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"The grand master"
  Ed McCluskey
   Farrell H. S.

Most State Titles

(Photo credit: Jim Raykie, Sharon Herald)

"Speedy" Morris
St. Joseph's Prep
Most wins
(Photo credit: St. Joseph Prep)


Pennsylvania High School Coaches-wins/losses

"Speedy" Morris,  (photo left) when Morris won game #900 in 2012; he was is 870-373 (3/5/10) in 42 years as a high school coach at Roman, Penn Charter, St. Joseph's Prep and  La Salle University.   That includes 8 Philadelphia Catholic League Championships, 12 Southern Division Titles, 2 NIT Tournament appearances, 4 NCAA Tournament appearances,  being the Winningest Coach in La Salle University History, and the Winningest Coach in St. Joseph’s Prep History, his current coaching position.  (Credit: Tom Taylor)

Ron Insinger,  has coached at Loyalsock for 40 years leading the Lancers to nine district championships, he also has had 22 20-win seasons since 1975.  When he won #700,  Loyalsock players carried him  off the court at Hughesville after his 700th career win.  As of Mar 2012, he stood at 853-224 that included four year coaching the girls. On Dec 6, he goes for 902 (Williamsport Gazette)  (Bill  Kelly)

Mike Kopp, registered win  #900 with a 41-23 victory over Villa Maria Academy of Malvern, PA (1/4/14)went to 802 wins (1/13/10), Allentown Central Catholic Vikettes, has five  PIAA Class AAA girls basketball championships (four straight 2001-2004, and one in 1987).   This includes 74 previous wins at  Notre Dame HS in Bethlehem Twp, Pa-, (Credit:  Joe Gill, Easton Express-Times)

Don Graham, (801 wins)  He coached for 51 years at Pittsburgh North Catholic High School from 1948 to 1999,  amassing an 801-436  record and winning three state Catholic championships and also reaching the  state title game twice more.  During his decades at North Catholic, he taught physical education, science, math and health. He also was a guidance counselor and athletic director, and was an assistant football coach for 17 years.  (Credit: Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Jerry Conboy,
  coached  45 seasons and won close to 800 games. He started at a catholic grade school when a parish priest asked him to coach the school's team, he showed a talent for coaching and after a few years was asked to become the coach of the then new South Hills Catholic in 1955 (11 seasons). He later made stops at  Davidson University (2 seasons), Point Park College (21 seasons), Elizabeth Forward girls (5 seasons), Montour boys (3 seasons),  Seaton La Salle girls (5 seasons) (Nov 4, 2012 telephone conversation with Coach Conboy)
Don Barth (788 wins) Pittsburgh North Catholic girls, A former Pittsburgh policeman, he led the Lady Trojanetts 20 straight seasons to the WPIAL Championship Game, earning 12 WPIAL Championships and 7 state championships.  (Credit: Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Julius Prezelski
(757 wins) and 290 losses, Forest City.  In 2011, two decals were revealed on opposite ends of the gym floor that read "Julius P. Prezelski Gymnasium," accompanied by "757" - the number of victories to which he led the Foresters before his retirement in 1993.
 (Credit: Ashley Teatum,  timestribune.com)

Bob Schaefer (757), and 163.  In 1981, Bob Schaefer took over as head coach of the Cheltenham girls' basketball team, which had lost 57 of 60 games over three seasons. During his 31 years, Cheltenham won 24 Suburban One League titles, four district crowns, and two state championships (2000, 2007).  (3/28/12, Philadelphia Inquirer).
Eddie Gayeski 
 (744 wins) and 195 losses;  at Shickshinny Northwest H S- 1951-1985. a .792 winning PCT.  Gayeski lead the team to back-to-back PIAA State Class A basketball champions in 1982–83 and 1983–84, going 65–1 in the two years.  His  teams earned 20 wins in 24 of 34 seasons, 13 league titles and 14 District Championships. Coach Edward Gayeski died in the summer of 1985. The Northwest School District found in Luzerne County has around 1,300 students from k to 12.  (Credit: wikipedia.org)
Jim Davis, 737
wins in 42 years while coaching at Northeast Bradford and Athens
winning 15 league titles and two district crowns.  Four times his teams were district runner-ups, five times they took third in the district and twice he had teams reach the Eastern semifinals at the state level, reaching the Eastern Finals in 1987.  He retired from coaching in 2011.  (Credit: Rich Bobb)
Ken Misiak
730 Wins & 366 Losses, coached for 49 years, Geibel Catholic H. S..  His 1978 team went 28-0, won the WPIAL championship and the PIAA State Championship defeating Darby Twp 66-53.   Misiak was the only coach in Geibel's history, a small private school in Connellsville which opened in 1963 until 2008 when the school opened his position.  (Credit: Mike White, Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Dave Bailey,  707-297-Tussey Mountain clipped host Central, 48-47 in overtime in the championship game of the Giant Eagle Tipoff Tournament to give Dave Bailey his 600th career coaching victory on Dec 1, 2007.  (Credit: John Hartsock, Altoona Mirror)  (Update credit: Rod Brumbaugh)
Bob Schnure, now at 706 wins, is in his 31st year as a girl's head coach, first at Downingtown and then at Downingtown East since the school opened in 2003.  His current record is 706-206 with five PIAA championships, and 12 District 1 titles.  (Don Beideman, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/26/11)
Linus McGinty, Archbishop Carroll (girls) & Cardinal O'Hara (girls)  He has won National Coach of the Year honors (Russell Athletic,   2009) and in 2008 he was elected to the Philadelphia Archdiocese  Hall of Fame.  his record is 703-131, his 700th win was against Archbishop Prendergast, O'Hara won 53-42.

