Facing health issues, coach Curry retires
By Frank Kastreva, WVCD2.com
George Curry, Pennsylvania’s winningest high school football coach has officially retired from the game he loves.
The 64 year old football legend, who is known for guiding the Berwick Bulldogs to six state titles along with national accolades will not walk the sidelines anywhere according to his resignation delivered to Wyoming Valley West Athletic Director Sandy Mackay on Wednesday, December 2, 2008.
The resignation states: “This decision is very painful and difficult for me, since it will not only mark the end of coaching at Wyoming Valley West, but also the end of my coaching career.”
The letter also states Curry’s retiring is based solely on health issues, but does not go in to what those issues may be.
Curry is a very private person and of course does not want his health issues blotted all over the local papers and the world wide web, for that matter.
Curry has coached for three years at Wyoming Valley West after leaving Berwick, putting the Dawgs’ football program in the lime light. Why Curry left the Berwick football program was never printed and to some still a mystery, but the private Curry surely had his reasons.
After coaching the Spartans, Berwick’s fiercest rival, for three seasons with a record of 26-8 and qualifying for the playoffs all three years. Curry will no longer be making the route 11 trip up river each day. Instead, he will be enjoying the comforts of home with his family in a place he has always called home, Berwick.
Not coaching football will be Curry’s toughest challenge, next to his health issues. Coach has been walking the sidelines for 42 years, accumulating 413 victories while touching the lives of countless people, myself included.
It has been a pleasure for many to watch him teach, coach and just plain enjoy football and his energy put forth to the game and the student athletes that play it.
Curry’s successor at Valley West will be assistant coach Pat Keating, whom finished his first year at Valley West. Keating is a 1996 graduate of Wyoming Valley West and was named head coach shortly after Curry’s resignation.
After writing on George Curry’s career at Berwick and then at Valley West, I have had the privilege of watching one of the games finest teachers. Not just of football, but life itself. Curry instills that in everyone he touches, its just an ora about him. He is a leader and a damn good one.
When Curry left Berwick in November of 2005, I remember after the press conference, sitting on the turf of Crispin field just taking it all in.
I was just recalling all the games and memories. The stadium was empty, but the memories rushed back. It certainly felt like there was 10,000 fans awaiting the Dawgs to take the field to the sound of the siren while “The Cat” awaited for them on the sidelines.
And I thought………..Why does it have to end?
Just as coach surely feels right now!
For George it was time to come home and enjoy family, for me its time to come home and write and what Curry started. Non other then the tradition of Berwick Dawgs’ Football.
See all you Dawg fans on media day 2009. I will be the guy with the #3 ND Jersey, just keeping the tradition ALIVE!
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