2013 Hall of Fame
Chuck Donohue Sr.
The best coach in Southern Regional history, Donohue Sr. is one of only three active Shore Conference coaches with more than 200 career victories and one of only six in history.
He has a career record of 226-151-4 in 39 years at four different programs and is the first coach in state history to lead four different teams to NJSIAA sectional finals. During his stint at Southern from 1998 to the present, he has a career record of 87-68 and led the Rams to their only NJSIAA sectional final appearance in 2008 and 2012. In 2011, he led Southern to its first division title since 1972 and just the second in program history. Under Donohue, the Rams have made seven of their nine state playoff appearances in school history.
In 2008, he led Southern to a school-record 10 wins with a team led by current Penn State linebacker Glenn Carson. The Rams are coming off a 9-3 season in 2012 in which they reached the inaugural South Jersey Group V championship game before falling to undefeated Williamstown.
Donohue began his head coaching career at St. Joseph’s-Hammonton, where his teams went 44-20-1 from 1974-80, winning the South Jersey Parochial B title in 1977 and reaching the championship game in 1980. They made four total playoff appearances under Donohue and also won two Cape-Atlantic League division titles.
From 1981-85, Donohue was the head coach at Haddon Heights, finishing 26-20-1 in that stint and leading the Garnets to the South Jersey Group II final in 1985. He then became the head coach at Buena from 1986-97, where his teams went 69-43-2, finishing 11-0 and winning the South Jersey Group II title in 1988. The Chiefs also won two Cape-Atlantic League Division titles during Donohue’s tenure and reached the state playoffs five times.
Donohue was also inducted into the South
The greatest coach in Matawan’s illustrious history, Martucci racked up a career record of 197-91-1 in 27 seasons with the Huskies. His teams won five NJSIAA sectional titles, tied for the third-most of any head coach in Shore Conference history.
Matawan also captured nine Shore Conference division titles during Martucci’s tenure. The Huskies finished undefeated in 1988 for the first of Martucci’s five titles, which also included 1991, 1992, 2009 and in his final season in 2011. His 1988 and 2009 teams tied the school record with 11 wins. Also Matawan’s athletic director, Martucci retired from his administrative position in 2012 and is now the running backs coach at Kean University, where he earned a master’s degree in supervision and administration in 1980.
Martucci began his 40-year high school coaching career as an assistant at St. John Vianney for one season before serving as an assistant and then the head coach at Matawan for the remainder of his tenure. He is the all-time wins leader at Matawan, having passed his old coach, Barry Rizzo, who was inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame in 2009.
In his final season in 2011, the Huskies stunned Rumson-Fair Haven 3-0 to win their second Central Jersey Group II title in three seasons in their third straight appearance in the finals. Martucci’s teams were 5-1 overall in NJSIAA championship games and reached the state playoffs in 18 of his 27 seasons. He also coached several Shore Conference greats, including former NFL players Jay Bellamy and Charlie Rogers.
Martucci is a 1968 Matawan graduate who was an all-state linebacker under Rizzo and went on to play linebacker at the University of Connecticut, where he graduated in 1972. He then served as an assistant under Rizzo for 11 seasons before taking over as head coach in 1984.
He also is a member of the New Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
The group of Ron Emmert, Bob Strangiaand George Jeck is being inducted for their contributions as coaches and also as broadcasters and promoters of Shore Conference football. Also being inducted for his contributions is Ken Turp, who broadcasted Shore Conference football games on the radio and on local cable television for 29 years.
Ron Emmert was the head coach at Southern from 1972-1986 after having previously been an assistant for the Rams for eight years and at Lacey for three seasons. He led Southern to the Shore Conference Class C title in 1972 for the program’s first division title and its only division crown until 2011. He was named the Press of Atlantic City Coach of the Year in 1981. A member of the Southern Regional Athletic Hall of Fame, he also served as a broadcaster for coverage of Shore Conference football on Channel 8 in Ocean County for five years and coached in five Gridiron Classics when it was then known as the All-Shore Classic.
Bob Strangia had a tremendous run as the head coach at Red Bank Regional for six years after having served as the head coach at Dickinson and an assistant at Snyder in Jersey City for a total of six seasons. Strangia led the Bucs to three undefeated seasons, including their only NJSIAA sectional title since the creation of the state playoffs in 1974.
In 1975, Red Bank beat Hightstown 46-44 in one of the greatest championship games in New Jersey history to win the Central Jersey Group II championship. Red Bank also won the Rutgers Cup in 1971 as a Central Jersey champion, and Strangia earned Coach of the Year honors three times from local media. Strangia also served as a broadcaster for Channel 8 for 11 editions of the All-Shore Classic and worked five state finals for television as well.
George Jeck was the head coach at Toms River East for eight seasons after having been an assistant under the legendary Warren Wolf for 14 years at Brick. He led the Raiders to a share of the Class A South title in 1982 and also led them to their only NJSIAA sectional final appearance in school history when they lost 17-0 to Brick in the South Jersey Group IV championship game in 1981. He also coached in five All-Shore Classics for Ocean County and served as a broadcaster doing Shore Conference football for Channel 8 for 18 years, which included broadcasting five All-Shore Classics.
Ken Turp promoted Shore Conference football on three radio stations and two local cable stations in Ocean County over the course of 29 years. He was the play-by-play broadcaster for 19 straight All-Shore Classics and did color commentary on the “Game of the Week’’ broadcasts in Ocean County. Turp also had a regular phone-in show on WOBM radio, and served as the play-by-play announcer on the radio for the inaugural North-South All-Star Classic in 1979. He also broadcasted 10 NJSIAA championship games, including two at the former Giants Stadium.