Jim Dooley, 702, over 100 wins at four schools- 187 at Delone Catholic;  145 at Gettysburg; 129 at Shippensburg;  164 at Cumberland Valley and 77  in Iceland (1982-1983) - these totals were supplied by Coach Dooley on August 14, 2013 va email-he died on November 1, 2013-
“Gordie” Foster (702) and 282.  He coached for 39 years, taking his first teaching job at Gratz High School. which had no gym so they built their own outdoor court using trees to support backboards and hoops constructed by a local blacksmith. His official coaching career started in 1956 at Lykens High School which became Upper Dauphin Joint and then Upper Dauphin Area. Following a seven year stint at Lebanon Valley College (1982-1989) he returned to UDA for five more seasons before retiring in 1995. In 2003 the gymnasium at UDA was officially dedicated as “Gordie Foster Gymnasium” where a brass plaque notes his contributions as -- “Educator…Coach…Friend”.
Tony Chapman, Holy Ghost Prep in Bensalem won his 700th game. He is in his 33rd season at Holy Ghost. In this span,  he has won 4 District 1 AAA championships and appeared in 2 state finals.  (Gary Nolan)  Longtime Holy Ghost Prep basketball coach Tony Chapman will take a leave of absence during the 2012-13 season. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Lamar Kauffman.   at Lancaster Catholic and now at 700 wins, including 11 District Three Class AAA titles and two PIAA Class AAA titles (1989 and '96),  2/15/12.
Aaron Straub,  Elk County Catholic (St. Marys, PA) notched his 700th win on (1/20/14) in a win over Kane-
(Credit:  Andy Gebauer). He became the winningest boy's coach in District 9 history on  1/27/11 when the Crusaders defeated the Bradford Owls for his 639th victory on the boys' side of coaching. Coach Straub also has 27 victories as the head coach of the Lady Crusaders. Straub took over the title as the winningest coach from Don Stemmerick of Union High School.  Coach Straub is in his 29th season as the head coach of the Crusaders. He took over as the head coach at Elk County Catholic (Christian) in the 1982-83 season.  (St. Marys Daily Press)

Hank Stofko,   700 victories,  retired in 1991 after 35 seasons, Plymouth-Whitemarsh,  the 1963 team won the 3-A Boy's State Championship.

Eddie McCluskey,   698 wins and 185 losses, Farrell High School,  coached for 28 years, won seven state championships: 1952, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1969  and 1972. At the 1/26/12 Mercer County Hall of Fame dinner, former Farrell player Danny Stewart said, Playing for “The Master,” according to Stewart, was a powerful, empowering experience.  "You just don’t know,” Stewart recently related, reflecting back on a Shenango Valley era that never will be replicated. “McCluskey was a genius." (Credit Ed Farrell, Sharon Herald(Update from Sharon Herald article by Jim Raykie, found HERE)
Edward Chiampi,
 Swoyersville won 689 games and lost 191 games over 32 years of high school coaching. He coached the Swoyersville basketball team for 29 years;  two years at Nanticoke;  one year at Forty Fort;  his teams had nine District 2 Class A championships, five District 2 Class B titles and 23 of 29 North League crowns. Coach Chiampi's 1949-50 team went to the Class A state championship final in which they lost to Homestead, 47-42. He never had a losing season in 32 years of coaching basketball and died October 2, 1982. (Xavier Chiampi, Europe)

Lash Nesser Uniontown 680, at both Uniontown H S and Uniontown St. Johns, for 39 total years,  winning the state Championship at both.  St. John’s (1948-76), Uniontown (1976-87)  - Record at St. John’s (434-233), Uniontown (246-64)

 (Credit: fayette county guru)
Ron Rhen,  record of 675-170 in 31 years,  Pine Grove "Cardinals"  Girl's Basketball Team. won  two PIAA State titles, retired 1998.
John M."Jack" Farrell Boy's Basketball Coach for 35 years at two schools: 1960 to 1967  at St. Paul's High School Scranton, PA : 176 and 56. Then 1967 to 1995 at  Scranton Preparatory.   His  Scranton Preparatory record was 495  and 119.  Overall  Record 671 wins and 175  losses and he won the 1973 PCIAA State Title.
 (Credit: James P. Farrell, 2/25/09)
Dan Dougherty, Philadelphia Episcopal Academy, 1977-97, 2001-07, 667-308 (Pius X,  Penncrest,  Malvern Prep, and 10 years at Episcopal, he also at one time assisted Jack Kraft at Villanova and then served as the head coach at the USMA,).  (Credit: Keith Pompey)

