Honoring a Legacy: Dan Dolphin

The ACCHS Dan Dolphin Memorial Fund Honors Legendary Coach, Teacher & Friend

A memorial fund has been established as a poignant tribute to the enduring legacy of former Allentown Central Catholic High School coach Dan Dolphin who died April 6, 2024. He was 71. The ACCHS Dan Dolphin Memorial Fund serves as a testament to Dolphin’s profound impact as both a lacrosse coach and a dedicated educator, spanning more than two decades of unwavering commitment to the growth and development of student athletes.

Dan Dolphin’s Unparalleled Impact on the Region’s Lacrosse Community

Dan Dolphin’s impact on the Lehigh Valley’s scholastic lacrosse landscape is unparalleled. Renowned as the winningest and most influential lacrosse coach in the region, Dolphin played a pivotal role in introducing and nurturing the sport within the community. During his illustrious 14-year tenure as varsity boys’ head coach at ACCHS, Dolphin transformed the school’s lacrosse program into a perennial powerhouse, leaving an indelible mark on generations of players who passed through his ranks. During his last season in 2021, Dolphin coached the Vikings to win the PIAA Class 2A State Championship. It was the first time a District XI high school lacrosse team won this honor.

Coach Dolphin’s Enduring Legacy

Beyond the realm of sports, Dolphin’s impact extended beyond the lacrosse field and into the classroom. he served as a health and physical education teacher at ACCHS for 13 years. He was known for his sincere dedication to his students and was proud of the impact he had in shaping their lives and instilling values that would help them become solid young adults.

The ACCHS Dan Dolphin Memorial Fund serves as a testament to Dolphin’s enduring legacy, providing vital support to sustain and enhance both the boys and girls’ lacrosse programs at Central Catholic. From uniforms and equipment to coaching and training, the fund ensures that student-athletes have access to the resources necessary to excel in their athletic pursuits. Moreover, the fund extends its reach beyond the realm of sports, bolstering the health and physical education program at ACCHS, thereby nurturing the holistic development of students.

Each donation serves as a tribute to Dolphin’s enduring legacy, ensuring that his spirit continues to inspire and uplift future generations of students and athletes at ACCHS forever.

As the ACCHS Dan Dolphin Memorial Fund continues to grow, so too does its impact, honoring the memory of a beloved coach and educator whose passion and dedication continue to resonate throughout the Allentown Central Catholic community. Through collective support and generosity, Dolphin’s legacy lives on, empowering students to reach new heights of excellence both on the field and in the classroom.

Those wishing to contribute
by mail can send their
donations to:

Catholic Foundation Eastern PA
PO Box 1430
Allentown, PA 18105
(Please make gifts payable to
the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania)