Varsity Boys Basketball
It has been my genuine pleasure to coach varsity boys basketball for the past 28 years! Coaching at GA gives every coach the opportunity to coach young people who truly want to excel on both the basketball court and in the classroom. I could not be more proud of the young men who have worn and currently wear the GA basketball uniforms!
- Jim Fenerty, Head Coach
- Season Records
- 1,000 Point Club
- Make-A-Wish Showcase
James FenertyHead Coach
Jim Fenerty closed out his 29th season as the head coach of Germantown Academy varsity boys' basketball team. The Patriots’ longtime coach has amassed 620 career victories, making him only the third boys basketball coach in Philadelphia history to reach the 600 career victory total. Since his tenure began at GA in 1989, Fenerty has led the Patriots to 17 Inter-Academic (Inter-Ac) League Championships, and his teams have recorded 16 20-plus win seasons. His coaching record at GA is 620-372.
Coach 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-five 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.
Fenerty is a member of the Germantown Academy Honorary Alumni Class of 1760, an inaugural member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame – Montgomery County, the GA Athletics Hall of Fame, and most recently inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame in November, 2014.
Fenerty also serves as a history teacher in the Upper School and the Athletic Liason for the College Counseling Department.
(Updated: March 2018)
Mike HanniganVarsity Associate Head Coach
Martin WeissVarsity Assistant Coach
Carlos ChubbVarsity Assistant Coach
Home to the Patriots' varsity basketball teams and girls' volleyball teams, the Big Gym is located on the far corner of the GA campus and has several entrance points. It can host a full-court basketball game or a full-court volleyball match with a total square footage of 8,915. When pulled out, bleachers can seat approximately 420. The standing room only capacity for the space is 1,626. When used as event space, the Big Gym can hold tables and chairs for a sit-down meal for 524 people. Concession stand space is located right outside of the Big Gym entrance and the restrooms are located below the gym floor. There is no formal ticket booth, but there is an area outside of the main entrance to the Big Gym where a ticket table could be erected as well as a place to sell snacks and drinks.
Big Gym - 8,915 sq. ft.
- Basketball court - 94x50'
- Volleyball court - 60x30'
- Bleacher seating - 420
- Standing capacity - 1626
GA, having won 17 Philadelphia Inter-Academic League Championships in the last 28 years, enters each season ranked as one of the best high school programs in the nation.
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 1992.
* 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 Trenton, NJ.
* 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 school's history.
* 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 Classic. 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.
In the 2016-17 season the Patriots won at least a share of the Inter-Ac League title for the fifth straight season becoming just the fourth team in league history to do so.
To quote Coach Fenerty: "We are delighted to participate in several of the finest tournaments in the nation. How can one truly measure one's ability but by competing against the very best?"
Year Coach Overall Record League Record
1910-11 Horace Schoenhut 2-1
1911-12 Lyle Rickards 6-6
1912-13 H.W. Furness 9-6
1913-14 Furness 9-2
1914-15 William Sutton 8-7
1915-16 Sutton ?
1916-17 Sutton 6-5
1917-18 Sutton 7-4
1918-19 Sutton 13-1
1919-20 Sutton 12-1
1920-21 Bert Barron 13-4
1921-22 Barron 11-7
1922-23 Cyril Ellis 7-7
1923-24 Ellis 4-13 3-7
1924-25 Frank Romeo 4-13 2-7
1925-26 Romeo 4-9 2-8
1926-27 Joe Hartley 11-5 6-4
1927-28 Hartley 5-10 5-3
1928-29 Hartley 6-11 5-3
1929-30 Hartley 9-7 7-0 *
1930-31 Hartley 6-5 6-1
1931-32 Hartley 4-10 2-5
1932-33 Hartley 2-13 1-6
1933-34 J.Cooper French ?? Not in League
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
1939-40 Wilfred Blake 3-11 Not in League
1940-41 ?? Stocker 5-9 3-2
1941-42 Harold Spealler ?? 0-8
1942-43 J. Cooper French 3-15 1-7
1943-44 Louis Spealler 7-10 2-6
1944-45 Louis Spealler ?? 2-6
1945-46 Louis Spealler 4-14 1-7
1946-47 E. Fenton Carey 12-7 4-4
1947-48 Daniel Lewis 3-12 1-7
1948-49 Jack McCloskey 3-12 2-8
1949-50 McCloskey 13-9 7-5
1950-51 McCloskey 11-9 4-6
1951-52 Warren “Reds” Jordan ?? 2-8
1952-53 Jordan 10-14 4-6
1953-54 George Davidson 16-10 8-2 *
1954-55 Lou Bonder ?? 5-5
1955-56 Bonder ?? 6-4
1956-57 Dick Harter ?? 3-7
1957-58 Harter ?? 5-5
1958-59 Alex DeLucia ?? 8-2 *
1959-60 DeLucia 13-4 8-2
1960-61 Robert “Maje”McDonnell ?? 5-5
1961-62 McDonnell ?? 1-11
1962-63 Ronald “Clyde” Craig 1-15 1-9
1963-64 Mike 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 *
1969-70 Jim 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
1978-79 Hal Greer 8-10 4-6
1979-80 Greer 12-8 5-4
1980-81 Gene Harris 4-15 2-8
1981-82 Dave 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