Charles A. DeVenzio,  won  659 games  at Ambridge, Springdale and North Allegheny high schools.  His 1966-67 Ambridge team went 27-0.  I covered his last game in the 1991 PIAA playoffs and have a chapter about him in my book, Alle-Kiski Valley Sports History.  (George Guido, scholastic sports correspondent, Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum).
John Miller,  657-280, Riverside (1969-1975); Blackhawk High School (1975-2005); (Credit: fayette county guru)
Jim Atherton,  a PA Sports Hall of Fame basketball coach . He coached Perry Joint H. S. in Harrisburg, West Pittston, Coughlin and Luzerne County Community College. He won championships at each of the high schools, but most of his success came at Luzerne County Community College – home of the James T. Atherton Gymnasium.  He had nine regular season and six postseason championships at LCCC, as well as a 55-game home court winning streak. and a record of 651-308. (Dave Konopki, Times Leader)
Bill Hagar compiled  645 wins in 30 plus seasons coaching at Maplewood, Jamestown (N.Y.) and Franklin, all boys teams.  He is  currently the Franklin girl's coach.    (Credit: Joe Mattis, Erie Times-News)
Ken Bianchi,
643, Abington Heights, "The victory earned the Comets a berth in the PIAA Class AAA tournament and gave Bianchi his 600th career win in 36 years,  an honor he declined to talk about after the game." (Credit: Donnie Collins, Times Tribune, 3/5/11)
Bruce Leib,  recorded his 500th win with Hazleton Area, and his 600th at Central Dauphin East on 12/5/08.   He retired in Feb 2011, finishing his 35 years as a coach with a 643-214 career record. He coached at three schools: Mullen in Denver Colorado and two schools in Pennsylvania: Hazleton Area  and C D East in Harrisburg. (Credit: Josh Fadden and Mike Joseph)
Andy Pahach, industrial arts teacher at Bolivar High School and its successor, Laurel Valley High School, from 1948 -1984.  Head Boys Basketball Coach for Bolivar Indians (1948-1952) and Laurel Valley Rams (1952-1984), PIAA state championship game finalist 4 years (69,70,71,81), District 6 champion 8 seasons, conference champion 16 times. Pahach returned as head coach of Laurel Valley girls’ team for the 1988-89 season, finishing the year with a 17 – 9 record-Total Record: 538 wins and 346 losses.  (Credit: Doug Kurtz)
What happened to Laurel Valley H S?
On October 8, 2010, Judge Gary Caruso of Westmoreland County decided that the Ligonier Valley School District Board of Directors acted appropriately in closing Laurel Valley Middle High School.  It's now part of the Ligonier Valley School District.
Don Stemmerich, won 638 games coaching at Union Joint High School in Rimersburg for 38 years from 1955 to 1993.
Lloyd Wolf,  (626) and 381, Reading Holy Name; Won the PCIAA state championship in 1969-70; Berks Conference championship game appearances in 1987, 1988 and 1998; a county championship in 1997; District 3-A titles in 1998 and 1999; and a trip to the PIAA Class A final in 1998.  (Credit: Mike Drago, Reading Eagle)

Dick Black, (620) Mount Lebanon H S  from 1961 through 1996 (35 seasons) 620 wins and 251 losses with 13 seasons of 20 wins or more,  18 section titles, 2 PIAA Final Four appearances and Pennsylvania Coach of the Year in 1968. He was inducted into Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (1992) and  into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame (1997).  But get this: in 37 seasons, there was never had a technical foul called against him.
Hennon, Butler. (620) and lost 259 in 38 seasons of high school coaching at Wampum and Elwood City.   Wampum High School  won three state championships in 1950's and 1960's. In 1955, the team went undefeated, 31-0. The coach, L. Butler Hennon was known for unusual practice techniques, such as players wearing weighted jackets, workmen's gloves, and winter galoshes to improve their quickness, and wearing special glasses to help them improve their dribbling touch. Hennon's theory was that such handicaps in practice made things easier in games. His techniques were featured in a Life magazine article (January 1988) and used by the Russian Olympic basketball team.  Wampum High School merged into the Ellwood City School Districtl in 1961-62  The former school gymnasium and auditorium in Wampum, serving as a community center, was renamed the L. Butler Hennon Recreation Center in his honor.  (Credit: Jeff Bales Jr, lawrencecountymemoirs.com)

