Cardinal O’Hara College Night

Cardinal O’Hara will host a college night on Monday Dec. 3 in the school cafeteria from 6:30-8:30 pm.     The event is FREE. This is open to any senior or junior football player in the Delaware Valley. For more info, contact Danny Algeo (484) 684-4314.

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7 thoughts on “Cardinal O’Hara College Night

  1. Nice of O’Hara to do.

    Division II & Division III colleges will be there from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Student-Athletes should bring both Highlight DVDs & transcripts.

    Great way to make a good impression with college coaches.

  2. How many juniors did Dan “The Builder” Algeo try and snake away last night for their senior season…hopefully he has learned his lesson from the Blyden incident.

    Nice of O’Hara to host this but just another way for the PCL to use their “open enrollment” policies.

    Stepping off soap box.

    • Hopefully nothing like that was up, but if a younger brother came along and got a good impression of O’Hara and his parents thought it offered the type of education they are looking for, I don’t blame Algeo.

      Let’s face it, tuition based schools have to compete for students. On the Main Line were private schools like EA, HS, AIS, Baldwin and Shipley have tuition running up to $30k a year for high school, there is very heavy competition between these schools to get kids who have parents who can afford full tuition. These are independent schools with no sources for money other than tuition and alumni donations.

      Due to that, they also want the kids with the best academics, because who wants to spend $30k a year unless it will really help a kid get into a good college? Therefore, academic scholarships are offered to very bright kids to bump up the SAT scores, up the level of top college acceptance, etc.

      If a kid is great with a musical instrument, that can help with a scholarship. Same for athletics, and especially if a kid is well rounded with extra-curriculars.

      The PCL schools face the same issues, but they also have the financial backing of the Catholic church, so their tuition is less than one-third.

      To me, the key is attracting kids with what the private school itself has to offer more than pursuing kids – though kids are no doubt pursued for a variety of reasons that go beyond athletics.

      You have a great academic reputation where X percentage of students end up at Ivy league level schools with a 100% college acceptance rate – well, parents will want their kids at that school however they can get it done. That way you get more kids with parents who can afford full tuition, as well as parents who look for scholarships with whatever talents their kids have.

      You have a great coach, and athletes will want to come to your school. They will seek the school and the team out. Worked that way for 30 years with Dan Dougherty as EA basketball coach. Not so much now that he has retired. EA basketball is OK, but not the power when Doc was coaching

      You have a great coach and tradition at a public school, why bother with a private school if the public school has good academics – as most do. Realize the vast majority of these scholarships are partial.

      A kid at EA on scholarship may still have his or her parents forking over $10k a year on top of paying a couple grand a year for public school taxes.

      Parents do this first and foremost for the education. Otherwise, and especially with the most expensive private schools and still having to pay quite a bit with a partial scholarship, might as well move to a public school district with a great football team if that is your only goal – and that happens.

    • Nice of you to take a shot at Algeo here. He could have made this private to just his guys, but no he chooses to invite ANYONE. He hasn’t snaked any players away for their Senior year in recent years. McLaughlin visited O’Hara as a Jr. and stayed put and then realized he wanted to play there as Sr. Blyden has been trying to get into the Catholic School environment. By the way, Blyden is enrolled at O’Hara, and will be on the field for them next year. I know players have actually reached out to Algeo in hopes of playing at CO. Is he at fault for allowing them to take a look at the program? Obviously they haven’t had the success on the field as he’d like, but as far as getting players exposure and onto the next level. There’s no coach in Delaware County in his league that works as hard as he does in making sure players who want to play college ball find a home. Adios.

      • Danny might have ulterior motives, but so what? As Delco Fan said, he does more than most coaches in terms of helping kids find a college. Normal years, Algeo might have 9 or 10 seniors. Seven or eight would go off to college and play football. A lot of that has to do with Algeo making calls and doing a lot of leg work to get his kids noticed. Not every coach will do that, so I certainly admire what Danny does here. Recruiting? Sure, maybe. But he’s telling kids that if they come to O’Hara, he’ll help get them into college if they work hard.

  3. Andy your response is thorough and I agree with the majority of what you stated. I think your EA’s, HS, Hill School, Baldwin their can be a case for “superior” academics to the public schools.

    I’ve met, know and in some cases are friends with Bonner and O’Hara grads and I’m being 100% truthful when I say that they aren’t the coldest beers in the fridge.

    Let’s face it…if you are an intelligent student at a public school that offers solid AP selection with teahcers willing to go the extra mile for you then you will excel anywhere.

    The biggest draw to OH and Bonner are “legacies” as you suggested…brothers and fathers.

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