers to Ivy League Titles in 1968 and
1969. Twice named Coach of the Year by the University of Penn
Athletic Managerial Board.
An All State/All County Football and Basketball selection from
Franklin High School.
Outstanding Lineman and Basketball player for the University of
Played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia
Eagles and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
A member of the FRANKLIN Miners and Sussex County’s 1961 Athlete of
the Year. Compiled a winning RECORD as Head Football Coach of
Dickinson, West Milford and Lakeland High Schools from 1960-71.
COMPILED NINE LETTERS AT
FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL IN FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL AND BASEBALL. EARNED
ALL STATE/ALL COUNTY FOOTBALL STATUS AND NAMED TO THE ALL COUNTY
AN OUTSTANDING UNIVERSITY
OF VIRGINIA LINEMAN FROM 1953-1957. ASSOCIATED PRESS SOPHOMORE
LINEMAN OF THE NATION NOMINEE IN 1954 WHEN HE WAS ALSO NOMINATED TO
THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE ALL AMERICAN CHECKLIST.
a native of sussex whose trap shooting marksmanship came to the fore
when he served in the u.s. army during world war i.
captured numerous trap shooting titles including five atlantic
indians crowns. the north morris trap shooting champiOn in 1922 and
1929. 1938 north jersey champion. broke 96 out of 100 targets to
win the united states amateur championship in 1938.
SUSSEX COUNTY’S FIRST
THREE-TIME STATE HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING CHAMPION. EARNED FOUR
VARSITY WRESTLING LETTERS AT NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL GOING UNDEFEATED AND
PINNING ALL BUT ONE OF HIS OPPONENTS DURING HIS SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR
AND SENIOR YEARS.
CAREER WITH SELECTION AT STATE’S MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER,
THREE-TIME STATE AAU CHAMPION WHO FINISHED SECOND AND FOURTH IN
NATIONAL COMPETITION. PAST PRESIDENT OF THE SUSSEX COUNTY MAT CLUB.
EARNED 12 VARSITY LETTERS
AT FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL IN FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL AND BASEBALL FROM
1938-42. AN OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER FOR THE FRANKLIN MINERS
FOOTBALL CLUB WHO RECEIVED THE NEW JERSEY HERALD SPORTSMAN OF THE
HONORED BY HOMETOWN WITH
“PINIAHA DAY” IN 1953 AND NAMED SPARTA CITIZEN OF THE MONTH 23 YEARS
LATER. A TIRELESS YOUTH LEAGUE DIRECTOR COACHING YOUNGSTERS IN
prominent little league umpire on the state, eastern regional and
national scenes for over two decades.
first new jersey resident to umpire in the little league world
known for his distinctive "balls-and-strikes” calls, richie’s
officiating career includes high school football and basketball
refereeing. new jersey herald sportsman of the month. highly
successful football, basketball and baseball coach at blair academy.
Johnny’s illustrious playing and coaching career encompasses over
three decades of accomplishments. A three sport star at Newton High
School who returned to his Alma Mater to earn Coach of the Year
honors in both Baseball and girl’s Basketball.
Continued his playing career while serving in the U.S. Army and as a
member of the Franklin Miners, Fetzer Chiefs and Sussex and Newton