PSFCA Hall of Fame - Class of 2020

PSFCA Hall of Fame Class of 2020
 
 

Robert Barbieri

Robert Barbieri
 

Robert Barbieri is a graduate of Old Forge High School (1957) and George Washington University (1962). After his playing career at GW, Robert returned to his alma mater to begin his coaching career under his mentor legendary coach Elio Ghigiarelli for the 1962 and 1963 seasons. Robert was then names to his first head coaching position in 1964 at Pittston High School. After two seasons at Pittston High, Robert was named the Head Coach of the newly formed Pittston Area High School following the merger of Northeast High School and Pittston High School. In his very first game as Head Coach at Pittston Area, Robert faced perennial power Old Forge and his former coach and mentor Elio Ghigiarelli. Barbieri led the Patriots to a 20-14 victory to establish Pittston Area as a program on the rise.

During his twenty-four year coaching career, (1964-1988) Barbieri recorded a record of 150-100-4. His teams won five Wyoming Valley Conference A Division titles and one Eastern Conference Co-Championship. He was named coach of the year twice (1974 and 1981). He was a two-time head coach of the UNICO all-star game (1970 and 1988) and coached in the Big 33 game (1981). His 1967 team went undefeated through the regular season before tying Shikellamy 0-0 in the Eastern Conference Championship game. Throughout his career, Barbieri coached multiple Scholarship athletes who went on to have successful college careers. Most notable is high school All American tailback Jimmy Cefalo, who went on to star at Penn State and played for the Miami Dolphins.

In 2014 the Pittston Area School District honored Barbieri by naming the field house at Charley Trippi Stadium the Robert "Bob" Barbieri Field House. In 2019, Barbieri was inducted into the Luzerne County Hall of Fame. After retiring from teaching and coaching at Pittston Area in 1988, Barbieri joined the coaching staff of Wilkes University as an offensive line coach. Robert and his wife, the late Henrietta Barbieri have two children, Maria Barbieri Jarrell and Nicholas Barbieri, and four grandchildren, Mia Barbieri, Nicholas Barbieri, Robert Barbieri, and Ellie Jarrell.

 

Robert Barbieri

Robert Barbieri
 

Robert Barbieri is a graduate of Old Forge High School (1957) and George Washington University (1962). After his playing career at GW, Robert returned to his alma mater to begin his coaching career under his mentor legendary coach Elio Ghigiarelli for the 1962 and 1963 seasons. Robert was then names to his first head coaching position in 1964 at Pittston High School. After two seasons at Pittston High, Robert was named the Head Coach of the newly formed Pittston Area High School following the merger of Northeast High School and Pittston High School. In his very first game as Head Coach at Pittston Area, Robert faced perennial power Old Forge and his former coach and mentor Elio Ghigiarelli. Barbieri led the Patriots to a 20-14 victory to establish Pittston Area as a program on the rise.

During his twenty-four year coaching career, (1964-1988) Barbieri recorded a record of 150-100-4. His teams won five Wyoming Valley Conference A Division titles and one Eastern Conference Co-Championship. He was named coach of the year twice (1974 and 1981). He was a two-time head coach of the UNICO all-star game (1970 and 1988) and coached in the Big 33 game (1981). His 1967 team went undefeated through the regular season before tying Shikellamy 0-0 in the Eastern Conference Championship game. Throughout his career, Barbieri coached multiple Scholarship athletes who went on to have successful college careers. Most notable is high school All American tailback Jimmy Cefalo, who went on to star at Penn State and played for the Miami Dolphins.

In 2014 the Pittston Area School District honored Barbieri by naming the field house at Charley Trippi Stadium the Robert "Bob" Barbieri Field House. In 2019, Barbieri was inducted into the Luzerne County Hall of Fame. After retiring from teaching and coaching at Pittston Area in 1988, Barbieri joined the coaching staff of Wilkes University as an offensive line coach. Robert and his wife, the late Henrietta Barbieri have two children, Maria Barbieri Jarrell and Nicholas Barbieri, and four grandchildren, Mia Barbieri, Nicholas Barbieri, Robert Barbieri, and Ellie Jarrell.

 

Rick Foust

Rick Foust
 

Rick Foust graduated in 1968 from Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in Foxburg, Pennsylvania, and earned a B. S degree from Clarion State College in 1972. After graduation he started his teaching and coaching career at Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio. He was an assistant coach there from 1972-1980, and was named Teacher of the Year in 1978.

