Legendary track and field coach Marty Stern of Villanova, a member of nine Hall of Fames, will add another honor to his distinguished resume in 2017 when he is recognized with a Special Achievement award at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’ 113th annual dinner. It will take place Friday Feb. 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.
This event is open to the public and plenty of tickets remain. Get yours now here or by calling 267-546-7277.
Stern was the head coach at Villanova from 1984 to 1993, coaching women’s track, cross country and indoor track all nine years, adding men’s track and field, cross country (at the same time he coached the women) and indoor track the last four years. He was named NCAA coach of the year in track six times, and his women’s teams won five straight NCAA team championships – a feat never accomplished.
His athletes racked up 21 individual NCAA titles, set 12 NCAA records and 12 world records, won 19 Big East individual championships and 22 conference crowns. His men’s teams won three out of four Penn Relays that Stern coached and his athletes were named all-Americans an amazing 145 times. Stern most recently was named to the prestigious U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.
Stern will not be the only Villanova representative attending – head basketball coach Jay Wright will also be in Cherry Hill to accept Team of the Year honors for his NCAA Champion Wildcats. The coach of their friendly rival, the Saint Joseph’s Hawks, Phil Martelli, will also be recognized with the Good Guy award, Another outstanding basketball team, the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers, will receive a special achievement award on the 50th anniversary of their title.
Another 50th anniversary will be celebrated when several Flyers captains from their history will be saluted. One of those captains, Eric Lindros, will accept the Living Legend award. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who set several rookie records in 2015-16, will be on hand as the association’s Philadelphia Pro Athlete of the Year.
Bill Barber is among the Flyers captains who will be saluted, and he will sign autographs after the event.
Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen, the radio voices of the Phillies, will receive the Bill Campbell Broadcast Award for their outstanding work.
There are still more honorees to be announced as the big night gets closer.