Philadelphia High School Football
A Look at
John "Whitey" Sullivan's 25-Year
Career (1974-85, 1987-99) at Father Judge High
page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in
games and the names of All-City/All-Catholic/honorees during Coach Sullivan's 25 seasons.
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John "Whitey" Sullivan coached Father Judge High's football team for 25 seasons (1974-85, 1986-99), winning 196 games and five championships (four Catholic League, one City). In 1983, the Crusaders won their second CL crown in three years. Here is that story . . .
By Ted Silary
Mike O'Hanlon's older brothers were as down as everyone else on a Father
Judge football team that lost three of its first five games, then five of
its first eight.
SEASON BY SEASON
Mike Elentrio ranks as one of the
Catholic League's hardest-ever runners, but he didn't collect 106 yards and
three TDs on
28 carries against Neumann, not to mention 1,685 and 24 on 372 for the season, by his lonesome."
We don't break many long ones, but we'll get (gains of) 4, 4 and 4 pretty often," Elentrio said. "And when we play error-free
football like we did today (until appearance of second-team offense), it's tough to stop us.
"You have to give my little Smurfs credit," added Elentrio, who has never been mistaken for Paul Bunyan himself. "They did
the job all season."
Mike O'Hanlon, meanwhile, did the job for four-fifths of the season. He also missed two other games with stretched
ligaments in the right knee.
"When I came back, I just wanted to tackle somebody," O'Hanlon said, bubbling. "I was so psyched. Today, the same thing.
I guess we're surprised to win by so much, but we were so fired up, anything could have happened."
TITLE TIDBITS: Whitey Sullivan gave a game ball to Neumann coach Bill Brannau, who coached Sullivan at Judge in
1960: "The man taught me everything. Why not give him the ball? This was a fantasy, going against my old coach. I can't
afford to go to Disney World, so I had it here at Northeast" . . . Neumann's Len Nelson, battling back spasms, was limited to
45 yards on 11 carries. He finished with 1,642 on 364, with 28 TDs . . . Judge linebacker John Schmidt was out with an injury.
Chris Lamplugh, who earlier had filled in for Mike O'Hanlon, covered for Schmidt capably . . . Neumann (11-3-1) was seeking
its first title since 1954 . . . Brian Golderer (46 yards) and Tim Callahan (37) scored Judge's non-Elentrio TDs.
This story was written in 1975 after Whitey coached Judge to the City Title . . .
This story was written after Whitey stepped down after 25 seasons . . .
By Ted Silary
Don't break out the black armbands for John "Whitey" Sullivan.
When he resigned yesterday after 25 seasons as the highly successful football coach at Father Judge High, in Mayfair,
Sullivan, 56, rejected the notion the decision had left him feeling blue.
"Sad, sorry, melancholy - those terms don't cover it," Sullivan said. "I'm a happy man. I knew in my head and heart
that it was time to do this, and I was smart enough to listen.
"For a snot-nosed little kid from the World War II projects - who was 4-11 and weighed under 100 pounds when
he entered Judge as a freshman - I've done pretty well for myself. It's been a wonderful ride. "
Meanwhile, the past tense might be premature, which was why resigned fit better above than retired. Sullivan said
he will "probably" seek to remain in coaching at either the high school or college level.
"I'm not selling the house and moving to Pocatello, Idaho," he said, "but if the right situation comes up. . .Within
eason, I'd like to stay involved. I don't feel as though I'm 'done' in terms of being able to coach and reach kids."
To wit: Sullivan coaches his 11-year-old daughter, Megan, in JV basketball at Christ the King School, in the Far
"Megan's beside herself. She's so upset. You should see her eyes," said Carolyn Sullivan, Whitey's wife. "She's been
going to Judge games since she was 3 months old. This isn't easy."
Sullivan began coaching the Crusaders in the '74 season and went straight through except for '86, when he took a
sabbatical from Judge and worked as a Temple assistant. Defensive backs coach Bill Koch was the only assistant to
remain with Sullivan throughout his tenure.
