Ryan Ditze Named P’burg Head Coach
The Phillipsburg school board unanimously approved the hiring of former assistant coach Ryan Ditze as head coach of the Stateliners this past February. Ditze replaces former head coach Bob Stem, who retired in December following a successful 2nd stint as P’burg head coach. Ditze had served as an assistant coach at P’burg from 1998- 2009 before leaving to take a job as an assistant coach at Bethlehem Freedom, Pa. this past season.
Ditze served in various capacities at P’burg, including offensive coordinator from 2001-2004 under former head coach Phil Rohm, as well as defensive coordinator under Bob Stem from 2008-2009.
He is a 1992 graduate of All Saints Regional High School, formerly known as Phillipsburg Catholic, before starring at Albright College as a wide receiver. He was an all-Skyland Conference and all-West Jersey performer at All Saints, and went on to be named a two-time Division 3 All-American wide receiver while at Albright.
Ditze graduated from Albright in 1996 with a BA in English before earning a Masters in Educational Leadership. He is the Director of Language, Fine and Performing Arts at Phillipsburg, and has more than 14 years of experience as a coach.
Ditze’s father Dennis was also an outstanding student/athlete at Phillipsburg Catholic in the early 1960s who went on to play football at Villanova University.
Statelinerfootball.com would like to congratulate Coach Ditze on his appointment, and wishes to extend its warmest wishes to him for a successful career while at the helm of the state’s most successful and historic football program.
2011 COACHING STAFF
HEAD COACH: Ryan Ditze…Albright College…offensive coordinator
Stateliner Head Coach Ryan Ditze
Asst. Coach…Bruce Smith…Bloomsburg U…defensive coordinator
Asst. Coach…Bob Stem Jr…U. of Delaware, Susquehanna U…offensive line
Asst. Coach…Mike Echevarria…William & Mary…defensive backs
Asst. Coach…Keith Kullman…Shippensburg U…quarterbacks
Asst. Coach…Rich Guman…West Chester U…running backs
Asst. Coach…Scott Silvis…Lycoming College…frosh offensive coordinator
Asst. Coach…Mike Lelko…Bloomsburg U…wide receivers
Asst. Coach…Ed Puccio…Lock Haven U…defensive line
Asst. Coach…Zach Miers…Bloomsburg U…frosh defensive coordinator
Volunteer Asst…Scott Kish…Lycoming College…defensive backs
Volunteer Asst…Bruce Morgan…Piscataway High School…kickers/punters
Volunteer Asst…Kyle Decker…Phillipsburg High School…offensive line
Volunteer Asst…Christian Johnson…Mansfield U…frosh offensive line
Volunteer Asst…Mike Chando…E. Stroudsburg U…tight ends
Volunteer Asst…John Stillo…Bloomsburg U…defensive backs
Volunteer Asst…Leonard Brice…Monmouth U…running backs
Volunteer Asst…Tim Slack…Phillipsburg High School…linebackers
Volunteer Asst…Tim Penyak…Phillipsburg High School…wide receivers
Volunteer Asst…Ian Decker…Widener U…frosh running backs
Volunteer Asst…Mark Bigelli…Muhlenberg College…frosh offensive line
ALL-TIME COACHING RECORDS
Mike Maloney (1905-1931) 106-77-17 (1918 NJ State Champions)
The Father of Phillipsburg Football
Art Pursel (1932-1935) 35-3-1 (1935 NJ State Champions)
Whiz Rhinehart ( 1936-1937) 6-12-1
Doug Krick (1938-1939) 6-11-3
Frank Klein (1940-1951) 84-20-9 (1942 & 1949 NJ State Champions)
Sammy Moyer (1952-1953) 12-5-1
Harold Bellis (1954-1967) 86-29-10 (1960 NJ State Champions)
Mickey Frinzi (1968-1972) 26-18-1
Bob Stem (1973-1981) 56-30-4 (1977 Sec. 2 Gr.3 Champions)
Phil Rohm (1982-1986) 38-14
Tom Dominic (1987-1989) 25-8
Bruce Smith (1990-1997) 46-34-3
Phil Rohm (2nd term 1998-2004) 47-28 (2001 Sec.2 Gr.4 Champions )
Coach Phil Rohm
Bob Stem (2nd term 2005-2010) 56-13 (2005 Sec.2 Gr.4, 2008 Sec.2 Gr.3, & 2009 Sec. 2 Gr. 4 Champions)
BOB STEM ERA ENDS
Bob Stem…Syracuse U…P’burg head coach from 1973-1981 (56-30-4) and 2005-2010 (56-13)…head coach at Bethlehem Catholic, Pa. for 19 years where he compiled a 173-55-2 record with 2 PIAA state championships…combined record at Phillipsburg of 112-43-4 with 4 state titles…overall coaching record of 285-98-6 with 6 state titles…finishes as the winningest coach in P’burg history with 112 victories
Bob Stem Retirement
P’burg head coach Bob Stem announced his retirement at a news conference on Thursday, December 2 at the Phillipsburg School District Commerce Center. Stem capped off his second stint as P’burg coach with a 3-0 OT win over archrival Easton on Thanksgiving Day, finishing his last season with a 9-2 record. Stem earned all-state honors as a two-way star at P’burg in 1957 under coach Harold Bellis. He was a 2nd-team All-American at Syracuse before being drafted by the Boston Patriots of the old AFL. He was an assistant coach at P’burg under former Liner coach Mickey Frinzi before being named head coach in 1973. He guided P’burg to a record of 56-30-4, winning a sectional championship in 1977, before leaving after the 1981 season. Stem then assumed the reigns at Bethlehem Catholic, Pa. for 19 years, putting together a 173-56-2 record and winning two PIAA state titles. He eventually returned to his alma mater in 2005, leading the Stateliners to a 12-0 season that was culminated with a sectional championship. Stem fashioned a 56-13 record at P’burg from 2005-2010, also winning sectional titles in 2008 and 2009. His combined record at P’burg stands at 112-43-4, making him the winningest coach in Liner history. His overall coaching record is 285-98-6, making him one of the most successful coaches this area has ever seen. Stem was elected to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame in 2004. He leaves a legacy of toughness and hard work that had a profound effect on dozens of young student athletes. Statelinerfootball.com would like to congratulate coach Stem on his outstanding career. Best wishes are extended for a happy, healthy retirement.
