SHORE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICSHALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1998-2006Patricia A. DelehantyShore Regional Class of 1978
Patty Delehanty, affectionately known as “Ladybug”, for whatever reason I don’t know, nor am I sure I should ask, was one of Shore Regional’s early, and all-time, great athletes. Her chosen sport was basketball, and she excelled as no other before, and probably since. Let us start with a big noise. Patty Delehanty is the All time Leading Scorer, both men and women, in Shore Regional History. She scored 2,534 points. At one time, and it still may be, this was a Shore Conference Record as well for both men and women - - all this before the advent of the 3 point shot. In addition, Patty grabbed over 1500 rebounds in her career!
Shore’s record during Patty’s term was an outstanding 74-17. She was correctly rewarded with All-County and All-Shore recognition for all 4 years of her high school career, 1974 through 1978. In 1977 and 1978, her junior and senior years, she was chosen first Team All-State, and appeared in Sports Illustrated Magazine. In 1977, she scored her 2000th point, the first girl in New Jersey to do so. In 1978, she was honored with the Kerwin Award, given to the Outstanding Female Player in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Upon graduation, Patty’s basketball jersey was retired by Shore Regional, another first for Patty in the school’s history.
But of course, it didn’t stop there as Miss Delehanty received a full scholarship to Rutgers University. Her outstanding play continued on a record pace as she scored over 1000 points in her college career, set a single game record with 35 points, while setting a Rutgers record for most games played in a career with 121. Patty also let Rutgers to an A.I.A.W. National Championship, its first ever. She was subsequently inducted into the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
When Patty graduated, she stayed with her love of roundball and began coaching as an Assistant of Wagner College in 1982. She became Head Coach of William Paterson College from 1986 to 1992, and received the New Jersey Athletic Conference “Coach of the Year.” She came back to Shore Regional High School as Head Coach for two years, but the college game reclaimed her and she returned to Kean University where she recorded her 100th win as a college coach.
Patty is living in Garwood and is always scouting, recruiting and looking for that special player.