Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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John C. McHugh

class of 1953
inducted in 2002

John C. McHugh

Head Wrestling Coach, University of Maryland

John McHugh, Cheltenham class of 1953, remains today, 50 years after his last wrestling match at Cheltenham, the Panthers' greatest individual wrestler. This lightweight on the mat is a heavyweight in the record book having earned three district titles, three regional titles and becoming CHS's last PIAA State Champion (1953). His high school record earned him admission into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Since 1978, John C. McHugh, Class of 1953, has been head wrestling coach at the
University of Maryland with an overall record of 280-171-8. In 1993 the National Wrestling Hall of Fame presented Mr. McHugh with their Lifetime Service Award for Coaching.

Educationally, Mr. McHugh received his B.S. in Physical Education from the
University of Maryland in 1959. He then earned his Master's in Education from American University in 1968. While an undergrad at Maryland, Mr. McHugh was a NCAA Semifinalist (1957), Co-Captain of the Wrestling Team (1957), Atlantic Coast Conference Champion (1956-57), and NCAA Quarter finalist (1956).

Following his schooling at
Maryland, Mr. McHugh served in the United States Marine Corps as 2nd Lieutenant and served active duty from 1959-1962. After his discharge from the Marines, McHugh moved to Washington, DC, where he became the head wrestling coach at The Catholic University of America. In 1966 he moved cross town to American University where he coached and became an Assistant Professor, Physical Education until 1969. In 1969 he returned to his alma mater where he became assistant wrestling coach and an instructor in Physical Education. In 1978 he took over as head coach from William "Sully" Krouse.

Mr. McHugh's coaching highlights at
Maryland include seven All Americans and twenty-three ACC champions. In 1990 and 1993 he was named the Atlantic Coach Conference Coach of the Year. The 2002-3 wrestling season will be his last as he retires after 40 years as a college wrestling coach.