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Star Coaches

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

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Ray Williams
Voorhees
Williams (pictured), the coach of the Gibbsboro Voorhees 12U GVAA B baseball team, helped lead his team to 14th place at a weeklong tournament in historic Cooperstown this summer. The national tournament brings out teams from across the country, and was a big leap for the group, which has been playing together for the last three years, thanks largely to Williams’ leadership abilities under pressure.

Malik Allen
Medford
Shawnee High School alumnus and former NBA player Allen has been hired as a new assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons. The Villanova product will serve under head coach Stan Van Gundy, who coached Allen while he was playing for the Miami Heat. Allen helped Shawnee win state championships for two consecutive years during his time with the school.

Dale Young, Joe Hale and Jon Young
Cherry Hill
Coaches Young, Hale and Young led the Cherry Hill 8U Panthers to a successful summer season. The Panthers went undefeated on their way to the 2014 Cal Ripken District 4 championship trophy. The team and coaches went on to compete in the state competition at the end of the summer.

Deanna Knobloch
Moorestown
Moorestown lacrosse coach Knobloch received the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Award after friends, parents and players nominated her for the recognition. Knobloch, who was one of two coaches to win the award, has guided the Quakers for 22 years and compiled a sterling 450-29-4 record. She received a trophy and $250 prize for the honor.

Gerry Taraschi
Washington Township
Taraschi, a former Washington Township High School assistant football coach, was recently inducted into the South Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in a banquet at Masso’s Caterers. The retired coach and teacher helped lead Washington Township to a series of championships, including three Group IV sectional titles, during his tenure as defensive coordinator and assistant coach.

Tim Legler
Mullica Hill
Legler, a former NBA shooting guard, was busy this season, running his seventh consecutive youth basketball camp and coaching a South Jersey Amateur Athletic Union Under-14 team. His team went 21-2 with four tournament wins at the start of the summer. Legler has pushed his team to two Elite 8 finishes through the summer, dominating the competition in the process.

Rob Reynolds
Marlton
After leading the Marlton 10U Reds to the Cal Ripken Middle Atlantic Regional championship, Reynolds took his team to the Cal Ripken World Series in Winchester, Va. The kids, who have been playing together since they were 8 years old, went on to post a perfect 6-0 record against teams from across the country, including a 9-1 win over Southeast Lexington, Ky., in the final to claim the coveted title.

Lauren Kendra
Haddon Heights
A former star basketball player at Gloucester Catholic High School and the Rams’ JV coach the last two years, Kendra is getting a chance to run her own program. She was recently approved as the new head girls coach at Haddon Heights, and she will look to help the Garnets build on last year’s 22-5 season. Kendra graduated Gloucester Catholic in 2004 and went on to break the record for career assists at King’s College.

Shane Snyder
Washington Township
Snyder has a lot to be proud of this year after leading his Washington Township High School golf team to the Group IV state championship. With Snyder’s determination and dedication to coaching, the Minutemen had a dominant season and captured four different championships.

Jackie Mulligan
Haddonfield
Mulligan, an elementary school teacher in Cherry Hill, is the new head coach of the Haddonfield High School girls basketball team. As a player, the former Jackie Donovan scored 2,516 points at Sterling and was inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. She also enjoyed success as a coach at Sterling, winning two South Jersey Group II titles, a Group II state title and the Tournament of Champions crown in 2000.

Rich Bender
Delran
Bender, the only head baseball coach in the history of Delran High School, celebrated his 600th career win this past season. He became the 11th coach in New Jersey history to reach the milestone when the Bears defeated Willingboro, 13-0. Bender started the program in 1976 and has guided Delran to five South Jersey titles and two state championships.

Dan Spittal
Voorhees
Spittal recently stepped down after 14 highly successful seasons as the Eastern High School football coach. The Vikings posted an 86-61 record during his tenure, including a 10-2 mark last fall, when they reached the South Jersey Group V championship game. Spittal also led the program to its only sectional title in 2003. Spittal, who retired from teaching at the end of the school year, is looking to coach at the college level.

Denise Roessler
Mount Laurel
Mount Laurel native and Marlton resident Roessler has moved on from her coaching position at St. Joseph’s University to take over as head women’s lacrosse coach at Bryn Athyn College in Bryn Athyn, Pa. She led the Hawks for 16 seasons and was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2009. Her squad also earned its fifth straight Public Recognition Award from the NCAA in 2014 for its academic progress rate (APR) scores.

Bethany Purdue
West Deptford
Purdue, an occupational therapist at Philadelphia VA Medical Center, has added another title to her already-impressive résumé: coach of the hospital’s hand cycling, or wheelchair racing, team. The team, made up of veterans who have experienced both service and non-service connected accidents and illnesses, participated in the 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philadelphia and South Jersey. Purdue has inspired many of the team’s participants to join the competition and continue competing year after year.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 6 (August, 2014).
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