CHERRY HILL, NJ (January 2019)(CNBNewsnet)--The Albert Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey has announced their selections to be inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, February 10th. Bill Hiltner, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee, said the ceremony will begin at 5:30 P.M. at the Crowne Plaza, Route 70 and Cuthbert Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ.
Tickets are available for the event from Jack Mongulla, Vice President / Treasurer (856-461-8800) or by sending payment ($35 per ticket) to 41 Emery Way, Delanco, NJ 08075. Reservations are required and need to be made prior to Tuesday, February 5th. Credit cards (Amex, VISA or Mastercard) may be used to secure your reservations.
2019 Inductees Clarence Jackson (Cherokee High School)
A 2007 graduate of Cherokee High School, Jackson finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer. He was named to the Star Ledger All-State Team after helping Cherokee capture the South Jersey Group IV sectional title.
He was selected to the 1st-Team All-South Jersey squads by both the Courier-Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Clarence played AAU for Team Philly earning MVP honors at the Reebok Summer East Classic at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Jackson also was named MVP of the Gym Rat Midnight Madness Tournament in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Following his illustrious career at Cherokee went on to play for Siena College, a Division 1 program that competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference located in Loudonville, New York. During his time at Siena, he was 27th all-time in scoring with 1,164 points including 186 3-pointers which ranks 7th all-time in Siena history.
In the 2009-2010 season he hit 71 shots from the three=point line which ties him with Tay Fisher for the 9th most made in a season. He was voted the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and in 2010 was named to the All-MAAC 3rd team. The 2011 season saw Clarence posting double figures in scoring 17 times and led Siena in scoring in both MAAC Tournament games including 24 points in an overtime win over Manhattan.
Siena won three consecutive MAAC regular season and MAAC Tournament titles during Jackson’s tenure and played in three NCAA Tournament tournaments including wins over Vanderbilt (2008) and Ohio State (2009)
Clarence graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Professionally he played with DniproAzot of the Ukrainian Basketball Superleague located in Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine and averaged 12.5 points per game (ppg).
He continued his professional career over the next four years playing in Estonia, Slovakia and the Republic of Georgia.
Following his first pro season, Clarence decided to begin a youth basketball development program that he could focus his time on during his summers. He held his first summer basketball camp in 2012 at the Marlton Middle School. Seven years later, CJ Basketball Academy has become Clarence’s full-time passion as one of the top player development programs in South Jersey. As a Marlton native, Clarence has become very involved in his local community and serves as both a coach and mentor to many young players in the area.
Terrell Baker (Pennsauken Tech)
Playing for three years Terrell Baker has become a benchmark for basketball players at Gloucester Township Tech. Players are always compared to Baker as to their level of success.
As a Junior, Baker averaged 21.9 ppg. Following Terrell’s Junior season at Gloucester Township Tech and being named to the 1st Team All-South Jersey and looking to get more visibility, he attempted to transfer to a larger school. That school later disallowed the transfer and Baker returned to Gloucester Township Tech. Citing disloyalty, the coach, refused to allow him to again play basketball during his Senior year.
He then enrolled at San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College, one of America’s best-known 2-year basketball schools, and in his sixth game blew out his knee. He then left San Jacinto and signed with Champlain.
As a sophomore he averaged 21.0 ppg and 4.2 assists in leading Champlain College to a 31-2 record and earned JUCO All-American Third Team honors.
Baker then continued to Florida State where he compiled a 13.5 ppg average and was 5th in all-time steals with 139.
Donna Seybold (Collingswood High School)
Donna Seybold ’86 earned a total of ten letters in three sports (four in tennis and three each in basketball and softball) during her career in Collingswood. The Oaklyn miss was a top tennis and softball player, but she will be best remembered for joining with Jeanne Mooney to lead the Colls to the state basketball championship in 1986.
Seybold averaged 20 points per game in her senior year and scored over 1,000 points in her career, but would rather be known for the bullseye pass she threw to Mooney to send the championship game into a second overtime.
Donna earned a basketball scholarship to Manhattan College, where she had a fine career and led the team twice to the NCAA Tournament field.
She was a college coach for ten years at Loyola of Maryland and Indiana State before joining the Eli Lilly Co. as a pharmaceutical rep.
Seybold is one of three Manhattan student-athletes in program history to play on two MAAC Championship teams (1987 & 1990); she is the only player to score in two NCAA Tournament games. Seybold was named MVP of the 1990 MAAC Tournament after she recorded 17 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds against
Holy Cross in the championship game.
