Philadelphia High School Basketball
Coach Bernie Rogers Earns Victory No. 300
(A Look at His Coaching, and Playing, Career)
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Haverford School . . . after finishing the 2018-19 season with a 28-0
Coach Rogers' All-Stars and 1,000-Point Scorers
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On Feb. 8, 2020, with a 45-43 victory over Camden Catholic (NJ) in a showcase event, Haverford School coach Bernie Rogers earned his 300th career win over 20 seasons (15 at Archbishop Ryan, five at Haverford School). His biggest moment occurred in 2019, when the Fords (28-0) became the first Inter-Ac League team to post a perfect overall record since Friends' Central in 1939 (21-0). Here are Ben Medland's story and comments collected by John Knebels.
Special” … “Undoubtable” … “Perfect.”
SEASON BY SEASON
League / Overall
2001: 11-3 / 17-10
2002: 10-4 / 16-12
2003: 8-6 / 15-12
2004: 9-5 / 16-9
2005: 10-4 / 16-10
2006: 10-4 / 19-7
2007: 9-5 / 16-11
2008: 9-5 / 17-10
2009: 6-8 / 10-13
2010: 4-10 / 7-15
2011: 4-9 / 11-13
2012: 9-4 / 18-5
2013: 9-4 / 14-9
2014: 2-11 / 10-12
2015: 4-9 / 10-13
88-45 / 212-161
2016: 6-8 / 10-15
2017: 11-3 / 19-7
2018: 12-2 / 23-6
2019: 10-4 / 28-0
2020: 2-8 8-17
41-25 / 88-45
20 Seasons, 2001-2020
League - 129-70
Overall - 300-206
Appearances Ended in . . .
First Round (4)
2009, 2011, 2015
2003, 2004 , 2005,
2007, 2012, 2013
| All season, when
players were unavailable, the next guy was ready to step up. We
never missed a beat. I think a huge amount of credit needs to go to
the guys the public didn’t see in our games. They played against an
undefeated team every day in practice and pushed them to be better
for our next game. They fought just as hard as anyone; they were
there every day, too. They showed a maturity about their role very
few high schoolers I’ve ever worked with could.
I am honored to have been a part of this season. It was exciting from start to finish, and I feel very lucky to have come to a school with a coaching team as strong as the one I joined this year. It sets a pretty high bar for the rest of my career at Haverford.”
Gavin Burke (senior) – “This year was phenomenal from start to finish. The first word that comes to mind is unbelievable, something that we’ve been striving for since freshman year.”
Dante Perri (junior) –“This season was perfect. It was bunch of guys who trusted each other and played for each other pulling off perfection. It was amazing to be able to cap all that off with zero losses and the PAISAA championship.”
Patrick Toal (junior) –“This season was incredible. I’ve never been a part of anything like this before. We didn’t lose one game, not one. Some words: perfection, amazing, astonishing, resilient.”
Jameel Brown (freshman) –“This season has been great for the entire team. We went through some adverse times with a couple injuries during the season. We stayed together and overcame many challenges throughout the season.”
Asim Richards (senior) – “This season in one word would be ‘undoubtable’ because people tried to doubt our team and did not think we were good because ‘we didn’t play anyone.’ As a team we all knew we were really good and as the season went on we did not doubt ourselves and knew we weren’t going to lose.”
Chris Simms (sophomore) – “The season was unbelievable, something I could only dream of as a Haverford student when I was younger. We came together as a team and took everything game by game and got our end goal.”
Tyler Seward (sophomore) – “The feeling was unbelievable, really. After working hard all season as the final buzzer went off, I immediately knew all of that hard work along with ups and downs were definitely worth it. Along with going 28-0, there has been no better feeling.”
Scott Burke (junior) – “To me this season was unbelievable. Being part of a team that will go down in history is an amazing feeling. To see all the hard work that our team put in from lifting to drills to practice pay off was the best. And especially for the seniors – Gavin, Christian, Asim, Jameer, and Luke. It was really great to see them get another ring and a perfect season, after the countless hours and hard work they put into this team. This team was really special and made the season perfect.”
Jack Leary (junior) – “This season was perfection. Not only because of our record, but because our seniors were able to finish their Haverford careers with a legacy which will be remembered forever.”
Bernie Rogers, Jr. (sophomore) – “This season was something more than I could have imagined. Growing up I was able to watch my dad coach many different teams, and to be a part of his most successful team is an amazing feeling. Being a part of this team will be something that sticks with me for the rest of my life.”
Jameer Nelson Jr. (senior) – “This season was amazing, and I wouldn’t do it with any other guys. We really enjoyed each other not only on the court, but we created a great culture off of the court as well.”
Luke Kania (senior manager) – “This season was truly something special. From day one all the way to the final buzzer of the championship game, everybody from the starters to the end of the bench gave it their all. But the main factor as to why we were such a successful team was the love and respect that everybody had for each other both on and off the court. We aren’t just a team, we are a family.”
MJ Atkins (junior) – “Being a part of this team was surreal. There were a bunch of times during the season that we were tested and losing late in games, but never for a second did I think we would lose. I really think that was a result of us being so close as a team. I definitely want to thank the seniors who have developed this program and provided such great leadership. Without them the experience would definitely not have been the same.”
Bernie Rogers (Head Coach) –“It is hard to describe this season and it really has not hit me yet...I would say for all the coaches, players, managers and families- it was not only exciting but a very memorable season for all!”
Mike McKenna (junior) – “Words can’t describe how much I enjoyed being on team. It was an absolute blast to be a part of. The season went by extremely fast and I enjoyed every second of it. We had great team chemistry with our seniors leading our team towards success. I would not trade this season for anything else in the world.”
Keith Czarny (Assistant Coach) -“If there is one word that can describe this whole season I think that word is SPECIAL. We had a very special group of kids that made big plays in big spots all season long. I think the PAISAA championship game summed it up best. The grit, togetherness, and passion the players displayed to come back from double digits down in the second half against one of the most talented teams in the state was simply incredible. That performance and their performance all season was just special.”
This story was written in 2008, when Bernie's star
player at Archbishop Ryan was his brother, Andrew.
By Ted Silary
it's time for a playful ceremony.
This story was written in 1992, when Bernie was starring for Ryan . . .
By Ted Silary
Recaps of Bernie's Playoff
Wins at Ryan . . .
Below are the players who helped
Bernie Rogers claim 300 wins over 20 seasons (15 at Archbishop
Ryan, five at Haverford School). In the 2019 season, his Fords became the first Inter-Ac team to
post a perfect season (28-0) since Friends' Central in 1939 (21-0).
The year indicates the player's final season. Most were seniors. Some transferred and some were
underclassmen who did not play in the following season.