STAFFORD, NJ - Southern Regional football coach Chuck Donohue was honored on Monday night by being received as a member of the New Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Coach Donohue was honored on Monday evening at the Phil Simms North-South High School Football Classic at Kean University. Coach received his award from Phil Simms, the former New York Giant and Hall of Fame quarterback.
This is the 39th All Star Classic. "It's truly a great all-star game," Simms said. "(My message to the kids) is to enjoy it and root for all the other kids. Root for the guys you're competing against. Realize that this is just a great experience."
Coach Chuck Donohue Sr. has had a great career as a football coach. His teams have won but he is best known for shaping the lives of thousands of young men through the years.
He began his coaching career in 1974 at St. Joseph in Hammonton. Donohue then coached at Haddon Heights from 1981-85 and Buena Regional from 1986-97. He led Buena to the 1988 S.J. Group II title. Donohue is the first New Jersey football coach to lead four different teams to sectional finals.
Donohue took over a Southern program that had long struggled. This was not an easy rebuilding job. The Rams play in one of South Jersey's toughest leagues - the Shore Conference A South, which features perennial contenders such as Toms River North, Brick Memorial and Jackson Memorial.
Coach Donohue brought the football team into year round work on weight lifting and conditioning. This move had a great impact on Southern's overall athletic culture. Coach Donohue has helped individaul athletes and teams in any sport at Southern in the area of strength and conditioning.
Coach Donohue was elected to the Shore Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2013.
Donohue, along with Fred Stengel (North 1) Tom Falato (North 2) Mike Ciccotelli (Central) were selected as the classes Hall of Fame head coaches. These coaches were all honored on Monday night.