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Honor Roll, from left to right: Kevin Dougherty, John Kennedy, Tom Brady (Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame First VP), Steve Mumford, Bob Himmelreich.

NORRISTOWN — With an eye toward those who serve the community — through long hours and for no pay — the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame once again announces its Community Coaches Honor Roll.

Four honorees, from different regions of Montgomery County, were in the spotlight at the 18th annual Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame induction banquet Nov. 26 at Presidential Caterers in East Norriton.

The newest class of honorees included: Kevin Dougherty of West Norriton Township, Bob Himmelreich of Blue Bell, John Kennedy of Harleysville and Steve Mumford of West Norriton Township.

The new members of the Community Coaches Honor Roll were lauded during a special segment of the induction banquet and have their names enshrined in the home of the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame at Montgomery County Community College.

Kevin Dougherty

A product of Roman Catholic High and LaSalle University, Kevin Dougherty has been another cornerstone of the heralded Visitation BVM CYO athletic program for more than 20 years.

He led Visitation baseball to a 24-0 season in 2006 and the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Championship. He also coached in the Methacton Baseball Association for 10 years, winning the Cal Ripken Pennsylvania State Championship in 2003 and 2006. He also coached the J.P. Mascaro American Legion team in 2007 and has coached AAU baseball from 2001 to the present.

While baseball was his passion, Dougherty also coached the Visitation basketball team from 1997 to 2006 and 2012 to the present.

Bob Himmelreich

The Plymouth Jr. ABA program, serving 425 boys and girls from Plymouth Township and surrounding communities, has gained legendary status among Pennsylvania’s youth organizations. A big part of that status is due to the contributions of Bob Himmelreich.

For close to 50 years he has been involved at just about every level of youth sports. From 1970 to 1980 he was involved as a baseball umpire and basketball referee in Plymouth Township. After that he concentrated on his Plymouth Jr. ABA duties, refereeing until 2000.

Himmelreich then moved to executive positions, serving on the Executive Board from 2005 to the present and taking on the monumental task as president from 2010 to 2018.

John Kennedy

The amazing growth of the Souderton Harleysville Youth Basketball Association is due in large part to the 25 years of service by John Kennedy. The Souderton Harleysville Youth Basketball Association began in 1990 with approximately 50 to 75 boys, ages 10 to 14. It has grown to include more than 1,000 boys and girls.

Kennedy has held multiple positions in that time including President, Vice President, League Commissioner, Facilities Coordinator, Equipment Coordinator, Intramural Coach, Travel Coach, Travel Commissioner, and High School Freshmen Coach.

SHYBA has evolved during Kennedy’s involvement and has added younger and older leagues for both boys and girls, instituted paid referees, expanded and grown the travel teams, added score clocks to better manage games, and broaden the rules to promote better sportsmanship. In recent years John has been the commissioner of the high school boys’ league, a competitive league with approximately 160 players each year.

Steve Mumford

When it comes to the prototypical community coach, Steve Mumford certainly comes to mind. For more than 20 years, Mumford has coached sports, especially baseball, for the West Norriton Little League and the St. Francis CYO teams. During most of those seasons, he did not have any children playing on the teams.

In addition, for more than 20 years, he has been a board member of the West Norriton Little League and now serves with people he once coached, who are parents of players.

Mumford juggled all of these duties while working a demanding schedule for more than 20 years as an Instructor at Gwynedd Mercy College. His service as a teacher and a coach is worthy of commendation.

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