Bill
Culbertson


 

As one of the greatest all-time clutch performers in South Jersey history, Bill Culbertson was a three-year starter and a two-time All-South Jersey performer for Camden High School. Coached by Clarence Turner, during his three-year career at Camden he helped lead his teams to three conference championships, three Sectional Group 4 crowns and a pair of State Group 4 titles. He scored 1,537 points in his career. Culbertson helped Camden compile an 80-10 record. 


2013

 


Basketball Club of South Jersey Hall of Fame -2000

As one of the greatest all-time clutch performers in South Jersey history, Bill Culbertson was a three-year starter and a two-time All-South Jersey 
performer for Camden High School.

During his three-year career at Camden he helped lead his teams to three 
conference championships, three Sectional Group 4 crowns and a pair of 
State Group 4 titles. He scored 1,537 points in his career.

During his career, Culbertson helped Camden compile an 80-10 record.

He put on one of the most memorable performances in the 1979 state 
tournament. In five games that year he scored 174 points. In the state 
semifinals against unbeaten Middletown South, he scored 39 points and in 
the finals he scored 38 points as Camden beat Union.

He played one year in college at South Alabama and his final three years 
at Pittsburgh. He also played one year in Italy and another in Argentina.

Today he and his wife Kettisa and son Joshua live in Pennsauken. He works as a case manager and a substance abuse counselor for Volunteers of 
America. He also serves as an assistant coach at Rutgers-Camden.
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www.njac.net * June 21, 2003

CULBERTSON NAMED NEW HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH AT RUTGERS-CAMDEN
FORMER CAMDEN HIGH AND UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH STAR NAMED 12TH HEAD COACH IN PROGRAM HISTORY

On June 21, Rutgers-Camden athletic director Jeff Dean named former Camden High School and University of Pittsburgh star Bill Culbertson to the position of head men's basketball coach.

With his hiring, Culbertson becomes the 12th head coach in the 57-year history of the Scarlet Raptor men's basketball program.

A former scholastic superstar who also served four seasons as a Rutgers-Camden assistant coach, Culbertson replaces Jim Flynn, who resigned in May after five years as the Rutgers-Camden head coach.

Culbertson joined the Rutgers-Camden coaching staff for the 1998-99 season, the first season under Flynn.

At that time, Culbertson was working as a Social Service Manager and a Substance Abuse Counselor with the Volunteers of America in Camden. Since March he has served as a lab technician with Golder and Associates, an engineering company in Cherry Hill. 

"I enjoyed the time I spent here as assistant," Culbertson said. "It's a great opportunity," Culbertson said. "I'm a hometown guy.

"I want to come in and hopefully have our team have an impact on the league," Culbertson said.

Culbertson played one year at the University of South Alabama, helping his team reach the second round of the NCAA tournament. He transferred to the University of Pittsburgh, and led the Panthers to the NIT quarterfinals as a senior (1983-84).

After graduating from Pitt in 1984 with a degree in communications, Culbertson played three years of professional basketball. He spent one season with Banko Roma, a traveling team in Italy, then played for the Argentinean club Emilio Metre in 1986 and 1987.

Culbertson's long and glorious basketball career was recognized on February 16, 2000, when the Albert Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey inducted him into the South Jersey Hall of Fame.

Culbertson, who lives in Pennsauken with his wife Kettisa and son Joshua (age 8), has an extensive coaching resume to supplement his

impressive playing experiences. He coached and officiated for years in Camden's recreation leagues. He also has been a substitute teacher and tennis coach at Camden High School, in addition to his basketball coaching experience at Rutgers-Camden.

"The name Bill Culbertson is a recognizable name in the community of South Jersey basketball," Dean said..


Camden Courier-Post * June 26, 2003

Culbertson wants best S.J. players to play for R-C

By AL SCHELL

As a player, Bill Culbertson was one of the best ever in South Jersey.

Culbertson doesn't realistically expect to attract the same talented player as himself, now that he is the head coach of the Rutgers-Camden men's basketball program.But he does feel he can recruit good high school players who will play hard.He feels that combination, along with an aggressive style of play, will lead to wins.

"I really want to have a good thing down here," Culbertson said."If guys give hustle and effort, then good things will happen."

Culbertson aims to make Rutgers-Camden a place where South Jersey's best players will stay instead of going across the river to play Division III ball at the many small schools in Pennsylvania, and even to other schools in the highly competitive New Jersey Athletic Conference.

"I hope to get the best guys around that I can get," Culbertson said."We hope to play exciting ball and maybe they will want to come here and play."
Culbertson, 42, replaces Jim Flynn, who resigned in May after five years as the Scarlet Raptors head coach.

Culbertson served four seasons at Rutgers-Camden as an assistant coach for Flynn before returning to Camden High School as an assistant coach last season.