The 1989-90 Metropolitan Player of the Year, Seybold, was the fifth 1,000-point scorer in program history, and she currently ranks ninth with 1,217 career points. She was inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
For her stellar career with the Jaspers, Seybold was enshrined into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s Honor Roll, an induction that gets commemorated at The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. “When you’re talking about being inducted into a conference hall of fame and you think about it, there are so many players over the years that have done just as well as I have and sometimes better,” Seybold said. “It’s such an honor.”
Joyce Moffett Klinewski (Cherry Hill West)
Joyce Moffett is a product of Cherry Hill West High School graduating in 1985. As a Freshman she averaged 12.1 points per game (ppg) and 7.4 rebounds per game. At the conclusion of the season Joyce was named to the Olympic Conference American Division (2nd Team) and was selected to the Annual Suburban Girls All-Star Basketball Squad. She earned her Varsity letter in both Basketball and Lacrosse in her initial season.
She stepped up her production as a Sophomore scoring 624 points (26 ppg) and was the 2nd leading scorer in South Jersey. Again she was named to the Suburban Girls All-Star squad and the Olympic Conference 1st Team and added the All-Group 4 (2nd Team).
As a junior Moffett reached the 1,000 point mark against Collingswood and averaged 23.3 ppg and 16 rebounds per game. Moffett was rewarded for her outstanding Junior season by being selected for 1st Team honors by the Olympic Conference American Division, All-Group 4, and All-South Jersey (2nd Team).
The 1984-85 season saw Joyce surpass the 2,000 point mark against Highland on February 19th and broke South Jersey scoring record held by Hall of Famer Valeria Jones from Atlantic City finishing her career with 2,085 points. She averaged 25.9 ppg and 14.2 rebounds per game as a Senior. On February 11th, 1985 Moffett set a career high with 43 points against Edgewood (now Winslow Township High School). Following the Senior season, her trophy case was not neglected. Again she was named to the 1st Teams of the Olympic Conference American Division, All-Group 4; All-South Jersey; Philadelphia Inquirer All-Area (South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania) and All-State.
She was selected and played in both the Al Carino Girls All-Star Game and the New Jersey Interscholastic Coaches Association All-Star Game at Rutgers in New Brunswick. Joyce also starred in Lacrosse earning a Varsity letter in each of her four years.
Joyce then took her talents across the river to Drexel where she was given a full athletic scholarship to play basketball for the Dragons. She was the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship at Drexel in any sport.
As both a Freshman and a Sophomore Moffett made 1st Team All-East Coast Conference and Co-Captained the team during her Junior and Senior seasons. She still holds the Drexel record for most blocks in a single game (9) versus Lafayette (2/17/89) and is 22nd on the All-Time scoring with 977 points.
Joyce graduated Cum Laude with a 3.65 GPA with a major in Accounting and is employed by Deloitte Tax LLP. She is married to Michael Klinewski and they have two sons. Matthew is a graduate of Eastern Regional High School and Lafayette College and plays professional basketball for Uni Baskets Paderborn, Germany. She resides in Voorhees.
Father Ed Lyons
Father Ed Lyons, a retired priest and basketball of the Camden Diocese, was honored this year at the 2018 Seagull Classic, a high school basketball tournament he started in the 1970s.
It featured some memorable games between South Jersey teams and power programs from the East Coast and beyond. In 1981, Camden guard Milt Wagner scored 52 in a victory over nationally renown DeMatha Catholic of Hyattsville, Md., in a Seagull Classic game at Holy Spirit.
“Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Seagull Classic was one of the most prestigious high school basketball showcases in the country,” said John Rodio, president of the South Jersey Basketball Summit, Inc., whose mission is to foster relations between officials and coaches. “It is our hope that we can restore this back in all its glory.”
Father Lyons’ original idea was to bring top high school basketball teams to Atlantic City for a tournament in what is now Boardwalk Hall.
The tournament would move to Villanova, Penn’s Palestra, Drexel, Camden County College and Holy Spirit before
spending its final three seasons at Saint Joseph’s University.
In 1976, a girl's championship was added. “The games and their competitions brought outstanding athletes and sports journalists from around the country,” said Father Lyons in a note in last year’s tournament program. “Many young gifted players went on to stardom in college and the professional ranks.
“Last but not least,” he added, “charities in needful schools and institutions benefitted from the Seagull each Christmas Tide for nearly 20 years.”
Zoubek’s Haddonfield career was one for the ages. The Haddons went 111-8 during his tenure, winning three consecutive Group 2 state championships from 2004-2006. Zoubek’s senior year was his finest with 790 points, 396 rebounds and 134 blocked shots in route to Courier Post Player of the Year honors.
