Montco Chapter 
PA Sports Hall of Fame

CLASS of 2011 BIO's


Marc Bailey

Upper Merion High School: Football

High School Career:

·        3 Year Starter
·        All-time leading rusher at Upper Merion (3,229 YDS)
·        44 Career TDs
·        1st Team All-State 1979
·        Adidas and Blue Chip All-American 1979
·        PA Top 30 1979
·        District One 1st Team 1978-79
·        Montgomery County All-Star 1980
·        PA Big 33 All-Star 1980
·        All-Suburban One (’78, ’79)
·        Philadelphia Eagles – Montgomery County Player of the Year 1979
·        Times Herald Offensive Player of the Year 1979
·        Upper Merion #21 Jersey retired 1980
Collegiate Career:
·        University of Pittsburgh 4-year letterman 1980-1984
·        2 year starter at Fullback
·        2nd Team All-Big East Fullback
·        Played in the Gator, Sugar, Cotton and Fieta Bowl Games
·        Played on 4 Top Ten ranked teams
Professional Career:
·        Free agent signee with the Buffalo Bills
·        Named to the Upper Merion Wall of Fame
Community Involvement:
·        Member of Upper Merion School District Steering committee
·        Chairman, Upper Merion Alumni Athletic Association
·        Board Member, King of Prussia Indians Youth Football Organization
 Joseph S. Conwell
Lower Merion High School: Football


High School Career:

·        Football Team Captain

·        First Team All Central League

·        First Team All Main Line

·        First Team Philadelphia Inquirer All Area Team

·        Member of the Lower Merion 1977-78 District One Championship in basketball.

Collegiate Career:

·        Played at the University of North Carolina (1980-83)

·        Two year starter as an offensive tackle

·        Member of 4 bowl winning teams

·        Member of the 1980 ACC Championship team

Professional Career:

·        Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. (1984)

·        Played in the USFL for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, (1984-85)

·        Member of two USFL Championship teams.

·        Signed with the Philadelphia Eagles (1986)

·        Two year starter with the Eagles

 Traci Davis
Ursinus College: Lacrosse


Collegiate Career:

·        Named Captain of the Lacrosse team her senior year.

·        All-American in both Field Hockey and Lacrosse.

National/International Career:

·        Member of the U.S. Women’s National Team 1979-1989

·        Member of the U.S. Touring Team 1981 and 1984

·        Member of the U.S. World Cup Team 1986

Coaching Career:

·        Coach and Athletic Director at the Garrison Forest School In Maryland.

·        Coached both Field Hockey and Lacrosse.

·        Won 4 regular season IAAM-A championships in Field Hockey

·        Won 3 IAAM-A Tournament Championships in Field Hockey


·        Member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame (only 350 members male and female)

·        Member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame

·        Named Field Hockey Coach of the Year by The Baltimore Sun in 2007 and 2010

 Joe Frazier


Amateur Career:

·        Philadelphia Golden Gloves Novice Heavyweight Champion

·        Middle Atlantic Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion

·        Won the Gold Medal at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo

Professional Career:

·        WBA World Heavyweight Champion

·        Defended the title six times

·        Professional record of 32 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw

·        27 career KO’s

·        Participated in what is known as “The Fight of the Century”, where he defeated Muhammad Ali.  The fight is considered one of the biggest sporting events of the 20th Century.

·        Appeared on the cover of Time magazine

·        Widely considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all-time.

Honors and Awards:

·        Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

·        Named by Ring magazine as one of the “Top 80 Fighters in the Last 80 Years”.

·        Named by Ring magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Punchers”.

·        Named by as one of the “50 Greatest Fighters of All-Time”.

  Mary Ann Harris
North Penn High School: Field Hockey


High School Career:

·        Played Field Hockey, Basketball, and Softball

·        Member of six Bux-Mont Championship teams

Collegiate Career:

·        At Temple University she played four years of field hockey, three years of basketball, two years of tennis, and a year of lacrosse.