Sullivan's overall record (196-95-10) makes him the winningest coach in Catholic League history and he trails only
current Malvern Prep coach Gaspare "Gamp" Pellegrini (208-126-9 in 31 seasons at three schools) among all-time,
The Crusaders won CL championships under Sullivan in '75 (along with the old City Title), '81, '83 and '84 and
also advanced to the final in '76, '79 and '96. Six more teams reached the semifinals - '85, '87, '91, '92, '94 and '97.
Sullivan started his career with five years ('65 to '69) as an assistant at Judge to his former coach, Bill Brannau.
He also assisted under Pellegrini at St. Joseph's Prep in '70 and Jack Boyle at Cardinal Dougherty from '71 to '73.
"The most fun," Sullivan said, "was in watching hundreds and hundreds of kids go to college and play. What a
great bunch of kids we've had at Judge. We've had kids come out of Judge with the label 'learning disabled'
ho've gone on to earn master's degrees. Does it get any better than that?"
In recent years, Sullivan became increasingly frustrated with what he saw as a Catholic League that was changing
for the worse.
"It's not the Catholic League I remember, let's put it that way," Sullivan said. "I never thought I'd see the day
where schools would have 'marketing strategies to improve the football program.' We don't have those at Judge.
"I don't know. Maybe it is a new time, a new place. Maybe we need to get going. I'll still be teaching at Judge.
Maybe my place is to help the new coach behind the scenes and work with the alumni so we can have 'marketing
He then laughed.
"If I decide not to do anything football-related," he added, "I'll have time for lots of golf. Just think of all the
players I was nice to through the years. Just think of the nice country clubs some of them belong to now.
"Torresdale to Merion. I'll take anywhere. I'm just looking for some invites."
Below are the players who earned first or second team Coaches' All-Catholic honors
during Whitey Sullivan's 25 seasons as the coach at Father Judge.
|FIRST TEAM||Pos.||Year||SECOND TEAM||Pos.||Year|
|Joe Muffler||DB||1974||Fred Olivari||L||1979|
|Tony Marrone||DL||1975||Mike Gallagher||DE||1979|
|Matt Kaupp||LB||1975||Brian Flynn||L||1980|
|Terry O'Neill||L||1976||Bob Keyes||L||1980|
|Joe Shelinsky||RB||1976||Tom Herrmann||Rec.||1980|
|Bob Coates||LB||1976||Mike Mostak||RB||1980|
|Dave Maimone||DB||1976||Steve Purcell||DB||1980|
|Mike Fallon||L||1977||Mike Gwynn||Rec.||1981|
|Brian Tierney||RB||1977||John Higgins||QB||1981|
|Tom Behr||L||1978||John Hart||DE||1981|
|Mike McCloskey||Rec.||1978||Dom Sabato||DL||1981|
|Ed McArdle||LB||1978||Matt Donnelly||LB||1981|
|Tom Carboni||L||1979||Greg Gallagher||DB||1981|
|Joe Lorenc||IL||1979||Tim O'Hanlon||C||1982|
|Vince Guckin||LB||1979||Paul Smyth||L||1982|
|Vince Stutz||DB||1979||Mike Colligan||RB||1982|
|Jerry Magallanes||RB||1980||Dan Ellis||K||1982|
|Joe Lorenc||DL||1980||Rich McCloskey||LB||1982|
