Football: Lawrence, Byrd among Hall of Fame inductees

By Phil Anastasia

Current Willingboro coach Reggie Lawrence and former Camden legend Arnold Byrd will be among the inductees as the South Jersey Football Coaches Association honors its 2013 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday night, June 26.

The banquet at Masso's in Glassboro will be held in conjunction with the annual Adama Taliaferro Classic all-star game which will be Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at Rowan University.

Also inducteed in the Hall of Fame will be former Holy Cross star Phil Costa  (pro active); former Pennsauken star Todd McNair (pro retired); former Triton, Lenape and Glassboro coach and administrator Jim Doyle (distinguished service); former Pennsauken star Brian Matera (legend, post-playoffs)l former Camden star Arnold Byrd (legend, pre-playoffs) and longtime Haddonfield assistant coach Mike McDevitt (assistant coach).

Tickets for the banquets are $30 and can be ordered by calling 856-582-0212.

Tickets for the game are $10 and can be purchased by calling the same number, 856-582-0212.

Tickets to the game also will be available at the gate.

Proceeds benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

This year's Hall of Fame class:

 Reggie Lawrence (High School Coach)

With 16 years of coaching experience under his belt, Coach Lawrence is the current Willingboro High coach who has also enjoyed success at Camden, Pennsauken, and Jackson Liberty. Coach Lawrence has over 100 career victories in his career, and recently built the Willingboro program into a playoff contender in Group 2 after taking over a team that had an 0-10 record.

Coach Lawrence is a former star athlete himself and a Camden High alumnus.



Phil Costa (Active Professional Player)

One of the best centers in all of pro football, Costa, 25, started every game for the Dallas Cowboys in 2011 and helped the team enjoy a superb offensive season. He spent most of 2012 on the injured list, but is expected to make a full comeback in the coming 2013 campaign after just signing a two-year contract extension.

Costa is a Holy Cross High School graduate and former All-South Jersey player. He later starred at The University of Maryland.

Todd McNair  (Retired Professional Football Player)

A former Pennsauken High and Temple University standout, McNair played professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Oilers. He filled a variety of roles, including acting as lead blocker, special teams, and third-down back.By the end of his career, he ran for 803 yards with 3 touchdowns, caught 252 passes with 7 touchdowns and averaged 18.6 yards on kickoff returns, retiring as the Chiefs' 10th all-time receiver.


McNair retired from professional football in 1996 and began coaching at Camden High School. McNair was the running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2001 to 2003, and joined USC in 2004 as an assistant coach.

Jim Doyle (Distinguished Service)

A legendary coach and former athletic director, Doyle spent 35 years coaching football and track at Glassboro, Lenape and Triton from 1957 through 1992.

Doyle compiled a career record of 91-63-7 in football at Glassboro and Triton. His Triton and Glassboro teams combined for six Olympic Conference championships, from 1957 through 1978, including an 8-0 campaign in 1968 at Triton.

 Brian Matera (Legends (Post-Playoffs)

One of Pennsauken High School's greatest players under legendary coach Vince McAneney, Matera -- who tragically died in 1990 -- was a three-year starter for the Indians at linebacker prior to graduating in 1976. He earned All-South Jersey honors and was selected as an All-American by Scholastic Magazine.

 He later starred at the University of Maryland, where he played in three bowl games and a college all-star game inm the old Japan Bowl. He later tried out as a free agent for the Eagles in 1980.


 Arnold Byrd (Legends Pre-Playoffs)

 A member of Camden High’s Class of 1957, Byrd  is the Executive Director for the Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity (OEO), Inc. A longtime resident of Camden, he began his tenure with Camden County OEO in 1975 and has served with distinction as Executive Director since 1984

 He received the Oaks Award, the highest academic award for a male student, a member of the National Honor Society, and was All-State and All-South Jersey in two sports in high school. He received an athletic and academic scholarship to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and in 1960, he was voted most valuable football player and excelled and lettered in three sports while at Rutgers.


Mike McDevitt (Assistant Coach)

One of the region's top football coaches, McDevitt has served as an assistant coach for many years for four different schools, including as line coach presently at Haddonfield Memorial since 2006. He was previously an assistant line coach at Cherry Hill East, Pitman and Gloucester Catholic dating back to 1987.

 McDevitt also served as Gloucester Catholic head coach from 1989 through 1993, making two appearances in state championship games.

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