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Springside School coach & teacher Daley, former standout at Temple, is inducted into PA Sports Hall of Fame

Wednesday, 28th October 2009

Categories Features, Girl's/Women's, Posted 10/28/09

Springside School assistant girls’ lacrosse coach Kathie Daley, who starred in lacrosse at the former Lansdowne-Aldan High as well as at Temple University, was one of 13 people inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Saturday.

Daley was inducted at the 47th Annual Induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel in Wyomissing. The event was hosted by the Berks County Chapter of the state Hall of Fame.

Daley, a member of the Philadelphia chapter, starred in lacrosse and field hockey while at Temple where she scored 199 career goals as an attack player and set school records that still stand in goals in a season (98) and goals in a game (11). She graduated in 1981.

Daley was a two-time All-American and captained both the lacrosse and field hockey teams. She was inducted into Temple’s Hall of Fame (2005), the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame (2006), and the Philadelphia Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame (2007).

Daley, who resides in Cheltenham, also has served as head women’s lacrosse coach at Philadelphia Textile (1980s) and has been a PIAA and college lacrosse and field hockey referee.

Joining Daley as inductees were (with sponsoring chapter): Ernie Accorsi, football administrator, Capital Area; George Azar, football player/ coach, Delaware Valley; Gene A. Carpenter, football coach/athletic director, Susquehanna Valley; the late Harry F. DeFrank Sr., basketball player/coach, West Shore; Patrick J. Flannery, basketball player/coach, Allentown-Rogowicz; Bruce Gossett, football player, Washington-Greene; Andrew S. Loechner, Olympic softball player, Susquehanna Valley; William B. Manlove, Jr., football player/coach, Summit; William J. Marshall, ice hockey player, Central; Greg L. Manning, basketball player, Capital Area; the late Bill Reynolds, football player, Western; and Roy G. Snyder, swimming coach, Berks County.

Daley, who teaches Kindergarten at Springside School, also remains involved in the community by overseeing a scholarship that goes yearly to a college-bound female athlete at Penn Wood, the former Lansdowne-Aldan.

“It was interesting to be there with men that were legends and played in the NFL and in pro basketball,” said Daley, who was accompanied by many family members as well as her coach at Temple, Tina Sloan Green. “It was nice to hear the stats held up over 25-plus years.

“It was great to be there. The thing that’s amazing is that I got put on the ballot by the Philadelphia chapter and it’s astonishing to me to be one of the top vote-getters. I feel very fortunate.”

Here are capsule looks at the other inductees, listed alphabetically:

ERNIE ACCORSI, a graduate of Hershey High School, retired in 2006 after a 36-year career in the National Football League. As general manager, he was largely responsible for constructing the New York Giants’ Super Bowl team and was instrumental in the team acquiring current quarterback Eli Manning.

GEORGE J. AZAR was first-team all-state and an All-American in 1958 for the Johnstown high school WPIAL football champions. He won the 1959 PIAA wrestling championship in the 185-pound weight class. He was a three-year starter in football and baseball at Michigan State and was an assistant general manager for the Philadelphia Eagles for 10 years starting in 1985.

DR. GENE A. CARPENTER was a head football coach at Millersville University for 31 years, compiling a record of 212-89-6. He is the most victorious coach in Millersville history and was the longest serving coach in any sport dating back to 1889.

HARRY F. DeFRANK was the girls’ basketball coach at Trinity high school for 23 years. He had a career .822-winning percentage and made it to the district tournament every year. He was the coach of two state championship teams and coached 23 players that played Division I college basketball.

PATRICK J. FLANNERY was the head basketball coach at Bucknell for 14 years and left with a lifetime record of 234-178. He won an ESPY in 2005 for “biggest upset,” when his Bucknell team beat Kansas in the 2005 NCAA tournament. In 1994, his Lebanon Valley squad won the Division III NCAA tournament.

ANDREW S. LOECHNE, is the secretary of the General International Softball Federation and was a key member in restoring softball as an official Olympic sport. He is a member of the International Softball Hall of Fame, National Softball Hall of Fame and Pennsylvania Softball Hall of Fame.

WILLIAM B. MANLOVE JR. was a football coach for 50 years at the high school and collegiate levels. He had 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1970-90 and had 212 career wins as a college coach.

WILLIE MARSHALL was a member of the American Hockey League for 20 years from 1952-72. He set five AHL records that still stand, including games played, goals, assists, points and career hat tricks. He won two Calder Cups while with Hershey and was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 2006.

GREG L. MANNING was a member of the Steel-High basketball team and set a PIAA state record for scoring 57 points against Nanticoke. He went to the University of Maryland and holds the record for highest field goal percentage by a guard in the Atlantic Coast Conference (58.3 percent). He was a seventh-round draft pick by the Denver Nuggets in 1981.

BILLY REYNOLDS was a three-year starter at the University of Pittsburgh and played in the East-West Shrine and College All-Star games. He was drafted second overall by the Cleveland Browns in 1953 and was the Eastern Division NFL MVP. He finished his career by playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Oakland Raiders.

ROY G. SNYDER was the swimming coach for Wilson High School. He led Wilson to seven national titles and four PIAA state titles. He coached for 54 years and had a record of 458-90-1, including winning a record 74 straight dual meets in seven seasons. As a student, he won two PIAA eastern regional championships.

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