Culbertson, who played on the Division I level at the University of Pittsburgh, learned the difference between Division I and Division III as an assistant for the Scarlet Raptors.

"I expected guys to be as dedicated to the game as much as I was," Culbertson said candidly."But, I wasn't dismayed.It still was a good experience."

Culbertson takes over a program that was 34-88 in the last five seasons, including 8-17 last year.

Since Culbertson served as an assistant coach at Camden last year, he didn't get a chance to see the Scarlet Raptors play. Consequently, he really doesn't know much about the returning players.

"I can't really give a fair assessment," he said about the veterans he inherits.

Culbertson also was fair in placing expectations on the program he hopes to build.He doesn't pretend to think he can build a consistent winner overnight.

"Knowing me and the way I demand effort and hustle, I hope to do it in three or four years," Culbertson said.

Culbertson has a simple plan how to accomplish becoming a power quickly.

"We got to win," he said. "Guys want to go where they think they can win. If we win games, it will be more attractive to stay here. If they want to win and want to play a good style of ball and get a great degree from Rutgers University before they work, then we will be attractive."

Culbertson is offering an enviable combination.

Culbertson, who lives in Pennsauken with his wife Kettisa and son Joshua (8), is also well-known around South Jersey as a referee.

"The name Bill Culbertson is a recognizable name in the community of South Jersey basketball," Dean said.

Culbertson helped the Panthers to state titles in 1978 and 1979 and was an All-South Jersey selection as a junior and senior as well as earning All-American honors in 1979.And, although he played before the 3-point shot, where many of his jumpers came from, he finished his career with 1,537 points.

After graduating from Pittsburgh in 1984 - when he helped take the Panthers to the National Invitational Tournament quarterfinals as a senior - with a degree in communications, Culbertson played one year of pro ball with Banko Roma in Italy and then he played for the Argentinean club Emilio Metre in 1986 and 1987.

Culbertson is a member of the Courier-Post All-Century team, named in 2000, as well as the Albert Carino Basketball Club of the South Jersey Hall of Fame.

"I just hope my name recognition will help to get some of the guys who have been going to other schools," Culbertson said.

Culbertson will keep his full-time job as a lab technician with Golder and Associates, an engineering company in Cherry Hill.

"I'm up to the challenge, it is something I always wanted to do," Culbertson said.


Camden Courier-Post * February 28, 2006

Culbertson resigns at R-C

After a 1-23 season and an overall three-year 8-65 record, Bill Culbertson has resigned as head men's basketball coach at Rutgers-Camden University.

Prior to being the head coach, Culbertson was an assistant coach under former coach Jim Flynn.

In addition to the pressure of coaching, Culbertson found it difficult to balance time with his growing family, including a pair of young twins.

"I'm going to take some time, look back and see how it's affected my family," Culbertson said.


Camden Courier-Post * February 6, 2013

Where Are They Now?

THEN

• Hometown: Camden.

• High school: Camden (Class of 1979). A 6-foot-1 shooting guard, he scored 1,537 career points. Helped coach Clarence Turner and the Panthers win state championships in 1978 and 1979.

• Lasting high school memory: “In 1979, we were down five points with 54 seconds left in the game to Middletown South in the semifinals. We kept fouling them to make them make one-and-one (at the free-throw line) to beat us. They missed twice and I made two layups to put us down by one. We fouled them and they made one of two. As I raced down court for another layup, they tripled teamed me and I passed the ball to Milt Wagner, who hit a buzzer beater to put the game into overtime.”

• College: Pittsburgh. Two-year starter for the Panthers after transferring from South Alabama

• Fondest college memory: “Beating No. 5 St. Johns, No. 3 Georgetown and No. 6 Syracuse in my junior year.”

• Pro basketball experience: Played in Italy, Spain and Argentina.

• Coaching experience: Rutgers-Camden. “I had a great time coaching at Rutgers. We didn’t win that much, but it was a great time teaching kids the game.”

• Legacy: “Being placed on the (Courier-Post’s) All-Century team was a great honor.” Being inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame.

NOW

• Age: 52

• Hometown: Laveen, Arizona

• Family: Three children, Joshua, Heaven and Brayce.

• Occupation: Works for Southwest Network, helping kids in child protective service custody.

• Hobbies: “Playing Madden football with my youngest son.”

• Watching basketball: “I don’t watch much basketball except for the NBA playoffs and the NCAA tournament.”

• Most proud of: “Proud to still be considered one of the best players of all time in South Jersey and very proud to be a father of three wonderful kids.”

• Looking back on Coach Clarence Turner: “Everyone just thought that Clarence just rolled the ball out and we would win, but to score as many points as we did, you had to play some serious defense. He could coach; he really could. Everyone thought he had a bunch of stars on the team, but you have to know how to coach those stars.”


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