Saturday, July 23, 2011

Several Pennsylvania High School Football Coaches Approaching Victory Milestones

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

I got the juices flowing for the 2011 season with a trip back home to Easton this week.

After a visiting with family, I played in the annual Pius X Golf Tournament at Mountain Manor in Marshall's Creek last Sunday, and then spent two-days with head coach Phil Stambaugh as he put his team through preseason drills in plenty of heat and humidity in Roseto.

Stambaugh has high hopes as he enters his second season as head coach at his alma mater.  Last year the Royals went 8-4.

Now, Stambaugh's eight wins doesn't put him on any all-time wins list, but I thought I'd do a little research this weekend on coaches that have a shot at reaching a victory milestone this season...the 300 Win Club.

A couple of coaches have shots at entering the exclusive club that has only nine Pennsylvania coaches.

Jim Algeo, head coach at Lansdale Catholic since 1969, enters the season nine wins short of 300.  Algeo brings a 291-176-15 record into this season.

In the middle of the state Tim Rimpfel of Cumberland Valley needs a 12-victory season to get to 300.  Rimpfel enters the 2011 season with a record of 288-94-3.

Other possible milestones this year...Jack Henzes of Dunmore High, who Pennsylvania's second winningest coach, is three wins from 350 and Jim Rendor of Upper St. Clair is seven short of the 350 victory mark.

Here's a look at Pennsylvania's 300 Wins Club:

1. George Curry (1967-2008) Berwick & Wyoming Valley West - 413-94-4
2. Jack Henzes (1960-Present) Dunmore - 347-150-8
3. Jim Rendor (1969-Present) Upper St. Clair - 343-114-7
4. Frank Pazzaglia (1970-Present) Mid Valley - 334-131-8
5. Joe Hamilton (1965-Present) Blackhawk - 328-144-11
6. Mike Pettine (1967-1999) CB West - 326-42-4
7. Don Bailey (1974-2009) Forest Hills - 316-83-6
8. Mike Williams (1980-Present) Manheim Central - 310- 61-3
9. Jim Roth (1984-Present) Southern Columbia - 303-62-2

Pennsylvania Moves Closer to Shorter High School Football Season

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football 

Pennsylvania is a third of the way from reducing its high school football season from 16 weeks to 15.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association approved a proposal that would shrink the season beginning with the 2012-2013 season.  In order for the proposal to take effect, it still must pass two more readings in October and December.