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Jim Fenerty 1760
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Fenerty just completed his 25th season as the head coach of Germantown Academy
Boys Varsity Basketball. The Patriots’ longtime coach has
amassed 543 career victories, making him only the seventh boys basketball
coach in Philadelphia history to reach the 500 career victory total. Since his tenure began at GA in 1989, Fenerty has led the Patriots to 14
Inter-Academic (Inter-Ac) League Championships, and his teams have
recorded 13 20-plus win seasons. His coaching record at GA is 485-199.
Fenerty prides himself with putting together a competitive schedule on a
yearly basis. Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Kevin Durant are just
three of the most famous stars of the NBA who have played against GA
teams during Fenerty’s tenure. The 2001-02 team was ranked as high as
No. 5 in the nation. Fifty-one of his student-athletes have gone on
to play athletics during their collegiate careers, with more than 40 playing college basketball. Six student-athletes have gone on to play
professional basketball in the NBA and abroad. During his tenure,
Fenerty has been selected Coach of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, The Times-Herald, The Intelligencer, and the Montgomery Newspapers.
is a member of the Germantown Academy Honorary Alumni Class of 1760, an
inaugural member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame – Montgomery
County, and was most recently inducted into the GA Athletics Hall of
Fame. GA’s Director of Athletics, Fenerty oversees an extracurricular
program of 26 varsity sports which includes upwards of 88 teams at
multiple levels in Middle and Upper School, three club sports, an
athletic training staff, a strength and conditioning coach and he is an
active member of the GA Upper and Middle School History Departments and
currently teaches the popular Civil Liberties class to GA’s seniors.
Mike Hannigan - Head JV Coach/Varsity Assistant Coach
Jonathan Haynes - Varsity Assistant Coach
DJ Johnston - Varsity Assistant Coach
Darius Holman - Junior Varsity Assistant Coach
Andrew Dolan - Junior Varsity Assistant Coach
Kody Shay - Freshman/3rd Team Coach
Patrick Kennedy - - Freshman/3rd Team Assistant Coach
Marty Weiss - Varsity Assistant Coach/Statistician/Equipment Manager
The Patriots of GA compete annually in the finest of basketball showcases. Some of the highlights from recent seasons include:
* The Benedictine Classic of Richmond, Virginia --- GA became the
first Philadelphia area Team to win this tourney in over 20 years in
* GA has participated in the Washington DC Classic hosted by Gonzaga Prep in 1995, 1997, 2001, and 2004.
* For 10 seasons, GA participated in the Slam Dunk to the Beach
National Tournament in Lewes, DE. GA became one of the most successful
teams in this prestigious tournament’s history winning : The National
Power Series in 1996, The Tipoff Classic in 2000, The Mayor’s Cup in
2002, and reaching the Final Game of the Main Event in the 2001
Tournament. In the 2003 event, GA went undefeated with wins over
National powers St. Edward's (Ohio), Life Center (NJ), and Laurel (MD).
* In the 1998 season, GA was crowned the champion of the Laker Classic hosted by the Boys Latin School of Towson, MD.
* In the 2000 season, GA claimed victory over national power St.
Patrick's of Elizabeth NJ in the Hoop Group Classic in Allentown, PA.
and Pennsylvania power Hatboro-Horsham in the Prime Time Shootout in
* The 2001-02 season featured a USA Today National Ranking of #5 in
its Pre-Season Poll... the highest ranking of any GA Team in the
* The 2001-02 season saw GA participating in the DC Classic
(Washington, DC); The Make A Wish Classic (Phila.,PA); The Slam Dunk to
the Beach (Reheboth Beach, DE.); The Hometown Hoops Classic (Temple
University); The National Basketball Hall of Fame Classic (Springfield,
MA.); The Hoop Group Classic (Allentown, PA.); The Prime Time Shootout
(Trenton, NJ.) ; as well as flying to the University of Akron to take on
National Power, St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School of Akron, Ohio
featuring NBA Star Lebron James.
In the 2003-04 season, GA excelled in the Lone Star Invitational in
San Antonio, Texas finishing 2nd out of a field of 32 national powers.
