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GREATER BOSTON LEAGUE NOTEBOOK: Taking a look at the High School Football “200 Win Club”; #2 is former Everett legendary Coach John DiBiaso, Jr.

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Revere High & Malden High girls’ volleyball first teams in region to qualify for State Tournament

Big showdown & rematch with GBL unbeaten Revere on tap next Wednesday for Tornado girls

  When Boston Herald legend himself Danny Ventura once again published his list of High School Football “200 Win Club” members when Shawsheen longtime head man Al Costabile became the 55th football coach in state history to reach the 200-win milestone Friday, we decided to publish the list so our readers can “take a gander”.

  Most notable locally on the list is the #2 gentleman, former longtime (1992-2018) Everett High football boss John DiBiaso, Jr., who, at 344-79-1, trails only “still going” Ken LaChappelle of Northbridge as the winningest coach in Mass. High School Football history.

    With Patriots Bill Belichick in the same boat, behind Don Shula (Miami Dolphins) on the all-time list in the NFL, who knows if Coach “Dib” and “In Bill We Trust” will both keep going until they grab that top spot?

    Another well-known former local high school legend on the list is the late Coach Bill Tighe, who was head coach at Malden High from 1965-1972, before turning over the reins to one of his former players, the late Coach Paul Finn, who led the Tornados from 1973-1998.

   Coach Tighe, who coached 53 years, well into his 80s, was 269-232-13 from 1957-2010. He was the oldest active high school coach in the nation, when he retired in 2010 from Lexington High, at the age of 86.

   Although they didn’t officially count it to his coaching years, he coached a few more years as a volunteer assistant on the staff of Stoneham High’s Bob Almeida’s Spartans. Coach Tighe passed away in April, 2020 at the age of 95.  Coach Finn passed away suddenly this past April at 75.

    Here’s a look at all of the members of the “200-Win Club”.

Danny V encourages anyone who sees a discrepancy, to please contact him at donato.ventura@bostonherald.com

*1) Ken LaChapelle 387-122-6 (1976-present, Northbridge)
*2) John DiBiaso 344-79-1 (1982-present, St. Patrick’s, Weston, Everett, Catholic Memorial)
3) Armond Colombo 316-101-5 (1960-2002, Archbishop Williams, Brockton)
*4) Jim Kelliher 303-201-8 (1974-present, Abington)
tie) Bill Broderick 303-68-42 (1908-1942, 1949, Rindge Tech, Haverhill, Salem) tie) Tom Lopez 303-126-5 (1978-2018, Lincoln-Sudbury)
7) Vito Capizzo 293-140-8 (1964-2008, Nantucket)
*8) Jack Martinelli 289-130-5 (1982-present, Foxboro)
*9) Mike Redding 279-92-3 (1988-present, Mansfield)
10) Ron St. George 275-141-5 (1980-2020, East Bridgewater, BC High, Cardinal Spellman)
11) Norm Walker 273-61-4 (1966-2004, Wayland, Newton North, Holderness)
12) Bill Maradei 270-152-4 (1979-2018, Dom Savio, Austin Prep)
13) Bill Tighe 269-232-13 (1957-2010, Wakefield, Malden, Lexington)
14) Ken Perrone 256-84-11 (1960-1994, Maine, Salem)
15) Charlie Broderick 252-126-25 (1923-1965, Amesbury, Leominster)
16) Stan Bondelevitch 251-125-11 (Maynard, Hudson, Swampscott, Bishop Fenwick)
17) Owen Kilcoyne 250-164-8 (1960-2003, Hudson Catholic, Clinton, Ayer, Framingham North, St. Peter-Marian)
(tie) Archie Cataldi 250-141-2 (1968-2006, Springfield Classical, Clinton)
19) Tom Lamb 248-65-2 (1977-2009, Natick, Norwood)
20) Tom Caito 247-75-10 (1962-1995, Rhode Island, Holliston, Florida, Chelmsford)
(tie) Ed Murphy 247-175-16 (1946-1992, Dracut)
22) Donald Herman 244-128-0 (1985-2021, Johnson, Martha’s Vineyard)
23) David Driscoll 243-133-6 (1981-2016, Dighton-Rehoboth)
(tie) Bill Maver 243-105-5 (1985-2016, Quincy, Acton-Boxboro)
25) Lou Silva 242-147-7 (1981-2017, Marshfield)
(tie) Walt Dubzinski 242-161-4 (1976-2014, Lunenburg, Gardner)
27) Al Dhembe 240-126-7 (1976-2015, Bay Path)
(tie) Bill Moge 240-105-19 (1943-1983, Westfield, Chicopee)
*29) Kevin Macdonald 238-101-5 (1982-present, Archbishop Williams, Milton Academy) (playing Lawrence Academy, Saturday at 3:30)
*tie) Steve Hayden 238-185-2 (1982-present, Pentucket) (playing at Hamilton-Wenham, Saturday 1)
31) Carlin Lynch 238-81-10 (1958-2003, Somerset, Bishop Stang, Dartmouth)
32) Jim Cotter 236-149-17 (1964-2004, BC High)
33) Dick Collins 228-153-17 (1959-1995, Andover)
34) Jack Welch 224-132-6 (1964-2000, Ipswich)
35) Bill Seeglitz 218-84-21 (1919-1949, Illinois, Peabody)
36) Bob Bancroft 217-120-6 (1975-2014, Whitman-Hanson, Pembroke)
tie) Charles Harvey 217-99-12 (Nashua, Saugus, Northbridge)
38) Jim Pugh 216-133-0 (1989-2014, 2016-2021, Masconomet, Hamilton-Wenham)
39) John Dubzinski 215-105-6 (1980-2010, Fitchburg, Leominster)
40) Vin Hickey 214-130-1 (1975-2007, Blue Hills)
(tie) David Hughes 214-94-4 (1978-2007, Hopkinton)
(tie) Henry Knowlton 214-76-17 (New Hampshire, Plymouth, Winchester)
43) John Lee 212-33-7 (1968-1992, Walpole)
44) Leo Sybertz 211-115-7 (1976-2011, West Roxbury)
(tie) Frank Almeida 211-134-18 (1959-1999, Wareham, Old Rochester, Taunton, Bridgewater-Raynham, Coyle-Cassidy)
46) Peter Ambrose 209-169-9 (1960-2006, Cardinal Spellman)
47) Rocky Nelson 208-116-7 (1986-2016, Woburn)
48) Jim O’Leary 207-110-2 (1984-2013, St. John’s Prep)
(tie) Ken Owen 207-124-5 (1982-2011, 2016-2019, Rockland, Upper Cape)
(tie) Dan Buron 207-92 (1993-present, Bridgewater-Raynham)
51) Charlie Stevenson 206-63-1 (1993-2016, Xaverian)
52) Ernie Richards 203-109-5 (1961-1997, Maine, Millis, Marlboro, Uxbridge)
53) Joe Hoague 202-79-12 (1946-1979, Taunton, Natick, Melrose)
54) Joe Crowley 201-47-18 (1946-1981, Reading, South Boston, Archbishop Williams)
*55) Al Costabile 200-127-0 (1992-present, Bishop Fenwick, Shawsheen)
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Revere High & Malden High girls’ volleyball first teams in region to qualify for State Tournament

