Masso's Chrystal Manor, Glassboro, L to R: (coaches and player) Dave Light, Nikki Velez, Megan Light-Mason, Sue Dybus
GLASSBORO, N.J.--On Tuesday, June 14th, the South Jersey Girls Softball
Association honored Gloucester City High School Softball Coach Dave Light with the prestigious Hall of Fame award. The event was held at Masso's Chrystal Manor, in Glassboro. Over his 17-year career as Gloucester High School’s head Varsity softball coach, Light has compiled a 346-95-1 record, earned four State championships, nine South Jersey championships, and 10 Tri-County titles.
His daughter, Megan Light-Mason, current head Varsity softball coach at Gloucester City High School, had the honor of introducing her father. She jokingly mentioned his favorite sayings, “Hey, it takes two hands to handle a whopper and we want a pitcher, not a belly-itcher.” But stated, “His most famous saying defines his legacy: Play with a lot of heart, dedication and desire to be the best.” She also went on to say, that Mr. Light has a deep-seeded love for the game and through the years enjoyed creating lasting memories and experiences with all of his players.
Masso's Chrystal Manor, Glassboro, L to R: Dave, Kris Light, Megan Light-Mason, and Kati Light
Mr. Light was honored and truly humbled by the award. He stated, “The players were unbelievable. That old saying, ‘Players make the coach’ is true. I was lucky enough to coach some of the most talented athletes in Gloucester High history. These players would win field hockey, basketball, and softball year after year. I was just lucky enough to be a part of it.” He also thanked his family for their love and support, and former coaches and players who have contributed to his winning program for so many years.
Light concluded by saying that he is lucky to be coaching under his daughter Megan, and that he just can’t give up such an impactful, exciting part of his life. He stated, “After a game, I sit down trying to recoup and I say to myself, “Man what a game! But that’s the love of the game. Who would want to give that up? I don’t… that’s why I’ll be around for a little while longer.”
The association also honored, head coach Megan Light-Mason and assistant Sue Dybus who were presented with the SJ Group I championship trophy and Nikki Velez, who was recognized with All-South Jersey Softball Honors.
Mr. Light’s induction can be seen on the YouTube video below.