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2010 Inductees

 

John “Tootie” Allen 2001

Basketball

John “Tootie” Allen is the leading scorer in the history of Coatesville Area Senior High School boys’ basketball and was a first-team All- State and All-America player in 2001 on the Class AAAA Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state champion Red Raiders team. A four-year varsity player at Coatesville, Allen was a four-year first-team All Ches-Mont League selection. During his scholastic career, Coatesville won the Ches-Mont title four times and compiled an overall record of 98 wins and 23 losses.

Averaging 26 points a game during his senior year, “Tootie” surpassed the legendary Richard “Rip” Hamilton of University of Connecticut and Detroit Pistons fame to become the top scorer in Red Raiders history with 2,372 points. Among his impressive post-season honors as a senior, Allen was 2000-2001 first team All-State, 2001 Parade Magazine second team All-America, 2001 McDonald’s honorable mention All-America, 2001 USA Today third team All-USA, and 2001 SLAM Magazine honor mention All-America. In 2001, he played by invitation in the EA Sports Roundball Classic All-America Game in Chicago and was named Most Valuable Player for the East squad after scoring 29 points. He was named Pennsylvania’s Mr. Basketball in 2001 and the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Basketball Hall of Fame and the 2,000 Points Club of Pennsylvania.

John earned a degree in communications at Seton Hall University in 2005 and played basketball there for four years. In 2002, “Tootie” was named to the All Big East Conference Rookie Team and was honored as a 2003 Metropolitan second-team player. He is the 15th all-time scorer for Seton Hall with 1,466 points.

He played on the Detroit Pistons Summer League team in 2005. Since then, “Tootie” played professionally in Europe for the Jouvot Bears in Finland, the Ironi Ramat Gan in Israel, the New Yorker Phantoms in Germany and for Strasburg IG in the French Basketball League.

 

 

Dan D’Amato 1998
Baseball



Undefeated as a left-handed pitcher in his senior year, Dan D’Amato led the Red Raiders baseball team to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class AAA championship game. When not pitching for the state runner-up, Dan was an outfielder and batted over .500 in 1999. He tossed a 1- 0 shutout in the Eastern Pennsylvania final to propel Coatesville into the state championship game.

D’Amato also played for the Coatesville American Legion state baseball champions and was awarded a scholarship to play Division I baseball at North Carolina State University. He was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 27th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball draft and played professionally.

At NC State, Dan was a freshman All-America selection as a pitcher and led his team in wins and innings pitched. He was the starting pitcher in the opening game of both the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments. In 2000, he led NC State in innings pitched and the following year was the winning pitcher against Florida State in the ACC semi-final game.

D’Amato played summer baseball in 2000 with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.

After signing with the Pirates, Dan pitched in 2001 for the Williamsport Crosscutters and was tops among left-handed relief pitchers in victories, earned run average and fewest walks/hits per innings pitched. He pitched for the New Jersey Cardinals in 2002, finishing in the top 10 among Cardinals organization pitchers in earned run average. He pitched in 2003 for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League and the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League.

D’Amato lives in Raleigh, NC.

 


Sacha “Socky” Gaffney 1990

Basketball

 

Point guard Sacha “Socky” Gaffney earned four varsity letters during her Coatesville Area Senior High girls’ basketball career that was cut short due to injury in her senior year. Gaffney was a starter as a sophomore and junior, earning All Ches-Mont League honors each season. She was a key member of the 1989 District 1 championship team that compiled a 29-1 record.

“Socky” scored 840 points for the Lady Raiders during her career, including a game- high 29 points. In addition, she dished out 457 assists, recorded 192 steals and grabbed 253 rebounds. In the 1989 District 1 title game in which Coatesville defeated Downingtown 63-53, Gaffney scored 18 points and had six assists and five rebounds while limiting the Whippets’ high-scoring All-State Tina Nicholson to two points in the fourth quarter. In the previous game — the District 1 semi-final — Gaffney tallied 15 points and was credited with 11 assists in a 56-30 victory.

Gaffney averaged 9.5 points per game during the regular season in her career. More impressive was her playoff scoring average — 15.5 points per game as a sophomore and 14.8 in her junior year. The Lady Raiders’ overall record with “Socky” on the team was 101-18.

