SHORE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICSHALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1998-2006Frederick A. Kampf, JrShore Regional Class of 1965
Fred only attended Shore Regional for three years, from 1963 to 1965. During this period, however, he gained 9 varsity letters. While an excellent football and basketball player, Fred’s fame would come to him from the National past-time, Baseball.
In Fred’s 3 years of pitching for Shore, he amassed a record of 29 wins and only 6 losses. This reflects a winning percentage of .829, worthy of any Hall of Fame. Included in these 35 games are 11 one-hitters and 5 no hitters, school records for sure. The reason Fred was able to accomplish this amazing record is the fact he struck out over 400 men. If you can’t see it, you can’t hit it.
Fred led his Shore teams of 1964 and 1965 (18-6) to the Monmouth College Invitational Tournament. Shore, behind the pitching and hitting of Fred, won both tournaments. Fred was selected the Most Valuable Player in both Tourneys.
In 1964, Fred received the usual All-Honors topped off with 1st Team All-State Group I. In 1965, Fred repeated and exceeded expectations again receiving the customary honors, only this time it was capped by a 1st Team All-State, All-Groups selection.
As Fred graduated from Shore in 1965, he was immediately drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Fred, however, elected to attend the University of Miami on a full scholarship. Fred played 3 years for Miami and in 1967 set a University record with 19 strikeouts in a game. That record may still stand. In 1967 the New York Mets and the Kansas City A’s drafted Fred, but he chose to continue his education. In 1968 when the Oakland A’s drafted him again, Fred gave in and signed. He went into the minor league system and progressed from A ball to triple A teams, meeting with good success along the way. At one point in 1970 Fred was selected to the very tough Southern League All-Star Team.
After resuming his education and after graduation, Fred returned to Shore where he has been a teacher and coach since 1974. He has coached or is coaching, J.V. Football (an undefeated team in 1977), Freshman Soccer (numerous successful seasons) and Freshman Basketball. His basketball teams have won the Red Bank Buc Christmas Tourney and the Little Wave Tournament. The 1996 team went undefeated in 23-0.
But it would be in baseball again where Fred would reach his peak again. As Head Coach since 1976, his teams have won several conference championships, Monmouth County Championships in 1979 and again in 1993, a Central Jersey Group Title in 1985 and a State Championship in 1993. Having accumulated over 325 wins, Fred has been a 3 time “Coach of the Year” selection in 1979, 1985 and 1993. He was also given the “Coaches Sportsmanship Award” by the Umpires Association.
Fred has obviously coached countless athletes, many of whom went on to play college ball at all levels, including professional players Mike Stout and Ira Tilton as well as major league pitcher John Farrell, another Hall of Fame inductee.
Fred Kampf as a coach, a teacher, and a person has always been 1st class. He deserves to be in this “1st class” of Shore’s Hall of Fame.