National Level Career:

·        Member of the U.S. National Field Hockey Team for 15 years (1959-1973)

·        Three International Conference Championships: Amsterdam 1959, USA 1963, Germany 1967

Coaching Career:

·        Field Hockey coach at Springfield High School, Sidwell Friends School (Washington D.C.), and Ursinus College.
·        Lacrosse and Tennis coach at Ursinus College.
·        Head Coach 1983 USWLA Division III National Lacrosse

·        Clinician at Field Hockey camps around the country.
·        Owner and Director of Harris Field Hockey Day Camps
·        Head Field Hockey coach at Souderton High School (1992-present)
·        313 career wins
·        9 Division Championships
·        4 District 1 Championships
·        5 X PIAA Final Four


·        U.S. Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame (Charter Member)
·        Temple University Hall of Fame
·        Souderton/North Penn Area Hall of Fame
·        North Penn High School Hall of Fame
·        Champion National Grass Court Senior Women’s Mother and Daughter Tournament New Port RI  1993 and 1995
·        Represents Middle States Tennis Association 65 and 70’s Inter District and National Sectional Tournament

Rich Johnson
Merion Mercy Academy: Girls Volleyball Coach


Merion Mercy:

·        5 PIAA State Championships (4 straight titles 2007-2010)

·        2010 team was 40-0 ranked first in the State and top 50 in the nation.

·        4 teams ranked first in the State and top 50 in the nation.

·        2 PIAA 3rd place finishes

·        10 PIAA District One championships

·        12 Catholic Academy/Bicentenial League Championships

·        3 players named PA Gatorade Players of the Year

·        8 Division 1 players

Synergy Club Volleyball:
·        10 teams qualified for Nationals (2001-2010)
·        10 teams placing in the top 40 in the nation (2001-2010)
·        2010 17 year old Synergy team finished 2nd at AAU Nationals
·        10 AAU All-Americans
 Elaine Pomian Knobloch
Upper Merion High School: Field Hockey/Lacrosse


High School Career:

·        Played Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse at Upper Merion 1976-1978.

·        All-Suburban I in Field Hockey 1977 and Lacrosse 1978.

·        Member of Lacrosse teams that went the State semifinals and State finals.

Collegiate Career:

·        Played Field Hockey and Lacrosse at the University of Delaware 1978-1992.

·        Member of the Delaware Field Hockey team that finished 3rd in the Nation in 1980

·        3rd all time for assists for the Delaware Lacrosse team

·        Led team in assists 3 out of 4 years

·        Member of the Delaware Lacrosse team that won the 1981 and 1982 AIAW Division II National Championships.

·        Member of the AIAW All Tournament Team in 1982

Coaching Career/Community Involvement:

·        Founder and director of the Metro Girls Lacrosse League for girls grades 1-8.

·        Founder and director of the Check It Out Lacrosse program for girls grades 1-8.

·        Co-director of the Cherry Blossom Lacrosse Festival.  Festival played on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  Over 80 teams participate.

·        Co-director of the Washington Women’s Summer Lacrosse League.

·        Assigner for both the Washington Field Hockey and Lacrosse Umpires Association.

·        Lacrosse and Field Hockey coach at Richard Montgomery High School.

·        Held several positions in the US Women’s Lacrosse Association including treasurer and director of the National Tournament in 1992

·        Board member of the US Lacrosse Foundation.

·        Vice President of the Potomac Chapter, US Lacrosse


·        Inducted into the Potomac Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame 2006.

 Ron Livers
Norristown High School: Track and Field


High School Career:

·        2X PA State Triple Jump Champion 1972 & 1973

·        PA State High Jump Champion 1973

·        National High School Triple Jump Champion 1973

·        AAU Junior National Team 1973 & 1974

·        AAU Junior National Team Champion 1974

Collegiate Career:

·        3X NCAA Triple Jump Champion 1975, 1977, & 1978

·        Silver Medal in the Triple Jump at the World University Games 1977

·        World Record for best Triple Jump and High Jump in the same meet

National Career:

·        USA National Track and Field Team member 1973 to 1981

·        3X USA AAU National Indoor Triple Jump Champion 1978, 1979, 1980

·        USA AAU National Outdoor Triple Jump Champion 1979

·        Candidate for USA Olympic Track and Field Team 1980


·        Member of All-Time AAU Indoor National Track and Field Team

·        Member Norristown Area High School Hall of Champions

·        Member of San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame

·        Member PA High School Track and Field Hall of Fame

·        Former American Record Holder for the Indoor Triple Jump.

·        Guinness Book of World Records from 1975 to 1977 for jumping 20 1/4" over his head.

    Joseph McIlvaine
Lower Merion High School: Baseball


High School Career:

·        Led Lower Merion to the Suburban I championship in 1965.

·        Had a 5-1 pitching record that season.

Professional Career:

·        Drafted in the sixth round by the Detroit Tigers

·        Pitched for five years in the Tiger organization.

·        Scouted for three MLB teams from 1974-1980

·        Scouting director for the New York Mets 1981-1985

·        Vice President of Baseball Operations/Assistant GM for the Mets 1986-1990

·        Instrumental in the Mets 1986 World Series championship team.

