Former Gloucester Catholic baseball coach Al Radano and Rider University baseball coach Barry Davis will be among the 13 new inductees to the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame during the 32nd Annual Induction Banquet on March 27 at Auletto’s Caterers in Almonesson, the Executive Committee has announced.
Also to be inducted in the Class of 2012 will be Michael Pensabene (Pitman), Joe Alexander (Delsea), Bernard Bunn (Glassboro), Cindy Ogbin (Deptford), John Cobb (West Deptford), Frank Zini (Clayton), Sean Silver (Deptford Twp.), John Jengehino (Williamstown), Arnita Green-Stanford (Delsea), Mike Reynolds (Williamstown), and Paulette Reilley-Cwik (Paulsboro).
Tickets for the 32nd Annual Banquet are available by calling Hall of Fame President Gus Ostrum at (609) 502-0424.
Al Radano (Gloucester Catholic)
A resident of Washington Township, coach Radano helped to establish Gloucester Catholic as one of New Jersey’s premier baseball programs from 1976 through 1993, earning six NJSIAA state championships and compiling a career record of 313-101. His great career was highlighted by an unbeaten season in 1980, in which standout players such as Bob Sebra, John Yowler, Steve Cordner and Dennis Barth helped the Rams easily win the Parochial B state crown and earn “Team of the Century” honors.
Radano is a 1960 GCHS graduate and a member of the Hot Stovers Baseball Hall of Fame and the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame.
Barry Davis (Gloucester CC)
Davis enters his eighth season at Rider University with a career record of 761-348, including 190-181 at Rider. In 2010 he led Rider to a program-best 36 wins and last year he tied the program record with 33 regular season wins.
In just his fourth season at Rider Coach Davis led the Broncs to the 2008 NCAA Tournament as champion of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and repeated that accomplishment in 2010, guiding Rider to the MAAC Title and to the NCAA Regional at Austin, Texas.
The former Gloucester County College baseball coach for 11 seasons, Davis compiled an amazing 434-109-5 record as Roadrunners’ skipper. As one of the nation’s top JUCO coaches, his teams won four national championships during his 11 seasons.
Michael Pensabene (Pitman)
A 1973 graduate of Pitman High School, Pensabene won three varsity letters each in football, basketball and baseball. He also served as captain for each of these teams in his senior year.
The 1972 football team went 8-1, as Pensabene pulled in numerous honors from various newspapers and football organizations. His 1973 basketball team won 22 games while losing just 3, including a triple overtime loss in the South Jersey Championship game. He was selected to the ‘All Tri-County Team that year. His 1972 baseball team went to the State Finals in Princeton, losing to Roselle Park. \
Pensabene attended Bucknell University from 1973 to 1976, excelling on the gridiron for the Bisons
Joe Alexander (Delsea)
One of the top wrestlers in the successful history of Delsea wrestling, Alexander became only the second Crusader to win four consecutive District 31 championships in 1999. He qualified for the state championship finals in Atlantic City three times, winning two state crowns to finish with 126 career wins.
At the University of Virginia, he experienced several injuries and surgeries, but still managed to qualify for the NCAA championship tournament three times and finish as an Atlantic Coast Conference runnerup twice. He is a member of Delsea High School’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Cindy Ogbin (Deptford)
A 1971 Deptford High graduate, Ogbin reigned supreme as a roller derby queen throughout the 1970s. As a member of the old Philadelphia Warriors from 1972 through 1976, and earlier the Detroit Devils, the Deptford graduate was known by national TV viewers as “Little Pretty” Cindy Ogbin.
She teamed with roller derby standouts such as Judy Arnold and Judy Sowinski to give the Warriors one of the top teams in the nation, one that also traveled to Japan and Puerto Rico at the height of the sport’s popularity.
Paulette Reilley Cwik (Paulsboro)
A 1976 Glassboro State graduate, Reilley-Cwik has been of South Jersey’s top track and field coaches from 1976 through 1995. She compiled a career dual meet record of 155-29-1, capturing seven South Jersey Group 1 crowns and eight Colonial Conference titles. She coached many individual sectional champions as well as six individual state champions.
