About Thomas R. Staub '58
Induction Class of 2017
Thomas R. “Coach” Staub has fulfilled nearly every role imaginable in affiliation with Delone Catholic High School over more than six decades. He graduated in 1958 after spending four years as a student, as well as a student-athlete, playing basketball and baseball. He was the recipient of the Lawrence B. Sheppard, Jr., Memorial Scholarship, which allowed him to graduate, cum laude, from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md.
Upon graduation, Mr. Staub became the first Delone Catholic alumnus to teach at the school. Over the next 40 years, 39 of which were spent at the school, he taught social studies and, when needed, biology. In addition to his work in the classroom, he was known for providing hands-on learning opportunities to his students. In 1968, Mr. Staub co-founded Delone Catholic’s mock political convention, an event which has been held every four years since, allowing students to play the parts of candidates, delegates, protestors and secret service agents as they learn the intricacies of the American political process. He also helped students locate the name of a Delone Catholic alumnus on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., and took his students on field trips to the Adams and York County courthouses. The one year he spent away from Delone Catholic was spent as a district magistrate in the local court system. In addition to the young people from all over the local community, he taught his own daughter and son.
Mr. Staub is known as much for his work in athletics as he is for his classroom instruction. Over decades, he was an assistant coach for the football and boys’ basketball programs, as well as an assistant and head coach of baseball and Athletic Director. He took over as the Athletic Director in 1978, a post which he also vacated during his year as a district magistrate, but otherwise held until 1993. His tenure saw the addition of softball as well as the maturation of many of the other girls’ programs, which were added to Delone Catholic’s offerings in the early 1970s. He spent 24 years a member of the baseball coaching staff, including 17 as the head coach from 1971-1984 and again from 1989-1991. He posted a record of 102-137-2 and retired as the program’s career wins leader. He became the first coach with consecutive seasons of double-digit wins from 1981-1983. Mr. Staub also led the team to its first two appearances in the PIAA District 3 playoffs in 1981 and 1982. He also guided his last team to the district playoffs in 1991.
When Mr. Staub retired from teaching in 2002, he was the longest-tenured faculty member in Delone Catholic history. His involvement with the school did not end there. He has continued to volunteer in numerous capacities, among them: assisting with the video recording of football and basketball games, mowing and lining athletic fields and clearing snow from the school’s sidewalks and parking lots.
Remarkably, Mr. Staub also found time for involvement in the community outside of Delone Catholic. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years. He served as a hunter/trapper educator and treasurer for the McSherrystown Fish and Game Association for over 35 years. In 1961, Mr. Staub helped to found the McSherrystown Athletics, a baseball franchise of the South Penn League, which continues today as the New Oxford Twins. He has also been a lector at Annunciation B.V.M. Church in McSherrystown for decades. Additionally, his commitment to his civic duties led to his induction in the Adams County Voter Hall of Fame after he participated in every election for 50 years.