April 22, 2015
By Jennifer Morris, SHHS Football Parents Association Chair
Please note that there will be a very important parent’s meeting for the SHHS Football Parents Association on April 30th at 7:00 PM at the high school auditorium. As we approach the last eight weeks of school we are beginning our preparations for the 2015 football season for ALL high school football teams. Please make sure you attend this important meeting.
April 21, 2015
Coach Connor talks about the current state of high school football, Panther football and the PIAA.
Coach Jim Connor has been teaching and coaching for 37 years, most of those years in Nether Providence. He began at the old Swarthmore High School and was the head football coach there. He has made a decision to leave the Strath Haven coaching job as Defensive Coordinator (he will continue his teaching career at Strath Haven as well as coaching middle school sports) and has taken a position as the Defensive Coordinator at Cardinal O’Hara along with his son Mike. We interviewed him in his classroom at Strath Haven High School in mid-April to talk about his career, his future and his feelings about the current state of high school football in Pennsylvania.
HAVENFOOTBALL.NET – Coach, give us a little background on your career.
CONNOR – I was head coach at Swarthmore high school and then I was the head coach here at Strath Haven when the school changed from Nether Providence to Strath Haven High School for the first five years. At the end of the five years I decided to try my hand at college coaching and went to Penn State and then kicked around at some colleges and coached at Widener and Swarthmore College. After that experience I decided I wanted to come back and be a high school coach. Being a college coach is just a tough lifestyle with moving your families all around and my kids were coming up so I wanted to be available to them as well.
March 28, 2015
It’s taken us many, many hours of work and effort since our site shut down in mid-January but we believe the effort has been worth it. What you see on these pages would not have been possible without the assistance of web designer, Paul Nuschke. He worked diligently (and patiently) to teach us the Word Press platform and we look forward to his continued assistance as we find bugs and problems.
While the format has changed the look and feel of the pages is very similar to our former site. We’ve produced a short video (above) as a brief tutorial on our new site and how to navigate around it and some of the new features we can offer in this format. Enjoy!
January 16, 2015
By Matt Smith
Jim Connor Sr., the longtime defensive coordinator for Kevin Clancy at Strath Haven, has been hired for the same position at O’Hara.
Connor is the first big name to join first-year head coach B.J. Hogan’s staff. Hogan was hired Nov. 12.
Connor was the architect of Strath Haven’s District One championship-winning defenses in the 1990s and 2010.
November 29, 2014
It’s been a tough year for Panther fans. Most of us had expected that we could return to the District One playoffs this year……with a little luck. We had luck all right, but it was of the ‘bad luck’ variety. We had trouble staying healthy and in spite of that and a roster of less than 45 players we managed to hang with almost every team we played. As a matter of fact if you go through and check out our Play-of-the-Games for this season you will see that we could have just as easily had a 7-3 season, maybe even an 8-2 which would have put us right in the middle of the District playoffs.
In spite of the problems our team hung in there and finished strong, winning our last four games.
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By Matthew DeGeorge
Following on Twitter in awe as Archbishop Wood racked up one lightning-quick score after another in a 44-7 dispatching of Great Valley in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals Friday, it was easy to think of it as an outlier.
Wood is a tremendous program fed by a seemingly endless talent pipeline, so it should be no surprise that the game between the District One and 12 champs got lopsided. It’s an aberration. An anomaly.
In eight PIAA games across Classes A, AA and AAA Friday, the Wood game is remarkably competitive by comparison.