Tough luck and injury shortened Gaffney’s stellar high school basketball career. In July 1989, prior to her senior year, she was injured at a summer basketball camp. She overcame surgery and rehabilitation and played for nine minutes in a game the following December before she was hurt again. An ensuing sequence of unfortunate events ended her scholastic playing days. Nine bones in her foot were broken in a car accident while “Socky” was enroute to the hospital for treatment.

Despite a shortened senior season, Gaffney was given a scholarship to play Division I basketball at the University of Delaware.

After college, Gaffney coached 12- to 14-year-old boys’ and girls’ basketball from 2004 to 2006 at the Tampa Bay YMCA in Florida. From 2004 to 2008 she was a mentor for youths 13 to 18 years old at the Tampa Bay Y.

“Socky” is a member of the University of Delaware Athletic Donation Club.

She resides in Tampa, FL.

 

 

Dr. John J. Joe 1955

Football


Dr. John J. Joe was a four-year member of the varsity football team at Scott High School. He was captain of the Red Raiders during the 1954 season and earned All Chess-Mont League honors as an offensive and defensive tackle. During the spring of his senior year, Dr. Joe was the Chess-Mont League track and field shot put and discuss champion. Off the athletic fields, he was president of the Library Club and a member of the Meistersingers choir.

Dr. Joe graduated in 1959 from Lycoming College in Williamsport, where he was a member of the varsity football team, starting every game for four years at fullback and linebacker. His outstanding collegiate career was highlighted by his team’s 28-5 overall record, during which he was captain for three seasons, earning All- Pennsylvania collegiate honors each year and All-America recognition two seasons. To this day, John is known as the most feared running back in Lycoming football history. In addition, he was a varsity wrestler at Lycoming and was a catcher and third baseman on the college’s baseball team.

Dr. Joe was drafted by the National Football League’s New England Patriots. However, a potential pro career was cut short by a severe knee injury.

In 1965, Dr. Joe became the first African-American in the eastern United States to be named head football coach at a predominately white high school when he was hired at Conshohocken High in Montgomery County.

Dr. Joe’s professional career included 40 years as a teacher of Spanish, French and German. Also, he was a successful scholastic coach. At Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School his wrestling teams compiled a record of 84-43 in nine seasons. At Montgomery County College his wrestlers posted a team record of 74-26 in 10 seasons. John also coached track and field at Plymouth-Whitemarsh for 10 years.

In 1985, Dr. Joe became a charter member of the Lycoming University Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. Joe and his wife, Marie, reside in West Caln Township. They are the proud parents of six children, including Dr. S. L. (Bambi) Efua, Gary, Karen, Mariea, Rosalie and Ahava Amen.

 

 

Richard “Rick” Primanti 1989

Soccer

Richard “Rick” Primanti earned 10 varsity letters in his athletic career at Coatesville Area Senior High School, including four as a forward and midfielder on the soccer team. He also received three varsity letters each in outdoor and indoor track.

In soccer, Primanti was a two-time first- team All Ches-Mont League selection and earned honorable mention as a sophomore. He was a three-year starter on the soccer squad and was the team captain during his senior season. In addition, Rick was a member of the gold medal-winning southeastern Pennsylvania team in the Keystone State Games when he was a senior.

A two-time All Ches-Mont League honoree in outdoor track, Rick was on three Ches-Mont League championship teams. During his sophomore year, Coatesville was runnerup in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state meet. He participated in the 800-meter, 4x800 relay and pole vault events. As a pole vaulter, Primanti placed second in the District 1 championship as a senior and qualified three consecutive years to participate in the District 1 meet. He qualified to compete in the state championship meet as a senior.

On the indoor track team, Rick also competed in the 800-meter run, 4x800 relay and pole vault, qualifying three years in a row for the District 1 championship.

Primanti attended Pennsylvania State University in State College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He also has a Master’s degree in computer science from Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Rick is a senior consultant with a local branch of an international internet technology consulting company called CIBER, Inc. He remains active athletically, playing golf, mountain biking, hiking, surfing and playing soccer, softball and flag football. Recently, Rick started coaching youth soccer and baseball.