He graduated as the program’s all-time leading scorer 2,082 points and was the 24th ranked prospect in the nation by Rivals.com. The 7-foot-2 center picked Duke, where he overcame a pair of foot surgeries to help the Blue Devils capture the 2010 National Championship with a 61-59 triumph over Butler. Zoubek had eight points and 10 rebounds in the title game.
He closed his senior year averaging 5.6 points and a team-best 7.7 boards. He also set a single-season school record with 143 offensive rebounds that year. Zoubek made the All ACC Academic Team three times and was one of five players to earn the Swett-Baylin Award (Most Valuable Player selected by the team) his final season. Zoubek signed a contract with the New Jersey Nets as an undrafted free agent, but back surgery ended his playing career.
Zoubek graduated Duke with a degree in U.S. history, but went a completely different direction by opening his own pastry shop in Haddonfield called Dream Puffz. While he was doing that, he was also investing in real estate and flipping houses on the side. Zoubek preferred that line of work, so he took a job at Cushman and Wakefield in Manhattan and went to school at night at New York University. He wound up getting a master’s in real estate finance and investment and graduated in 2015. Zoubek came back to Philadelphia and started his own company, Catalyst City Development, where he builds multi-family apartment buildings and single-family town homes. Zoubek isn’t married.
Matt Brady (Paul VI High School)
Matt Brady has been participating in organized basketball since he was 10 years old, and he has been a part of some impressive teams, historic teams. However, the team that meant the most to him was the 1983 Paul VI Parochial A State Championship team. The one regret of his career at PVI was that the 1982 and 1983 teams were not back-to-back State Champs because, he says, “the 1982 season was just as good, if not better!”
Matt was a member of the Courier-Post 1980s All-Decade Basketball Team and was twice selected to the All South Jersey team while at Paul VI.
He followed his success at Paul VI with an outstanding collegiate career at Siena College, where he received a bachelor of arts, and then he earned a master’s of business administration at Wagner University. He then turned to coaching. Matt explained, “My career ambition, once I realized I wasn’t going to be the next Hall of Fame point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, was to coach basketball and help other young players to reach their goals.” Through his coaching, he produced fine teams and individual stars. Most recently, he was the head coach at James Madison University where he won 139 games in eight seasons and led the Dukes to a CAA Championship and an NCAA Tournament Bid in 2013. Brady is now thrilled to become part of the La Salle University basketball family and can already see the enthusiasm and optimism for Explorer basketball this season and beyond.
Matt’s love of basketball began at St. Rose in Haddon Heights in the late 1970s. He learned the game from coach Tim Lenahan. He was taught that a strong foundation formed an excellent high school and college player. He built on that foundation throughout his career and eventually became known as the “shot doctor” for his ability to score and teach the art of shooting a basketball.
Two very influential people helped Matt immensely along the way. Both of them are members of the Paul VI Hall of Fame, and both had Paul VI to thank for influencing their own lives and careers. According to Matt, “The first is Art DiPatri, the coach who put our boys’ basketball program on the map and made the teams he coached here among the most respected in the state, year in and year out. Coach DiPatri helped me to learn that ‘playing the right way’ didn't always mean doing it my way. He helped his players to recognize that each player had a role and that each role was absolutely critical for the team to reach its potential. Coach had a practice plan every day, and we were going to do things the way he wanted them done, no matter how much we wanted just to play and scrimmage. Those tedious details he bored us with every day allowed our team, one of the smallest teams in the tournament that season, to become State Champs!”
Matt said, “The other person who influenced me and, without question, every single player he coached for nearly 3 decades was Tim Lenahan. He had the most amazing ability to make everyone feel unique and special. He found something that each person was good at or some hobby that the person enjoyed, and he would tell everyone how great the person was at that activity. He made all the people he met feel good about themselves and their contributions, and he did this consistently, every day. Isn’t that something we all could do? Couldn’t we all use a little more encouragement and a verbal pat on the back?”
Matt went on to say, “I am so grateful that I spent my formative years at Paul VI, with teachers who cared, administrators who liked the students, excellent coaches, and the great teammates I still see at PJ Whelihan’s. Everyone faces adversity and struggles in life. No matter how well someone may seem to be doing, each of us must deal with the inevitable burdens that life dishes out. We all can be a little more understanding and a little more comforting to the people whose paths we cross.”
Matt offers current Paul VI students the following advice: “Learn to persevere through adversity. Don’t be so quick to give up, and don’t lose sight of what’s important, such as school, your family, your passions and interests, whatever they may be, and your belief in yourself.”