Tom Traynor  earned his 600th career victory as a head coach thanks to Mt. Pleasant's 50-20 win over Derry (1/30/10)  in Section 3-AAA.  His 49 year career as of 2/5/11 stands at 612 wins.  Traynor began his coaching career in 1962 at Pitt-Johnstown, where he spent nine years. While at the school, he earned 116 victories.   The majority of Traynor's success came at Hempfield, where he coached for 30 seasons from 1971-2001. While there, Traynor racked up 393 victories and was named the Section 1-AAAA coach of the year 10 times.   In 2001, Traynor became the coach at Mt. Pleasant and has amassed 101 wins there so far. (Credit: Jason Black, Daily Courier)
Larry Seneta, His overall record in 30 seasons at Girard is 606-223. He compiled a 505-122 record in 21 seasons coaching the girls. Prior to that, he was 101-101 in 9 seasons coaching the boys.  He is currently the Girard girls coach.  (Credit: Joe Mattis, Erie Times-News)
John Donmoyer
Moravian Academy's John Donmoyer is District 11's all-time leader in boys basketball coaching victories. Donmoyer enters his 39th season (16th season with the Lions) with 601 wins.  (

Lurline Jones,  recorded her 600th win at University City High School in Philadelphia on January 12, 2005.  She had won 12 public league championships.
Patty Hower Lebanon Catholic girl's coach currently has 583 wins and 283 losses in 31  years. 
Patti Hower has over 600 wins and two state championships.  (Update credit: Mike Miller\Lebanon Catholic)
Harry DeFrank, Trinity,  topped 500 wins in January of 2004  at age 76 and during his 47th year of coaching.   He retired in 2007 after 50 years in coaching,  23 at Trinity and 27 as a CYO coach with 585 wins, ,Andy Schulz, 578- entering his 29th year as the Head Basketball coach of General McLane High School in Edinboro.  He has been the coach there from 1984 thru 2012 with a combined 578-173, six District 10 Championships and one State Championship in 2007.   ( Credit: Rob Kennerknecht, Athletic Director,  General McLane High School)

Tony Fannick Sr., 31 years at Milton High School has 574 wins (2/26/08) (Milton Fan)

Chuck Crummie, 573-277, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 1980-present (Credit: fayette county guru)
 "will begin his 33rd season (2012-13) as the Vikings’ mentor. His career record is 573-277 and has numerous section titles and one WPIAL-AAAA title (2008), two WPIAL-AAAA Runner up (1987 & 2012) and a PIAA-AAAA Runner up (1988)" (Credit: Kevin Shields)

Chet Hine won 564 wins in 34 years at Bishop Hoban.  He won six District 2 championships, five Wyoming Valley Conference division titles and had three appearances in the state's Final Four. Bishop Hoban is no longer in existence.  Bishop Hoban, Bishop Hafey and Seton Catholic merged to form Holy Redeemer. (Dave Konopki, The Times Leader)
Ross Macciocco (600)...Dunmore, 28 years 528-219; Scranton Prep, 2 years 34-17. Total: 562-236.  From 1980-81-thru present.  (Credit: Guy Valvano)  Among Macciocco's wins are 13 league titles, seven District 2 crowns and a trip the state title game with Dunmore in 1994. There are also the countless players he's sent on to successful careers in college.  On 2/12/13, he reached 600 as the Scranton Prep girls basketball coach.  Now coaching for 32 years.  (Scranton Times-Tribune, 2/13/13)
Vince Bucciarelli (561) ...Abington Heights, 30 years 561-239. From 1982-83 thru 2011-2012  (Credit: Guy Valvano, 3/26/12)
Phil Pergola, 561-469, Mon Valley Catholic (1970-77), Charleroi (1977-86), Ringgold (1986-04), California (2004-present),
plus a WPIAL title at Ringgold, a PIAA runnerup at Ringgold, A PIAA championship at Ringgold, a WPIAL runnerup at California (Credit: fayette county guru).

Bud Gardler, 560 at Bishop Kenrick/Cardinal O'Hara.   (Credit: Keith Pompey)
Joe Klebon,
Shamokin Area  was honored last  night (1/15/10) for his 550th varsity win in 33 years and counting.   (Credit: Gregory T. Klebon)
Pete Horn, Lancaster Country Day 553-199, also coached at 5 other schools. (1/20/10 Reading Eagle)
Abe Everhart
549 wins,  Uniontown,  2 State Championships, 1962-1964.
Joe Hasenfuss won 549 games during his coaching career at Lebanon Catholic and York Suburban.
(Dick VanOlinda , The York Dispatch)
Dick Diethorn,  St. James / St. Canice, 547-202, named Pittsburgh Dapper Dan Coaching Award in 1951 and 1964, won four state championships.
Bill Fox, Philadelphia Father Judge, 1975-85, 1987-99, 2001-2005, 545-269

