Former Bridgewater Coach Named to NJSIAA Hall of Fame

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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - A former Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District staff member and official with the NJSIAA has been named one member of the 2017 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Gallagher Bollinger Inc. Hall of Fame class.

Dr. Sam Crosby was one of six chosen for the Hall of Fame class.

Crosby is a Somerville High School graduate who attended Rutgers University, and worked for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District for 39 years.

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As for scholastic athletics, Crosby served as a wrestling official for 40 years, was the NJSIAA's wrestling rules interpreter and state tournament assignor and was a recipient of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

"The Bollinger Hall of Fame luncheon is one of our signature annual events – and each year, I'm amazed by the caliber of the latest inductees," Steve Timko, NJSIAA executive director, said in a release. "When you look back at the history of scholastic-athletics in New Jersey, the level of accomplishment is consistently amazing."

The other five inductees were:

  • Jim Baglin, a 1970 graduate of Plainfield High School, who went to Susquehanna University and began his career coaching at West Morris High School in 1979. Three years later, he was the West Morris athletic director, and, when he retired in 2016, he was the third winningest public school basketball coach in state history.
  • Royce Flippin was a multi-sport star at Montclair High School during the early 1950s, and earned 12 varsity letters. He went on to Princeton University, where he was captain of the 1955 football team.
  • Scott Goodale was a renowned wrestler at Jackson Memorial High School, and coached his alma mater to a record of 155 wins and only 16 losses. He is currently the head wrestling coach at Rutgers University.
  • James Rochford was a three-sport athlete at Seton Hall Prep, and has coached scholastic baseball, soccer, swimming and wrestling. He served two four-year terms on the NJSIAA Executive Committee, and has been inducted into five separate halls of fame.
  • The 1988-1989 St. Anthony's Prep Basketball Team recorded a perfect 32-0 season, winning all but two games by double digits. Three members of the team later became NBA first-round draft picks.

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