Steven Chadwin is a highly honored basketball coach whose love of teaching and coaching, commitment to the game of basketball and dedication to his students and players runs deeper than winning games, achieving championships or displaying trophies.
However, during his 35 seasons as head basketball coach at Abington Friends School, he has indeed won games: 598, 70% of games played. He has also won championships: 16 Friends Schools League Championships including eight straight league titles. And with 20 plus wins in 12 seasons, he and his teams have obviously earned countless trophies.
Coach C’s career resume has a myriad of highlights: he was named Montgomery County Coach of the Year in 1989, over sixty of his athletes have played at the college level, several former players have played professionally overseas and several former student athletes are head coaches at the high school or college level. Other accomplishments include: co-architect of the Friends Schools League founded in 1986, coaching multiple sports at Abington Friends including baseball, softball and soccer and teaching elementary, middle and high school Physical Education classes.
Dedicated to Jewish Sports Organizations, Chadwin was Basketball Director for Beth Shalom for 15 years and coach of Gold Medal winning USA basketball teams in the 2000, 2001 and 2013 Maccabiah Games. In addition, he has spent 45 summers as Athletic Director of Pine Forest Camp, his second home, where he continues the strong tradition of basketball instruction instilled by Hughie Black, an original member of the SPHAS.
Growing up, “Sticks” began his love affair with basketball on neighborhood playgrounds and on courts at summer camps. Pick-up games and camp leagues were precursors to playing in the Junior Jewish League and then lettering as a feisty guard with a wicked jump shot at Germantown High. Under the guidance of Jack McCloskey, “Sticks” played freshman ball at East Tennessee State University in 1964 and graduated with a degree in Health and Physical Education in 1969.