KARAZSIA, CHARLIE

CHARLIE KARAZSIA

Inducted:  May 13, 2006 in Linton, IN

Date of Birth:  April 24, 1951 in Latrobe, PA

High School Attended:  Greater Latrobe        Graduated:  1969

High School Honors:  Second Team All-State (PA); Big 33 All-Star Game; All-WPIAL 1st Team; Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in conference; Ray Wilde Award (Best Athlete); established shot put school record.

College Attended:  Indiana State University  Graduated:  1973

College Honors:  3-year football starter and letterman as a tight end-defensive end.

Coaching Experience:  Assistant coach as a student teacher in 1973 at West Vigo HS assisting players with weights and conditioning; junior high football, cross-country, wrestling, and track coach at East Gary (now Lake Station) 1973-1974; promoted to football coach of freshmen at East in 1974 and to junior varsity position in 1975; offensive coach at Linton Stockton HS 1976-1979; head coach Linton Stockton 1980-1991, with a record of 84-36; also served as head wrestling coach and head track coach at Linton Stockton

Coaching Honors:  Prior to 1980, Linton Stockton had a record from 1952 to 1979 of 95-173 and 9 ties; he turned a losing program into a winning program which continues today; won 2 Sectionals in 1984, 1986; won a Regional title in 1986; had an undefeated season in 1987 and 1989 with Tri-County Conference Champs in 1986, 1987, and 1989; ranks 2nd all-time (84 wins) behind Gerald "Two Penny" Landis (96 wins) with most football victories at Linton.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Tony Collins, ISU and Chicago Cubs; Bryan Slay and Mike Turchi, Rose Hulman.

Special Recognition:  Served as a football official beginning in the fall of 1992; selected to referee Regional in 1998 in Indianapolis; became Athletic Director at Linton Stockton in 1999; during winter of 2002, organized a committee to rebuild the football field with 750 tons of top soil and Bermuda grass; field was dedicated in 2003 season; was named Teacher of the Year by Linton Civitan Club 1995-1996.

Family:  Wife, Kathy; children, Jessica, Jocelyn, Brianne, and Austin.

(Updated December 2010)