George Curry, the winningest football coach in Pennsylvania history and a two-time American Family Insurance ALL-USA Coach of the Year, has died, Berwick County School District officials said Friday. He was 71.
Curry led Berwick to six PIAAA Class AAA state championships and won 455 games over 46 games with a record of 455-102-5. He is fourth all-time in victories, according to the National Federation record book.
“His accomplishments obviously were vast, unprecedented not only at Berwick but across the state,” Berwick Area School District superintendent Wayne Brookhart told The Times-Tribune. “He was a guy that would do anything for his players. He had a profile that was enormous here, but his influence stretched outside this region.”
His state titles came in 1998 and 1992 and then four consecutively from 1994 to 1997. Berwick won the USA TODAY Super 25 championship in 1983, 1992 and 1995. The 1983 team was led by future NFL player Bo Orlando.
Curry was diagnosed with ALS during the 2015 season but finished the year.
“The things that he’s accomplished are unfathomable, and most of all, the things that he’s done off the field that people really don’t know about,” Orlando told WNEP.com.
“He’s been a father figure and a mentor to a lot of people for a lot of years,” former player and Notre Dame quarterback Ron Powlus said on Twitter. “And you couple that with his winning record and you have something that doesn’t come around very often.”