|John O'Hanlon||LB||1980||Mike Lifsted||L||1983|
|Pat Gallo||L||1981||Jerry Curran||DL||1983|
|Jerry Magallanes||RB||1981||Barry Keyes||L||1985|
|Tom McHugh||L||1982||Dan Bianco||Rec.||1985|
|Pat Gallo||L||1982||Joe Garlick||QB||1985|
|Brian Reidy||RB||1982||Vince Grimes||DB||1985|
|Mark Arcidiacono||DL||1982||Charlie Walker||L||1987|
|Jim Casey||DB||1982||Frank Gubler||Rec.||1987|
|Mike Mulherrin||L||1983||John Crowley||LB||1987|
|Mike Elentrio||RB||1983||Mike Duchossois||L||1988|
|Mike O'Hanlon||LB||1983||Tom Garlick||Rec.||1988|
|Charlie Schretzman||B||1983||Doug Briggs||QB||1988|
|Mike Mulherrin||L||1984||Dave Coyle||RB||1988|
|Dave Waskiewicz||Rec.||1984||Dave James||DB||1988|
|Brian Dulin||RB||1984||Bill McNulty||L||1989|
|Tony Leneghan||LB||1984||Jason Shragher||DL||1989|
|Jerry Langton||Rec.||1985||Brian Sebold||LB||1989|
|John Mohollen||DE||1985||Greg Clark||Rec.||1990|
|Kevin Clothier||LB||1985||Jacob Bonelli||RB||1990|
|Chris Fagan||QB||1987||Mark Potero||DL||1990|
|Dan Gallagher||RB||1987||Ed DiCamillo||LB||1990|
|Chris "Scooter" Ellis||K||1987||Mike Juliano||DB||1990|
|Ed McGettigan||DL||1987||Bill Dieterle||DB||1991|
|Colin Devlin||DE||1988||Tim Hart||L||1992|
|Brian Sebold||LB||1988||Jeff Murray||K||1992|
|Charlie Warner||Rec.||1989||Lou DiMichele||DB||1992|
|George Beisel||QB||1989||Warren Metzger||DB||1992|
|Mike Hagen||L||1990||Bill Hughes||C||1993|
|Charlie Warner||Rec.||1990||Rob Warburton||L||1993|
|Dave Kniese||E/OB||1990||Jim Sweeney||K||1993|
|Anthony Mazzacano||DB||1990||Joe Meehan||DB||1993|
|Mike Surina||L||1991||Matt Jones||WR||1994|
|Casey Jones||WR||1991||Keith Boggi||RB||1994|
|Joe Affet||QB||1991||Jerry Gerth||DL||1994|
|Jacob Bonelli||RB||1991||Joe Herzig||ILB||1994|
|John Shay||K||1991||Bud Walsh||L||1995|
|John Shay||P||1991||Mike Fox||Rec.||1995|
|Tony Volpe||DE||1991||J.R. Gura||E/OB||1995|
|Chris Albertini||LB||1991||D.J. Jones||LB||1995|
|Ken Metzger||L||1992||Joe Mahoney||L||1996|
|Mike Gubler||WR||1992||Jim Lannigan||L||1996|
|Joe Shenko||QB||1992||Ed Guzak||RB||1996|
|Bill McGivern||RB||1992||Sean Friel||DL||1996|
|Steve Kurczewski||E/OB||1992||Tom Walsh||ILB||1996|
|Jason Berghaier||ILB||1992||Sean Graf||DB||1996|
|Tim Hart||L||1993||Steve Schafer||L||1997|
|Greg Yodis||WR||1993||Sean McGlashen||DL||1997|
|Drew Dickson||DL||1993||George Ramey||DL||1997|
|Chris Monaghan||L||1994||Mike Brzycki||E/OB||1997|
|Tony Kelly||WR||1994||Tom Walsh||ILB||1997|
|Greg Yodis||QB||1994||Mike Bailey||L||1998|
|Chuck Anerino||E/OB||1994||Andy Clark||L||1998|
|Mike Venango||DB||1994||Sean Hennigar||WR||1998|
|Kevin McGerry||K||1995||Chris Roantree||TE||1998|
|Paul Gimbel||DB||1995||Tom DeGeorge||P||1998|
|Jim Casey||RB||1996||Mike Slabek||DL||1998|
|Kevin McGerry||K||1996||Dan Casey||E/OB||1998|
|Kevin McGerry||P||1996||Brian Bond||DB||1998|
|Joe Mahoney||L||1997||Kevin Bygott||L||1999|
|Jim Casey||RB||1997||Tony Briscella||ILB||1999|
Recaps of Wins in Catholic League
Recap of Win in City Title