Barletta Honors Berwick Area High School Football Coach George Curry
Nationally-Acclaimed Winningest Coach in PA History Marks Final Home Game
BERWICK – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today honored retiring Berwick Area High School football coach George Curry, the winningest coach in Pennsylvania high school history, as he was to mark his final home game Friday evening at Crispin Field. Barletta sent a letter congratulating Curry on 46 years of coaching and mentoring young men as the coach was to be honored in a ceremony attended by more than 200 former players, including former National Football League players Ron Powlus and Bo Orlando. Curry’s teams won 450 games – 400 in two stints at Berwick – and six Pennsylvania State Championships. He was twice named National Coach of the Year by USA Today, and his teams were selected as National Champions by that newspaper three times.
“Very few scholastic coaches can lay claim to such an impressive résumé as yours,” Barletta wrote. “As the winningest high school football coach in Pennsylvania history, you have an unparalleled record of accomplishment that even the great Vince Lombardi would envy.”
Barletta noted that more than 700 George Curry-coached players went on to collegiate careers, with over 200 landing scholarships to top Division I programs in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, including Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Notre Dame. Other players earned spots in academic powerhouses like the Naval Academy, Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Yale, and M.I.T.
“Many of these young men are certain that they never would have had access to such world-class educations if you had not been such a strong presence in their lives,” Barletta wrote. “Through your leadership and guidance, they were afforded a greater opportunity of bettering themselves than they might otherwise have had.”
Coach Curry was not only concerned about the future success of his own student-athletes, as Barletta pointed out in his letter.
“One practice of yours which should be trumpeted is that you would also spend hours putting together promotional packages for college recruiters on behalf of high school players who did not even attend Berwick,” Barletta wrote. “By doing that, you helped youngsters – those you did not even coach – achieve their dreams of college scholarships. Such was the influence your name and stamp of approval had accumulated over the decades, and such was your concern for the success of young people from across our region.”
Barletta praised Curry’s dedication to the development of future generations of Pennsylvania young men as having left a lasting mark on the community.
“Players you have led to championships have gone on to college, and some even to the National Football League,” Barletta wrote. “But still others never played a single down of football beyond high school, and went right into careers, or trades, or into the military, and took with them lessons about life that you taught them in the locker rooms and on the gridiron. They have raised, are raising, or soon will raise families that will become part of the expanding fabric of our community. These are the innumerable futures you have shaped, and the lives you have touched, which multiply exponentially up to this very moment. This is the true measure of a high school football coach and mentor.”