PhilaU Basketball Coaches to be Honored by Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame

With a men's basketball win on Nov. 16, 2010, coaches Tom Shirley and Herb Magee eclipsed the 1,500 combined win mark.

Philadelphia University’s men’s and women’s basketball coaches will be honored the Montgomery County (Pa.) Coaches Hall of Fame in November for their lifelong achievements in the sport.

Tom Shirley, director of athletics and women’s basketball coach, will be inducted as a member of the Hall of Fame’s tenth class with three other members, Jack Bauerle, swimming coach at the University of George, Barb Clipsham, a two-time field hockey state champion coach with Methacton High School, and Chris Bockrath, inducted posthumously after a long career as head football coach at Archbishop Kennedy High School and Kennedy-Kenrick High School.

Shirley has served as a head coach for 30 years at the NCAA Division II and III levels, including the past 22 years at Philadelphia University. His teams have won three NAIA District 19 Championships, two NYAC championships, one CACC championship and two ECAC championships and qualified for five NCAA tournament berths throughout his tenure.

Shirley has coached the Rams to 19 straight postseason appearances, and 22 of his teams have had 20-plus win seasons. He was selected as the American Women’s Sports Federation Division II National Coach of the Year and Converse District Coach of the Year in 1993.

Men’s Basketball Coach Herb Magee, who was inducted into to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.

Magee is the all-time, all-division NCAA wins leader with 922 career wins and has won numerous coaching awards and honors, including an NCAA national championship, at PhilaU.

Magee and Shirley have the second highest combined win total for men’s and women’s basketball coaches at the same university in the NCAA, behind only Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma of the University of Connecticut.

The Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame reception will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Westover Golf Club. Click here for more information about tickets and the event.

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