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 Pitman High School and Penn State basketball stars Joe Crispin and Jon Crispin will be among the 16 new inductees to the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame during the 34th Annual Induction Banquet on March 25, 2013 at Auletto’s Caterers in Almonesson, the Executive Committee has announced.
This year’s inductees include: Joe Crispin (Pitman), Jon Crispin (Pitman), Marilyn Stetser Bennette (Clearview), Mel Carter (Kingsway), Chuck Lamson (Woodbury), Colleen Kelly Kolb (Washington Twp.), Patricia Reiners Duer (Gloucester Catholic), Chris Ianacone (Delsea), Vince Nestore (Deptford), Fred Swartz (Gloucester CC), Bill Hunt (Williamstown), William Kneller (Paulsboro), Joe Cugini (Clayton), Scott Wagner (Clearview), Dino Hall (Glassboro State), and Kim Lockbaum Briles (Glassboro)
Tickets for the 33rd Annual Banquet are available by calling Hall of Fame President Gus Ostrum at (609) 502-0424.
Joe Crispin (Pitman)
Joe Crispin was a former NBA player with the Lakers and Suns in 2001 and 2002 who later played pro ball oversees. The Pitman native played alongside brother Jon as a point guard at Penn State, and was a member of the team that upset national powerhouse North Carolina in the NCAA Division I Tournament to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. At Pitman High he ranks as Gloucester County’s all-time leading scorer with 2651 points and led the Panthers to two consecutive Group 1 state championships in 1997 and 1998.
Jon Crispin (Pitman)
Jon Crispi along with brother Joe Crispin, led Pitman High to consecutive Group 1 state basketball championships in 1997 and 1998 while earning All-State honors for three straight seasons. He is Gloucester County’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 2,319 points and once scored 62 points in a playoff game against Penns Grove. He later starred at both Penn State and UCLA.
Marilyn Stetser Bennette (Clearview)
Stetser was head coach of the Pioneers’ softball program and formerly a long-time co-coach with Scott Wagner. As a co-coach from 1990 to 1999, she and Wagner compiled more than 150 career victories, and made multiple South Jersey Group playoff appearances in the 1990s, winning South Jersey Group 2 titles in 1995 and 1996. Stetser also served as head coach from 1978 through 1989, and finished with more than 300-plus career victories in a stellar career. She was selected as Gloucester County Times Coach of the Year twice in her career and was elected to the NJSIAA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006.
Scott Wagner (Clearview)
Wagner was the head coach of the Pioneers’ softball program and formerly a long-time co-coach with Marilyn Stetser. As a co-coach, he and Stetser compiled more than 150 career victories, and made multiple sectional playoff appearances , winning SJ Group 2 titles in 1995 and 1996. He also went on to serve as head coach, winning consecutive Group 3 crowns in 2003 and 2004 and finished with more than 250-plus career victories. Wagner was elected to the New Jersey State Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.
Bill Hunt (Williamstown)
A former Collingswood High School standout athlete in multiple sports. Hunt spent 13 years as Williamstown High School’s head basketball coach, compiling a 239-100 career record, including seven Tri-County Conference Royal Division titles and a berth in the 2011 South Jersey Group 4 final that capped a 25-4 season. He also served as the Braves’ head football coach for six seasons from 1987 through 1994.
Mel Carter (Kingsway)
A 1988 Kingsway graduate, Carter starred in football and track during a stellar career. He led coach Tony Barchuk's Dragons to the school's first-ever sectional playoff appearance as a speedy wide receiver in 1987 while in track held the Gloucester County record in the 400 intermediate hurdles and helping Kingsway grab three straight county crowns from 1986 to 1988. As a coach, he has led his alma mater's track program for many years, highlighted by a South Jersey Group 3 title in 2013.
Chuck Lamson (Woodbury)
A 1974 Woodbury High graduate, Lamson was a star for the Thundering Herd in basketball and baseball. As a pitcher at Gloucester CC, he earned All-Region 19 honors in 1977. Lamson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1977 and went on to become an All-Star in the Gulf Coast League in 1977 and 1978 while leading the Texas League in complete games in 1979. He is a former co-owner of the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team and is a member of the Woodbury High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Colleen Kelly Kolb (Washington Twp.)
Colleen Kelly Kolb was a two-sport athlete in softball and field hockey. In both sports Colleen was a three year starter for the Minutemaids. She served as captain of the 1985 state championship girls’ softball team, only the second team in Township history to win both sectional and state titles. In field hockey she was a standout as a mid-fielder and was selected a member of the All South Jersey first team.
Tricia Reiners Duer (Gloucester Catholic)
One of South Jersey’s top pitchers in the late 1980s and early 1990’s, this Wenonah native hurled the Lady Rams to a pair of NJSIAA Non-Public B state softball championships in 1990 and 1991. This effort continued a streak where Gloucester Catholic captured four state crowns in a five-year stretch from 1987 to 1991. She later starred at St. John’s University as one of the top pitchers in school history before graduating in 1997.
Vince Nestore (Delsea, Deptford)
Nestore was a three-year starter for Deptford High, and during his tenure on defense the Spartans compiled a 32-13-9 record from 1978 through 1980. In 1999 he was chosen by a panel of regional observers as South Jersey Defensive Player of the Century. He has also served as long-time head coach of Delsea’s soccer program and is considered one of the most successful the school’s history.
Fred Swartz (Gloucester County College)
One of South Jersey’s top assistant football coaches during a distinguished career, Swartz served at several area schools including Deptford High, where he helped build the Spartans into a winning program. Swartz has announced GCC athletic events for 11 years and calls soccer, baseball and softball games for Rowan University. He has also served as a long-time NJSIAA track and cross country official and as a Meet Director for dozens of track, cross country, soccer and baseball tournaments over 35 years.
Dino Hall (Glassboro State College)
A two-sport athlete and a 1982 Glassboro State College graduate, Hall earned All-American honors in both football and baseball for the Profs. Hall was selected ECAC Small College Football Player of the Year as a senior, and then played four seasons in the National Football League as a kick returner for the Cleveland Browns. He is a graduate of Pleasantville High School and has coached high school sports in South Jersey for many years.
William Kneller (Paulsboro)
Kneller, a star in football, basketball and baseball who graduated Paulsboro High School in 1963, played three years of professional baseball. Kneller was signed by the Phillies in 1963 and played two seasons in the outfield with Spartanburg in the Western Carolina League and then one season in the Pirates' organization for Gastonia. He is a member of Paulsboro High’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Kim Lockbaum Briles (Glassboro)
The current Absegami High School field hockey coach, Briles is a 1992 Glassboro High graduate who starred in field hockey as one of South Jersey’s top goalies in helping the Lady Bulldawgs to an unbeaten season (9-0-2) in 1990. At the University of Delaware she emerged as one of the nation’s top goalkeepers for the Blue Hens under coach Carol Miller while serving as captain of the 1995 squad.
Chris Ianacone (Delsea)
Ianacone compiled a perfect 26-0 season by winning a state wrestling title for Delsea in 1973 while finishing his scholastic career with a 41-7 overall record. He also excelled in wrestling at Temple University under coach Dave Steiler with a 35-15-1 record and coached wrestling at Williamstown High for five year while spending eight years as a wrestling official.
Joe Cugini (Clayton)
One of the greatest football players in Clayton High School history, Cugini led the Clippers to winning campaigns during the 1950s, earning a spot in the Clayton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.