Primanti and his wife, Jennifer, have been married nine years. They reside in East Brandywine Township and have two children, Aidan, 7, and Olivia, 2.

 

Clifton L. Robinson 1966

Track and Field

Clifton L. Robinson won the Pennsylvania long jump state championship in 1966, leaping a school-record distance of 23 feet 1 inch in the process. His gold medal effort at the state meet is still a Coatesville High track and field record more than 44 years after the feat was accomplished. Robinson graduated from Scott High in 1966. In the spring of his senior year, Robinson won the Ches-Mont League long jump crown in league record-setting fashion, and captured the second of his two consecutive District 1 titles. Winning league, district and state championships in the same season is Pennsylvania’s track and field version of a Triple Crown. Also, Cliff won a District 1 medal in 1966 in the triple jump, the first year the event was offered in scholastic competition. Robinson’s jumping ability not only helped the Red Raiders win Ches-Mont track and field championships.

His defensive play contributed to league championships in basketball. He played basketball for three years and gained a reputation as an excellent defensive specialist, frequently assigned to guard the opposition’s leading scorer.

Clifton lives in South Coatesville and has two children. He was employed by Reynolds Aluminum in Downingtown for 25 years.

 

 


Rhonda Osborne Tredway 1985

Softball


Rhonda Osborne Tredway was outstanding athletically and academically at Coatesville Area Senior High School where she was a three-sport star and a member of the National Honor Society, graduating 34th (3.693 grade point average) in a class of 454 students. Rhonda earned nine varsity letters as a member of the cross country, basketball and softball teams.

As impressive as her careers in basketball and cross country were, Tredway was dominating as a Red Raiders’ softball player. She was the starting varsity shortstop for three seasons, leading the team to a Ches-Mont League championship in her senior year and second place in District 1. She was the softball captain as a junior and senior and was first-team All Ches-Mont in 1985. Her lofty batting averages were .469 as a sophomore, .429 as a junior, and .475 as a senior.

In basketball, Rhonda was a two-year varsity player and was captain and team Most Valuable Player as a senior, averaging 13.1 points per game. She was a second-team all-league selection. The cross country team won the Ches-Mont League her senior year when Tredway finished in ninth place in the league meet. She earned four varsity letters in cross country and qualified for the District 1 championship meet four years in a row.

Tredway was named an American High School Athlete and was listed in “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.”

Rhonda graduated from Marietta College in 1989 where she was a four- year starting shortstop. She led the Ohio Athletic Conference in batting (.461) in 1987 and was runnerup (.443) in 1988. She captained the Marietta squad in 1988 and 1989 while earning first-team All-OAC honors in 1988 and second-team recognition in 1989.

Tredway earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Marietta. Also, she has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Cardiac Rehabilitation from East Stroudsburg University and a teaching certificate in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University. She is a health and physical education teacher in the Downingtown Area School District. She has coached softball on various levels at East Stroudsburg, Great Valley High School and for area youth traveling teams.

A resident of Downingtown, she and her husband, Trevor, have two daughters, Brianna (10th grade) and Amanda (8th grade).

 

Old Timers


Marshall W. “Marty” Connor 1938

Old Timers Award Basketball

 

Marshall W. “Marty” Connor was a record-setting three-sport star at Coatesville High School in the late 1930s, participating on the basketball, soccer and track and field teams. During his senior year as a varsity basketball player he earned the 1938 High School All-American for Basketball award presented for athletics, scholarship and citizenship. A special school-wide assembly was held in his honor when the award was given to him by a college coach. At graduation, Marty received the Garman Award for Best Athlete at Coatesville High.

During his junior and senior years, Connor was the goalkeeper on the varsity soccer team. He was co-captain during his senior year.

As a member of the varsity track and field team for two years, Marty established school records in 1938 in the pole vault and javelin.

After high school, Connor attended Williamson Trade School, graduating in 1941 while earning nine varsity letters in athletics — three letters each in football, basketball and baseball. He was the school’s leading scorer in football and basketball in 1940 and 1941. The basketball team was 16-0, including wins over Swarthmore and American colleges. He played on two undefeated baseball teams — each went 12-0 — at Williamson.

