SHORE TRACK COACHES ASSOCIATION
INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2014
As a senior at Manchester in 1983, Valmon ran 46.81 in the 400, the fourth fastest time state history at the time and still a Shore Conference.
After an All-Ameican career at Seton Hall University where he was coached by the legendary John Moon,. Valmon won the silver medal in the 400 at the World Indoor Championships in 1991. In 1992 he won a gold medal with the U.S. 4×400 relay team at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. The same year, Valmon set his personal best in the 400 of 44.28.
Now the track coach at Maryland, Valmon served as the men’s head coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team that competed in London.
Widely considered the first legend in CBA’s distance running lore, Coyle, a 1989 graduate of CBA, won the Meet of Champions 3,200 as a senior in 9:05.6, and led off the winning DM team at the 1988 Oenn Relays. He went on to star at Notre Dame.
A pioneer in girls running, Rafter is often referred to as the father of Girls track in N.J. During his long and successful run as coach at Red Bank Catholic he won several state titles and at was honored in 1988 by then president Ronald Regean as the was the winningest boys cross-country coach in the nation.
One of the first great coaches in Shore Conference history, Brouillette was the the first ever cross-country coach at Brick in the late 1950’s, and in 1959 he led his team to a state title as Brick became the first Ocean County team to win a state cross-country title.
Saleem won three outdoor Meet of Champions title in the 400 during her days at Neptune in the mid 1980’s, added another title in the 200, and her 53.0 in the 400 was the state record in the 400 for 13 years.
Saleem went on to star at Murray state where she currently holds nine records, including five in outdoor track and four in indoor. She was also a two-time indoor track and field NCAA All-American as well as being honored as an outdoor track and field NCAA All-American in 1989. Her time of 53.79 is still the conference indoor record.
One of the true legends of the sport, the next inductee was a sprinting sensation and a 3-sport star at Asbury Park, where he graduated from in 1958 after winning multiple state titles.
A couple years later at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, he placed fifth in 100 and ran on the 4×100 that finished first but was disqualified for an illegal handoff.
A 3-time NCAA sprint champion, his greatest moment came on June 24, 1961 when he was a senior at Villanova and blasted a world record 9.2 in the100 dash at the AAU National Championships at Downing Stadium on Randall’s Island in NY. The previous world record of 9.3 had stood since 1948.
In 1962 Budd was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played one season for the Eagles and one for the Washington Redskins where he was used a wide received and kick returner.
In 1979 he cleared 7-2 ¼ in the high jump to break the state record. The record lasted 11 years.
After graduating high school in 1979, he moved to Florida, and then moved to California where he attended Alameda Junior College and won the national junior colege title by making 7-5 ¼.
In 1982 he won the high jump at the Millrose Games when he defeated Dwight Stones, and then in 1984 he made the US Olympic team, where he advanced to the finals.
His biggest highlight was making a personal best of 7-7.
One of the greatest javelin throwers in state history, Amabile won the Meet of Champions in the javelin as a senior at Wall in 1983 with a meet record throw of 234-6. He also won the javelin at the Golden West meet that year, finished as the top ranked high school thrower in the nation, and finished his high school career No. 3 all-time in state history with a 239-6.
Amabile then starred at Rutgers, placing 4th at the 1987 NCAA Championships, earning All-America status. That effort capped a year in which he was ranked as the top college javelin thrower. Also in 1987, he won the javelin event at the prestigious IC4A Championships and the Penn Relays. He was a four-time Metropolitan Champion as well as a three-time All-East performer. Amabile also won the 1984 Pan American Junior Championships, and competed at the 1988 Olympic Trials.
He held the Rutgers school record in the javelin for nearly a decade. His best throws were 246’11” (old javelin) and 238’7” (new javelin).
A 1988 graduate of Neptune High, Bowles still holds the state record in the 100 hurdles of 13.10. She won two outdoor Meet of Champions titles in the hurdles and also won the 200 at the M of C..
As a high school senior she advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials in the high hurdles.
She went on to star at LSU where she was a three-time NCAA Champion, twice in the 4×100 and
once in the 100 hurdles.
