All American

Joe Blasenstein

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Joe Blasenstein loved basketball, but when he went to West Philadelphia High School in 1956 a friend and former star football player told the football coach to recruit Joe. He started out as a 165-170 pound offensive guard and linebacker on defense. He came to like the role of the offensive guard, pulling and leading… Read more »

Josh Cohen

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In February of 2012, when Philadelphia Freedoms owner Billie Jean King named Josh Cohen as the new head coach of her team, it was the culmination of a career that incredibly began at the tender age of 2 1/2 when he joined his mother, father and ultimately his sister, in eventually playing high level competitive… Read more »

Benedict Coren

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Ben Coren, Ed.D., was a 165-pound guard who played his position so well against many bigger opponents that he was honored many times during his collegiate football career by being named to All American and All Star teams. Legendary West Chester University coach Glen Killinger called Coren “one of the best guards I have ever… Read more »

Menchy Goldblatt

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“Menchy” Goldblatt, a native of South Philadelphia, will always be remembered not only for his skills as a basketball player and coach, but as a father figure and mentor to generations of basketball players in the City of Philadelphia. He was an all-city basketball player at Southern High. As a member of the University of… Read more »

Carol Schultz Greenberg

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Carol grew up in suburban Philadelphia and played basketball, field hockey and lacrosse at Abington Friends School from 1977 to 1979. In her senior year, she was selected Captain of the team in each of these three sports. Carol initially attended college at the University of Bridgeport, where she was the high scorer on the… Read more »

Randy Grossman

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A star at tight end for Temple University’s football team in the early 1970s, Randy Grossman went unnoticed in the 1974 NFL draft. Signing as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he went on to play eight seasons of professional football. As a member of the Steelers during their reign of NFL supremacy in… Read more »

Sam Jacobs

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1988 was a magical season for Samuel Jacobs. A senior at Cornell University, he led the Big Red to the first Ivy League Championship in the school’s history, earning All-Ivy First Team honors in the process. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Week three times that season and was voted the Team… Read more »

Al Laverson

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Al’s accomplishments would fill a stadium, a museum and a gallery! Athlete, teacher, coach, writer, artist, sculpture, war hero and all-around great guy. His soccer career began at Central High School (1934-1938) as team captain. Then onto Temple University (1938-1940 and 1946), where he was captain and an All-American player. He played and starred in… Read more »

William P. (Pete) Leaness

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Dr. William P. (Pete) Leaness grew up in West Philadelphia and is regarded as the Dean of American Collegiate Soccer Coaches. He compiled a record of 245 victories, 97 losses and 36 ties during his 41 year tenure as Temple University’s head soccer coach, which began in 1930 following his graduation from the Temple School… Read more »

Bernie Lemonick

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Bernie Lemonick was a first team all-American as a member of the University of Pennsylvania football team where he played in the late 1940s and early 1950S. One of collegiate football’s premier offensive and defensive linemen, he was a participant in the 1950 East-West College All Star Game and a member of the 1951 college… Read more »