James A. Consagra

About This Inductee

James Consagra is an active football coach who has played or coached in six different decades. His arm started while at Benjamin Franklin High School in Carbondale, Pa., where he played football and baseball. While at Benjamin Franklin, he pitched a “no-hitter” in 1941. He played football at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston in 1942, and then joined the Navy in 1943. After the Navy, he coached at Livingston Manor, N.Y., Harpursville, N.Y., and Manicopa, Az., in the 1950’s. While at Harpursville, N.Y. as co-coach, he won a football championship in 1959. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1956 with a B.A. in Education, and a Master’s Degree in Administration in 1961. He coached at Greene Central School in Greene, N.Y. in the 1960’s. While at Greene, he won a football championship in 1966 and was voted “Coach of the Year” in the Susquenanago League. He was appointed Dean of Students in 1966. He won the football co-championship in 1969 and was again voted -Coach of the Year” in the Susquenango League. He coached at Livingston Manor, N.Y. in the 1970’s. He was named outstanding football coach in Section IV, by the N.Y. State Coaches Association in 1970. He was appointed high school principal at Livingston Manor in 1975. While holding that position, he also coached football and won a co-championship in 1977 and an undefeated championship in 1979. He moved to Honesdale High School, Honesdale, Pa. in 1980 where he was appointed assistant football coach. He coached at the varsity level for seven years, at which time Honesdale won three Suburban League Championships and one Class “B” Championship. He also managed to coach the freshman squad to three undefeated championships during his ten years at Honesdale. James coached for three years in the 1990’s at Liberty, N.Y. and sent a player to Syracuse University. His player was a true freshman in 1994, and is currently their starting tight end. James returned to Honesdale as an assistant coach in 1994 and 1995, and will be coaching as an assistant in the “Big 11” against some of the schools he played against in 1941. Some of James Consagra’s other accomplishments include playing amateur baseball for eighteen years, mostly in the Wayne County League, and he finished with a lifetime batting average of 300. He managed the first Carbondale team to win a Wayne County League title. Along with coaching, football, basketball, baseball, and golf, he was a Social Studies teacher, elementary principal, Dean of Students, high school principal, and acting Superintendent. He was voted into the Livingston Manor “Hall of Fame” in 1995. He has sent numerous players to Division I, Division 1-A-A, and Division II on full scholarships. He is married to Beverly J. Davies and has three daughters, two of whom are teachers, and the other is a doctor in the armed forces.