In 1980, Rick accepted a position teaching math and coaching football at Homer-Center High School in Homer City, Pennsylvania. He was the head coach for 18 years and recorded 101 wins. His teams won Heritage Conference Championships, two District 6 Championships, and made it to the state quarterfinals in 1994. During this time, he mentored, encouraged, and taught his athletes not only football but accountability and work ethic. This was done with expecting and seeing the best in his players and undoubtably by setting an example. Though it may not have been spoken, the message was clear that Rick expects from his athletes the same level of commitment and leadership he models. Rick is very proud of the accomplishments of many of his players. Rick was named Coach of the Year in the Heritage conference as well as Indiana Gazette and the Blairsville Dispatch during his career. He was also inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame.

Rick retired from coaching in 1998. From 1998-2008 Rick served as principal at Homer-Center during which time his building became a Blue Ribbon School. He followed his love of football as a supporter of Homer Center Football and Shippensburg High School where his son, Eric became the head football coach in 2003. In 2008 Rick returned to coaching as an assistant on his son’s coaching staff and is presently the defensive coordinator at Shippensburg High school.

During his 40 years of coaching, Rick had the opportunity to work with many extraordinary people, including school administrators, school board members, fellow teachers and coaches, and most of all dedicated high school football players. Rick has the ability to collaborate with other school and community leaders to help his players not only on the field but also to be better people. Over the last 49 years, Rick has taken advantage of every opportunity to educate or coach a young person to be their best self. Countless people have been motivated and inspired to do better due to his influence. However, none of this would have been possible without the encouragement of his Jane and their children Eric and Katie who have supported him every step of the way.

 

Rick Foust

Rick Foust
 

Rick Foust graduated in 1968 from Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in Foxburg, Pennsylvania, and earned a B. S degree from Clarion State College in 1972. After graduation he started his teaching and coaching career at Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio. He was an assistant coach there from 1972-1980, and was named Teacher of the Year in 1978.

In 1980, Rick accepted a position teaching math and coaching football at Homer-Center High School in Homer City, Pennsylvania. He was the head coach for 18 years and recorded 101 wins. His teams won Heritage Conference Championships, two District 6 Championships, and made it to the state quarterfinals in 1994. During this time, he mentored, encouraged, and taught his athletes not only football but accountability and work ethic. This was done with expecting and seeing the best in his players and undoubtably by setting an example. Though it may not have been spoken, the message was clear that Rick expects from his athletes the same level of commitment and leadership he models. Rick is very proud of the accomplishments of many of his players. Rick was named Coach of the Year in the Heritage conference as well as Indiana Gazette and the Blairsville Dispatch during his career. He was also inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame.

Rick retired from coaching in 1998. From 1998-2008 Rick served as principal at Homer-Center during which time his building became a Blue Ribbon School. He followed his love of football as a supporter of Homer Center Football and Shippensburg High School where his son, Eric became the head football coach in 2003. In 2008 Rick returned to coaching as an assistant on his son’s coaching staff and is presently the defensive coordinator at Shippensburg High school.

During his 40 years of coaching, Rick had the opportunity to work with many extraordinary people, including school administrators, school board members, fellow teachers and coaches, and most of all dedicated high school football players. Rick has the ability to collaborate with other school and community leaders to help his players not only on the field but also to be better people. Over the last 49 years, Rick has taken advantage of every opportunity to educate or coach a young person to be their best self. Countless people have been motivated and inspired to do better due to his influence. However, none of this would have been possible without the encouragement of his Jane and their children Eric and Katie who have supported him every step of the way.

 

Guy Montecalvo

Guy Montecalvo
 

Guy won WPIAL titles as both an athlete and a coach at Washington High School. He is one of a small group of coaches in Pennsylvania to have won PIAA championships in two different sports. Guy earned All-WPIAL and All-State honors and was selected to play in the Big 33 Game in 1973. In his senior year, he was crowned WPIAL Track’s Most Valuable Performer. He earned a football scholarship to Penn State where he played defensive back and earned B.S and M.S. degrees. He began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant for the Lions in 1978 & 1979.

He became Washington’s football coach in 1980 and compiled a 192-71-2 record in 23 seasons. The Little Prexies won the 1993 and 2001 WPIAL titles and finished as runners-up in 1990, 1995, 1998, and 1999. In the 2001 campaign, Washington went a perfect 15-0 and won WPIAL and PIAA championships. His 1993 team was the PIAA runner-up. Montecalvo also served as head coach of the track teams at Washington. His team captured the PIAA title in 1996, and won WPIAL titles in 1998 and 2000. Guy later coached football at Canon-McMillan High School for seven seasons and finished his career with a 225-107-2 record. The Big Macs qualified for the play-offs four times. Montecalvo also served the Big Macs as Athletic Director and in 2014 was named Pennsylvania Region 4 Athletic Director of the Year.Montecalvo has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports HOF, the WPIAL HOF and the Tri­County Coaches HOF, and was named Washington-Greene County "COY" 11 times, WPIAL "COY" 2 times and PIAA "COY" in 2001. In 2010 he was awarded the WPIAL Track & Field "Lifetime Achievement Award."

