Berwick's George Curry, No. 4 all time in football coaching wins in nation, dies at 71

Berwick's George Curry, No. 4 all time in football coaching wins in nation, dies at 71

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Berwick's George Curry, No. 4 all time in football coaching wins in nation, dies at 71

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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.

Berwick High School football head coach George Curry, the winningest high school football coach in Pennsylvania history, consoles junior Kyle Roberts after their District 2 Class AAA playoff loss to Scranton Prep (Photo: Butch Comegys, The Times & Tribune via AP)

Berwick High School football head coach George Curry, the winningest high school football coach in Pennsylvania history, consoles junior Kyle Roberts after their District 2 Class AAA playoff loss to Scranton Prep (Photo: Butch Comegys, The Times & Tribune via AP)

“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.”

Curry and the school parted ways in 2005. He spent three year sat Wyoming Valley West and then three years as an analyst on radio and TV before returning to the sideline in 2012. His final teams played in three district title games and won the 2014 title with his grandson, C.J., at quarterback.
Asked in 2012 why he never retired by WNEP, here is what he said: “I never was retired because I don’t like that word. I don’t like the word T-I-R-E-D tired. I still got good batteries and I’m still rockin’ and rollin’. Before this came about, I was doing about five different things. I still was coaching camps. I was doing work with you guys – I’m going to miss everybody up there. Now I’m doing one thing: coaching football!”
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