HAROLD BELLIS HONORED
Phillipsburg named its football field after legendary coach Harold Bellis at its home opener on September 14, 2007. The 91-year old Bellis has been a respected member of the Phillipsburg community his entire life, and is without question deserving of this honor for his lifelong commitment to Phillipsburg students, the school, the community, and players and fans alike. Bellis was captain and an All-State center on P’burg’s great 1933 team, which shut out 9 opponents while losing only once by an 18-0 score to St. Benedict’s Prep of Newark, the defending New Jersey prep school champion. St. Benedict’s would later forfeit the game because it used an ineligible player. Upon graduation from PHS, Bellis played QB at Lafayette College. He served as assistant coach at Coatesville, Pa. in 1940 before being named head coach at Pen Argyl, Pa. in 1941. He joined the staff at P’burg as an assistant coach in 1947, and was later named head coach at P’burg in 1954. During his tenure at P’burg, Bellis put together an 86-29-10 record, which includes two unbeaten seasons in 1960 and 1964. His 1960 team was named New Jersey state champion. Bellis retired following the 1967 season. He then coached the Lafayette freshmen football team with longtime friend and former Easton head coach Bob Rute. Bellis also taught algebra and coached baseball at Phillipsburg for 27 years. From a personal standpoint, this writer was a student and played football under coach Bellis in 1966 as well as his last season in 1967. As a teacher, he was stern and demanding of his students. As a coach, his mere presence and bellowing voice instilled fear as well as respect. His coaching style was very conservative, with emphasis on the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, execution, teamwork, and sportsmanship. While commanding respect, his exterior belied a softer side, which was witnessed in the locker room following a heartbreaking loss to Easton in 1966, when he shed tears for his players following the loss. Seeing him again and taking his picture at the festivities celebrating the 100th anniversary of P’burg football, and then again at the ” ultimate team photo ” prior to the 100th game between P’burg and Easton brought about a feeling of nostalgia, but also put a smile on all of our faces. How time flies! The dedication of the playing field in his name was an historic event which all those in attendance will remember fondly for many years to come.
HAROLD BELLIS CHRONOLOGY and MILESTONES
1931 Played in 25th P’burg-Easton game.
1933 Served as captain and earned all-state honors at center under Coach Art Pursel.
1940 Named assistant coach at Coatesville, Pa.
1941 Named head coach at Pen Argyl, Pa.
1946 Returned to Pen Argyl after serving in the military.
1947 Named assistant coach at Phillipsburg.
1954 Named head coach at Phillipsburg.
1956 Coached Stateliners in 50th P’burg-Easton game.
1960 Guided Stateliners to 8-0-1 season and state championship.
1961 Coached P’burg’s 300th win, 42-18 over William Allen.
1964 Coached Stateliners to another unbeaten season at 8-0-1.
1967 Announced retirement as P’burg head coach at the end of the season, finishing with an 86-29-10 record.
1968 Coached freshmen at Lafayette College.
1981 Attended 75th P’burg-Easton game.
1985 Inducted into Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
1986 Inducted into Lafayette College Hall of Fame.
2000 Named to Phillipsburg Wall of Fame.
2001 Named one of top 100 sports figures for the past century by the Express-Times.
2006 Inducted into inaugural P’burg-Easton Hall of Fame. Attended 100th P’burg-Easton game.
2006 Named a Legend of the Lehigh Valley.
2007 P’burg football field named in his honor. Now known as “Bellis Field at Maloney Stadium.”
The Phillipsburg community awoke on Monday morning to the news that one of its favorite sons, legendary coach Harold Bellis, had passed away on Sunday, June 20, with his family at his side. The 93-year old Bellis was a true icon in the community as a revered teacher, coach, and mentor of thousands of P’burg students and athletes during a career that spanned more than 40 years. His list of accomplishments and honors is stunning. More importantly, he was always held in the highest regard, not only by his colleagues, but by virtually everyone he came into contact with. He leaves a legacy of hard work, integrity, dedication to education, and commitment to the betterment of people’s lives, especially in the town of Phillipsburg, that will live for many years. Our thoughts are with his family. Farewell coach.