He has been married to his wife Marie for 40 years and they have three children: James (deceased), Suzanne (37, husband Joel), and Laura (33). His two daughters were also both WPIAL individual champions, and youngest daughter Laura is also a WPIAL champion basketball coach. The steadfast devotion and sacrifice of his wife Marie, who came from a family of coaches, is the anchor for why any of their success has been possible!

 

Guy Montecalvo

Guy Montecalvo
 

Guy won WPIAL titles as both an athlete and a coach at Washington High School. He is one of a small group of coaches in Pennsylvania to have won PIAA championships in two different sports. Guy earned All-WPIAL and All-State honors and was selected to play in the Big 33 Game in 1973. In his senior year, he was crowned WPIAL Track’s Most Valuable Performer. He earned a football scholarship to Penn State where he played defensive back and earned B.S and M.S. degrees. He began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant for the Lions in 1978 & 1979.

He became Washington’s football coach in 1980 and compiled a 192-71-2 record in 23 seasons. The Little Prexies won the 1993 and 2001 WPIAL titles and finished as runners-up in 1990, 1995, 1998, and 1999. In the 2001 campaign, Washington went a perfect 15-0 and won WPIAL and PIAA championships. His 1993 team was the PIAA runner-up. Montecalvo also served as head coach of the track teams at Washington. His team captured the PIAA title in 1996, and won WPIAL titles in 1998 and 2000. Guy later coached football at Canon-McMillan High School for seven seasons and finished his career with a 225-107-2 record. The Big Macs qualified for the play-offs four times. Montecalvo also served the Big Macs as Athletic Director and in 2014 was named Pennsylvania Region 4 Athletic Director of the Year.Montecalvo has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports HOF, the WPIAL HOF and the Tri­County Coaches HOF, and was named Washington-Greene County "COY" 11 times, WPIAL "COY" 2 times and PIAA "COY" in 2001. In 2010 he was awarded the WPIAL Track & Field "Lifetime Achievement Award."

He has been married to his wife Marie for 40 years and they have three children: James (deceased), Suzanne (37, husband Joel), and Laura (33). His two daughters were also both WPIAL individual champions, and youngest daughter Laura is also a WPIAL champion basketball coach. The steadfast devotion and sacrifice of his wife Marie, who came from a family of coaches, is the anchor for why any of their success has been possible!

 

Steve Schein

Steve Schein
 

Steve Schein is a 1969 graduate of Levittown's Woodrow Wilson HS. He attended West Chester State and received his B.A. and M.ED degrees in Health and PE. In 1973 Steve began his teaching/coaching career at Spring-Ford High School hired by Coach Merle Bainbridge. In his 10 years at S-F, he assisted in the football and track programs and spent 3 years as Head Wrestling coach. Steve was also active in the community, coaching many youth sports and spent 5 years as President at the SFYAL, overseeing several youth programs.
In 1983, he was hired as the Head Football Coach at Upper Merion High School.

In his 17 years at UM, his teams won 117 games, lost 70, with 6 ties, four Suburban 1 American League titles, and qualified for District 1 playoffs. He was selected Coach of the Year three times and named twice as Head Coach for the Montco All-Star Football Game. Many of his UM players continued to play college football at every level including Villanova, Delaware, Duke, Pitt, Penn State, and numerous Division II and Division III programs.

He spent several summers working at football camps, including 17 years at PSU, and has been active in USA Football. After retiring as Head Coach in 2000, he came back as UM defensive coordinator under Coach Andy Toto for 2 years. Steve then returned home to Spring-Ford and assisted Gary Rhodenbaugh for 7 seasons, working first as Defensive Coordinator and then Offensive Coordinator. During this time period he organized the first S-F youth football camp and was a founding father of the S-F Youth Football and Cheerleading program, serving 5 years as its first president. He is currently working on Coach Chad Brubaker's staff at Spring-Ford High and will begin his 47th season on the sideline this fall.

 

Steve Schein

Steve Schein
 

Steve Schein is a 1969 graduate of Levittown's Woodrow Wilson HS. He attended West Chester State and received his B.A. and M.ED degrees in Health and PE. In 1973 Steve began his teaching/coaching career at Spring-Ford High School hired by Coach Merle Bainbridge. In his 10 years at S-F, he assisted in the football and track programs and spent 3 years as Head Wrestling coach. Steve was also active in the community, coaching many youth sports and spent 5 years as President at the SFYAL, overseeing several youth programs.
In 1983, he was hired as the Head Football Coach at Upper Merion High School.