Victories over Highlands (TX), Cleveland (CA), Lake Highlands (TX), and
Southwest (TX) landed GA in the finals of this prestigious tourney. In
the 2004 version of the Prime Time Shootout in Trenton NJ, GA defeated
highly regarded New England Prep School Tabor Academy.
The 2004-05 season saw GA :capture the Philly HS Invitational with
impressive wins over Wissahickon and Roman Catholic; excelling in the
Gonzaga DC Classic capturing wins over National Powers Westbury
Christian(TX) and St. Alban's (DC); defeating PA State Champion Chester
and NJ State Champion Haddonfield in the Widener University Showcase;
scoring an inspiring win over the 3rd ranked team in the nation,
Montrose Christian, in the Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield, MA; and
defeating PA power Cheltenham in the Scholastic Play by Play Classic
The 2005-06 season saw GA record impressive wins over 2005-06
Pennsylvania State Champion Lower Merion, Gonzaga Prep (DC), McDonogh
School (MD), St. Christopher's (VA), and Bishop Loughlin (NY). The
Patriots finished 3rd in the highly regarded Benedictine Capitol City
The 2006-07 season saw GA capture its 10th Inter-Academic League
Championship in the last 18 years. The team also won its very first
Coaches v Cancer season ending tournament. Victories over Philadelphia
powers LaSalle, Archbishop Ryan, and Archbishop Carroll highlighted
this Championship Season. Coach Fenerty became only the 12th Boys
Basketball Coach in Philadelphia Scholastic history to win over 400
games in his career.
The 2007-08 season climaxed with the Patriots capturing their 11th
Inter-Academic League Championship in the last 19 years. The team also
made its first journey to the state of Florida participating in the Gulf
Shore Classic in Naples, Florida. The team had a great showing
notching victories over Naples HS, Golden Gate HS, and
Gainesville-Buchholz of Florida. Victories over Pennsylvania powers
State College Area HS, Hatboro-Horsham, as well as Philadelphia Catholic
League Champion North Catholic and Playoff participant Archbishop
Carroll highlighted the season.
The 2008-09 Patriots again took on some of the finest high school
basketball teams on the East Coast notching victories over Maryland
Private School powers Gilman School, Landon School; Pennsylvania Powers
Lower Merion, Northeast Catholic, Math Civics, & Science, Girard
College, Mercersburg Academy, Hatboro-Horsham, Academy of the New
Church, and Fitzsimmons High School. Most importantly, GA captured its
3rd consecutive Philadelphia Inter-Academic League championship and its
12th overall under Coach Fenerty. The Patriots participated in its
first ever Pennsylvania Independent School Post-Season Tourney and
advanced to the Finals.
The 100th anniversary season of GA Boys’ Basketball in 2009-10
proved to be another impressive campaign. In addition to capturing the
Championship of the 36th Annual Triangle Club Holiday Festival with
victories over Pennsylvania powers Conestoga HS and LaSalle HS, the team
proved once again to be recognized as an Eastern hoops power.
Victories over Saint Raymond’s (NY), Cardinal Gibbons (MD), Landon
School (MD), Hun School (NJ), Mercersburg (PA) added to the impressive
history of GA Boys’ Hoops. For the second consecutive year, the
Patriots reached the Finals of the Pennsylvania Independent School
post-season tournament with victories over Abington Friends and Chestnut
Hill Academy. This season also marked the 400th win as the GA Coach for
Jim Fenerty. Including Coach’s tenure at Bishop Egan, his teams’
victory total has now reached 469.
From 2010 to the present, the Patriots have continued their outstanding success. They won the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) Tournament at the end of the 2012-13 season after capturing the Inter-Ac League championship. In 2013, they defended their Inter-Academic League title and advanced to the semifinals of the PAISAA Tournament. In November, 2014, Coach Fenerty was inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame.
Marvin Walters '86 --- 1,254Nick Lindner '13 --- 1,234Cathy Hebling '94 --- 1,187 Caroline Doty '08 --- 1,166Jesse Carey '09 --- 1,159 Tory Thierolf '10 -- 1,150Larry Leith '94 --- 1,153 Kyle Griffin '07 --- 1,123Rodney Duncan '76 --- 1,100Andrew Ott '06 --- 1,074 Chelsea Kaden '00 --- 1,073 Monica Williams '97 --- 1,061 Greg Dotson '13 --- 1,013
GA has developed many outstanding student-athletes
who went on to play basketball at the college level. Some of the most
notable performers in recent years are:
Year Coach Overall Record League Record
1915-16 Sutton ?