Paulette is a member of the Paulsboro High School Sports Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Hall of Fame, and was voted South Jersey Girls’ Track Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1991.
John Cobb (West Deptford)
A long-time girls’ soccer coach at West Deptford, Cobb has enjoyed outstanding success since 1994. His Eagles teams won Colonial Conference championships in 1999, 2001 and 2002 as well as a South Jersey Group III crown in 1999. He earned South Jersey Coach of the Year honors in 1999.
He also served as assistant boys coach from 1985 through 1994. Cobb was also a standout athlete at West Deptford in both soccer and golf prior to his 1982 graduation as well as a standout golfer at Camden County College and Rutgers-Camden.
Frank Zini (Clayton)
A 1956 Clayton High graduate, Zinni excelled in football and baseball, earning four varsity letter winners in each sport. He earned All-Tri-County Conference under coach Harry Gamble in football in 1955 and 1956. He later went on to star in football at Carnegie-Mellon College, playing four years and graduating in 1960. He earned All-Western Pennsylvania Athletic Conference honors in 1959.
Zinni was also elected to the Clayton High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Sean Silver (Deptford Twp.)
For 25 years, Silver has been involved prominently in the Special Olympics games in sports such as track and field, traditional softball, unified softball, basketball, bowling, unified golf and floor hockey. He has earned dozens of ribbons and medals, including a gold medal in floor hockey in 2008 and silver medals in floor hockey and unified gold, both in 2007.
In 2005, he was inducted into the New Jersey Special Olympic Hall of Fame. He graduated from the Bancroft School in 1994, but also attended Gateway Regional High School, taking part in wrestling, cross country, track and field all four years.
John Jengehino (Williamstown)
As a co-founder of the Olympic Conference and Williamstown’s first-ever football coach, Jengehino produced many standout athletes for the Braves in his 13 years as head coach. His 1960 team won the Gloucester County Championship with an 8-1 record, and followed that effort with a 6-3 record in 1961. He retired as coach in 1977.
Jengehino also served as Williamstown’s assistant basketball coach under Roger Cassi from 1958 to 1968, was the track and field head coach in 1964 and 1965, and was head coach of the school’s golf program for a brief period. He is a member of Williamstown High’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Arnita Green Stanford (Delsea)
A1989 Delsea graduate, Arnita won the State Group III 400m hurdles, and the 100m hurdles as well. She was the Pennsauken Relays MVP, and the South Jersey Track Club MVP, and was chosen South Jersey Hurdler of the Year in 1989.
Upon graduation, Arnita moved on to college where she continued to set records at Ohio State University, winning Big 10 MVP honors in April 1992 and three-time All-American honors in the 400m hurdles.
Mike Reynolds (Williamstown)
Reynolds was a multi-sport star at Williamstown who graduated in 1966 who starred in baseball, basketball and football for the Braves. His brightest moment was helping the Braves to a state championship appearance in basketball in Spring 1966.
He was a four-year starter on Catawba College’s football team through the 1970 season as a defensive back, earning an All-District selection as a senior, and was also a four-year starter as a catcher on the college’s baseball team, earning an All-Conference First Team honor. Reynolds was drafted into Major League Baseball and played four seasons in the Chicago White Sox farm system, earning All-Star status in two of those seasons.
Bernard Bunn (Glassboro)
A 1954 Glassboro High graduate, Bunn starred in both baseball ad football for the Bulldogs, who fielded many talented teams in this era. Bunn played varsity football at Glassboro as a lineman from 1951 through 1953, and earned three letters in varsity baseball as well. In 1954 he earned a South Jersey 165-pound wrestling championship, and led Glassboro to a South Jersey Group 2 crown in baseball, also in 1954.
Bunn went on to play both college football and baseball at Delaware Valley College, and was also elected to the Glassboro High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Tickets are $40 apiece and may be ordered by emailing Gus Ostrum at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (856) 435-3367 during evening hours.