About Tom DeFelice

Tom DeFeliceI taught health and physical education in the School District of Philadelphia for forty three years. Through coaching, teaching and officiating, I have developed a true sense of commitment, competition and fair play in thousands of adolescents. I have instilled in them a love of sports. My own fine scholastic career in high school and college drew national attention, and even today, I am recognized for my achievements with high school students at Edward W. Bok High School in Philadelphia.

EDUCATION

  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Master of Education in Health Administration, 1975
  • ~ Sixty credits beyond M.Ed. earned since 1975
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, 1968
  • West Catholic High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Class of 1964

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 1969 – 2011
  • Edward W. Bok High School, Health and Physical Education Teacher, 1969 – 2011
  • Health and Physical Education Department Chair Person
  • Alcorn Elementary School, Health and Physical Education Teacher, January, 1969
  • Philadelphia Department of Recreation Assistant Leader, 1970 – 2001

OFFICIATING EXPERIENCE

  • College and High School Level Basketball Official 1980 – Present
  • Refereed the Maui Classic Invitational Tournament, 2008
  • Division I Basketball Official in America East, Patriot, and Ivy Leagues
  • Refereed for NCAA Division I and II Basketball Tournaments
  • Refereed the Philadelphia Public League Basketball Championship eleven times
  • Treasurer and Secretary of the Local College Basketball Officials Association

ATHLETIC AWARDS

  • TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, 1964 – 1968
  • Maxwell Award, 1968
  • First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference Quarterback
  • First Team All-East Quarterback, Division II
  • East Coast Sports Writer’s Award
  • Temple University Scholar Athlete, George M. Illman Award
  • Most Valuable Offensive Player
  • College Player of the Year, Delaware Valley Police Athletic League
  • Baseball Starting Catcher, two NCAA appearances
  • WEST CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, 1960 – 1964
  • First Team All Catholic Quarterback, 1962 and 1963
  • Second Team All Scholastic Quarterback, 1963
  • Maxwell Award, 1963
  • Honorable Mention, All State Quarterback, 1963
  • First Team All Catholic Catcher, 1963 and 1964
  • Police Athletic League High School Player of the Year, 1964
  • Complete Scholarship to Temple University
  • Member of the Little Quakers, 1959

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

  • Roman Catholic Sports Hall Of Fame Inducted Spring 2012
  • Maxwell Club Robert T. Clark Award for dedication to high school sports, 2011
  • Philadelphia Eagles Coach of the Week, 2004 and 2009
  • School District of Philadelphia, One of the Top Teachers of the Year, 2006
  • Pennsylvania State Coach of the Year, 2005
  • School District of Philadelphia Teacher of the Year, 2001
  • Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame Inductee, 2000
  • Philadelphia Public League Coach of the Year, 1999
  • Philadelphia Public League Baseball Coach of the Year, 1996
  • South Philadelphia Review Coach of the Year, 1996 and 2011
  • West Catholic Hall of Fame Inductee, 1991
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Coach of the Year, 1980
  • West Catholic High School Father’s Club Man of the Year Award, 1978

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • School District of Philadelphia, Edward W. Bok High School
  • Varsity Football Team Head Coach, 1993 – 2010
  • Varsity Football Team, Assistant Coach, 1980 – 1992
  • Junior Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team Head Coach, 1977 – 1994
  • Varsity Baseball Team Coach, 1972 – 2005
  • Philadelphia Public League Coaches Association
  • President, 2008 – Present
  • Treasurer, 1985 – 2007
  • West Catholic High School Varsity Football Team Assistant Coach, 1970 – 1976
  • Temple University Freshman Football Coach, 1968

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Bok High School Varsity Football Team
  • Fifty five straight wins as of September, 2009
  • Won the Philadelphia Public League Championship, 2002 – 2008
  • Participated in the Public League playoffs 1993 – 2008 (excluding 2000)
  • Played in the Public League Football Championship, 1999 and 2007
  • First Philadelphia Public League team to participate in the PIAA Playoffs, 2004
  • Bok High School Varsity Baseball Team
  • First Philadelphia Public League Team to participate in the PIAA Playoffs, 2005
  • First undefeated season in school history, 1996
  • First playoff game appearance in 25 years, 1980