South Jersey High School Basketball
A Look at Jim Crawford's 35-Year Coaching
Career at Camden Catholic High (1979-2013)
This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in championship games and (at
the bottom) the names of all rotation players during Coach Crawford's 35 seasons. . . . To provide
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Jim Crawford coached basketball at Camden Catholic, in Cherry Hill, NJ, for 35 years (1979-2013), winning 10 conference championships, seven South Jersey sectional titles and three state crowns. He won his initial state championship in 2001, and it was the school's first since 1942. Here is that story, as written by The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi . . .
By Sam Carchidi
ELIZABETH, NJ -- Jim Crawford is the kind of person who will tell you that
each of his Camden Catholic High boys' basketball teams - whether it was his
scrappy 10-15 contingent of 1979-80 or his 23-3 powerhouse of 1996-97 - has
a special place in his heart. Each was distinctive, each had its own
personality, each had its own set of leaders and unsung heroes.
League / Overall
35 Seasons, 1979-2013
Overall - 713-239
1984, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003,
2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
1993, 1994, 1996, 2001,
2003, 2008, 2010
2001, 2003, 2010
This story was written in 2013 when Jim retired and son Matt took over . . .
By Marc Narducci
Matt Crawford laughed when asked what it will be like to be able to boss around his dad. Crawford is in the unusual position
of having his father work for him.
On Tuesday, Jim Crawford announced his resignation as boys' basketball coach at Camden Catholic, where he will switch
chairs with his 33-year-old son and serve as an assistant coach.
"I will have the best assistant coach in South Jersey on my bench," Matt Crawford said.
Indeed he will.
And he'll have an assistant willing to do anything to help Camden Catholic maintain its status as one of South Jersey's finest
"If Matt tells me to sweep the floor, I will do that," Jim Crawford quipped. "I am at his mercy."
No, Jim Crawford won't be walking with a broom. No longer the overseer, he looks forward to a different working relationship
with the players.
"I really enjoyed being an assistant coach under Monsignor McDermott, because not only did I learn a lot, but I enjoyed giving
more individual time with players," Jim Crawford said. "As a head coach, you are always doing things for the team and can't
get as much into individual instruction as you would like."
The elder Crawford, who guided Camden Catholic to three state titles, seven sectional championships, and 713 victories, will
be an invaluable part of the program.
Matt Crawford understands there will be questions about following such an accomplished coach, but he comes with his own
impressive resume. He was a point guard at Camden Catholic and the University of the Sciences and has been an assistant
for nine years, four with Camden Catholic.
So he has paid his dues and doesn't seem overwhelmed by replacing his father. The younger Crawford certainly learned a lot
from being around the Irish program for most of his life. And one thing he understands is that the final decision goes to the
head coach, and he's eager to take on that challenge.
It's not a power trip, but simply the most efficient way to operate.
"My dad used to listen to his assistants, but it was always his final decision," Matt Crawford said. "I will listen to my assistants,
but at the end of the day, I will make decisions."
The rest of Camden Catholic's coaching staff will remain intact, and there will be plenty of knowledge to draw from with
Robert and Joe Murtin, Pete Dooner and Msgr. Bob McDermott.
What is interesting is that Jim Crawford said he made this decision around Christmas time in 2011. Jim Crawford, 61, just felt
it was time. He will continue to teach math at Camden Catholic and looks forward to his new role. He says his health is fine, but
he understands the energy level isn't the same as when he first became a head coach at age 26.
"If you talked to some of the older coaches, they all tell you when you sit in the chair after practice, it feels pretty darn good,"
Jim Crawford said.
Matt Crawford said that when his father first told him of his plans in 2011, "I was hoping he would change his mind, and I
would have been happy being his assistant for 30 years."
Once he realized his father was sticking to his decision, Matt Crawford became excited. He loves coaching and loves Camden
Catholic, where he teaches science.
"I can't remember one winter that wasn't based around Camden Catholic basketball," Matt Crawford said. "This place means
so much to me."