1916-17 Sutton 6-5
1917-18 Sutton 7-4
1918-19 Sutton 13-1
1919-20 Sutton 12-1
1921-22 Barron 11-7
Ellis 4-13 3-7
1924-25 Frank Romeo 4-13 2-7
Romeo 4-9 2-8
Hartley 11-5 6-4
Hartley 5-10 5-3
Hartley 6-11 5-3
Hartley 9-7 7-0 *
Hartley 6-5 6-1
Hartley 4-10 2-5
Hartley 2-13 1-6
French ?? Not
1934-35 French 6-8 Not in League
1935-36 French 3-9 0-7
1936-37 French 4-12 2-5
1937-38 French 8-5 3-4
1938-39 French 3-10 0-5
Blake 3-11 Not in League
1940-41 ?? Stocker 5-9 3-2
Spealler ?? 0-8
Cooper French 3-15 1-7
Spealler 7-10 2-6
Spealler ?? 2-6
Spealler 4-14 1-7
Fenton Carey 12-7 4-4
Lewis 3-12 1-7
McCloskey 3-12 2-8
1949-50 McCloskey 13-9 7-5
1950-51 McCloskey 11-9 4-6
“Reds” Jordan ?? 2-8
Jordan 10-14 4-6
Davidson 16-10 8-2 *
Bonder ?? 5-5
1955-56 Bonder ?? 6-4
Harter ?? 3-7
1957-58 Harter ?? 5-5
DeLucia ?? 8-2 *
1959-60 DeLucia 13-4 8-2
“Maje”McDonnell ?? 5-5
1961-62 McDonnell ?? 1-11
“Clyde” Craig 1-15 1-9
Gold 4-14 1-11
1964-65 Gold 5-16 4-10
1965-66 Gold 15-6 9-5
1966-67 Gold 20-2 14-0 *
1967-68 Gold 23-1 14-0 *
1968-69 Gold 14-7 7-3 *
Buckley 8-11 5-5
1970-71 Buckley 8-11 4-6
1971-72 Buckley 8-11 3-7
1972-73 Buckley 8-13 5-5
1973-74 Buckley 9-12 3-7
1974-75 Buckley 5-15 2-8
1975-76 Buckley 6-14 3-7
1976-77 Buckley 7-15 2-8
1977-78 Buckley 2-18 0-10
Greer 8-10 4-6
1979-80 Greer 12-8 5-4
Harris 4-15 2-8
Hoch 5-14 2-8
1982-83 Hoch 17-7 4-6
1983-84 Hoch 22-4 7-3
1984-85 Hoch 26-2 9-1 *
1985-86 Hoch 13-11 5-5
1986-87 Hoch 14-15 2-8
1987-88 Hoch 16-13 3-7
1988-89 Hoch 11-14 0-10
Fenerty 6-15 0-10
1990-91 Fenerty 11-13 2-8
1991-92 Fenerty 20-5 8-2 *
1992-93 Fenerty 24-1 9-1 *
1993-94 Fenerty 12-11 3-7
1994-95 Fenerty 20-5 8-2 *
1995-96 Fenerty 19-4 10-0 *
1996-97 Fenerty 23-5 9-1 *
1997-98 Fenerty 23-9 8-2 *
Fenerty 18-8 7-3
1999-2000 Fenerty 25-2 10-0 *
2000-01 Fenerty 27-3 10-0 *
2001-02 Fenerty 23-7 10-0 *
2002-03 Fenerty 14-14 4-6 (2-1 Playoffs)
2003-04 Fenerty 24-8 8-2 (1-1 Playoffs)
2004-05 Fenerty 24-6 8-2 (1-1 Playoffs)
2005-06 Fenerty 17-12 6-4 (2-1 Playoffs)
18-8 8-2* (2-0
2007-08 Fenerty 18-11 8-2* (1-1 Playoffs)
2008-09 Fenerty 24-6 9-1* (2-1 State
2009-10 Fenerty 19-8 6-4 (2-1 State
2010-11 Fenerty 14-14 5-5 (0-1 State Tour)
2011-12 Fenerty 20-10 6-4 (2-1 State Tour)
2012-13 Fenerty 23-6 10-0* (3-0 PAISAA/State Champ)
2013-14 Fenerty 19-8 9-1* (1-1 PAISAA Tourn)
* Philadelphia Inter-Academic League Championships
Every December Germantown Academy hosts the annual Make A Wish Basketball Showcase. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants special wishes to children suffering from life threatening illnesses. Besides providing an opportunity to contribute to a great cause, this tip-off tournament is always a chance to see eight of the area’s premier basketball teams compete.
