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South Brunswick High School inducting 10 into Athletics Hall of Fame – My Central Jersey


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Alexander Lewis, Home News Tribune and Courier News

Pioneering athletics director Elaine McGrath headlines 10 individuals and one team that will be inducted into the South Brunswick High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2022 will be honored during a ceremony at halftime of South Brunswick’s Sept. 23 football game against Piscataway, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket booth on gameday.

“We’re very excited to honor these inductees as they come back home to be recognized for their outstanding achievements at South Brunswick,” said CJ Hendricks, who last year succeeded McGrath as the high school’s athletics director.

The induction class features highly respected coaches John Coppola (girls lacrosse) and Joe Dougherty (wrestling), as well as the state championship 1980 baseball team.

Prolific distance runners and track & field performers Cayla Del Piano, Sophia Ginez, and Indira Morton will be inducted, along with school record-holding gymnast Jessica (Macay) Diggory and South Brunswick’s all-time winningest wrestler Ryan Smith.

Talented multiple-sport performers Brendan Vercammen and Lindsay Carbone round out the impressive list of inductees.

The female athletes who are being inducted or played under Coppola owe a debt of gratitude to McGrath, who played a key role in the ascent of girls sports, which are celebrating their 50th anniversary under Title IX this year.

As a freshman at Governor Livingston in 1972, the same year Title IX became law and started to level the playing field for girls, McGrath played girls basketball, the first varsity sport offered for girls at the high school.

Governor Livingston added a new girls varsity sport each academic year thereafter with McGrath taking advantage of opportunities to letter in field hockey and softball on the way to becoming a three-sport athlete before graduating.

McGrath graduated from Kean College in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in education before receiving her supervisor and principal’s certification.

After coaching basketball and softball at Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair (1980-90) and at Rutgers University-Newark (1990-93), McGrath was hired as an assistant principal and athletics director at Highland Park.

The headline in the Home News Tribune announcing McGrath’s hiring at Highland Park referenced her gender – “School board taps woman sports head” – and the lead to the story read “The Board of Education, in a first for the school, has approved a woman as the supervisor of athletics.”

McGrath was as an athletics director for nearly three decades, along the …….

Source: https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/sports/high-school/2022/08/30/south-brunswick-high-school-inducting-10-into-athletics-hall-of-fame/65464224007/

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Alexander Lewis, Home News Tribune and Courier News

Pioneering athletics director Elaine McGrath headlines 10 individuals and one team that will be inducted into the South Brunswick High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2022 will be honored during a ceremony at halftime of South Brunswick’s Sept. 23 football game against Piscatawa…….

From Staff Reports
 |  MyCentralJersey.com

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When is the last time the overtime you received was more than your salary? Check to see what public employees earned in overtime now on Data.MyCentralJersey.com.

Alexander Lewis, Home News Tribune and Courier News

Pioneering athletics director Elaine McGrath headlines 10 individuals and one team that will be inducted into the South Brunswick High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2022 will be honored during a ceremony at halftime of South Brunswick’s Sept. 23 football game against Piscatawa…….

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