Bowles was fourth in the 10o hurdles at the Olympic Trials in both 1992 & 1996, and made the World Championship Teams in 1991, ’93, ’95 and ’97.
Bowles is now one of the best coaches in the state at Neptune where she led her team to its second straight county title this past season.
Tom Heath isn’t just the most successful cross country coach in Shore Conference history. He’s also the most most successful coach in state history, and is arguably the best cross-country in U.S. high school history.
Since taking over at his alma mater CBA in 1971, he’s led the Colts to a state record 19 Meet of Champions titles, a satte record 25 state group titles, 15 Eastern titles, 29 shore conference titles, 39 Monmouth County Championships, and his teams hold just about every major course record.
Heath’s 2011 team won the 2011 Nike National title and placed second in the nation in 2013. But the record that Heath is most proud of is CBA’s national record dual meet wining streak that is currently at 329 in a row and counting. CBA hasn’t lost a dual meet since 1973.
A 3-time Monmouth County and Shore Conference cross-country champion at Raritan in the late 1970s, Banks was also a two-time state Group 4 champion, an Eastern States champion and a 2-time AAU National team member in cross-country.
On the track, Banks was a 4-time Shore Conference and Monmouth County 2-mile champ and a 3-time Meet of Champions outdoor winner in the 3,200. She went to star at Florida State and was also one of the state’s top cross-country coaches during her days at Red Bank Catholic, where she led the Casey’s to three Meet of Champions titles in cross-country.
Friedrich is a US icon in the women’s javelin.
A 1967 graduate of Manasquan, she sent the javelin 198-8 as a senior, which wasn’t just the U.S. high school record. It was also the U.S. national record. It was never broken as the U.S. high school record and can never can be broken because of changes made to the specifications to the javelin.
In 1968, Friedrich won the javelin at the U.S. Olympic Trials and wound up ninth at the Olympic Games that year when she was hampered by injury.
At the 1972 US Olympic Trials, she missed the Olympic team by one place on a tiebreaker when she wound up fourth.
A star runner in the early 1960’s at Keyport where he still holds the school record in the mile, Scullion went on to a great carer at Murray State where he set the school record in the mile.
After a brief stint as an assistant coach at Matawan he took over as head coach at Monmouth Regional in 1969 and coached there until 2000. During his days as coach at Monmouth his team won numerous, county, conference and state titles, and his 1978 team was ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Scullion also coached two Olympians at Monmouth, high jumper Milt Goode and 400 hurdler Quentin Wheeler.
Scullion was also part of the original group that started the Shore Conference Track Coaches Association and served as its president. On top of all that he started his own timing system and began the first web site that posted Shore Area and state results, which is still going strong today.
Connell is one of the greatest discus throwers in state history.
As a senior at Jackson in 1977, she sent the saucer flying 161 feet and 11 inches to smash the state record, which stood for 27 years. She also won the discus at the Meet of Champions as a junior in 1976.
Connell was a two-time state sectional champion in both the discus and shot put, a Junior Olympic champion in the discus, a two-time Junior National champion in the discus, and in 1977 she was ranked No. 1 in the U.S among high school girls in the discus and No. 2 in the world. Connell competed at the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials and was chosen as a member of New Jersey’s All Century Team in the discus.
A native of Virginia who served in army in Vietnam and South Korea, Ridley had a remarkable 26-year run as the head coach at Lakewood that began in the early 1970s.
Under his guidance, Lakewood won six state and sectional championships, 3 shore conference indoor titles, one outdoor conference title, 7 indoor county championships and 8 outdoor county titles.
Nonnenberg grew up in modest beginnings in Asbury Park without a father. After starring on the track and field teams at Asbury Park and the University of Maryland, Nonnenberg became the head track coach for the Neptune in 1968, where he built the program into a national powerhouse and coached the Scarlet Fliers to a national record in the shuttle hurdles.
But Nonnenberg was more than just a coach. He spent more time helping his athletes become fine young men than he did obsessing over statistics. Nonnenberg prided himself on making sure his athletes were prepared for a successful future.
Nonnenberg was also one of the Founding Fathers of the Shore Coaches Track Coaches Association, serving as the President for several years. One of the greatest honors he received was having the Monmouth County Track and Field Championships named after him.