Welcome to the Gloucester County (New Jersey) Sports Hall of Fame Website!
The Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame began in 1980 when Gus Ostrum, then a sportswriter for the Gloucester County Times, and Jim Hawkins, former track and field coach and administrator at Deptford Township High School, conceived the idea of a county-wide Sports Hall of Fame.
With plans to honor people who brought lasting fame and recognition to Gloucester County through athletics, the idea of a Sports Hall of Fame quickly drew support from all corners of the county.
Beginning with the first banquet in 1981, the Hall of Fame induction/banquet has been held at Auletto's Ballroom in Almonesson (Deptford Township), NJ. Honorees have traveled from all over the country to return to their "roots" and be honored by overflow crowds. Many of the ceremonies have been telecast over the local cable network.
Over the years the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame has established itself as one of the most prestigious sports organizations of its kind, and with continued public support and interest, the GCSHOF will continue to positively impact the local sports scene!
Former Paulsboro standout football quarterback Kevin Harvey and former Clayton High School basketball star Al Anderson will be among the 15 new inductees to the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame during the 33rd Annual Induction Banquet on March 19, 2013 at Auletto’s Caterers in Almonesson, the Executive Committee has announced.
This year's inductees also include: Harry Dilks (Pitman); Fran Iacovone (Gloucester Catholic); Ryan Knight (Delsea); Fred Powell (Williamstown); Laura Goetz-Quirk (Gateway); Ruth Lockbaum (Glassboro); Tara Harris-Marker (Deptford); Dave Smith (West Deptford); Dom Antonini (Rowan University); Sam Muni (Washington Twp.), David Maxwell (Washington Twp.), Tom Reim (Woodbury), and Dennis Burlingame (Kingsway).
Tickets for the 33rd Annual Banquet are available by calling Hall of Fame President Gus Ostrum at (609) 502-0424.
Harvey is considered one of South Jersey's greatest quarterbacks, setting passing, scoring and rushing records for the Red Raiders, who dominated Colonial Conference and Group 1 sectional football competition throughout the mid-1990s. He played college ball briefly at Temple University and was recently inducted into the South Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Anderson, along with teammate Gtanger Hall, guided Clayton High School to the school's lone NJSIAA Group 1 state championship in 1981. He led South Jersey in scoring in his senior year.
Coach Iacovone is well known for his work with Gloucester Catholic football teams throughout the 1970s and for for serving as a long-time youth coach in Deptford Township. Delsea's Knight proved to be one of the school's most versatile multi-sport athletes in the 1990s and is a member of Delsea's Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Powell is Williamstown's long-time softball coach, guiding the Lady Braves to a state championship in 2008 and maintaining his team as a top contender in the Tri-County Conference for many years. Laura Goetz-Quirk, a Gateway Hall of Fame inductee, is one of the county's most successful swimmers of the past three decades.
Glassboro's Lockbaum was one of the state's most successful track stars of the 1980s, exceling in multiple events, while Deptford's Harris-Marker emerged as a basketball standout locally in the early 1980s.
West Deptford's Smith was a versatile athlete in several sports in the mid 1970s and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame, while Antonini was a football standout at Glassboro State College and an inductee in the Rowan-GSC Sports Hall of Fame.
Washington Township's Muni was a standout wrestler for the Minutemen in the 1960s and elected as a member of the school's Hall of Fame while Township's Maxwell is a long-time prominent supporter of South Jersey sports organizations such as The Touchdown Club and The Adam Taliaferro Foundation.
Woodbury's Reim proved to be a standout athlete for the Thundering Herd in the 1960s, but was equally up to task as one of South Jersey's top football coaches at Collingswood in the 1970s. Kingsway's Burlingame exceled as one of the state's top pitchers in the 1980s, and enjoyed a brief professional baseball career.