Pa. Hall of Fame Delco chapter to induct Arnold brothers
The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame’s Delaware County Chapter will induct former Darby Township High standouts Geoff Arnold and his older brother, the late Chris Arnold, at an induction ceremony on June 24.
Geoff Arnold, an assistant basketball coach at Saint Joseph’s University, was a terrific basketball player at Darby Township. He was a brilliant point guard on some great basketball teams and scored 1,132 points during his scholastic career.
After his playing days with the Eagles, he put together a magnificent basketball career at Saint Joseph’s from 1982 to 1986. In 1986, he guided the Hawks to the Atlantic 10 championship and the NCAA tournament.
Chris Arnold was a huge star in football, basketball and track and field at Darby Township. He was one of greatest all-around athletes in Delaware County.
A year ago, Chris was posthumously inducted into the Virginia State Hall and Wall of Fame. He had a tremendous football career (1970-73) at Virginia State. He played some great football in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. He also played briefly in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders and helped the Birmingham Americans win the 1974 World Football League championship.
Geoff is thrilled to be enshrined along with Chris. He knows this will be a big moment for him.
“That means more to me than me going in [the Hall of Fame],” Geoff said. “The little brother of a [Darby] Township celebrity. That to me means the world.
“I’m not one of those guys that say I deserve it. I played on some great teams. I had some great teammates that allowed me to do some things as my career progressed. I played with some great teammates that got drafted in the NBA.
“When they said we’re going to put your brother in I was like — whoa. When you say that, you walk in and get presented with someone. I’m coming in with his son, Chris [Arnold]. His son is going to accept for him. It’s an honor to come in with him.”
Geoff has two other older brothers, Benjamin Alvin Arnold and Peter Arnold, who were outstanding basketball players, too. They all played basketball at a playground about three blocks from their house. Geoff learned a lot from his older brothers.
He also gained a lot of basketball knowledge from the late Alonzo Lewis, who was a basketball star at Darby High, La Salle and the Eastern League. Lewis was a head basketball coach at Darby Township, where he helped to develop Geoff’s talents on the court.
“I had the opportunity to play for Al [Lewis] who was not only a county legend but a Philadelphia legend and a Big 5 Hall of Famer,” Geoff said. “I was very fortunate. I learned how to play the right way.”
Geoff just finished his 10th season as an assistant to Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli. He will be able to share some great memories and talk about all the people who helped over the years at the induction ceremony.
The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Naamans Road in Claymont, Del., at 5 p.m.