Stauffenberg fans invited to join Viking Stadium fete

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EDITOR NOTE: POSTPONED - The dedication of the field naming will take place on November 2, instead of Sept. 28.

WILLIAMSTOWN - A man who has been associated with six championship football teams at Williams Valley will be honored Friday, Sept. 28, when the district names its football field in his honor.

Hall of Fame Coach Gerald Stauffenberg, of Reinerton, will be recognized when the field is dedicated as "Stauffenberg Field at Viking Stadium". The ceremony begins at 6:50 p.m. during the pre-game match-up between the Vikings and Halifax at the stadium in Williamstown. Organizers are hoping all former players, coaches, and Stauffenberg's students attend the service to show their support.

"Coach Stauffenberg has touched the lives of many athletes, students and citizens in our community," said Williams Valley Athletic Director Randy Russelavage.

As a coach, Stauffenberg recorded 99 career wins as head coach, and 92 career wins as an assistant coach. He served 18 years as the Vikings' head football coach and 14 years as an assistant. In 2009, Stauffenberg was inducted into the Schuylkill County Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Stauffenberg has a decades-long history serving the district.

He started teaching in 1961 at Porter Township High School, and taught health and physical education for four years from 1961-1964. After the district jointure, Stauffenberg taught health and physical education at Williams Valley for 28 years from 1964 to 1992.

He started his coaching career in 1961 at Porter Tower High School. In 1962, he was the head coach of the Class A Twin Valley Champs. In 1964, he was the head basketball coach at Porter Tower High School. In 1965, he started a wrestling program at Williams Valley.

In 1987, he was the head coach of the first undefeated football team in Viking history; also claiming the Twin Valley championship; Eastern Conference Class C-II Championship; and was named the No. 1 team in The Pottsville-Republican Top 10 Poll.

In 1990, he was head coach of the first District 11 Championship; and Twin Valley Conference co-champions.

By 1991, Stauffenberg had been inducted into the Jerry Wolman Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was assistant coach of the 1999 Eastern Football Conference Division I champions.

Stauffenberg was assistant coach of the 2001 undefeated Twin Valley Champions; and assistant coach of the 2008 undefeated Twin Valley Champions.

(More information about the dedication will follow in next week's edition of The Citizen-Standard.)

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