In the spring of 1941, Marty participated in the prestigious Penn Relays mile relay event. His team placed fourth among 12 entries. In May 1996, Connor was inducted into the Williamson Sports Hall of Fame.

Following completion of his studies at Williamson, Connor was awarded a four-year full scholarship by Lock Haven College for football and basketball. However, World War II interrupted further formal education for Marty when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a cadet, advancing to the rank of second lieutenant. He served in the 47th Bomb Group, 1st Air Force as a bombardier, navigator and radar aerial observer.

Marty’s outstanding civic contributions earned him a place in the Coatesville Hall of Fame in 1996. Also, he served five years as the first president of the Coatesville High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

Marty is the husband of the late Evelyn Connor and resides in East Fallowfield. He and his wife have three daughters, Pam Walsh, Patty Biffen and Penny Brinton.

 

 

Clair A. Smith 1944

Old Timers Award Tennis

Clair A. Smith’s dominance as a tennis player for the Scott High School Red Raiders has earned him a place in the Coatesville High School Sports Hall of Fame. Smith is this year’s inductee in the “Old Timers Award” category.

A graduate of Scott High in 1944, Clair resides in Pinehurst, NC, where he continues to be active in tennis as a coach and youth tournament director.

After winning the Pennsylvania scholastic championship in tennis as a senior at Scott High, Smith added more court titles to his list of accomplishments, capturing many tournaments as an adult, including most recently the North Carolina Seniors Doubles championship.

“I am both pleased and honored to be chosen” for the Coatesville High Hall of Fame, Smith said. “It came as a complete surprise. It is a real honor to be elected for the prestigious Old Timers Award.”

 


Mac Stuber Memorial Award

Bill Richards, Coach

“Mac” Stuber Memorial Award


A former high school and college athlete, Bill Richards, who retired from a lengthy career as a teacher in Coatesville High School, may be best known locally for his decades on the sidelines as an assistant Red Raiders football coach.

Bill grew up in Philadelphia and graduated in 1957 from Northeast Catholic High School. As a young scholastic student, he played football in the CYO and North Philadelphia Co-Op leagues. He later played in the Philadelphia Catholic League for his high school team.

Bill’s love of coaching dates back to his years right out of high school when he headed the Holy Cross CYO football team in 1958 and 1959. In 1958, he led the Sedgwick Lions to the championship of the Philadelphia Recreation League.

Richards graduated from West Chester State College in 1964. He played football there from 1960 to 1962 and coached the freshman team at West Chester in 1963.

Bill joined the faculty at Scott High in 1965 and began a teaching and coaching career that spanned the next 40 years. He assisted nine different Red Raiders head football coaches, beginning in 1965 under Bob Bowman as the junior varsity defensive ends coach. Under Harry McMullen from 1966 to 1970, Richards was a varsity assistant, specializing in the secondary, offensive tight ends, defensive line and wide receivers. Next, Bill helped Coatesville Sports Hall of Fame coach Al Black from 1971 to 1975, bringing a Ches-Mont League championship to Coatesville in 1972. He coached the ninth grade team under Mike Rissell in 1984-85 and was varsity defensive line and special teams coach under Rich Como in 1986-87.

The Red Raiders won league titles in 1988 and 1989 under coach Mike Dominick while Bill was the defensive coordinator and defensive line and special teams coach. In 1989, Bill’s defense did not give up a touchdown during the regular season. The team lost in the eastern Pennsylvania championship game.

Coatesville won Ches-Mont League crowns in 1991, ’92, ’93 and ’95 and the District 1 championship in 1992 under coach Jack Helm. Richards was the defensive coordinator and defensive line and special teams coach. The Red Raiders were in the state playoffs in 1992, ’93 and ’95 and the Eastern finals in 1992.

As defensive line and special teams coach, Bill assisted coach John Barr and the Raiders won a Ches-Mont League title in 1999. He served under Barr starting in 1997. In 2001, Bill coached the ninth grade team under Tom Nichols and the defensive line and freshman team from 2002 to 2005. The Red Raiders were Ches-Mont champs in 2004 and played in the state tournament in 2004 and 2005.

Bill continues to reside in the Coatesville area.