The Make A Wish Basketball Showcase is the brainchild of Jim Fenerty 1760, GA’s Athletic Director and head basketball coach. Coach Fenerty wanted his players, blessed with both athletic gifts and academic opportunities, to have a sense that not everyone is lucky enough to share their good fortune. He selected the Make-A-Wish Foundation as an exemplary organization and his players embraced the concept of helping to make wishes come true for local kids who have been dealt a difficult hand. He then enlisted other high school teams to join the tournament and asked Peter McVeigh 1760 and the Community Service Organization to organize the logistics.
Girls basketball was added to the tournament the second year when Sherri Retif joined GA's faculty. Coach Retif is happy that the Patriot girls have the opportunity to contribute their time and talents: "The Make a Wish tournament is always an enjoyable event...besides being for a good cause, it is amazing to see the entire community come together to support the CSO and athletic program. Mr. McVeigh nurtures a sense of generous gratitude at this special time of the year, and I'm glad our basketball program is afforded the opportunity to participate. We can never imagine how many lives are touched and stories are retold about the Make-A-Wish foundation. Peter McVeigh is an icon of inspiritation who keeps us all grounded in our giftedness.”
Growing up as a GA lower schooler I always loved coming to the Make-A-Wish tournament. It was always a tournament filled with great teams and great players, but the best part always happened after the tournament when the money was delivered to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Playing in this tournament means so much to me because not only do I get to play the game I love, but we get to help a great cause and some great young kids who are going through a tough time.
In 2008 we played a game at Hatboro Horsham and we met a 9 year old named Jake and unfortunatly Jake was in the middle of a tough fight with cancer. That day Jake sat in our locker room and told us how he dreams to play high school basketball. Just being able to meet us gave him the biggest smile. At the end of the year we were going into our second to last game and we learned that Jake had passed away. We sat with tears in our eyes and thought about that earlier day. We thought of how even though Jake was facing a terrible disease he always had a smile on his face and never shed one tear. Jake was never able to play basketball, but was truly an inspiration because of how tough and strong he was off the court.
We may have won 18 games that year but there was nothing more important that what we did for Jake. It is an honor to be able to play for Jake and all the young children of the Make-A Wish-Foundation.
Sometimes the deeper meaning of the Make- A-Wish tournament isn’t always apparent. When someone walks up to the gym on that Friday or Saturday night, they probably notice a number of things. They see student volunteers dishing out snacks to the people at the concession stand or monotonously handing out admission tickets to excited spectators. They hear the pounding of basketballs against the hardwood floor as teams prepare to play some of their best competition, or the resonating cheers of the GA Superfans as our teams pull out a win.
But often times these sights and sounds don’t reveal the real meaning behind the Make-A-Wish Tournament. Each person involved in the tournaments is contributing to a cause much bigger than what goes on in the gym. The Make-A-Wish Tournament donates all its proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which “grants the wishes” of children with terminal illnesses. It provides these kids with a family trip they might not have been able to take otherwise.
To be a participant in this tournament shows me that this whole thing isn’t about the basketball, the spectators, or even Germantown Academy itself. It’s about becoming a part of something bigger than me. When my teammates and I step on the court Friday and Saturday nights, we aren’t just playing to defeat an opponent. We’re playing for children who benefit from our efforts, and that’s what makes this tournament so special to me. I’m thankful to have an opportunity to contribute to this tournament and help those in need, and I speak for the whole Girl’s Basketball Team when I say this.
Many thanks to the players, coaches, CSO members, faculty, alums and families who have contributed so much to this tournament’s success! Your commitment to giving back to the community has made OUR dreams come true.