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Football, Wrestling Legend Inducted into NJSIAA Hall of Fame

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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – A legendary team, an official, an administrator, an athlete, and a pair of coaches make up the 2017 Hall of Fame Class of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association/Gallagher Bollinger, Inc. 

Included is Dr. Sam Crosby who was inducted as an official, although he had an outstanding athletic career at Somerville High School and at Rutgers University in the 1950s. He has worked as a teacher and administrator during his 39-year career at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Public Schools.

He has been a wrestling official for 40 years and was the NJSIAA’s wrestling rules interpreter and state tournament assignor, as well as a recipient of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Crosby was selected First Team All-State Quarterback in 1954 while at Somerville High School; he was four-time District Wrestling Champ and State Champ in 1953. At Rutgers, Sam was captain of the wrestling team. He was Eastern Intercollegiate Champ at 167 lbs in 1958.

On the football team he was a quarterback and linebacker. He received the George Cronin Award at Rutgers in 1959 as the Most Improved Player.

He is a Soemrville resident.

“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,” said Steve Timko, the NJSIAA’s executive director. “When you look back at the history of scholastic-athletics in New Jersey, the level of accomplishment is consistently amazing.”

Other inductees are:

Jim Baglin (Coach) – A 1970 graduate of Plainfield High School, who went to Susquehanna University, Baglin began his coaching career at West Morris High School, in Mendham, in 1979. Three years later, he was serving as West Morris’ athletic director. When he retired in 2016, he was the third winningest public school basketball coach in state history, with a record of 685 victories, and 193 losses.

Royce Flippin (Athlete) – A multi-sport star at Montclair High School during the early 1950s, Flippin earned 12 varsity letters … despite his alma mater then being a three-year school. What made his feat possible were regulations that permitted a student-athlete to compete in multiple sports during the same season. After earning the Newark Athletic Club’s prestigious “High School Athlete of the Year” award, Flippin went on to Princeton University, were he was captain of the 1955 football team.

Scott Goodale (Coach) – A renowned wrestler at Jackson Memorial High School, Goodale eventually returned to his alma mater and coached the squad to a record of 155 wins and only 16 losses. He currently is the head wrestling coach at Rutgers University, where his teams have posted a record of 153-55-1.

James Rochford (Administrator) – A three-sport athlete in his days at Seton Hall Prep, Rochford has coached scholastic baseball, soccer, swimming, and wrestling. As an administrator, he has served two four-year terms on the NJSIAA Executive Committee, been president of the Shore Conference and of the Shore Soccer Officials Association, and has been inducted into five separate halls of fame. 

1988-’89 St. Anthony’s Prep Basketball (Team) – Under the direction of legendary coach Bobby Hurley, the 1988-’89 St. Anthony Prep boys basketball squad recorded a perfect 32-0 season, winning all but two games by double-digits; three members of the team would eventually become NBA first-round draft picks.

Established in 1995 and named for Short Hills, NJ-based Bollinger Insurance, a provider of sports-related insurance products, the NJSIAA’s Gallagher Bollinger, Inc. Hall of Fame receives nominations annually from high schools across New Jersey. These submissions are reviewed by a selection committee that makes final decisions regarding inductees. Additional details – including specific criteria and the nomination form – are available by visiting this link.

Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 434 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools.

A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports.

 

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