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Bob Carullo
Bob Carullo , Class of 1966, began his wrestling career during his Junior year when he participated in his first match at Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, Coach Sam Coursen’s alma mater. Cited by his coach as “the best 1-point wrestler he has ever known”, Bob went on to compete in the Region IV tournament where he was defeated in the final round to become Regional Runner-up. During his senior season, he served as Co-Captain of the team and was named Co-MVP of the CHS Colonial Conference Co-Champs. Bob went on to Drexel University where he served as the Co-Captain of the undefeated Freshman Team. He put his college career on hold for service in the US Army Air Corps. Wrestling the year before and after Vietnam, he defeated 3 Service National Champs in dual meets and missed the Army Nationals by one match. Another of Bob’s Army highlights occurred in 1968 when he defeated the wrestler (who would eventually go on to win the U.S. Olympic Southeast Tournament) in an earlier Duals match. Unfortunately, Bob was unable to compete in the Southeast Tournament due to military duty. Returning to Drexel, Bob set a record for 1st year Varsity wins, was a 3 year Captain, MVP, finished 3rd in his conference and again missed Nationals by 1 match. Bob also lettered in Tennis at CHS his Senior year. He and his Doubles partner, Bob Seiffert, had the distinction of defeating the State Championship Doubles Team from Moorestown High School—a true highlight of their Senior season! In postseason play, Bob finished as the Runner up in the Singles competition at the Vineland Tournament. Bob was Assistant Wrestling Coach at Drexel for 2 years and founded the Drexel Wrestling Alumni. He also served as Assistant Wrestling Coach at Overbrook High School for 3 seasons and Indian Mills Athletic Association Head Wrestling Coach for 8 seasons. In addition, Bob served as Overbrook High School Assistant Tennis Coach for 3 seasons and Indian Mills AA Baseball Coach for 11 seasons. A “hands on” athlete—Bob does not do soccer. Following a 33 year Department of Defense Engineering career, Bob is currently employed as the Executive Director of the SMART Congressional Initiative, a grass-roots Science and Technology coalition. He and his wife Karen (McHugh, also ’66) are the proud parents of Mike, Missy & Kevin.

Brian Hart
Brian Hart ’95 participated in Basketball and Soccer, but found his niche in the Boys’ Volleyball program which had its inaugural season in the Spring of 1994 under the tutelage of Coach Joe Gillespie. He played in every one of the 29 matches of his junior and senior seasons which earned him some laudable statistics. These statistics, as provided by Coach Gillespie, included: 24 aces, 45 assists, 61 blocks, 150 service points, 178 digs, and 190 kills. Excelling from his Center position, Brian served as team captain and was named Player of the Week by the Courier-Post. Post-season honors included being named to the 1st teams of both the South Jersey Boys’ Volleyball League Team and the All-South Jersey Boys’ Volleyball team. Brian recalls a favorite memory which occurred during his senior season--- The team participated in a Spring Tournament at Haddon Township High School where they defeated a favored Cherry Hill West team to advance to the finals where they met the also highly favored Cherry Hill East team. Brian would like to thank his coach, Joe Gillespie, for forging a unique relationship with his players. Brian feels that their coach was tough on them in the interest of having them play to their full ability and to realize their full potential as athletes. In addition to his involvement in athletics, Brian was a member of the Student Council, French Club, Spanish Club, History Club, Spring Arts Festival, and Student Concern Committee. As a musician, he was a member of the Marching Band for 1 year and a 4 year member of the Jazz and Concert Bands. Brian earned an Associates Degree from Camden County College and has also earned additional credits from Rutgers-Camden. He is employed by Aldi, Inc. Married to Meridith Flanagan-Hart, they are the parents of Aileen, Brayden, Evan, and Paige.

