Nov. 15, 2006
AUBURN----Auburn assistant coach Dave Lebo will be inducted into the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame at its annual induction banquet Saturday in Carlisle, Pa.
Coach Dave, is considered one of the most successful basketball coaches in the state of Pennsylvania. He directed the boys program at Carlisle High all but two years from 1977-98 and compiled a remarkable 365-149 overall record.
"It is a great honor, and I am really humbled by it," said Lebo, who had a 485-208 record in 26 years of high school coaching at East Pennsboro High in Enola, Pa., from 1970-77 and Carlisle High from 1977-88 and 1990-98. "Really, an award to Dave Lebo of this caliber is a reflection of the people who have touched me in special ways.
"My players that played for me. My assistant coaches who were very loyal to me. My school administration who gave me all the support and tools that I needed to develop a basketball program to the teachers and coaches who went before me that in some way had some connection to Dave Lebo. I really thank them all because this award goes to all those people who in some way influenced and motivated me to get into the field of coaching."
While at Carlisle, Coach Dave guided his teams to four consecutive State Championships (118-11 record) and coached All-American Billy Owens, who later starred at Syracuse and had a 10-year NBA career. His son, Jeff, was a member of the first championship team in 1985.
"I am very proud for my Dad," Coach Jeff said. "Being a former player for him at Carlisle, it is certainly a tribute to all the time and effort and all of the good years that he put into coaching. I am awfully proud as a son right now."
Carlisle High named its homecourt "Coach Lebo Court" for Coach Dave in a ceremony Dec. 2, 2005. Coach Dave was honored as the 1988 National Coach of the Year and the Associated Press Pennsylvania Coach of the Year. During his tenure, Carlisle won eight conference titles and six district championships. He was presented "Carlisle's Finest Award - Teacher Category" in 1985.
Coach Dave is in his third season at Auburn, ninth on Coach Jeff Lebo's staff and his 40th in the coaching profession.