District 11 inducts first HOF class
Sue Butz-Stavin was inducted into the inaugural District 11 Hall of Fame Class on Sunday.
The long-time Emmaus field hockey coach was unique among the group of 14 that were honored at the Holiday Inn in Breinigsville.
The group included eight former star athletes and six coaches. But of the six, Butz-Stavin is the only one who is still coaching.
“To be honored by such a distinguished group and to be part of the first class in District 11 is quite an honor,” said Butz-Stavin. “I was a little surprised (when I found out), being someone who is still coaching.”
Joining Butz-Stavin in the 2018 class were Bob Mlkvy of Palmerton High School; Artie Owens of Stroudsburg High School; Michelle Marciniak and Ed McCaffrey of Allentown Central Catholic High School; J. Birney Crum, John Donmoyer and Milo Sewards of the Allentown School District; Matt Gerhard and Larry Miller of Catasauqua High School; Al Erdosy of Northampton High School; Diane Decker of Marian High School; Allysa Vavra of Panther Valley High School; and Ray Nunamaker of Nazareth High School.
“We have such an unbelievable group of inductees,” said District 11 chairman and Whitehall High School Athletic Director Bob Hartman, who was tasked with organizing the event. “They are a group of phenomenal athletes and coaches. It’s such a great class.
“The focus of this Hall of Fame is on what the athletes and coaches accomplished at the high school level. But when you look at the names and the credentials of this first class, it’s amazing how much they achieved during and after their high school careers.”
During her 43 years coaching the Hornets, Butz-Stavin’s teams have captured 33 District 11 championships, including a streak of 29 in a row. Emmaus has also won 12 PIAA championships and compiled over 900 victories during her tenure.
Despite the glowing numbers and accomplishments on the field, it was what has happened off the field that Butz-Stavin wanted to talk about.
“When I reflect back over the years, it’s really not about me,” she said. “It’s about all of the individuals that have played for Emmaus High School field hockey and all the coaches that have been here. And it’s the dynamic job they have done for this program. It’s all about tradition. We are going to try and keep honoring that from what Ginny Huber started in 1960.
“The thing I’m most proud of is how our girls have developed over the years. What they are (now) doing in their professional lives. It’s great to follow them and to see them over the years at Alumni games. That’s quite exciting.”
Hartman said that as wonderful and talented as this inaugural class was, he’s already looking forward to the future.
“Our plan is to hold a banquet every year on the first Sunday following Columbus Day,” he said. “This year we had 70 nominees, which is great. But next year we would love to have 170 nominees.
“For that to happen, we need the support from all our schools. We don’t take nominations from the public. School administrators are the only ones that can nominate people. With their cooperation, we want to continue to grow and expand this event.”