KLIMCZAK, STANLEY "STAN"

STANLEY "STAN" KLIMCZAK  (Deceased)

Inducted:  August 15, 1980 in La Porte, IN

Date of Birth:  November 6, 1922 in South Bend, IN

High School Attended:  South Bend Central Catholic       Graduated:  1942

High School Honors:  Played 4 years as tackle; received a scholarship to University of Cincinnati.

Served in Army 1942-1946 where he played baseball and football.

College Attended:  University of Cincinnati                    Graduated:  1950

College Honors:  Played end and tackle; 4-year letterman/3-year starter; team posted record of 25-15-1; played in Sun Bowl 1947 and Glass Bowl 1949; 2-year letterman in baseball.

Coaching Experience:  Was line coach for Cincinnati Withrow HS in 1950; coached the University of Cincinnati freshman team to a 2-year record of 7-1-1; was assistant coach at La Porte HS 1953-1956; head coach at La Porte HS 1957-1976, with record of 107-72-8; team shared the Northern Indiana Conference title in 1960 and 1962; 1962 team was number 3 in the state.

Coaching Honors:  Referred to as the "Finest Line Coach in the State;" famous for the trap play up the middle; turned out 8 backs who rushed for over 1,000 yards in a single season; five players voted MVP of Northern Indiana Conference; 39 players named as NIC All-Conference selections; retired in 1976, but could not resist the call and returned as assistant coach at La Porte HS.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Carl Fischer 1960; Jerry Saffell 1962; Larry Tobar 1966; Al Szawara 1972; Dave Birkholz 1975.

Coach Klimczak passed away December 21, 1992.