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George Nace arrived in Hughesville in the fall of 1961to begin a career as a teacher in the high school as well as football coaching. This followed a scholastic career in which he played football at Sunbury High School, Massanutten Military Academy, University of Wyoming and Bloomsburg University.
George was Assistant Football Coach under W. Hoover Raifsnider for 5 years followed by a career of 12 years as Head Football Coach at Hughesville High School. He was instrumental in the rebuilding of the football program and the facilities associated with the program. Football had been reinstated at Hughesville in 1957 after a hiatus of over 20 years. Some of his accomplishments included: began night football (using portable lights),worked with the Booster Club to install permanent lights, installed a watering system for the field, helped with planning a new stadium with new seating, new lighting, a much improved field, new concession stands and a new press box, which was built by the coaching staff. He worked very hard to instill a spirit of pride in the team and used the Spartan mascot to help accomplish that. To this day it is a matter of pride to be a Spartan! During those years he coached four Championship teams- 1971, 1972,1974,1975.
He also was Head Wrestling Coach for one year (1962). He was an advisor for the History Club and the Varsity Club as well as the scoreboard operator for the basketball teams and a timer for the track teams. (He was instrumental in getting a track program started at the school.)
His work in his classroom was always a source of pride. He taught Civics and World Cultures as well as Economics and Comparative Government. While he was teaching, he earned his Master's Degree and his Principal's Certificate. After working in some of the administrative positions on a part-time basis, he decided to return full time to his first love, classroom teaching. He worked in the Hughesville school system for 35 years, retiring in 1996.
He earned several honors, among them WMPT Coach of the Year in 1971and 1974, University of Wyoming Hall of Fame and West Branch Valley Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. However, he would tell you that his biggest honor was being allowed to work with all the young men and women who were his students and players over the years.
His family and church were always at the center of his life. He would tell you that his most important job was being a father and grandfather. His favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing and golfing, especially when he could do it with his family and friends.
The boys who played on his football teams were always part of his extended family for the rest of their lives. These are the men, along with his family and friends who have made this scholarship possible. Raising the money to fund a continuing scholarship in his honor would be beyond his wildest dreams. The young man receiving this scholarship is considered to be a leader on the football field, in the school and in his community.
This scholarship was funded in memory of George Nace, a long time teacher and football coach at Hughesville High School. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior football player who is going to college and has displayed leadership on and off the field, good citizenship, scholarship, and high ethical standards.