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Roselle Park Honors Former Graduate with Key to the City

Kathy Lloyd

Friday, June 6, 2014 • 9:37pm

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Thursday night Mayor Joseph Accardi and Councilman At Large Carl Hokanson and the Roselle Park Council members honored Gerry Matthews, a former Roselle Park student and basketball coach for Stockton College.

In Mathews 28 year career, he has won more men's college basketball games than any other coach in New Jersey history.

Growing up in Roselle Park, Matthews played high school basketball at Roselle Park, but says he wasn't much of a player. He would go to high school playoff games hoping that one day they would win a state championship.

He may have graduated in 1959, but he said, “I still Bleed Red” referring to the Roselle Park Panthers. “Roselle Park was a great place to grow up.” He also joked of enjoying beating rivals the Roselle Rams.

Joining Mr Mathews while receiving his award was friends Joe Placa and Dick Haupt.

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