Ellis Dwyer,  was a legendary coach from 1942 - 1973. During his thirty years at Radnor High School, Radnor won numerous league and district basketball titles, and advanced to the state championship game in 1960. While coaching at Radnor and Chester, Ellis's finished with a record of 544-237 (he was 20-5 in 1941-42 at Chester).  (Credit: John Simpson)
Charles O'Brien, Philadelphia LaSalle, 1944-1970, 541-248
Bill Paulik, Salisbury had 539 wins.  In February 2011, they named the Salisbury High School gym, the Bill Paulik Court.  (Allentown Morning Call, 2/11/11

Reggie Weiss, 536-257 career record compiled at Wilson (1969 for six years ); at Reading Central Catholic (1980-1985); rejoined the Wilson boys the following year and coached through the 2001 season. He took the Muhlenberg girls job in  2004 through 2009. He later coached the Muhlenberg boys until 2012.  He won 1985 single A state title at Reading Central Catholic. (Credit: Dave Warner, 536-239---all at Brentwood in District 7 from 1973-2005 except for a year he took off in 1997-98. He won the PIAA Girls AA Championship in 1982, runner-up in 1978 and 79. Won WPIAL Girls Championship in 1978 and 1979, runner up in 76, 77, 80, 84, 86, 91, 94.Jeff WarnerLupek coached Valley throughout much of the program’s existence following the merger of the Conemaugh and Franklin districts in 1966. Mike Mastovich/Dave Burman)
Dave Warner, who coached girls at Brentwood (WPIAL) from 1973-2005, save 1997-98;  he ended his career around 535-230 in 2005.  (Credit: Jeff Warner, 3/10/11)
Joe Salvino, 531-206, Monessen (1984-present) 

Roger Flynn compiled a record of 531-201 in 27 seasons coaching the Grove City girls. His final season was 2005-2006.    (Credit: Joe Mattis, Erie Times-News)
Lloyd Wolf, 
Reading Holy Name,  February 8, 2000 won his 528 th game over 33 seasons.
Larry Kostalac, Trinity: 527-225 (as of 2010)
John Silan,   Kutztown and Wilson,  527-117 over 26 seasons. won three state titles.
Win Palmer, 520-259, Sewickley Academy (2001-present), also coached in Virginia at St. Stephens and Flint Hill, coaching 31 years

Dennis Seddon,  Roman Catholic-with a career record of 515-128 in 22 seasons, he had a winning percentage of .801.  Seddon also won more Catholic League titles than any coach with 10. Legendary former Roman coach Billy Markward won nine, while "Speedy" Morris won eight.  He retired in 2008.   (Credit: Keith Pompey)  32 former players went into coaching (Credit: Ted Silary)
Les Shoop,  Punsxutawney (1969-1982)  and Knoch 1982-2006)  winning 511 games in 37 seasons,
John Hopkins,  G.A.R. Memorial High School 1973-1996 (23 years) won 503 games and lost 148.  This includes 15 league titles, 8 district titles, 3 times state runner-up 1986, 1990, 1991.  11 league titles in a row 1982-1992, 86 league wins in a row 1987-1991, 89 home wins in a row 1984-1992.  Won 36 games in 1982-83 season.  Coach of the year 13 times and is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of fame of Luzerne County.
Jim Fenerty, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington) currently has 501 victories. Germantown Academy plays in the Philadelphia Inter-Academic League and thus does not play for a State Championship. During Jim’s 23 seasons at Germantown Academy, his teams have won the League Championship 12 times. Over 40 of Coach Fenerty’s players have gone on to play collegiate athletics, including 30 who have played collegiate basketball. Coach was inducted into the inaugural class of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame --- Montgomery County Chapter as well as the Germantown Academy Hall of Fame. He has been named Coach of the Year by every major newspaper in the Philadelphia area (Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia. Daily News, Intelligencer, Times-Herald).  (Credit: Barbara Dennis).
Jim Romano, Jenkintown HS girls coach, earned his 500th career win on Saturday night as the Lady Drakes (District 1, Class A) defeated Lower Moreland (Class AAA) 40-30 in front of a packed house at Jenkintown High School. Article commemorating this feat was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, January 27.  (Credit: George Dorshimer)
Bill Cleary, Serra Catholic girls coach, earned his 500th career win  on 2/9/12 beating New Brighton 53-35.  Cleary is in his 25th season at Serra, and has a career record of 500-141. Cleary has won three WPIAL titles -- 1999, 2003 and 2005 -- and one PIAA championship in 2005. (Credit: Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Kirk Smallwood, Harrisburg, earned win #500 in a PIAA playoff game, defeating Philadelphia Fels 68-59. (Mar 10, 2012, Dave Burman)

Ron Hassler, started at North Penn in 2008-09 after having nearly 500 wins and 10 District 11 championships in his tenure at Central Catholic, Whitehall, and Catasaqua.
Snip Esterly, Central Catholic: 500-127 (as of 2010)
Ray Bartha  -
he will be playing for his 500th career win at Apollo-Ridge on Thursday night (1/17/08).  He has over a dozen section titles to go with his 1991 WPIAL  title. A-R is a AA school in the Alle-Kiski Valley. (Credit:  Katie McLay, Apollo-Ridge High '06)

