Kauffman selected to PSFCA Hall of Fame

By on March 23, 2016
Coach Phil Kauffman makes a point at practice.

Phil Kauffman makes a point at practice.

During his 28 years as head coach at Cocalico, Phil Kauffman was one of the most successful high school football coaches in the area.

He compiled a record of 184-112 with his teams winning 11 section championships in the L-L League and two District Three titles. He was voted Coach of the Year seven times.

This past weekend, he was recognized by his peers for his outstanding career.

Nominated by one of his former quarterbacks, Chad Brubaker, who is now the head coach at Spring-Ford High School, Kauffman was one of five former coaching greats named into the 2016 induction class of the PSFCA Hall of Fame.

The induction class includes: Scott Heinauer, Mars High School; Nick Donato, North Pocono & Scranton Prep High Schools; Greg Botta, Franklin Regional High School; Mike Zmijanac, Aliquippa High School; and Kauffman.

They will be inducted during the Big 33 weekend June 17-18 in Hershey.

“I got a message from Chad Brubaker…he nominated me and they voted unanimously to put me in,” Kauffman said Tuesday. “That was pretty cool. Last year I was inducted into the Susquehanna Valley Sports Hall of Fame and that was pretty cool. But this is from the football coaches, my peers, so this is pretty neat. There are a lot of good guys in there. I’m very honored and humbled to be part of that.”

Kauffman actually spent 34 years at Cocalico, the first six as an assistant before becoming head coach in 1976. He obviously touched a lot of lives in those 34 years, and they in turn touched his.

“(Being nominated) really represents all the kids I was lucky enough to coach and all of the coaches…it’s shared by all of us,” he said. “I’m really humbled because a head coach can’t get anywhere without the people around him and the kids that he coached. I was lucky enough to have some great, great kids, and some great assistant coaches.”

Kauffman retired from coaching in 2003, although he did spend two seasons (2012 & 2013) as an assistant under Scott Shelley at Ephrata. Today, Kauffman can been seen and heard as the color man on the Blue Ridge Cable 11 football broadcasts in the fall.

He lives in Ephrata with his wife Cindy.

 

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