John J. Dorish

About This Inductee

John Dorish was a three-sport standout in football, basketball, and baseball at Swoyersville High School. Their football team became Northern Division Champs of the Eastern Conference in 1951. District League Champs and Eastern State Champs (undefeated) in 1952, and District League Champs in 1953. Their basketball team became District II Champs in 1952. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to George Washington University, playing baseball. In 1955 he entered the U.S Army, serving in Germany and playing baseball there. John also played briefly with the Red Sox Baseball Team in the minor leagues. He earned his BS degree at King’s College and a Master’s degree from the University of Scranton. John was a major part of the King’s College Athletic Department for 34 years serving as head baseball coach, assistant basketball coach, trainer and assistant professor and chairman of the physical education department. John served on many committees for the NCAA and ECAC and was a member of the Executive Council of the Middle Atlantic Conference. In 1980 he became director of athletics at King’s. In addition to varsity and men’s lacrosse, King’s added women’s field hockey, soccer and lacrosse. He was the driving force in the construction of the Robert L. Betzler Fields, King’s 33-acre outdoor athletic complex. On April 29, 2000, King’s officially held its dedication of the John J. Dorish Field House. John was married to Margv Heyburn. They have three children: Molly Dorish Brown, Jennifer and Kelly. They have four grandchildren: Nicholas John, Kathleen, Emily and Nora. John passed away on September 20, 1999.