Joe Gillespi
Coach Joe Gillespie, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a 1970 graduate of Northeast High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Education from West Chester University and, in addition, earned a Biology degree from Rowan University and a Masters in Administration Degree from Wilmington University. Affectionately known as either “G” or “Mr. G” to his students, Joe has been a popular member of the Science Department where he has taught Biology, General Science, and Environmental Science since beginning his teaching career at Collingswood High School in the autumn of 1982. During his long tenure at CHS, Joe has coached Gymnastics, Swimming, and Track. He is best known, however, as the coach of both the Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball teams with the boys’ program earning him his greatest success. Joe has been with the program since its inception in 1994 and continues to coach the team. To date, he and his Boys’ teams have earned 337 wins, 11 Conference Championships, and his 2008 team was named the Courier-Post Team of the Year. Joe has earned the following Coaching Honors: 2015 Star Ledger South Jersey Coach of the Year, 2011 Courier-Post Boys’ Volleyball Coach of the Year, 2011 Star Ledger South Jersey Coach of the Year, and 2006 Courier-Post Boys’ Volleyball Coach of the Year. Of his players, 62 have been selected to 1st team All-Stars, 58 to 2nd team All-Stars, 15 to the New Jersey All-State Team, and 16 have earned Courier-Post Player of the Week Awards. In 2008, Harrison Carsillo was named the Courier-Post Volleyball Player of the Year. Additionally, Joe has served as Assistant Volleyball Coach at Temple University (2010-2013), Temple University Team Photographer (2017), Head Girls’ Volleyball Coach at Gloucester Catholic HS (2007-2009), Head Womens’ Volleyball Coach at Rutgers-Camden (1999-2005) and is a former official, Rules Interpreter, and Executive Member of the SJ Volleyball Officials Association. In Joe’s opinion “the most rewarding aspect of teaching and coaching, other than getting rich, are the deep, satisfying relationships that have developed with many of my former students and athletes. Watching them develop into fine human beings gives me great enjoyment”. He would like to thank Mark Zuckerberg for”launching Facebook…allowing me to connect those that have spread far and wide”. Joe is married to Ann and they are the parents of daughter, Katie.

Colleen DiClemente Dyer
While a student athlete at Collingswood High School in the mid-1980s, Colleen DiClemente was a member of the Fall Cheerleading Team and the Lacrosse Team. However, she would find her greatest success on the Basketball court When she was a junior member of the State Championship winning CHS Girls’ Basketball team, Colleen DiClemente was a scoring contributor via her “deadly” 18-foot jump shot. When her Senior season rolled around with DiClemente as the only returning letter winner, Coach John Bach knew that they would be rebuilding and was hoping that Colleen would be able to assume a greater leadership role. Colleen was up to the task and Bach credited her for playing with “the temperament and intelligence he expected her to”. With the team benefitting from her leadership, they went on to a 19-6 season which included defeating Haddonfield twice!! The team qualified for the Group II playoffs, but lost in double overtime to Middle Township in the quarterfinal round. In an unfortunate side note, Colleen was unable to play in that game as she was sidelined with a broken finger…. Colleen served as Team Captain and earned 2 Varsity letters. Recognized for her exceptional play that season, she was named Al Carino Club player of the Week as well as being named to the 1st Team Colonial Conference, 1st Team Group II, and Honorable Mention All-South Jersey. The most memorable moment in her CHS Athletic career occurred when the 1986 Girls’ Basketball Team won the State Championship. She considers herself to be “truly blessed” to have had outstanding basketball coaches her entire career starting in the Woodlynne Public School where she was coached by Mr. Robert Murtha and the late Mr. Butch McLean. Once at Collingswood, she was coached by HOF Coach John Bach and Mary Baldwin. Colleen went on to Marymount College where she continued her Basketball career under Coach Bill Finney, another much admired coach. During her junior season, she became the all-time free throw percentage leader hitting 80% of her shots from the line. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was elected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities for Academic Achievement. Colleen is married to Thomas Dyer and is the mother of daughter, Shelby, and son, Max. She works in the Retail Management field and, in her spare time, enjoys watching her children play sports.

Jared Moffett
The winter season found Jared Moffett, Class of 1995, as a member of the Boys’ Basketball team where he played forward and was a consistent scorer. He would earn 2 Varsity letters and be named to the All Colonial Conference 2nd Team following his senior season. Come the spring season, Jared could be found on the Baseball Diamond where he was an outstanding hitter. The 1994 team won the Colonial Conference going 17-1 and setting a conference record for wins. They went 23-3 overall which also set a school record for wins. During that exciting season, Jared was credited with setting the following school records: a batting average of .494, hits in a season with 39, and RBIs in a season with 28. He earned 2 Varsity letters and was twice named to the 1st Team Colonial Conference, All-Group II, and All-South Jersey Honorable Mention Teams. He was also named Co-MVP of the team. Jared would go on to play Baseball at Camden County College where he would earn All-American Junior College honors in 1997. He has been inducted into the Camden County College Hall of Fame for his contributions to Baseball at the school. He would go on to earn a Baseball scholarship to West Chester University where he would earn All PSAC (Penn State Athletic Conference) honors in 1999. He graduated with a degree in Business Management. Currently employed as an Insurance Agent for Liberty Mutual, Jared lives in West Deptford with his wife Stacey (Plotts) Moffett. They are the parents of Hayley and J.T. In his spare time, Jared enjoys watching movies and sports, playing soccer with his children, and spending time at the Jersey shore.

