The head coach of Cabrini’s cross country team was named Pennsylvania Athletic Conference coach of the year. Thomas O’Hora has been coaching at Cabrini for 25 years now.
O’Hora grew up in Scranton, Pa. and went to Scranton High School. He graduated from LaSalle University, in Philadelphia, where he studied English and pre-law. He decided not to go to law school but became very involved with communications. O’Hora said he has been involved in communications since he was 15 years old.
O’Hora has written movie reviews, wrote his own column in the Philadelphia Daily News and has been a radio personality on air for WMGK for 16 years now. He also was involved in a TV show that ran for a couple of years called, “I love music.” He now does a lot of writing and is always keeping himself busy with many different responsibilities.
O’Hora made a name for himself in high school and was able to attend LaSalle with a full athletic scholarship. After graduating from LaSalle, he ran cross country for the Philadelphia Pioneers.
At one time, the Pioneers were named one of the best track teams in the world. This was a huge accomplishment for O’Hora, due to the fact that he was nominated to play for this team.
Coach O’Hora has been coaching cross country since he graduated from college. Before Cabrini, he coached at Holy Cross High School in Delran, NJ, where he also taught English.
O’Hora said, “I was fortunate enough to be given genes that made me a pretty good athlete, go to school on a full ride and see the world. It is my moral obligation to share that with people who are interested in the same sport I was good at.”
According to O’Hora, he is flattered when he receives these types of awards but that is not the reason why he coaches. He said, “It’s about the athletes not the coaches.”