Montgomery County Coaching Hall of Fame Announces 19th Class of Inductees | Sports
NORRISTOWN >> Five coaches, with stellar records in their respective sports, make up the latest class of inductees into the Montgomery County Coaching Hall of Fame. They will be the centerpiece of the 19th Annual Induction Banquet on Tuesday, November 23 at the Presidential Caterers in East Norriton.
The induction banquet resumes its history as the highlight of the annual sports calendar in Montgomery County, after a year-long absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After a long run of packed halls for our annual banquet, it was painful to put the celebration on hold last year,” admitted Hall of Fame President Dale Hood. “We are delighted to return to a full house after a year of absence due to Covid-19. Interest is very strong in this new class of inductees, who bring a long list of accomplishments to this year’s banquet. “
The new class of inductees includes Randy Garber, who played nationally as a football player and then built a powerhouse as a coach at Abington High; Tim Hughes, Spring-Ford High softball coach from 1997 to present, whose teams have won nearly 80 percent of their games during that time; Mary Ann Harris, a legend of lacrosse coaches at Ursinus College and field hockey coaches at Souderton High; Bob Peffle, a championship coach in three sports – soccer at La Salle College High School and wrestling and baseball at Frankford High; and Ed Klavon, who founded the North Penn High wrestling program in 1956 and coached the team for 35 years until 1992 and won a state championship in 1987.
“I am very confident that the return of the Coaching Hall of Fame banquet this year will bring the highest caliber of coaching excellence to the podium,” said Selection Committee Chairman Kevin Burke. “We are very happy to honor them in front of Montgomery County sports fans.”
The new class of inductees bring a long list of accomplishments to this year’s banquet.
Randy Garber was an American and professional football player, whose coaching career was just as exceptional as his playing days at Abington High School and beyond.
Garber rose through the coaching ranks. He started out in youth football and was named NSCAA Youth Football Coach of the Year in 1996. In 1997, he was named Eastern Youth Soccer Coach of the Year. of the AP. And in 2007, he was named Southeastern PA Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In 2012, he also received the Eastern PA Youth Soccer Excellence in Coaching Award.
He then took over the reins of the Abington High soccer program. His teams have won the 2012 PIAA District One Championship and have been District One finalists three more times (1993, 2007, 2012).
Garber was honored to be inducted into three more Hall of Fames – Southeastern PA Soccer HOF, Mercer County College HOF, Abington High School HOF.
To say that the women’s softball program at Spring-Ford High is synonymous with Tim Hughes would be an understatement. As a head coach from 1997 to the present, he set a dominance record that would be hard to beat in any sport. His overall record is 449-116-1.
With Hughes at the helm, Spring-Ford won 12 PAC 10 championships and two district championships. The team have 25 consecutive appearances in the district that have led to three consecutive appearances in the state semi-finals and nine consecutive trips to the state tournament. The latest highlight was an unbeaten regular season in 2021, which ended in the State Tournament with a loss to Haverford.
He was inducted into the Tri-County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
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All Mary Ann Harris did was compile Hall of Fame-worthy accomplishments in two different sports – at two different schools.
At Ursinus College, she won the NCAA National Lacrosse Championship in 1983, helping to elevate and solidify the Lady Bears’ national reputation for playing and coaching excellence.
His 20-year tenure (1992-2011) as the head of the Souderton High School field hockey program resulted in a remarkable 300-107-25 record with 10 conference championships, 4 district titles and 10 appearances in a state tournament.
It all came after an incredible playing career. Harris was a 15-year member and captain of the United States National Field Hockey Team. She is inducted into the United States National Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame University Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Ursinus College Hall of Fame, Souderton / North Penn High Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (Montco Chapter).
Speaking of versatility, Bob Peffle has put together a remarkable coaching CV in three different sports.
As a long-time football coach (28 years, 600 games) at La Salle College (1987-2014), Peffle posted an overall record of 402-132-66. This included seven Catholic League of Philadelphia (PCL) championships and four additional PCL finalist appearances. Those seasons alone produced an incredible 107-14-21 (0.754 winning percentage) record.
His undefeated PCL team in 2011 (15-0) produced 6 All-PCL players. In all, he has coached over 100 PCL All-Catholic selections.
Prior to his soccer run at La Salle, Peffle coached the soccer program at Plymouth Whitemarsh High and won a Suburban One title in 1985.
During the same period, Peffle was the wrestling coach of Frankford High. His teams have won 10 straight Philadelphia Public League championships, losing just one championship game. He added 3 PIAA District 12 Championships to this incredible race which spanned 23 seasons (1984-2006). Overall, his wrestlers posted an astonishing record of 429-72.
At the same time, Peffle went on to win the spring season as Frankford High’s baseball coach (1989-2007). He produced five Philadelphia Public League Championships. Three more times his teams have reached the PPL final and have made it to the PIAA tournament twice.
Supporting a team to success is an admirable accomplishment. Starting a program from scratch and then building a successful career is remarkable. Ed Klavon founded the North Penn High School wrestling program in 1956 and immediately built a winning program. For 35 years, until 1992, his teams dominated.
His lifetime record was 318-151-7 and included a 43-game winning streak from 1983 to 1986. He won the PA State Championship and was named PA Wrestling Coach of the Year, both in 1987. His teams have gone on to win the PA State Championship. experienced 28 winning seasons, two unbeaten seasons, 10 league championships (six Bux-Mont, four Suburban One National), eight Section II titles, two District I North titles and three South East regional titles.
He has coached seven individual PIAA Champions, five other State Medalists, 33 State Qualifiers, 20 South East Region Champions, 25 District I Champions and 79 Section II Champions. He has trained many father-son combinations over the years.
One year he branched out as North Penn’s head football coach and his only team won the Bux-Mont League Championship in 1964.
In 1993, he was inducted into the District 1 Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was inducted into both the PA and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The five members of the new Induction Class, as well as the yet to be announced members of the Montgomery County Coaching Hall of Fame Honor Roll (for volunteer coaches) will be inducted at the banquet on November 23.
Banquet tickets are available for purchase by contacting a Hall of Fame Advisory Board member. Additional information can be obtained by going to the website – www.mcchof.com or by calling the Banquet Management Office at 484-868-8000.