And it means even more to begin this new journey with a person at his side who is both a coaching legend and his dad - a
desired combination if there ever was one.
This story was written in 2003 after Jim steered the Irish to the sectional crown . . .
By Marc Narducci
LAKEWOOD, NJ -- Camden Catholic's Drew Rosenfeld momentarily switched roles, and in doing so, ended up a champion.
Normally the one who sets up his teammates to score, the senior point guard scored on a short corner floater with 2.6 seconds
left as Camden Catholic defeated St. Augustine, 55-53, in last night's South Jersey Parochial A championship game at Lakewood.
As the clock was running down during a frantic fourth quarter in which there were seven lead changes, Camden Catholic
forward Nick Cangelosi dribbled toward the basket and found Rosenfeld near the basket.
Rosenfeld lofted a high three-footer that swished. He had to put some arc on the shot because 6-foot-6 Durrell Vinson was
waiting to swat it away. Vinson had 11 rebounds and four blocks, but this one floated over his outstretched arms.
"I didn't want to bank it because he would have blocked it," said Rosenfeld, describing his only basket of the game. "It was
a great pass from Nick, and that's usually my job. But we reversed roles."
The matter wasn't truly settled until a shot from just inside halfcourt by St. Augustine guard Anthony Farmer bounced off
the rim at the buzzer.
This was a game in which the teams truly lived up to their ranking among the elite in the area. Ranked No. 1 in South Jersey
by The Inquirer, Camden Catholic (26-1) advanced to Saturday's 4 p.m. Parochial A state final at Elizabeth against the North
Jersey champion. DePaul and Bergen Catholic play tonight for that berth.
No. 2 St. Augustine (25-2) had its 25-game win streak snapped.
For the Irish, it was a redemption after losing in this same game last year to St. Augustine, 50-45.
Last night, there were nine lead changes in the frantic fourth quarter, in which the Irish outscored St. Augustine, 21-16. The
quarter turned into a shoot-out between James Ulrich, Camden Catholic's 6-5 junior, and Mark Porter, St. Augustine's 6-2
junior. Ulrich scored 11 of his 26 points in the final period, making all five field goals. Porter scored nine of his 14 in the
"It was unbelievable, playing in such a great game like this," said Ulrich, who shot 12 for 22 from the field. "We kept trading
baskets, and I didn't know if anybody was going to miss."
Ulrich got offensive help from the Cangelosi twins, Eric, who had nine of his 13 points in the second half, and Nick, who
scored 10 points, hitting three three-pointers.
St. Augustine tied the score, 53-53, on Mark Petrongolo's three-pointer with 1 minute, 4 seconds left.
The Irish then turned the ball over, and St. Augustine called a time-out with 47 seconds remaining. The Hermits didn't
play it safe. Farmer, who had 16 points, just missed a pull-up jumper from 15 feet with 34 seconds left, and Ulrich got the
"We didn't hold the ball there because we're not that kind of team," St. Augustine coach Paul Rodio said. "We play that style,
and that's a shot Anthony makes eight out of 10 times."
The Irish then ran the clock down until Cangelosi fed Rosenfeld for the game-winner.
"I was thinking with a few minutes remaining that it was just great being part of a game like this," said Camden Catholic
coach Jim Crawford, now in his 25th season.
Recaps of victories in
South Jersey championship games . . .
Recaps of victories in
state championship games . . .
Below are the
rotation members who helped Jim Crawford claim 713 wins and 20 championships
conference, seven sectional, three South Jersey) in 35 seasons as the coach at Camden Catholic.
