"Big Al" was a multiple letter winner at Roselle High School and the state discus champion. He was a tough, tenacious, and talented competitor who earned the respect of teammates and opponents alike. He went on to a stellar career at Albright College where he lettered in football, track, and basketball. For his career successes there, he was voted into the Albright Hall of Fame and was honored by Albright when he was presented the prestigious “Albright Chair”. He was further honored by having the annual award given to the most valuable member of Albright’s track team called the Al Dittman Award.
In the service, he commanded a fleet of ships during WWII and landed in the Philippines four days before Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He came to SHS in the late 30’s and coached for several years as head football coach. His 1939-40 team defeated Hackettstown to end their 32 game winning streak. He coached SHS Hall of Famers Phil Bogdanovitch, Frank Perantoni, Clark Miller, Larry Mackey, Hooks Zelano, Ed Kurek and Charlie Winner in football, wrestling, and track. He was a leader of young men, helping to mold their character and personalities. He was a compassionate, kind-hearted, sincere and generous individual. His teams were a reflection of his skill and attitude shown in his winning record. As a man, he embodied the virtues of his generation and was known to all as “Big Al”.