Bob Southworth was a catcher for Valley High School and played at Syracuse University before a foot injury ended his playing career. But Southworth achieved much more recognition as the first and only coach Corcoran High School has ever had.
Southworth, or “Southy” as he was called, was a social studies teacher at Corcoran and became the baseball coach in 1965. He has won more than 650 games in his four decades of coaching with only three losing seasons.
The forthright Southworth, who never minced words when it came to coaching or talking baseball, won 10 league titles and three Section III crowns. He coached a number of exceptional players that played in college and the pros including first baseman Jamie Dismuke, pitcher Greg Ferlenda, pitcher Bob Weismore and pitcher George Brown.
In addition to coaching, Southworth served as the president of the Onondaga Senior Babe Ruth League and was heavily involved in Valley Babe Ruth. He also served as the Section III baseball chairman.
Bob died in October, 2019 at the age of 83.
1952-1955: Played on the Valley High School baseball team as a catcher
1956-1957: Syracuse University baseball team. Injured foot forced him to end baseball career
1959: Graduated from Syracuse University
1965: Began coaching baseball at Corcoran High School; Won nine League Championships, three Section III titles
1993: Received Blind Men and Criers "Coaches Award"
2014: Inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame
2015: Retired from coaching
Coached for over 40 years in Valley Babe Ruth League