follow us on...

Former Boyertown girls’ coach Brumbach is first woman named to Ches-Mont Hall of Fame

Friday, 12th June 2009

Categories Features, Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 6/12/09

Marcia Brumbach, who guided Boyertown to four state girls’ lacrosse championships in a brilliant 21-year career, was recently inducted into the Ches-Mont League Hall of Fame.

Brumbach was honored during the Ches-Mont League’s annual Spring Banquet at Coatesville Country Club last weekend. Brumbach was inducted with Pottstown graduate Alray Johnson, who starred in football, basketball and track and field and later was a successful wrestling coach at Downingtown.

Brumbach was the first woman to be inducted into the Ches-Mont Hall of Fame, now in its third year for a league which was launched in 1950-51. She was an outstanding athlete at Boyertown in the late ’60s who returned to her alma mater to coach the field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams to countless championships.

Brumbach coached lacrosse at Boyertown for 21 years, compiling a brilliant record of 245-67-12, winning 11 league championships and four District 1 (state) championships while coaching over 20 All-Americans. Ther District 1 titles came in 1984-85 and 1993-94. Brumbach’s Bears posted a state-record 56 straight wins from 1993-95 and she also coached the U.S. and Japan in International competition.

Seven times during her coaching tenure at Boyertown, Brumbach was recognized as the Pennsylvania Girls High School Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

Brumbach was named to the Concord College (W.V.) Hall of Fame in 2001, having participated in field hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, track and field and swimming – but not lacrosse. She also was an accomplished basketball coach who developed successful defensive schemes for lacrosse from the basketball court.

Brumbach also was inducted into the Tri-County Chapter of the PA Hall of Fame and this January was inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Brumbach was a standout in field hockey, basketball and softball in high school and her teams dominated their Ches-Mont rivals. Back then, no official champions were crowned.

In 11 years as the girls’ basketball coach, Brumbach’s Bears went 124-79. Her best season was 1983-84, when the Bears won 28 straight games en route to the Ches-Mont championship and second place in the District 1 playoffs. The following year, she became the head basketball coach at West Chester University, where she remained for four seasons.

Girls’ District 1 Champions
One Classification
1976 – Harriton
1977 – Central Bucks West
1978 – Central Bucks West
1979 – Penncrest
1980 – Marple Newtown
1981 – Marple Newtown
1982 – Marple Newtown
1983 – Ridley
1984 – Boyertown
1985 – Boyertown

1986 – Radnor
1987 – Marple Newtown
1988 – Phoenixville
1989 – West Chester East
1990 – West Chester East
1991 – Unionville
1992 – Unionville
1993 – Boyertown
1994 – Boyertown

1995 – Marple Newtown
1996 – Henderson
1997 – Henderson
1998 – Henderson

Tags: ,


Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

Latest Headlines