Rev. John Birkenheuer

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Although not himself an athlete, Reverend Birkenheuer was an excellent motivator. He coached Salesianum School basketball team, compiling a nine-year (1948-57) record of 133-41. Salesianum never
had a losing season under his leadership. Reverend Birkenheuer was 1954’s “Delaware State High School Coach of the Year”. He has given pre-game talks to Dim Montero’s football team and was drafted in
1980 by the Philadelphia Phillies to speak to the team in the locker room prior to their play-off game with the Houston Astros.



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