The year indicates the player's final qualifying season. Most were seniors. Some transferred and some
were underclassmen who did not play in the following season.
|Kevin Callahan||1979||Sidney Goodman||1989||Will Bakanowsky||2002|
|Joe Murtin||1979||Dallas Morgan||1989||Terrence Long||2002|
|Jeff Koelsch||1979||Mike Ricci||1989||Kevin Clark||2002|
|Bob Brutschea||1979||Norm Day||1989||Eric Cangelosi||2003|
|Gary Graham||1979||James McCargo||1990||Nick Cangelosi||2003|
|Mark Thomas||1980||Bob Parker||1991||Drew Rosenfeld||2003|
|Bob Murtin||1980||Matt Enriquez||1991||Mike Mangold||2003|
|Chris Burns||1980||Will Walker||1991||Byron Williams||2003|
|Kevin Killion||1980||Craig Williams||1991||James Ulrich||2004|
|Rich Kolecki||1980||Mike Tallman||1991||Rich Racobaldo||2004|
|Steffon Myers||1980||Justin Phoenix||1992||Matt Molloy||2004|
|Dave Halstead||1980||Paul Hussey||1992||Ed Torres||2004|
|Dom "Duke" Murtin||1981||Kai Jones||1992||Anthony Matera||2005|
|John Watson||1981||Anthony DiMeglio||1992||Brian Connelly||2005|
|Kevin Haskins||1981||Lew Procacci||1993||Tim Smith||2005|
|Dave Slattery||1982||Rich Racobaldo||1993||Ahmad Nicholson||2006|
|Marty Derer||1982||Jason Lavery||1993||Connor Crawford||2006|
|Anthony DiLoreto||1983||Bill Burr||1994||Kurt Reinhold||2006|
|Karl Sartor||1983||Vinnie McCaffrey||1994||Mark McCloskey||2006|
|Bob Cooney||1984||Jamil Hafeeza||1994||Anthony Jeune||2007|
|Mike Schaffer||1984||Carlton Rhoden||1994||Sean Gallagher||2007|
|Don Racobaldo||1984||Mike Gould||1994||Tim Crawford||2008|
|Nick Loscalzo||1984||Jerry Fullerton||1995||Mike McElhatton||2008|
|Joe Sutor||1984||Ed Ryan||1995||Tyler DeLecce||2008|
|Curt Flippen||1984||Gene Cuneo||1996||Chris Richardson||2008|
|Rod Staton||1984||John Sigmund||1996||Rob Mitchell||2008|
|Keith Love||1984||Pete Bilinsky||1996||Jahseer Bronson||2009|
|John Greninger||1985||Brian Newell||1996||Brian Rice||2009|
|Tim Bishop||1985||Bill Kozmaczewski||1996||Anthony D'Orazio||2010|
|Tim Bishop||1985||Darin Phalines||1997||Gerry Wixted||2010|
|Tony Harris||1985||Kevin Crawford||1997||Sherard Cadogan||2010|
|Len Rebilas||1985||Tim Bieg||1997||Tim Crawford||2010|
|Steve Wagner||1985||Justin Barnabei||1997||Dan Lovett||2010|
|Brian O'Donnell||1986||Amir Little||1998||Bart Middleman||2010|
|Jim Kiefer||1986||Kevin Owens||1998||Garrett Kashmer||2011|
|Norm Scott||1986||Ray DePasquale||1998||Amir Armstrong||2011|
|Scott Odom||1986||Zahir McGhee||1998||Tom Fisher||2011|
|Casey McKee||1987||Anthony Tassone||1999||Matt McElhatton||2012|
|John Figueroa||1987||Matt Crawford||1999||Keith Arline||2012|
|Al Tallman||1987||Jeff Bilinsky||1999||Michael Crawford||2012|
|Pat Huegel||1987||Ernie D'Orazio||2000||Ivan Robinson||2012|
|Stacy Threadgill||1988||Harry Metzinger||2000||Andrew Racobaldo||2012|
|Terrence Fuller||1988||Rob Owens||2000||Kyle Green||2013|
|Drew Molloy||1988||Mike Monaco||2000||Rob Brosh||2013|
|Shawn Senior||1988||Pete Adams||2001||Tom Organ||2013|
|Cornell Garrett||1988||Brian Gallagher||2001||Brian Matera||2013|
|Jim Staepel||1988||Mike Harder||2013|