2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Phil Pernice was born in Queens and resided in the Richmond Hill section where he developed his baseball and basketball talent. Prior to enrolling at McClancy in 1984, his coach informed Bob Lowenberg, McClancy’s Hall of Fame Varsity Baseball Coach, that he was a very talented baseball player. Phil proved this by being a four year Varsity starter. He has the unique record of being the only McClancy baseball player to hit a ball over the left field fence which he did in 1987. In addition to his baseball skills, he was a member of the basketball program for 4 years.
During his career at McClancy, Phil was selected as the 1986 Junior Varsity Most Valuable Player for basketball and during his senior season, he was the Varsity Captain. He excelled on the baseball diamond and was the 1987 and 1988 Varsity Most Valuable Player. His leadership skills were recognized by being selected Captain of the baseball team for his senior season. Phil was on the All-City 1986, 1987, and 1988 baseball teams selected by the news media. In 1987, he was the CHSAA MVP in the very competitive Catholic High School Baseball League.
Phil, in conjunction with his father, had a very successful business on Long Island and moved to Florida five years ago where he is presently Vice President of Bead Rite Research in Coconut Creek. He and his children, Vincent 18, Philip 16, and Nicholas 10 reside in Boca Raton.