1982 Inductees

Frank Coveleski

Coveleski coached football, basketball and track at Rehoboth High School with one of the smallest enrollments in the state. His 22 year record in football was 91-68-14, his 12 year record in boys' basketball was 152-48 and nine year record in girls' basketball was 91-31. His teams compiled an overall three-sport record of 334-147-14. Frank's track squads won the Henlopen Conference title in 1964 even though the school had no track of its own. Coach Coveleski became Athletic Director when Rehoboth, Lewes and Milton High Schools consolidated into the new "Cape Henlopen" High School. "Coach" was also the organizer and long-time chief of the nationally acclaimed Rehoboth Beach Lifeguards. His son, John, schooled by "ole dad", became a state championship coach at Caesar Rodney High School, and is a 2017 inductee into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. Frank was born in Union City, Pennsylvania.

Cliff Garvine

Garvine was the Physical Education Director of the Wilmington YMCA for more than a quarter-century. He organized amateur leagues in swimming, tennis, baseball and basketball. Cliff started indoor badminton at the "Y", winning the State Badminton himself in 1941. Thousands of young Wilmingtonians participated in his YMCA programs and benefited from them. Additionally, Cliff coached track at Wilmington High School for two years.

Charles A. "Chip" Marchlewicz-Marshall

Playing under the name of Chip Marshall, he was a catcher in baseball's minor leagues for 13 seasons, the majority of which were in the St. Louis Cardinal system. He excelled on defense as a catcher and played on pennant-winning teams in Houston, Sacramento and Rochester. After his pro-career, he played 8 years in the Semi-Pro league and coached Legion, CYO and Babe Ruth teams for 18 seasons.

Rev. James O'Neill

Salesianum's football coach for 11 seasons, a school longevity record, Father O'Neill was the State's first "Coach of the Year" in 1954 with a 9-1 record. His over-all record was 62-37-8 after he was assigned to restore Sallies' football in 1945. He also coached the basketball team five years. "Buzzy" O'Neill was a three-sport athlete for the Sals.

Frank Shakespeare

He couldn't make the plebe basketball team at the Naval Academy, but he turned to a brand-new experience as a rower and eventually became the only Delawarean at that time to ever to win an Olympic gold medal. Dover's Frank was the bow (lead) oar on the Navy crew that won 20 straight races, including the 1952 Games at Helsinki and two successive Intercollegiate Rowing Association titles. Coach Rusty Callow called him "the best bow oar I have seen in 31 years of coaching". As lead oar, Shakespeare was the first Middie to cross the finish line in all those victories.

Ellis Taylor

Ellis held a record eight Delaware Amateur golf championships, the first in 1947 and the last in 1963. Recognized as one of the top players in the east in his time, he won titles in an International Four-Ball at Mamaroneck, N.Y., in the Shawnee, Pa Invitational, and in the Eastern States Inaugural at Wildwood, N.J. He received the DSGA award in 1970 for "Outstanding Achievements in Golf".

John Tosi

An All-Philadelphia Catholic League choice as a schoolboy and star football lineman at Salesianum, Tosi went on to excel for Niagara University. He was a 1939 draft choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NFL, now the Steelers, and after that season, played another with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was All-East as a collegian.

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