Our Viper players would have loved playing for these men.  Icons of Bergen County baseball and their teachings, style, approach and personality would have been perfect f0r the Vipers.

On May 10th, Park Ridge High School honored these two legendary coaches and all of their accomplishments…Bob Kolb and Frank Daniel.  Prior to the event, we were able to gain access to much Coach Kolb’s collection of memorabilia and so far have donated to PRHS: 1977 State and Sectional Championship Trophies, 1974 and 1976 County Championship Trophies, Game Balls from both County Championships and State Championship  along with both County Finalist appearances.  Also, a game worn Owls jersey that was signed by many faculty, players and alumni at a retirement gala in 1988.    There is also a PRHS record book completed through the 1988 season…this will be donated to PRHS in the near future.  There are also scrapbooks of all the seasons Coaches Kolb and Daniel coached together, along with many other game balls from milestone wins & league championships.  This is a treasure trove of Park Ridge Baseball and in many ways Park Ridge history.  We will be coordinating with the school and perhaps the town historian about how to properly store and display these items.

Lyn Daniel flew in from Arizona and shared many “Frank” stories.  It was as if Frank was there (and he was).  Lyn saw pictures and heard stories she never knew about…she is the Matriarch of Park Ridge Baseball

Alumni from early 70’s to early 90’s were on hand…some pictured below and some camera shy.  Was a great day tpo celebrate the bond of community, baseball and family.  So many memories were shared.  What a special place.

Here are a few pictures and the article on Coaches Kolb and Daniel.


When actions speak louder than words: Park Ridge to remember Bob Kolb, Frank Daniel

Players knew Bob Kolb as a man of few words.

When it comes to remembering their baseball coach at Park Ridge High School, the alumni themselves are anything but.

The Owls will hold a ceremony to honor Kolb and longtime assistant/successor Frank Daniel prior to Friday’s NJIC Patriot Division game against rival Emerson. Both men passed away within the last five months, Kolb on Dec. 31 and Daniel on Feb. 19 in Arizona.

“Frank Daniel’s [widow] is flying in to be there to throw out a first pitch,” Park Ridge Athletic Director Chris Brown said. “Some of our alum from back in those days are going to throw out a pitch as well, say some nice words about him, and we’ll play ball.”

That was something the Owls did exceptionally well during Kolb’s 20-season tenure (1968-87), when they went 312-157. Daniel took over as head coach for five seasons before current coach Pete Crandall stepped in.

“I was very fortunate to be part of the amazing baseball run of success that Park Ridge had during the mid-1970s,” 1975 graduate and Pascack Valley AD Tom Gattoni said in a letter to NorthJersey.com.

“Over a four-year period, a small Group 1 school won two county championships (1974 and 1976), a state championship (1977) and finished runner up in the county tournament (1975).”

Kolb remains one of 11 coaches to win multiple Bergen County titles in the 61-year history of the tournament. He is also one of two coaches to guide the Owls to a state final. His 1977 squad defeated Florence in 13 innings, 1-0.

Brown credited Bob Germano (Class of 1987) with helping to organize Friday’s event, which will move from the baseball diamond to the gym in the event of inclement weather.

Gattoni offered many kind sentiments about Kolb into his 500-word letter. Germano, co-owner of the North Jersey Vipers softball program, posted a blog that was nearly four times as long – illustrating the impact Kolb had, even by saying comparatively little.

“When I became a head high school baseball coach in the early 1980s, he [Kolb] would often stop by to make sure I was doing well,” said Gattoni, a two-time Bergen championship coach. “He cared about me.”

Germano recalled one of his early days playing in right field, when he misplayed a double into a triple by staying too close to the fence.

“After the game in the team meeting, he says, ‘Bobby, now you know why you have to turn and play the ball off the fence. That’s the first mistake you have made since you have been here. You will get it right on the next one. Play a little more shallow and know where the fence is. Anything over your head will hit off the fence, and you can hold them to a single. You will be fine.’ I have never forgotten that direction,” Germano said.

The words remained fresh in his mind for the rest of his playing career at Park Ridge and, later, Seton Hall. “I never made that mistake again, and I have been able to teach countless players the right way for many years,” he said.

Kolb’s words of wisdom even stuck for those who didn’t necessarily stick with the game.

Ted Geer, an All-State catcher who batted .478 on the 1977 squad was drafted by the Detroit Tigers that year. He passed on joining the pros, accepted a baseball scholarship to Seton Hall and gave up the sport to join the medical profession.

“Coach Kolb really knew his baseball,” Geer told The Record in 1990. “He didn’t say a lot, but with an occasional remark or gesture, he hit home. Anything he said was worth listening to.”



  1. Jim Belits on December 2, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Hey folks. It’s Jim Belits, “nine” (#9) as coach Kolb would say. I miss him, for a long time now. I found this by happenstance, thanks Vipers. In the 77′ State Championship game (beat Florence 1-0 in 13 innings), Ricky Reicher & I were sophomores (SS & 2B) on an incredible team… all coach Kolb’s doing: “small ball – thinking man’s game, out technique, out discipline-em” with Teddy coming up to blast the cover off one. I think I led off the bottom of the 13th inning. Jerry was throwing a masterpiece as was the Florence pitcher. Only a few on each team were able to make it to 1st base through 12 innings. I was fortunate enough to hit a little “bingo” & beat out the throw. With 2 outs, still on 1st, Teddy crushes one deep into the left center gap and I’m truckin’ around 2nd like my life depended on it when I see coach jumping 3′ in the air waving me on (he NEVER showed that much outwardly emotion). It wasn’t even close. Teddy had annihilated it (I doubt it had a cover left on it). When I hit home plate, we were swarmed by everyone, but I distinctly remember Florence walking off the field with their heads down… I had a moment, just a moment, of “why a winner and why a loser in this game”. Both teams played their guts out. Both had made clutch-pressure-OMG plays. PR’s only State Championship for Kolb & Frank. They deserved 5 or 6 more. I miss them both. *Greatest Games: “The best games longtime sports reporter Paul Schwartz (NorthJersey.com/sports) ever covered”… (ours being his #1). http://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/high-school/2020/04/23/greatest-games-be — Park Ridge 1, Florence 0 (13 innings). “Here’s the thing about this game (says Schwartz) – It would be impossible to replicate today”. (Hey fellas… my teammates / friends).

  2. Jim Belits on December 2, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Go figure. A little town school, the underdog, under coach Kolb & Frank Daniel outlasting Goliath… year after year.

    • rgermano22 on December 31, 2021 at 11:26 am

      Yes sir. Legends

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