There are a few names that just about everybody in the Mid Valley knows, and one of them is coach Frank Pazzaglia.
Coach Pazzaglia, along with the late Tom Krempasky, his longtime assistant coach, will be honored at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium, 931 Main St. in Peckville, prior to next week’s Valley View vs. Delaware Valley game on Friday, Sept. 1. Any former players of Coach Pazzaglia are welcome to be part of the ceremony and are asked to be there by 6:30 p.m.
Pazzaglia and Krempasky coached in this area from 1969 to 2006. Pazzaglia was the first Valley View High School coach after the Blakely, Jessup and Archbald high schools combined.
In their tenure, they accumulated 317 wins, 107 losses and 8 ties. In addition, they accomplished the following:
• 12 seasons with 10 or more victories
• Two undefeated seasons (1971 & 1992)
• 12 Big Eleven Championships
• 5 Eastern Conference Championships
• the 1992 Class AA State Championship; and
• 1992 Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame Associated Press Coach of the Year.
His players have gone on to great things as well: 14 have been named Associated Press all-state players; nine have been selected to the Big 33 game; 14 are Lineman Hookey Reap Award recipients; two were named Lackawanna County Athletes of the Year; 37 were selected to the all-regional team; four have been named Offensive/Defensive Players of the Year; and 162 were named first team all-scholastic.
“Coach Pazzaglia and the late Coach Krempasky instilled so many values in the young lives of their players,” said Lori Chieffallo, one of the organizers of the celebration. “Their coaching days marked an era of community, support and celebration. It gave the meaning to Cougar Pride.”
In addition, it was decided that the ceremony before the upcoming game was not enough of a celebration. A group of organizers was led by E.J. Weston, one of Pazzaglia’s players and a longtime friend.
E.J.’s vision was that the field recognition would be followed by a tribute celebration the following day,” Chieffallo said.
The tribute celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Archbald Athletic Club Field, Export Lane in Archbald, starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25, and the proceeds will help to establish a scholarship in the names of Coach Pazzaglia and Coach Krempasky.
“Many were invited to participate in the committee work, which began early in the summer of this year with weekly meetings occurring on Mondays at a local establishment,” Chieffallo said. In addition to Chieffallo and Weston, Tom Kovalchik, Scott Mackinder and Renee Loftus were committee members.
“EJ, Tom and Scott are all devoted and loyal Cougar fans to this day,” she said.
For more information or tickets call 570-575-5043, and, as coach Pazzaglia was famous for yelling at his players: “Hustle, hustle, hustle!”
If you go: What: Ceremony and celebration of the careers of Coaches Frank Pazzaglia and Tom Krempasky.
When and where: Friday night, Sept. 1 at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium, 931 Main St. in Peckville.
And on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m., a celebration of their careers at the Archbald Athletic Club Field, Export Lane in Archbald.
Admission to the Saturday event is $25 (and the proceeds will help to establish a scholarship in the names of Coach Pazzaglia and Coach Krempasky).