Brookdale’s record-setting softball coach Thomas “Bo” Scannapieco joined an elite group of local coaches and athletes June 29 when he was inducted into the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame.
In a public ceremony at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, Scannapieco was honored alongside the 1998 Toms River East Little League World Series Championship Team, Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown and a host of others in the hall of fame’s first induction since 2008.
“I am extremely honored and extremely humbled to be considered a part of this group,” Scannapieco said.
A former student-athlete at Brookdale, Scannapieco has built an impressive legacy over nearly four decades with the college.
Upon graduation from Brookdale in 1976 and Trenton State in 1977, Scannapieco joined the Brookdale athletic department as intramural coordinator. To this day, his intramural and recreation program attracts hundreds of students each semester.
After a brief stint as an assistant baseball coach, Scannapieco switched sides to try softball in 1986. Under his tutelage, the Jersey Blues softball teams have won three national championships and 16 Region XIX titles. The softball team has won over 900 games during his (still active) tenure, the highest win total in the history of NJCAA Division III softball.
Scannapieco was inducted to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2007. In the spring of 2012 Scannapieco was recipient of the coveted Barringer Award, given by the Brookdale Alumni Association for his professional contributions to Brookdale Community College.
The acclaimed coach also works tirelessly off the diamond as well. He is a stickler for academic progress and has garnered more Academic All-Americans than any other coach in the region. He works to ensure that all of his players continue to the next level, whether that means earning a scholarship to a four-year institution or continuing their education away from the game. Many of Scannapieco’s former players have gone on to become successful coaches themselves – a tribute to his leadership, mentoring and guidance during their undergraduate years.
The induction ceremony was co-sponsored by the Lakewood BlueClaws and Townsquare Media. The Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1991, and currently includes more than 250 local coaches and athletes.