Brady, who has nearly 30 years of experience as a coach at the Division I level, including 12 as a head coach, came to Maryland after serving as an assistant coach at La Salle..
Prior to La Salle, Brady was the head coach at James Madison for eight seasons, racking up 139 wins, including four seasons with 20 or more victories. In 2013, he led the Dukes to a CAA Championship and an NCAA Tournament bid. He also guided the Dukes to three additional postseason appearances and the 2015 CAA regular season title.
Brady was recognized as State Coach of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors in 2013 following his NCAA Tournament campaign and was also tabbed District 10 Co-Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Brady inherited a JMU program that finished last in the conference in scoring, field goal and three-point percentage in 2007. The following season, Brady had the Dukes atop the conference in all three statistical categories. While at JMU, Brady coached 10 all-CAA players and four all-district honorees. Brady mentored three of the top 10 scorers in program history as well as three of the top 10 three-point shooters.
Prior to leading the program at James Madison, Brady was the head coach at Marist for four seasons from 2004- 08 where compiled a 73-50 record with the Red Foxes and improved their win total during each of his first three
seasons with the team. Marist set a program record for wins during its 25-9 season in 2006-07 when Brady was the MAAC and New York City-area coach of the year. Marist had dramatic statistical improvements under his direction, ranking in the top three in the 10-team MAAC in overall field goal percentage, three-point percentage and three-pointers per game during each of his four seasons. While at Marist, Brady mentored MAAC Player of the Year Jared Jordan, who was a two-time NCAA Division I assists champion and the 45th overall choice in the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.
A 1987 Siena graduate and a native of Haddon Heights, N.J., Brady was a Division I assistant coach for 17 seasons at Rhode Island (1987-89), Wagner (1989-93) and Saint Joseph's (1993-04).
Saint Joseph's was 27-0 during the regular season in 2003-04, earned a No. 1 national ranking and a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament, ultimately reaching the Elite Eight. Brady was involved in recruiting several of the top
players in Saint Joseph's history, including 2004 National Player of the Year Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, an honorable mention Associated Press All-America selection. Nelson, who was selected in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft and has gone on to play 12 seasons in the NBA, continues to be mentored and trained by Brady during his offseason.
As a player at Siena, Brady appeared in 114 career games, including 92 as a starter. He completed his career as the program's all-time assists leader (593), and he was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1993. For his career he accumulated 1,106 points (9.7 points per game) and was a 45.9 percent shooter from the field.
Brady was a standout at Paul VI High School in Haddon (N.J.) Township and was named to the 1980s South Jersey All-Decade Team. He was enshrined in the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Brady and his wife Mary have three sons, Logan - who is a freshman at Maryland - and twins Cole and Griffin.
Matt and his wife, Mary, have three sons, Logan, and twins, Cole and Griffin.
TERESA POLINI CUNNIFF
At the time of her graduation in 1991, Teresa was the all-time scoring leader for Wildwood High School. She amassed a total of 1,305 points while leading Wildwood to three Cape Atlantic National Division titles, four Big 4 titles, two South Jersey Championships and one New Jersey State Championship.
Polini was the Captain of her state championship team in 1991 and garnered the MVP trophy after the 1991 state championship game defeating a highly touted Cresskill team. Also in the magical year of 1991 she was named to the 2nd Team All-State, 1st Team All-Group 1 Team and Cape May County Gazette Leader’s Player of the Year, the Atlantic City Press’s Player of the Year and TKR Cable’s Player of the Year.
Additionally, Teresa was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Associated Press, Cape Atlantic League and Courier Post All-Star Teams.
She was chosen to participate in the Al Carino Girls All-Star Game as well as the Dixie Classic All Star game in 1991. Her game jersey (#23) was retired in 2017.
Basketball was not Polini’s only sport. As a well-rounded athlete, she was also named to Cape Atlantic League All-Star Teams in softball and tennis
Following her remarkable career at Wildwood, she attended Mitchell Junior College (a basketball powerhouse) in New London, CT. The awards kept coming. She was selected to the All-Conference Teams and scored 1,068 points (2 years). She was recognized at a Junior College All American and selected to the All-New England Conference. Polini was elected team captain in 1993 and graduated with an AS degree.
She then earned a full scholarship to Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and played Division 1 basketball for the Scarlet Knights. Her team captured the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in 1994. Polini graduated with a BA degree.
Currently Teresa is employed by the Wildwood Board of Education and was the Assistant Girls Basketball Coach working with Hall of Famer Dave Troiano. Upon Coach Troiano’s retirement, Polini-Cunniff was selected to head the Warrior’s basketball team (the same position she holds with the Wildwood softball team.