Patricia Hofacker Badey
After convincing her high school softball coach, the late Neil Thompson, that she was capable of playing First Base, Patty (Hofacker) Badey ’83 went on to star at that position. A four- year letter winner, Patty was also a threat with the bat as well as a base stealing threat! One of her fondest memories is of the team’s qualifying for the South Jersey playoffs in 1982 where they took on and defeated Audubon. Patty served as team captain and was named MVP. She earned 1st team Colonial Conference honors following her junior and senior seasons. Following her senior season, Patty was named to the 1st team All-Group II and honorable mention All-State. Playing for the late Bea Markwick, Patty was also a solid defensive Field Hockey player from her halfback position. She was a proud member of the 1981 and 1982 Colonial Conference Field Hockey team and was named Honorable Mention All-Group III following her senior season. A memorable Hockey moment was the team’s competing in the states her senior season. Patty earned both the Buddy Robertson Award and the Unsung Hero awards at the end of her senior year. Today, Patty is married to James Badey and is the mother of Erin Zimmer and Ryan James Badey. She is also the grandmother of Hunter. She is employed in the Business field and also serves as Assistant Softball Coach at Camden County College. She is “very proud to have played under some amazing coaches” and notes that it was “an honor to play for Bea Markwick”. She enjoys coaching, sports, and her time spent with her “old Collingswood friends” Jackie, Joy, Ruth, and Janet.

Rich Hahn
Rich Hahn was a standout athlete from the Class of 1968 earning 2 Varsity letters in Basketball and 3 Varsity letters in Baseball. As a Senior, Rich was awarded the prestigious Irvine Award for the Most Outstanding Male Athlete in his class. In Basketball, he was a two year starter during which time the team record was 45 wins and 5 losses. Recognized as an outstanding shooter, he was also an unselfish player. Teaming with Tim Wright, they were considered one of the most feared backcourt duos in South Jersey. The season of 1967-68 found the team to be considered the #1 team in the state. A talented pitcher, Rich set a school record for starts in a three year career with 26 and finished with a record of 18-6, including a no-hitter against Group III Champion Sterling High School. He also served as team captain. Of the five teams for which he was a starter, four have been inducted into the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame with the 1967 Baseball and 1967-’68 Basketball Teams considered to have been among the best in the school’s history. Following graduation from CHS, Rich went on to distinguish himself as a member of the 1st Baseball team at Camden County College. His fine pitching earned him 1st Team All-Region honors along with Honorable Mention All-American honors as well. He earned an Associates’ Degree from Camden County College, attended Rutgers-Camden, and served in the U.S. Army. Rich would like to pay tribute to the late Neil Thompson who served as his only coach for both Basketball and Baseball at CHS for his “discipline and direction in many ways during his athletic career”. Rich went on to become a top High School Football Official who officiated more than 15 State final games. In 2008, Rich was recognized as the High School Football Official of the Year by the Collegiate Hall of Fame. Now retired, Rich and his wife of more than 30 years, Becky, currently reside in Lake Placid, Florida. He works as a Motivational Speaker and enjoys fishing and family.

1971 Colonial Conference Dual Meet Championship Boys’ Track Team
According to the 1971 school yearbook, “The Knight”, the Boys’ Track team had its greatest success in 25 years. The team earned a 9-1 record and were the Colonial Conference Dual Meet Champions. They were coached by Bob “Buffy” Smith, Paul Ritzinger, the late Paul Elton, and the late Jack Ridinger and were captained by Stan Caccia, Steve Meyer, and the late Bruce Bestafka. The major point contributors were Dan Reardon, the late Kurt Schmid, Charlie Burroughs, Stan Caccia, the late Bruce Bestafka, Ken Burt, and Pete Lapiska. The team’s most versatile performers were Steve Meyer, Rich Johnson, and Doug Aitken. Congratulations to the 1971 Boys’ Track Team as they enter the Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

