Stepinac Greats Marty Conlon & Henry Korn are inducted into Westchester Sports Hall of Fame

Posted Wednesday, October 07, 2009 by Michael O'Donnell

Loucks heads to hall with Conlon, Herbst, Korn

By Tony Olivero • For The Journal News • October 7, 2009

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Dean Loucks' office at the Don Pedro Agency in White Plains is adorned with photographs of his exploits as a high school and college football player, and as a high school and college coach. He was even a handball champion, who once played Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.




"I used to have some of my players visit Penn State when I coached at White Plains, and one time Joe found out that I played handball," said Loucks, now 74. "He was also a handball enthusiast, so when I was there we played. I don't know if he would ever admit this, but I beat him."



Loucks will enter the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame in the 42nd induction ceremony Wednesday at Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. His father, legendary coach Glenn D. Loucks, is already in.



Joining Dean Loucks in this year's induction class are Marty Conlon, Robert Herbst and Henry Korn.



Loucks, who also starred in basketball and baseball, was the quarterback of White Plains teams that went 36-0 from 1950-53, and he remained undefeated for his first year and a half as quarterback at Yale. He went on to be head coach at White Plains high school, defensive coach at Iona College and head coach at Fordham.



His dad was one of the first to successfully use the Split-T offense, and college coaches used to come calling at the Loucks home to pick his father's brain. Dean would hang on to every word.



"I was always around like a puppy dog," he said.



Conlon is a former Stepinac and Providence basketball star who went on to a nine-year NBA career.



Conlon, a 6-foot-10 center, was named Westchester's Mr. Basketball when he was at Stepinac. He went to two NCAA tournaments with Providence, and reached the Final Four in 1987. He then played in the NBA for Seattle, Sacramento, Charlotte, Washington, Milwaukee, Boston, Miami and the Clippers.



He now works for the NBA as a goodwill ambassador, bringing the game to countries around the world.



Robert Herbst, an attorney who lives in Larchmont, is a world-champion powerlifter.



He won his 14th consecutive national power-lifting title earlier this year. He has 22 national titles, 11 world titles, and seven world records. He also coaches myriad youth sports, is a Platinum Award winner in the President's Fitness Challenge, and raised $10,000 for tsunami relief, and went to Sri Lanka to distribute the funds himself.



Korn was a shot put world record-holder who starred at Stepinac and Manhattan College. The Tarrytown native will be honored posthumously.



While at Stepinac, he set the shot put meet record at the Bishop Loughlin Indoor World Games, and then went to Manhattan where he became the indoor world record holder.



The Westchester Sports Hall of Fame program is sponsored by Con Edison, in cooperation with the Westchester Department of Parks and Recreation.


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