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Curry happy to return as coach


March 16. 2013 11:38PM

By - psokoloski@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6392




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On a recent snow day in Berwick, George Curry walked into the field house at Crispin Field and immediately found the cure for his winter blues.


‚??School was canceled early,‚?Ě Curry gloated. ‚??We had 60 kids in the weight room.‚?Ě


Does that sound someone ready to be one and done?


Hardly.


In fact, Curry‚??s having as much fun these days as when he was guiding Berwick‚??s football team to national prominence while winning six PIAA championships in the 1980s and ‚??90s.


And he expects to have at least a little more, after the Berwick School Board voted 9-0 last week to retain Curry as the team‚??s head football coach.


‚??There was never any doubt,‚?Ě Curry said.


At least not in his mind.


Swayed by Berwick to return to the Bulldogs on a one-year interim basis last season, Curry admittedly had doubts about going back to coaching the high school game he once owned, in the town where he became a legend.


He left Berwick‚??s sideline after 35 years following the 2005 season, feeling a detachment from high school kids who once followed Curry‚??s every command without question.


He wound up coaching Wyoming Valley West from 2006-08, but during that time endured a battle with cancer and finally hung up his coaching gear ‚?? he thought for good ‚?? when suspected heart problems gave him a scare.


‚??When I was at Valley West, I was passing out, (having) dizzy spells,‚?Ě Curry said. ‚??That‚??s why I got out.‚?Ě


It turned out all Curry needed was medication to control his blood pressure and a regular exercise routine that dropped his weight from 310 pounds to 194 during the past seven years.


‚??I kill that treadmill,‚?Ě Curry, who will turn 70 later this year, said. ‚??I go on it for 40 minutes, and 20 minutes of it is all uphill. Blood pressure pills. Losing that weight really helped. I feel better than I did when I was 40. It‚??s scary.‚?Ě


Still, he was out of the coaching game for four years when Curry received a phone call that frightened him a bit in early June.


Gary Campbell, who replaced Curry as Berwick‚??s head coach, decided to return to his hometown school of Wahconoah Regional in Massachusetts to serve as athletic director and head football coach.


And Berwick asked Curry, who has a career coaching record of 423-95-5, to temporarily fill the void Campbell‚??s departure created less than three months before the 2012 season opener. Curry agreed, with the understanding he may not stick around for an extended period.


‚??It was rough, starting in the middle of the summer like that,‚?Ě Curry said.


It seems time was his biggest worry.


‚??I hadn‚??t been (there) in seven years,‚?Ě said Curry, whose Berwick teams won USA Today mythical national high school championships in 1983, 1992 and ‚??95 and captured PIAA Class 3A state titles in 1988,‚??92 and from ‚??94 through ‚??97. ‚??I didn‚??t know any of the kids.‚?Ě


Well, he knew one. His grandson, C.J. Curry, was the team‚??s starting quarterback as a junior this past season.


‚??I coached 13 Division I (college) quarterbacks,‚?Ě Curry said. ‚??He (C.J.) had as good a junior year as most of them.‚?Ě


But that‚??s about the only football link he had from his glorious coaching past.


‚??When I took that job, I was out of coaching. I gave all my stuff away,‚?Ě Curry said. ‚??I went in cautiously at first ‚?? ‚??Did I do the right thing?‚?Ě


He did something right.


Berwick won 10 games last season and made the District 2 Class 3A playoffs.


‚??I went in saying, ‚??I don‚??t have this, I don‚??t have that,‚?? ‚?Ě Curry said. ‚??At some point, I said, ‚??Enough of this crap‚?? and I just started working my tail off. It didn‚??t take me but a couple days, but it just consumes me.


‚??I‚??m a football coach.‚?Ě


And it appears he‚??ll be coaching Berwick through the foreseeable future.


‚??We won 10 games last year. We think we can win more,‚?Ě Curry said. ‚??We‚??ve got some kids.‚?Ě


And he plans to keep winning big, long after his grandson‚??s gone.


‚??I‚??m not doing it just because he‚??s there,‚?Ě Curry said. ‚??I‚??m doing it because I love it. When he graduates, if they want me, I‚??m coaching.


‚??Anybody pushing the 70 mark, you hope you stay healthy,‚?Ě Curry continued. ‚??But if they want me, and I feel good, I‚??ll do it.‚?Ě




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