1972 Colonial Conference Championship Football Team
The 1972 Collingswood football team finished the season with a 6-3 record which led to a three-way tie with Audubon and Haddonfield for the Colonial Conference Championship. In the season opener, the Panthers defeated Haddon Heights (27-0) followed up by a defeat of Sterling (6-2) the next week. The Colls lost a heartbreaker at Audubon (21-18) in front of 7,000 people in one of the most exciting games in the long history of this rivalry as Audubon scored with 33 seconds left to record the win. A week later, the Panthers lost to Rancocas Valley, the #3 ranked team in South Jersey, by the score 15-6. The team next travelled to Haddonfield where, in the highlight of the season, they defeated the Bulldogs 32-8. Quarterback Jon Leise threw three TD passes (two to Gene DiCiano and one to Jon Holmes). Leise and halfback Bill McLaughlin also scored on runs of 72 and 6 yards respectively. The defense completely shut down the Haddons running game and also featured two interceptions by Tim McGaurn and one each by John DeMeo and Jon Holmes. Following the game, Haddonfield coach, Russ Spicer, was interviewed by Suburban Newspaper sports reporter, Al Mattern. He commented “I figured it would be close, either way, or we’d rout them…I never figured they’d rout us”. The team continued its winning ways by defeating its next opponent, Paulsboro, by the score of 36-13. One of the turning points for the team, however, would occur during this game when captain and star quarterback Jon Leise sustained a season-ending injury late in the game. With three games to go, the Panthers were forced to battle on without their leader who was one of the most prolific players in South Jersey that year. Bob Deets took over at the quarterback position and the team would record two more wins against opponents Gloucester (28-0) and Haddon Twp (7-0) on their way to the final game of the season. The season finale was the traditional Thanksgiving Day matchup with Woodbury. The 13-9 loss ended the 72 team's opportunity to win the championship outright and resulted in the three- way tie. On the plus side, the offense scored the most points of any team in the conference (169) while allowing the fewest points (71). Many of the players were awarded post-season honors: Four would be named to the Colonial Conference 1st team and four to the 2nd team; Three would be named to the All-Group III 1st team, three to the 2nd team, and four to the Honorable Mention team; Two would be named to the All-Suburban 1st team, one to the 2nd team, and two to the Honorable Mention team; and one would be named 1st team All-South Jersey with another receiving Honorable Mention. Congratulations to the 1972 Football Team as they enter the Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

1973 Colonial Conference Championship Field Hockey Team
The 1973-74 School year was a banner one for Girls’ sports at Collingswood High School with the combined records for their Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse seasons tallying 45 wins, 3 losses, and 2 ties. The Field Hockey team, coached by the late Bea Markwick, would win the Colonial Conference that year with a record of 13 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie. They would go on to the State Tournament where they defeated Bordentown and Moorestown on their way to a showdown with Cherry Hill West which was tied at 3-3, but was lost on “time”. The team places four girls on the Colonial Conference 1st team and four girls on the Colonial Conference 2nd team. The team was captained by Patrice “Ernie” Donohue who was also named its MVP. Congratulations to the 1973 Field Hockey Team as they enter the Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

1973 Group III Championship Boys’ Track Team
The 1973 Boys’ Track Team, coached by Bob “Buffy” Smith, Paul Ritzinger, and J. Morris, and captained by Alex Dimitrew and Kevin Hilyard, is most noted for the being named the top Group III point scorer in South Jersey as well as for the numerous new individual and team records it established. Highlights of the season were many: The mile relay team consisting of Jon Holmes, Chuck Magee, Dave Motson, and Gil Chapman, set an all-time Colonial Conference record with a time of 3:33:6; Bruce Prutzman set a new record of 51 seconds in the 440 breaking a school record which had stood since 1929; Kevin Hilyard, SJ Group Champ, set a new school record in the 880 with a time of 1:58:1; Ed Donohue set a new school record in the 2 mile with a time of 9:54:4; and Jerry Scullin placed 2nd in the high jump at the state meet . Awarded the MVP honors were Kevin Hilyard, Bruce Prutzman, and Alex Dimitrew. Congratulations to the 1973 Boys’ Track Team as they enter the Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

1973-’74 Colonial Conference Championship Girls’ Basketball Team
Continuing the winning way set by the success of the Field Hockey team, the Girls’ Basketball Team would also win the Colonial Conference. Finishing the season in a tie with Audubon, a playoff game was necessitated. The team defeated Audubon for the outright honor by a score of 39-38. Entering the state playoffs, the team defeated Mainland to advance to the second round where the team, crippled by illness, lost to Lakewood. The team was coached by Sandy (Pope) Ritter and was captained by Kathy Jeckot. Patrice “Ernie” Donohue was named to the Colonial Conference All-Star Team and she was also named the team MVP. Congratulations to the 1973-’74 Girls Basketball Team as they enter the Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame!

1974 Delaware Valley League Lacrosse Championship Team
Completing their third championship season of the 1973-’74 school year, the Lacrosse Team was named the Delaware Valley Lacrosse League champs following a 19-1 win over Rancocas Valley High School. The team was coached by the late Bea Markwick and recorded 15 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie. Prolific scorers, the team would outscore their opponents 226 to 62. High scorer for the team was Kathy Kaiser with 84 goals who also served as captain and was named MVP. Congratulations to the 1974 Delaware Valley League Lacrosse Champs as they enter the Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame!


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