Adam Taliaferro was paralyzed while making a tackle for Penn State in a game at Ohio State in 2000. After spinal-fusion surgery, doctors told Adam's parents their son would probably never walk again. Three months later, the miracle was completed as Adam walked out of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. Today the miracle continues as Adam embarks on a career with one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies!
S.J. Football Coaches Association Announces Class of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
GLASSBORO – The South Jersey Football Coaches Association has announced their Class of 2015 Hall of Fame inductees.
To be inducted will be:
High School Coach: Dave Ellen
Pro Player: Greg Mark
Distinguished Service: Sam Carchidi
Legends (Post-playoffs): Phil Aruffo
Legends (Pre-playoffs): Lou Stickel
Assistant Coach: Karl Frantz
The recipients will be honored during an induction banquet on Tuesday, June 30, at 6 p.m., at Masso’s Caterers in Glassboro, NJ. Tickets for the banquet are $30 and may be obtained by calling (856) 582-0212.
Dave Ellen (High School Coach)
The head football coach at Bridgeton since 1998, coach Ellen has enjoyed outstanding success with the Bulldogs' program. Ellen guided his team to victory in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II championship in 1999 and has led the Bulldogs to five playoff appearances.
He has a career record of 69-64, with a playoff record of 6-4. Twelve of his Bulldogs have gone on to play in college and three were named to the All-South Jersey Team.
He was also inducted this past spring into the South Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame. He previously served as a head coach during the Adam Taliaferro Foundation All-Star Football Classic.
Greg Mark (Professional Player)
Greg Mark is a former American football defensive end and linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami and his high school career under legendary Pennsauken coach Vince McAneney.
Mark also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. Mark played college football at the University of Miami for the Miami Hurricanes. He was a member of the 1987 and 1989 Miami Hurricanes National Championship teams and was a consensus All-American in 1989. He finished his career with 253 tackles and 34.5 sacks
Mark returned to the Miami Hurricanes in 1992 as a graduate assistant. In 1995 he was hired by Utah State to be their defensive line coach. The next year he returned to the Hurricanes to be their defensive line coach. He held the positions until 2005. He was a member of the 2001 National Championship team.
Sam Carchidi (Distinguished Service)
Carchidi has been covering New Jersey high school sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1976, including more than 600 scholastic football games.
Sam has written for many national publications and has written several books. In 2001, he co-authored the book “The Adam Taliaferro Story,” which chronicles the story of the former Eastern Regional and Penn State player who became paralyzed after making a tackle and later made a miraculous recovery. In 2006 he wrote the popular book “Bill Campbell: The Voice of Philadelphia Sports,” a publication about the legendary local broadcaster. In 2008, he authored the book “Standing Tall: The Kevin Everett Story,” which told the story of the Buffalo Bills tight end who overcame paralysis.
Carchidi is a graduate of Sterling High School and Glassboro State College, now Rowan University. He resides in Wenonah with his wife JoAnn and two children, SarahAnn and Sammy.
Phil Aruffo (Legends, Post-Playoffs)
Aruffo proved to be a top player both at Cherokee High School and Widener University from the late 1970s through the early 1980s, having performed under two of the region’s most respected coaches in Jim Horner and Bill Manlove.
At Cherokee under coach Horner, Aruffo was selected as Burlington County Times Defensive Player of the Year in 1978, helping the Chiefs into the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs. He was also selected to the All-South Jersey Team for defense his senior season.
At Widener University under coach Manlove, the talented Aruffo played defense on a squad that won the NCAA Division III National Championship in 1981. In 1982, he was selected to the All-MAC Team after recording 49 solo tackles, 4 assists and 1 sack as a linebacker.
Lou Stickel (Legends Pre-Playoffs)
Stickel was a former Riverside High School and University of Maryland football standout in the 1960s who later was signed as a free agency by the Denver Broncos in 1968. At Riverside he led the Rams to a South Jersey Group 2 championship in 1961 as a linebacker and earned all-conference and all-county honors at that position prior to graduation in 1964. He also starred in track, basketball and baseball at Riverside.
He earned a full football scholarship to Maryland, where he flourished as a defensive back over three years. He played for the Terps against Penn State in Joe Paterno’s first game as a head coach during the 1966 season. Stickel later enjoyed a solid coaching career in football and track at Cinnaminson, Riverside and Delran High Schools in a career that lasted close to 35 years.
Stickel was elected to three separate Halls of Fame, including the Riverside High, Delran High and NJSIAA Coaches Halls of Fame,.
Karl Frantz (Assistant Coach)
A 1956 Audubon High School graduate, Frantz excelled in football, baseball and basketball In football he earned All-South Jersey and All-State honors while leading the Green Wave to a conference title in 1955. He also earned All-State honors in baseball in 1955 and 1956. Following a solid football and baseball career at the University of Delaware, Frantz was signed by the Milwaukee Braves organization and played two seasons of minor league baseball.
He later entered the coaching ranks in football and has served as an assistant for some of the region’s top programs. Frantz began his career as a backfield and secondary coach from 1963 to 1968 under Delsea coach John Oberg, helping the Crusaders compile an unbeaten season at 9-0 in 1968. He also served as a defensive coach at Hammonton, helping the Blue Devils to 10 Cape-Atlantic League championships as well as three South Jersey Group 3 crowns.
He also compiled a 64-31-1 record as Hammonton baseball coach from 1975 to 1979 and a 40-29-1 record as Blue Devils track coach during two different stints.
GLASSBORO, NJ -- Rosters will be released this weekend (April 18-19) for the Annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation--South Jersey Football Coaches Association (SJFCA) Blue-White All-Star Classic at Rowan University in Glassboro.
The annual game will be played July 1, 2015 at Rowan University in Glassboro at 7 p.m., and proceeds will benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation. The game annually features South Jersey's top senior football standouts.
Coaches for the game will be Woodstown's John Adams (White Roster) and Vineland's Dan Russo (Blue Roster). Watch for additional information this weekend.
The Adam Taliaferro Foundation is conducting a Booster Drive to raise awareness of the Foundation. Your tax-deductible membership donation will help the Foundation provide financial and emotional assistance to those individuals with spinal cord injuries.
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Attention all families and patients needing financial assistance. If you have a need for financial aid due to a qualifying medical condition from a spinal cord injury, please look over the application below and contact a member of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation Medical Committee.