·        General Manager of the San Diego Padres 1991-1993

·        General Manager of the New York Mets 1993-1997

·        Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Minnesota Twins 1998-2011.


·        Member of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame


Deceased Inductees

 Fran Crippen
Swimming: Germantown Academy
Fran Crippen was a loyal ambassador of sport, fair play, and humanitarian goodwill. After being a pool swimmer for most of his career, Crippen made the transition to open water swimming in 2006 where he had tremendous success. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Crippen was an 11-time All-American and two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) swimmer of the year. He earned a bronze medal as a member of USA Swimming at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. At the 2003 Pan American Games, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he won two individual silver medals in the 400 and 1500 m freestyle. Crippen represented the United States at the Pan Pacific Championships in 2006, where he earned a silver medal in the 10 km open water swim. From 2006 to 2008 Crippen represented the Mission Viejo Nadadores in California and swam for coach Bill Rose. In 2007, he earned a gold medal in the 10 km distance event at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Two years later, Crippen won a bronze medal in the 10 km open water race at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships. A year later, Crippen again won silver in the 10 km at the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine, California. Crippen was a six-time US National Champion. He won two national titles in the 800 m freestyle, two in the 5 km open water, and two in the 10 km open water event. He represented Germantown Academy Aquatic Club in Fort Washington, PA. He also represented TYR Sport, Inc.
 Swimming is a family affair in the Crippen family. Fran’s oldest sister, Maddy, was a 2000 Olympian in the 400 individual medley. Fran also has two younger sisters who have been successful in the pool. Claire Crippen has been a National Finalist and NCAA All-American at the University of Virginia and youngest sister Teresa competes for the University of Florida and was a Pan American Games Champion.
Crippen died while swimming the last race of FINA’s 2010 10K series in Fujairah, UAE; after having won the penultimate race in Cancun, Mexico a few weeks before.  The Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation was developed by Fran’s family and friends to continue Fran’s legacy by working to empower athletes who exemplify the principles Fran embodied as they journey to elevate themselves, by providing aid for athletes as well as advocating for safe competitive environments.
Paul McKernan
Football/Baseball: Upper Merion

High School Career

·        Lettered in Football, Basketball, and Baseball.

·        Leading scorer on the basketball team as a senior.

·        Pitched a no hitter as a senior.

·        Stanley A. Kuzy Best Athlete Award

·        Norristown Area Radio Station WNAR Best Athlete Award

Collegiate Career

·        Received a football scholarship to Temple University

·        Member of the Football and Baseball teams.

Professional Career

·        Received an invitation to tryout for the Pittsburgh Pirates

·        Offered a minor league contract with the Pirates

Coaching Career/Community Involvement

·        Greater Norristown Upper Montco American Legion head coach.

·        Won 4 American Legion Championships.

·        Perkiomen Valley Baseball League Head Coach.

·        First head coach of the Norristown A’s.

·        Made the playoffs 3 of 4 years.

·        Head Coach of Upper Merion Little League Baseball

·        Head Coach of the King of Prussia Indians Youth Football team.

 Unsung Hero Award

Robert P. Levy

Founder of the Little Quakers


·        Founder of the Little Quakers, a non-profit corp. founded to promote excellence in football for the Greater Philadelphia area in 1953

·        In 54 years over two thousand 13 and 14 year old boys have participated in the Little Quakers

·        Players are recommended by their leagues and coaches and must be excellent students and athletes

·        Former Quakers have played in Ivy League schools such as Penn, Princeton, and Cornell as well as Temple, Delaware, North Carolina, Duke, Boston College, Swathmore, Ursinus, Lafyette, Williams, Amherst, Trinity and Kansas.

·        Several Maxwell Club Players of the week

·        Two notable Little Quakers are NBA referee Steve Javie and college sport analyst and former NFL player Mike Mayock.

·        The Little Quakers have played in Hawaii, Florida, and New Orleans.  Their games have been broadcast on cable TV.

·        Game films have been narrated by John Facenda and Harry Kalas.


·        Recipient of the John B. Kelly Athletic Award.

·        First recipient of the Service to Youth Award from the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

·        Philadelphia Police Athletic League's Man of the Year Award.

·        University of Pennsylvania Tennis Hall of Fame.

·        Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

·        Lifetime Commitment recipient of the 2004 Class of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

·        Philadelphia Sports Congress annual community service award changed to the "Robert P. Levy Community Service Award" in 2009.

·        Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

·        International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient