McLoughlin's Assistant Urges Board to Renew Coach

Morris Smith, a Collingswood attorney, says he assisted Joe McLoughlin all season as a volunteer coach and didn't see any grounds for taking away his clipboard.

Morris Smith characterizes Joseph McLoughlin as a coach who “never wore the basketball thing on his sleeve” and “doesn’t walk around in a track suit with a whistle.”

The two have worked together for years, Smith says, helping student-athletes with everything from finding summer jobs to navigating the college applications process. It wasn’t until this year, however, that he took McLoughlin up on a longstanding offer to be his (volunteer) assistant coach.

“I saw the entire season from beginning to end,” Smith says. “I was at all but one or two practices, and all but one game."

That’s why, he says he “confident that there is not a performance issue” that would justify as the CHS boys' basketball head coach.

At the Tuesday school board meeting, Smith alleged that unnamed people within the school district may have lobbied for McLoughlin’s dismissal behind the scenes.

“There are two individuals who are not here who had presented this [idea to dismiss McLoughlin],” Smith said at the meeting. “They’re not here. It seems to me that there would be some logic and merit in such an important decision to stand behind their recommendation.

“I suspect that the people who are advising you, not Dr. Oswald, maybe the people who are giving him the information, may be rushing this,” Smith told the board.

Yet that the decision to not renew McLoughlin as coach was his alone.

"My recommendation is based on what I witnessed," Oswald said Tuesday, adding that he had "enough concerns" about McLaughlin's "handling of situations" to merit a change. The superintendent declined to be more specific. 

One day later, Smith still stands behind his remarks. He declines, however, to provide specific context for them, he says, to avoid a public war of words with the district.

“I’m concerned at this point about seizing an opportunity to resolve this before we go that far,” Smith says. “I’m optimistic that the board, the administration and Mr. McLoughlin can resolve their differences before we reach a point of no return.”

If there is to be a peace broker in this personnel dispute, Smith seems the likeliest candidate. The 25-year Collingswood resident is a consultant and practicing attorney whose past clients have included the school districts of Philadelphia and Camden. His son () is a student liaison to the and a multi-sport athlete who played for McLoughlin.

And peace is what Smith is after. The issue, he says, is not that a replacement—the May 29 agenda named Patrick Dorney, eight-year men’s basketball coach at Arcadia University—would be any less capable than McLaughlin in the role.

The issue is what would be lost in dismissing McLoughlin, Smith says—a man whose inclusive approach to the game gave developmentally disabled children a chance to actively participate in the team as water boys and girls.

Joe McMonagle described his son Jimmy as "a high-functioning autistic" to the Collingswood school board Tuesday night. He said that McLoughlin "made him [Jimmy] feel part of the team" and even helped get his son a college scholarship.

Julian Welsh-White, a 2011 CHS graduate who played for McLoughlin, said that the coach has proven his worth in results, delivering four straight Colonial Conference championships, two sectional championships in three years and more wins at the sport than any other coach the school has had.

“The fact that they’re trying to fire the winningest coach in school history just doesn’t make sense,” Welsh-White says. “I don’t know why. He built this program up when it was at the bottom.”

“The real issue is in addition to the obvious basketball qualifications that Mr. McLoughlin has, he brings so much value to this community because of his structured and deliberate inclusion of young people,” Smith says.

“Black, white, Asian, his inclusion of the children who face disability challenges; that value is really incalculable,” he says. “They could bring in Pat Riley, Phil Jackson; they’re not going to be able to replicate what Joe McLoughlin does for children in Collingswood.”

J June 04, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I'm only coming if you invite coach Dorney.
B June 04, 2012 at 01:23 AM
If hes so great you should get him to come a town over!
J June 04, 2012 at 01:24 AM
But he has a tape saying it. His backers that he rallied to get to the meeting said so. Can you send me a copy of the tape? I wonder what it says. "Hey Joe, you're winning too much with too many black kids, throw a couple white boys out there to even things out." Guys do you think that's how it went?
J June 04, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I think Haddon Twp already has a coach.
B June 04, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Well aren't you just too smart.
colls alumni June 04, 2012 at 01:42 AM
He actually didn't rally people to go to the meeting. People who support him contacted others that also support him and an overwhelming amount of people showed up on very short notice. It's a small town, word gets around. And I know nothing about the tapes, nor would I have them, so that was just an idiotic and pointless comment. Keep playing the race card though, it's been a few posts since you mentioned that.
Bill Connolly June 04, 2012 at 01:55 AM
J, I was originally one of the people that though this coach was getting a raw deal. However after reading your posts you make sense. I don't agree with everything you say and I'm not very partial to Haddonfield, but you're right about the race thing. I can't imagine any one in a school district making a recommendation to have more white kids. You swayed my thinking. Not to mention you're posts are entertaining and funny.
k June 04, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Breaking News: J is Pat Dorney. I told all of you he would eventually come on to make him look good while trying to make others look bad.I checked with multiple sources that confirmed that he has been trying to get coaching jobs in high schools for many years.Why?Because he can't cut it as a college coach.No high school has hired him(and he applied at some bad schools) and from what people told me he actually told these high schools that he was the best candidate even though he has a 25% winning pecentage as a coach.It all fits together J aka Pat Dorney.My contacts told me that he is one of the biggest backstabbers that they have ever met and screws anyone who is in his way.Shady Pat Dorney aka J the cat is out of the bag. You proved me and your many detractors right. Come on here and try to make you look good while making others look bad. I have already said how bad you are as a coach-8 LOSING SEASONS IN 9 years but what is worst is how pathetic you are a person and human being.Can't cut it as a college coach but you come on here as J and gets exposed as not only a bad coach but a shady human being. Mark my words. J aka Pat Dorney who said he wasn't going to comment anymore a WHILE back will continue to because he is arrogant and a sorry excuse for a human being.I would like to thank my many contacts for explaining how this weasel(Pat Dorney aka J) works but I am glad now that everyone can see WHAT HE REALLY IS.A shady pathetic human being.
J June 04, 2012 at 02:20 AM
and k is shelock holmes. I am Pat Dorney, hear me roar! You Collingswood people are so easily manipulated. I guess they give college jobs to 16 yr. olds. He's been coaching for 9 yrs. I'm only 25.
B June 04, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Power to ya K.
J June 04, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Hey k, you have a lot of anger and animosity towards COACH Dorney. Did he take your job recently or something?
k June 04, 2012 at 03:37 AM
The reason I told all of you who J is because he cannot stop talking about himself while TRYING to make everyone else look bad. It's not working. Like Colls Alumni said you are a pompous ________.I am just glad that it was figured out and everyone knows what you are really like.Truth hurts and mark my words. Comments will be made back by J aka dorney because of arrogance and I know more then everyone else attitude.
Blue and gold June 04, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I am not saying I am a Coach Dorney fan but K did he not recruit you or is this Mommy picking up for her son not being recruited? Most coaches including Joe McLoughlin have a little arrogance in them right? If j is coach dorney and K is a disgruntled mom or dad who cares. The bottom line is that Coach Dorney will be the head coach next year adn Joe McLoughlin will be some where else in south jersey hopefully. To colls alumni the high school process for hiring a coach is not same as in college or pro. Every year you must be rehired for the job by the school board. They already did the interviewing process and what not before they nominated Coach Dorney. It seems like Coach McLoughlin new this was going to happen with prior meetings with Dr.Oswald. I do recall couple years ago that the board meeting was full of Town residents, kids, coaches, teachers, and administrator support when they Fired then a teacher and now the head wrestling coach. All that did is get him tabled and Fired the next board meeting. Who is going coach the basketball team over the summer? is Neil Thompson available?
J June 04, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Hey Blue and Gold, maybe you are right. I was thinking with all the hatred and animosity that Joe McLoughlin was k. I mean only a few posts early were about Pat Dornery. K can't stop talking about him. He is consumed by him. Makes you think. I could really care less whom the coach is next year. I'm just on here to stir the pot, and it is working.
Jim Stootz June 04, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I usually don't post on these things, but I felt someone needed to say something. Everyone please stop replying to J. He obviously is only on here to just create more controversy than there already is, and it's working. He has everyone up in arms, and he is nobody. I think GFY said it best, all his posts are null and void. Stop giving him more ammunition. He is thriving off of it. Let's use this thread to find out the facts and be positive. I promise you he will go away if everyone just ignores him. I hope everyone is on board. Thanks for checking in J, but we have enough problems with hole thing going on in this town so please just go to a haddonfield thread. We'll make sure we set up a wonderful coming home thread for you in July.
B June 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Couldn't have said it better Jim.
J June 04, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Oh cry me a river. Collingswood is going through a tough time. It's ok I'm done chopping you guys down any further anyway. I can't wait for my coming home party and thread in July. However, Jim you are right they could have gotten rid of me a long time ago. I loved the banter and all my new Collingswood friends. Later losers!
PhilsEagles June 05, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I don't know how anyone can bash Pat Dorney. I've known him for years, and he's always been a stand up guy. He's a good family guy who works hard. So, anyone who would bash him must not know him at all. I'm assuming you really don't know him k? I'm proud to call him a friend. In fact this is the first time I've ever heard anyone say anything negative about the guy.
E June 05, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Pat Dorney would sell his mother and family down the river to help himself. So many people have told me that since this started that it didn't surprise them that Pat Dorney was involved because he has a reputation as a sleazebag.When you already have that reputation and from what I heard thats one of the reasons why nobody trusts him and supports him.Once a sleazebag always a sleazebag.
Just Tell Them JOEEEE June 05, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Yoooo Joe we all know you are the one letter word names. If Pat Dorney would sell his mother and family down the river then Joe McLoughlin going to Hell for what he does JUST FOR A WIN against AUDUBON and GATEWAY. hahahaha...Just ask a guy like Coach Topeka and the other 8 assistant coaches that left over the years. Collingswood basketball is like the movie One flew over cuckoo's nest, the program is ran by the "insane" kids (Dunk the ball chief). Can we stop with all this Joe is the greatest coach of all time non sense to please. What was his record hs first 5 years as the head coach? What was his record last year? All I am trying to say is it takes TALENT to win period. I am not blaming the coach for those down years in begin or for last year. I actually thought he did a good job last year developing freshman kids, but the years he was winning he had unbelievable basketball talent and players. Did he develop them yes, does he deserve credit for that yes, Should he have won more during those years YES. Hear is the question of the day...Is Morris Smith going be an assistant next year for Joe at Camden Vocational school?
PhilsEagles June 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM
It looks like K has found another letter in the alphabet that he knows. I've known Pat for a long time, and he has never been known as a "sleazebag". However, k/e you obviously have a personal vendetta against him. Did he used to take your lunch money as a kid? Maybe took your girlfriend in high school? You are obviously obsessed with him for some reason. Not to mention you keep repeating yourself like your paranoid or something like that. I think you should confront him and just get it over with.
Colls teacher June 22, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I have been in the system for many years. #1. Ed Hill is a racist and has made comments in the school district #2 Ron Hamrick has short guy syndrome and is good friends of Pat Dorney. #3 When Pat Dorney left the assistance job he did nothing but sit on the sidelines make fun of Joe and the players and write to NJ.Com smashing Joe. #4. I have never seen a coach do so much to raise kids to be gentlemen. Joe not only coaches, but tries to teach the kids lessons of life..example:every kid learns to look in someone's eye when they shake their hands and to say thank you. This is not basketball this is a GREAT lesson for getting jobs and meeting people. I know personally several kids Joe has fed because there was no food in their home.
Colls teacher June 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
J if you read all of your posts you are nothing but a liar. It is sad when someone has to post constant lies on a website. I think I know who you are and you are the same one who posted all the comments for the past years on NJ.Com
48 hours until FIRED June 23, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Colls Teacher you are an IDIOT. After monday Joe will be teaching those Life lessons to kids some where other than Colls High. Hopefully at his new school he can teach those kids to "look you in the eye" while shaken hands...hahahaha...What everyone has to realize is that Dr. Oswald is the one that is getting rid of Joe Joe. He is the head man in charge and is the person with the power. So after monday nights board meeting and all the parents (Along with the great Morris Smith) speak about white and black issue, we can all move on and get back to normal....well except for Joe Joe (I will be paying for his unemployment) dam it.... #Team Patrick Dorney
handy June 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I am an internet geek and decided to find info on Pat Dorney and his coaching career. The poster above must like last place/losing teams cause Pat Dorney has been a losing coach for his entire career. It said his record is 60-150 . Reading Colls teacher post I see what is happening.Pat Dorney is getting fired from his college job and is trying to grab any job that would have a coach with a 60-150 record.Obviously he hasnt been able to cut it as a coach.FACTS are FACTS. The internet is great!!It allows you to find factual info on people and I'm glad I did.
bye bye bye June 23, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Well Pat will have a chance to get back to 500 with the Colls program after monday night. Rumor has it that they are trying to get Donald Trump to come and say Joe "Your Fired". lol. Handy, I agree with you thank god for internet it allows us to see that the kid Joe recruited from camden in 2010 dad was in Federal prison for Selling a controlled dangerous substance. In fact he was on the front cover of an FBI magazine, but just like colls teacher said above at least Joe teaches kids to look you in the eye when they shake your hand. Rumor has it Joe will be teaching at Jamesburg next year any truth to that? Last thing Handy what was Joe Joe record last year? or his first 3 years? YOU NEED PLAYERS TO WIN BUDDY.... Last time I checked Arcadia no power house in basketball before Pat and will not be after Pat (Takes the job at Colls High). I think you and colls teacher could have won more then 4 games last year in the colonial coaching or playing...hahahahaha..T minus 50 hours until Joe and Morris Smith start another adventure together in coaching. Morris will be on his staff at next school correct?
ace June 23, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Once upon a time....Well, here's some information for you. In 2008 or 2009 the wrestling team had a transfer from camden catholic that was hooked on drugs but the coach Ron Hamrick ignored that fact and used the kid to try to win that year. He used him for wrestling than as soon as the season ended discarded him like a piece of trash.oh by the way as soon as the season ended the kid dropped out of school and Ron Hamrick didn't even try to help him but made sure to help him during wrestling season.Use and abuse is the shirt that hamrick made up following the season.
Colls teacher June 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I really did not know Joe until he started teaching in the Middle School and I still stand behind him and what he does with the kids
COLLSmopolitan July 01, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Hmmmm, Dr, O stated that all the coaches go out of their way to help kids as much as Joe does. I have never seen any coach do as much as Joe. As a teacher Hamrick was known to be real nice to the boy athletes and ignore the non-athletes. Joe treats EVERY child as one of his own.
zippadeedodah December 06, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Pat Dorney is a top-notch used car salesman, so much so he prolly toasted his wife with a tall glass of lemonade on their wedding night. Talk to any of his former college players, I've met many on occassion- they all hated him. Most arrogant ass in coaching. Not a man at all. Not a role model to maturing men at all unless its your goal to cultivate thugs. Most boring style of losing basketball u can watch. Game on the line, this jack-ass is too busy cursing at the refs instead of strategizing with his team. Liar, sneak, two-faced ass and not very smart. And proof any low life can get a teaching gig.


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