1989-90 Jim 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 *
1998-99 Jim 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)
2006-07 Fenerty 18-8 8-2* (2-0 Playoffs)
2007-08 Fenerty 18-11 8-2* (1-1 Playoffs)
2008-09 Fenerty 24-6 9-1* (2-1 State Tour)
2009-10 Fenerty 19-8 6-4 (2-1 State Tour)
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 Tournament)
2014-15 Fenerty 22-6 9-1* (1-1 PAISAA Tournament)
2015-16 Fenerty 24-6 10-1* (3-1 PAISAA Tournament)
2016-17 Fenerty 22-7 9-2* (1-1 PAISAA Tournament)
2017-18 Fenerty 9-17 2-8 (0-1 PAISAA Tournament)
* Philadelphia Inter-Academic League Championships
Alvin Williams '93 --- 1,702
Evan-Eric Longino '17--- 1,658
Paul Hutter '70 --- 1,627
Matt Walsh '02 --- 1,601
Julius Williams '97 --- 1,564
Cameron Ayers '10 --- 1,486
Craig White '88 --- 1,432
Brian Burke '98 --- 1,429
Otis Ellis '85 --- 1,421
Kyle McCloskey '17--- 1,420
Lawrence Talley '91 --- 1,417
Ryan Ayers '05 --- 1,370
Rick Williams '85 --- 1,358
Eric Minkin '68 --- 1,358
Bryan Grimes '05 --- 1,352
Chris Krug '98 --- 1,330
Lee Melchionni '02 --- 1,261
Marvin Walters '86 --- 1,254
Nick Lindner '13 --- 1,234
Devon Goodman '16 --- 1,201
Larry Leith '94 --- 1,153
Kyle Griffin '07 --- 1,123
Rodney Duncan '76 --- 1,100
Andrew Ott '06 --- 1,074
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:
- Lee Melchionni --- Duke University
- Ted Skuchas --- Vanderbilt University
- Matt Walsh --- University of Florida, Miami Heat (NBA), Greece
- Jeff Curtin --- Georgetown University
- Otis Ellis --- Lafayette College
- Craig White --- Lafayette College
- Rick Williams --- Siena College
- Alvin Williams --- Villanova University , Toronto Raptors(NBA)
- Marc Nori --- Boston College, NFL Pittsburgh Steelers
- Damon Myers --- U.S. Naval Academy
- Denis Kane --- U.S. Naval Academy
- Larry Leith --- Fordham University
- Blair Hicks --- Colgate University
- Julius Williams --- Drexel University
- Chris Krug --- Princeton University
- Brian Burke --- Lafayette College
- Rob Heleniak --- Johns Hopkins University
- Chris Rodgers - Bucknell University, Germany Professional League
- Matt Kauderer - New Hampshire
- Jay Overcash - Drexel University
- Troy Holiday --- Loyola University (MD)
- Mike Slattery --- University of Delaware
- Joe Gill --- University of Pennsylvania
- Larry Sharp --- Allegheny College
- Ryan Ayers --- University of Notre Dame, Finland
- Kirk Jones --- Washington & Lee University
- Brian Grimes --- Columbia University
- Andrew Ott --- Penn State University
- Matthew Turner --- Swarthmore College
- Shane Simon --- Hobart College
- Joe Traynor --- Yale University (Football)
- Kyle Griffin --- LaSalle University
- DJ Johnston --- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Tim McCarty --- Johns Hopkins University
- Allen Tate --- New York University
- Joe Hill --- American University
- Jimmy Fenerty --- Dickinson College
- Peter Haines (football) --- Ithaca College
- Jeff Holton --- American University
- Dean Melchionni --- University of Texas
- Cameron Ayers --- Bucknell University
- Austin Curry --- Muhlenberg College
- Jimmy Hammer --- Johns Hopkins
- Julian Moore --- Penn State
- Nick Lindner --- Lafayette
- Greg Dotson --- Morehead State
- James Drury --- Washington College
- Sam Lindgren - Colgate University
- Tim Guers - Saint Anselm College
- Devon Goodman - University of Pennsylvania
- Gabe Alter - Colgate University
- Joe Stinson - New York University
- Bailey Whitman - Connecticut College
- Kyle McCloskey – Villanova (football)
- Evan-Eric Longino – West Chester University
- Cole Storm – Washington College
- Josh Brownstein – Tulane University
- Andrew Towne – Franklin & Marshall (Lacrosse
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 Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach Jim Fenerty 1760. 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 former the Upper School Community Service Organization to organize the logistics.
Although the winter sports are finished, it is time to recognize the student-athletes who performed at a high level during the season.
Despite having three scorers top double figures during their matchup with Malvern Prep on Feb. 9, GA was unable to pull out a win. The Friars sunk nine three-point shots and outscored the Patriots, 81-69.
Germantown Academy entered it's game against The Pennington School having reeled off three straight wins and averaging 57 points per game during that span. Against the Red Raiders -- a team on a six-game streak -- the Patriots came up short, dropping the game 63-48.
After having up and down performances for the majority of the season, it appears that the boys basketball team has found a way to right the ship. On Feb. 6, the Patriots reeled off their third straight win -- a 55-37 outcome -- against William Penn Charter. The three-game streak is the longest of it's type for GA this season.
It is a week of firsts for the Germantown Academy boys basketball team. Yesterday the team earned it's first Inter-Ac League win in a hard-fought contest against Episcopal Academy, and today marked the first time this season that the Patriots won back-to-back games with a 57-49 win over Frankford.