In his 17 years at UM, his teams won 117 games, lost 70, with 6 ties, four Suburban 1 American League titles, and qualified for District 1 playoffs. He was selected Coach of the Year three times and named twice as Head Coach for the Montco All-Star Football Game. Many of his UM players continued to play college football at every level including Villanova, Delaware, Duke, Pitt, Penn State, and numerous Division II and Division III programs.

He spent several summers working at football camps, including 17 years at PSU, and has been active in USA Football. After retiring as Head Coach in 2000, he came back as UM defensive coordinator under Coach Andy Toto for 2 years. Steve then returned home to Spring-Ford and assisted Gary Rhodenbaugh for 7 seasons, working first as Defensive Coordinator and then Offensive Coordinator. During this time period he organized the first S-F youth football camp and was a founding father of the S-F Youth Football and Cheerleading program, serving 5 years as its first president. He is currently working on Coach Chad Brubaker's staff at Spring-Ford High and will begin his 47th season on the sideline this fall.

 

Al Wolski

Al Wolski
 

Al Wolski is a 1968 graduate of Phoenixville High School. Following high school he was a starting offensive tackle on the University of South Carolina freshman team, then transferred to West Chester State College where he was a three year starter, and has since been elected to the schools Football Hall of Fame

He always wanted to be a football coach, and was fortunate to learn from the best. In 1974 and 1975 he was graduate assistant on Joe Paterno's staff, and two years later would be a full time assistant on Jim Butterfield’s staff at Ithaca College; including being part of the 1979 Division III National Championship team. While at Ithaca he also served as the head lacrosse coach, and led the Bombers lacrosse team to three NCAA Playoff appearances. Between Penn State and Ithaca Wolski coached at Troy High School in the Northern Tier League.

After a brief hiatus from coaching he returned to the sidelines in 1992 as an assistant at Armwood High in Tampa and Deerfield Beach as head coach.

In 1995 he was hired at Reading High School; where he compiled a 65 and 28 record during his nine year tenure. While at Reading his teams featured an option attack that would produce three Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships, and the schools first ever state playoff appearance. His 2003 team posted the first and only 10 win season in school history. He was selected Berks County and Lancaster-Lebanon Coach of the Year on multiple occasions.

Playing in one of the best football towns, best leagues, and one of the best sites for high school football in the state of Pennsylvania, he felt that the State High position was the best job in the state. In 2004 he was named head coach, and in his 10 years he posted an 87 and 41 record, including three twelve win seasons, an undefeated regular season in 2008, and appearance in the 2009 State AAAA final. In addition the Little Lions won two Mid-Penn Championships, several District championships, and made it to three state semi-final games. During his head coaching career he received several Coach of the year honors; coached 11 Big 33 players, while compiling a 159-85 record.

 

Al Wolski

Al Wolski
 

Al Wolski is a 1968 graduate of Phoenixville High School. Following high school he was a starting offensive tackle on the University of South Carolina freshman team, then transferred to West Chester State College where he was a three year starter, and has since been elected to the schools Football Hall of Fame

He always wanted to be a football coach, and was fortunate to learn from the best. In 1974 and 1975 he was graduate assistant on Joe Paterno's staff, and two years later would be a full time assistant on Jim Butterfield’s staff at Ithaca College; including being part of the 1979 Division III National Championship team. While at Ithaca he also served as the head lacrosse coach, and led the Bombers lacrosse team to three NCAA Playoff appearances. Between Penn State and Ithaca Wolski coached at Troy High School in the Northern Tier League.

After a brief hiatus from coaching he returned to the sidelines in 1992 as an assistant at Armwood High in Tampa and Deerfield Beach as head coach.

In 1995 he was hired at Reading High School; where he compiled a 65 and 28 record during his nine year tenure. While at Reading his teams featured an option attack that would produce three Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships, and the schools first ever state playoff appearance. His 2003 team posted the first and only 10 win season in school history. He was selected Berks County and Lancaster-Lebanon Coach of the Year on multiple occasions.

Playing in one of the best football towns, best leagues, and one of the best sites for high school football in the state of Pennsylvania, he felt that the State High position was the best job in the state. In 2004 he was named head coach, and in his 10 years he posted an 87 and 41 record, including three twelve win seasons, an undefeated regular season in 2008, and appearance in the 2009 State AAAA final. In addition the Little Lions won two Mid-Penn Championships, several District championships, and made it to three state semi-final games. During his head coaching career he received several Coach of the year honors; coached 11 Big 33 players, while compiling a 159-85 record.

 
 
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