Bob Rozanski, Serra Catholic coach  picked up his 500th career victory in the Class A No. 5 Eagles' 69-55 win against East Allegheny in the Serra tournament. Rozanski, in his 32nd season, has a career record of 500-243. (12/12/09, PittsburghPost Gazette)
Dave Lebo,  four consecutive state championships at Carlisle High School: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988. In January of 1998, he recorded win #500
Bobby Heuser, Lower Dauphin
 notched his 500th career win in a 42-14 win over host Conestoga Valley in the nightcap of the Buckskin Classic.  (12/10/11, Patriot News)

Mickey Holland, head basketball coach at Mahanoy Area High School in Schuylkill County earned his 500th career victory in his 26th season with the Bears boy's basketball team.  Mahanoy competes in District 11 and is a AA school    (Credit: Steve Lloyd, WNEP-TV 16/Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
Ron Faust, Washington High coach won his 500th game 12/13/08 when his Prexies downed rival Trinity, 69-37.  He has been the coach for 27 years and will retire at the end of the 2008-09 season.  (Rich Emert, Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Kevin Kodish, the very successful girl's coach at Lewistown High School recorded win #500 on 12/6/07, a 58-52 come-from-behind win at Bellefonte. Among his 500 wins are eight District 6 titles and two PIAA state championships. Kodish's 24-year career total stands at 500-156 and counting.  (Credit: Dave Burman, radio 105.5 in Lewistown)

Kenny Bianchi, Abington Heights High School in Lackawanna County and the Lackawanna league earned his 500th career victory with the boy's basketball program in 33 years including Scranton Tech before it became Scranton High School, West Scranton High School and now Abington Heights  (Credit: Steve Lloyd, WNEP-TV 16/Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)

Ernie Koontz, Upper St. Clair earned his 500th career win when the host Panthers defeated Hollidaysburg. Koontz is in his 27th season as head coach.  (1/6/11, Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

John Miller earned No. 500 yesterday when his Mount St. Joseph girls' team pounded visiting Pennridge, 62-29, in a nonleague game. Miller began his head coaching career at Archbishop Ryan in 1976 after serving an apprenticeship as Speedy Morris' assistant at Roman Catholic. Miller's breakdown: 130 wins with the Ryan boys, 20 with the Monsignor Bonner boys, 317 with the La Salle University women and now 33 with Mount St. Joseph. His career head coaching record is now 500-354.   (12/19/07, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Paul Brutto,  Marian Catholic girl's coach picked up his 500th career victory as the Fillies cruised past Mahanoy Area 67-34 in the Schuylkill League Division IV opener for both teams on 12/11/2007.  (Credit: Pottsville Republican)
Ray Bartha, Apollo Ridge's Girls Basketball got his 500th win on 2/1/08. Bartha has been the head coach at Apollo Ridge since 1976. His career record is 500-250. (Credit: Fayette County Guru)
Syl Bozinski at Nanticoke Area had a state championship in 1961 and won over 500 games.
Greg Heath, Keystone High School in district ix, has a record of 499 - 199 as of Feb 10, 2011.  This is according to d9sports.com.  (Credit: Dan Reed)

Phil Pergola, California Area H. S. has a career mark of 497-421. The Trojans are at Trinity Christian tomorrow and at McGuffey Friday. They open the Section 2-A season at West Greene Dec. 18, 2007 and he has the entire season to get to win #500.  (Rich EmertPittsburgh Post Gazette)
Tom Lonergan, one of the best girls high school basketball coaches in the Philadelphia area.  Bishop McDevitt (1984-1999) and CB East (1999-Present).  Known for his detailed preparation and defensive oriented teams, has a record of 494-193 in 25 years. 4 Philadelphia Catholic League Championships ('85, '86, '87, '94); 9 PIAA State Playoff Appearances in 10 years (8 Consecutive 2000-2008). (Credit: T.J. Lonergan)
Jeff Appleman, 497 wins, 397 at Williamsburg and 119 at Hollidaysburg.  His 1997 Williamsburg Lady Pirates won the PIAA Class A State Championship.
J. Birney Crum, Allentown Allen High School,  490 - 109 in 25 coaching seasons. His team won the state championship three straight years 1945, 1946, and 1947.
Bob Wachob, West Forest High School, 483-234 in 31 seasons, retired in 2010.

Terry Manning,  Millersburg H.S.,  24 years, 478 wins and 119 losses.
Snip Esterly, Reading Central Catholic entering his 21st season, all at Central, has a 485-127 record. (Credit: Mike Drago, Reading Eagle)
Bill Fulton,  in 25 years of boys and five years of girls coaching, 477-215, coaching stops included Pine Valley Central in New York state, and Sayre, Lewisburg, Warren, Kane, and Johnsonburg in Pennsylvania.


"Renzie" Hoffman



Mike Kopp



Jerry Conboy



"Jack" Farrell



Bruce Leib



Don Stemmerich



Ron Rhen


Jim Dooley



Bob Schnure


Harry DeFrank


Aaron Straub



Dick Diethorn




John Silan




Tom Lonegran




Mark Moschella




John Hopkins








        Butler Hennon


Bob Schaefer

Jim Fenerty

"Renzie" Hoffman 1,255 wins and 311 losses-coached for 30 years, 17 years at Clintonville High School and 13 years at Mercer High School,  coaching both the Junior Varsity and  the Varsity-both the boys and the girls teams.



Glenn Robinson, Franklin and Marshall with 800 wins is the NCAA Division III leader in wins for active coaches, (2/9/11, Patriot News)


Guy Strong, University of Scranton-On Jan. 25, 2009, the Lady Royals gave Strong his 700th career win, beating Drew University, 73-54- (Scranton Times Tribune)



Pennsylvania High School Coaches

state championships
 (at least two)
7-Eddie McCluskey, Farrell
7-Don Barth, North Catholic (girls)

6-Joe Votino, Kennedy Christian
5-Mike Kopp, Allentown Catholic (girls)
5-Bob Schnure, Dowingtown (girls)
4-Bill Anderson, Lower Merion
4-Dick Diethorn,  St. James/St. Canice (PCIAA)
4-John Miller,  Blackhawk
4-Mark Moschella,
Bishop Guilfoyle (girls)
4-Ed Olkowski, Midland
4-Dave Lebo, Carlisle
4-Art Tanneyhill, Altoona (girls)
4-Gerry Wilson, Scotland School (1994, 1995, 2002, 2003)

3-Joe Alansky, Mahanoy Area  (girls)
3- Rick Binder, Steelton-Highspire
3-J. Bernie Crum, Allentown
3-Gerry Eckenrode, Delone Catholic (girls)

3-Butler Hennon, Wampum
3-Hugh McGeehan, Hazleton (1928, 1929, 1938)
-Fred Pickett, Chester (
2000, 2005, 2008)
3-Hank Stofko, Plymouth Whitemarsh
3-John Silan, Kutztown

2-Bill Bengel, Mercyhurst Prep (girls)
2-Mark Belensk, Bishop O'Reilly  (2004, 2005) now at Holy Redeemer 
2-Roy Bigler, West Reading
2- Hal Blitman, Darby-Colwyn
2-Randy Bowers, Mercyhurst Prep (girls)

2-Jerry Conboy,  South Hills Catholic (PCIAA)
2-Linda Cruttenden, Dieruff HS  (girls, 1975, 1976)
Charlie Dubbs, Fountain Hill  (1956, 1957)
2-Harry DeFrank, Trinity (girls)
2-Greg Downer Lower Merion
2-Abe Everhart, Uniontown
2-Dick Fox, Erie Prep
2-Jim Garland, Cranberry
2-Eddie Gayeski, Northwest
2-Dick Holliday, Girard
2-Patti Hower, Lebanon Catholic
2-Harriet Jenakovich- Susquehanna Twp.
( girls,1979, 1981)

2-Lamar Kauffman, Lancaster Catholic (girls, 1989, 1996)
2-Kevin Kodish, Lewistown (girls)
2-Alonzo Lewis, Chester
2-Fr. Steven Maco, Pottsville Nativity BVM
(girls, 1978, 1990)
2-Gary Markle, York Catholic
2-Fred Pickett, Chester
2-Chris Raso, Hopewell (girls)
2-Ron Rehn, Pine Grove (girls)
2-Don Rose, Irwin High School  (1947, 1948)
2-Joe Salvino,won back to back state championships coaching Monessen in 1988 and 1989
2-Robert Schlosser, Allentown Central Catholic (1984, 1986)
2-Kirk Smallwood, Harrisburg
2-John Swogger, Mercer

2-Ruth Weidman, Pottsville Nativity BVM (girls,1999, 2000)



--West Reading won three straight 59, 60, 61, Bigler won in 59 and 60, then Dick Sherry won in 61
--Irwin won the 1953 state championship with Joe McMunn and  in 1954 under Lyman Stough.
--In 2009, Governor Ed Rendell announced the state would be closing the Scotland School for Veteran's Children (it opened in 1895).  It has 288 students.
--Fred Pickett, Chester won the state title three times (2000, 2005, 2008) and finished runner-up twice (2003 and 2007).


Won the state championship at two different schools--
-4, Dick Diethorn,  St. James (3) / St. Canice (1), (both PCIAA schools)
-2, J. Michael Bailey,  Williamsport/  Bethel H. S. (VA)

-2, Paul Birch, Homestead (1939)/ General Braddock (1973)
-2, Bill Gaffey, Altoona Bishop Guilfoyle  (1967)(PCIAA)/ Susquehanna Twp. (1980).
2, Patti Heffner,  Catasauqua (1988) / Parkland (2006)
-2-James (Lash) Nesser, Uniontown High/ Uniontown St. John's (PCIAA)entral D
-2 William Wolf, Central Dauphin and Cumberland Valley (2014)



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Gordy Foster







Jeff Appleman







Linus McGinty






Ken Bianchi






Bobby Heusser
(Patriot Photo)



Mike Fergus

Chuck Crummie



Jim Romano


Mark Jula, 467-303, Moon (1983-87), Butler 1987-93), North Allegheny 1993-03), Center 92002-10), Ambridge (2012-present) ,
Ross Kershey
,  longtime Coatsville  head basketball coach, who had a 462-128 record in 22 seasons at the helm of the Red Raiders.  Known as the "Silver Fox."
Andy Schulz compiled a record of 474-143 in 23 seasons coaching General McLane. The Lancers won the 2007 PIAA Class AAA championship. He is currently the General McLane coach.   (Credit: Joe Mattis, Erie Times-News)
Rich Yankowitz,   486-  269, Philadelphia Dobbins Tech, 1972-05 and is the winningest basketball coach in Public League history.
Mike Fergus, 475-352, Won 100 or more games at 3 high schools: Robert E. Lee High School ( Houston, Texas), State College High School ( combined Girls and Boys), North Penn High School, Upper Perkiomen, and Kennett.
Art Taneyhill
471-95 in 20 seasons coaching the Altoona Lady Lions to PIAA Titles in 1986, '88, '95 and, 96.
Dave Heitzenrater compiled a record of 469-196 in 25 seasons coaching the McDowell girls team. His final season was 2004-2005.   (Credit: Joe Mattis, Erie Times-News)
Major "Tuffy" Corley, Monessen   retired in 2009. Corley had a 456-149 record in a 23-year coaching career with 13 sections championships.
Ken Hamilton, Philadelphia Franklin, 1972-1999,  456-184
Harold Gardler, Philadelphia Cardinal O'Hara, 1977-07, 453-327
Bill McLaughlin, Mountian View H S and Coudersport, 451.  In June 2011, the Mountian view H S Gym was named in his honor.
Bill Ellerbee, 450-100 and six Philadelphia Public League championships, Simon Gratz,  1983-02

(Our cut off is at least 450 wins)


Did you know?  that Ed McCluskey applied for the football coaching job at Farrell in 1948.  They did not hire him as the football coach, but instead gave him the basketball job.  In his first basketball season, 1948-49 he complied a 6-16 record, but then he reeled off  7 straight seasons of 20 plus wins!

Did you know? Coach John Quinn of Wilkes Barre Coughlin coached 24 players who scored over 1,000 points. 

Did you know?
Mountain View High School named its' gym for Coach Bill McLaughlin on June 4, 2011.  He had an excess of 450 wins throughout his coaching career
-Coach Bill McLaughlin also coached at Coudersport and was a summer member for years at the former Jack Kraft Camp-Congratulations Coach!!



More information about some of the coaches can be found in the Pennsylvania Basketball Hall of Fame under the "Personalities" section.  HERE

Credits: Ted Silary, Philadelphia News                                      Terry Bickhart, Reading Eagle                                   Dave Burman, Lewistown radio 105.5 
               Rick Shrum, Pittsburgh Post Gazette                           Joe Mattis, Erie Times-News                                    
Richard A. Keefer, Athletic Director, Lewistown Area HS
Josh Fadden,                                                                     Babe Conroy                                                                                   Gary Markle, Jr
               Jim Raykie, Sharon Herald                                            Steve Lloyd, WNEP-TV 16/Scranton/Wilkes-Barre                  John Hartsock, Altoona Mirror
Doug Kurtz                                                                       Rich Emert, Pittsburgh Post Gazette                           Craig Witman, BMCO/DMC   
Jason Fulginiti, Lancaster Online                                       
 Eric Thomas, Carlisle Sentinel                                     Joe Gill, Easton Express-Times
      Geoff Morrow, Harrisburg Patriot News                             Rick Fox                                                                           Richard Brick, Brentwood
Dave Konopki, Wilkes Barre Times Leader                     Douglas Black                                                                   Rich Bobb (retired Athens Area A.D.)
        Tom Hart                                                              
Guy Valvano                                                                      Wee J. Fernan
       Mike Miller


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(Information credit: USA Today, July 21, 1999, p11c)





 Morgan Wootten

 DeMatha, Md


 1,185-178 (.869)

 Robert Hughes

 Fort Worth Dunbar


 1,155-233 (.832)

 Ralph Tasker

 Hobbs, NM


 1,122-291 (.794)

 Bill Krueger

 Houston Clear Lake


 1,096-250 (.814)

 Leslie Gaudet

 Pine Prairie, La


 1,026-353 (.744)

 Walter VanHuss

 Kingsport, Tenn


 1,021-313 (.765)





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