   They are on similar paths of success, but have established themselves as two of the winningest teams in Eastern Mass.— in any sport— at this early point in the season.

     Both the unbeaten Revere High Patriots (12-0) and the once-beaten Malden High Golden Tornado (10-1) girls volleyball teams have already locked in a postseason MIAA State Volleyball Tournament berth with their winning ways so far this season.

     Revere breezed into a locked-up postseason spot in its first 10 games. Malden clinched States with a 3-0 shutout win at home over Stoneham on Monday, getting the spot in winning 10 of its first 11 games.

    They have also cemented a stirring rivalry as Revere is the only team to have handed Malden a loss this season, a 3-1 setback for head coach Dan Jurkowski’s Malden girls at Revere High on September 21.

   Malden has responded by rattling off four straight wins, soaring to 10-1 overall and clinching the aforementioned state tournament berth.

    The rest of the schedule for both teams looks like a gallop to more and more “Ws” …. except for one glaring piece of business: Revere invades Malden’s Finn Gym this coming Wednesday, October 12 for a 5:15 p.m. showdown, rematch, whatever else you may call it.

     Greater Boston League supremacy is 100% on the line for the match, as a win for Revere basically clinches the GBL title for 2022 for the Patriots. A win for Revere would also go a long way toward a potential bid at an unbeaten season, a “cherry on top” to which every team aspires.

     A win for Malden would mean a potential share of the GBL title, which would be a first for Malden High and head coach Jurkowski, who has had a remarkable run of winning with the boys’ team the past several years and now with the girls team.

    The Malden High coach— who also does the coach trifecta with a JV boys basketball gig in the winter— started both programs himself from scratch and now those two teams, along with coed swim in the winter, are the most successful in the school.

    Something’s got to give on Wednesday afternoon, as they say, it will be bear watching.




Team                  GBL      All   

Revere                9-0       12-0

Malden                7-1       10-1

Medford               6-2        6-4

Chelsea               5-3        5-4

Lynn Classical     4-6        5-6

Everett                 2-7        5-7

Somerville            1-7       1-8

Lynn English         0-8       1-8



Team                 GBL    All

Somerville         8-0-0    8-0-1

Medford            8-2-2    8-2-2

Everett              6-2-1    6-3-1

Chelsea            4-3-1    4-3-1

Revere              2-4-2    2-4-2

Lynn Classical  2-4-1    4-4-2

Malden             1-6-3     2-8-3

Lynn English     0-7-2    0-8-2



Team                  GVL       All

Medford             9-0-0      9-3-0

Lynn Classical   5-1-1      6-1-1

Somerville         5-3-1      6-3-1

Revere              4-2-2      5-3-2

Malden              4-5-0      4-7-0

Everett        3-5-0     4-5-1

Lynn English      1-7-0     1-9-0
Chelsea              0-8-0     0-8-0 

coach bill tighe
When the late Coach Bill Tighe retired from the Lexington High football program in 2010, he was the oldest active football coach in the nation at 86 years old. (Courtesy Photo)
may the dan be with you
Malden High head girls’ volleyball coach Dan Jurkowski has had plenty of success with the boys’ program the past several years, this season it has bloomed with the girls’ volleyball program as well. (Advocate Photo/ Steve Freker)
Coach Dib
Over 250 of Coach John DiBiaso Jr.’s career 344 coaching wins came between 1992 and 2018 at Everett High School (not to mention double-digit Super Bowl rings!). (Courtesy Photo)

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