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Jim Cutri

Coaching ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

'A man of all seasons' best sums up Jim Cutri. For no matter what time of year, the popular educator was busy molding and helping youth. Born and raised in Erie, Jim began producing championship teams at Girard High School in both football and basketball, and he earned several Coach of the Year awards in both sports. His gridders had a 21 game winning streak over a four year period. Jim took a job at Beaver in 1947 and got involved in football as an assistant and baseball and track and field as the head coach. Jim guided the Bobcat hardwood team to its first ever section title and had many fine teams during his 16 years. In track Jim had few peers: every one of Beaverís records in the sport were either tied or broken under his tutelage. In addition, a Bobcat competed for a WPIAL championship in every event during his tenure. For three years in a row, his Beaver teams were undefeated in dual meet competition. And in the prestigious Midland Invitational his Bobcat squads won six of the eleven years he coached. Jim was also involved in officiating different sports, among these many college basketball games. Even during the summer months Jim remained busy: he was the recreational director for Beaver for 16 years, and his program was well known as one of the most comprehensive of its kind. His many activities also included serving in several civic organizations in Vanport.