Coach Jim Algeo was honored by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday with a resolution recognizing his "44 years of dedicated service to the students of Lansdale Catholic High School."
Algeo retired in November after a 53-year coaching career, the last 44 of them at Lansdale Catholic.
Asked by Commissioner James Matthews what he had learned from his student players over the years, Algeo spoke of his 1971 Lansdale Catholic team, which he said had started the season with three consecutive losses but returned to practice each succeeding Monday more determined to win than before.
"You can always work harder to make yourself better," Algeo said.
The full text of the Commissioners' resolution follows.
WHEREAS, Jim Algeo has devoted 44 years to the students and athletes of Lansdale Catholic High School, both as the highly successful Head Football Coach and as a distinguished teacher in the Business Department; and,
WHEREAS, During his coaching career, Jim Algeo coached teams to an undefeated season in 1972, a state Championship in 2004 and countless league and district titles; and,
WHEREAS, Over the years, Coach Algeo has served as a role model and instilled in hundreds of young men the values of teamwork, discipline and devotion through his motto: “Faith, Family and Football … in that order”; and
WHEREAS, In addition to coaching, Coach Algeo is a devoted husband to his wife Mickey and caring father to his nine children and many grandchildren; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, We, the Commissioners of Montgomery County, do hereby recognize
for 44 years of dedicated service to the students of Lansdale Catholic High School and an impressive record as Head Football Coach, both in the win-loss column and in terms of making a difference in the lives of his players.