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Jim Gomory

All Around ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

The All Around category was made for Jim Gomory. A 1946 graduate of Rochester, Jim is one of the county's most versatile sports figures. After all, how many persons have made an impact in sports as varied as football, gymnastics, racquetball, and golf? From 1942 to 1946, Jim was a two sport star at Rochester, lettering three years in football and three years in gymnastics. After attending Fairmont College (VA) for a year, Jim transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington, where he lettered three years on the Hoosier football team and two years on their gymnastics team. After college, Jim was hired as a physical education instructor at Rochester, where he began a long career as a coach. From 1956 to 1960, he was Rochester's head football coach, and from 1960 to 1972 was their head gymnastics coach. Jim developed a gymnastics dynasty with state championships in 1968, 1969, and 1970. Two of his brightest stars were Dan Repp, Pennsylvania's No 1 all around performer in 1969, and Jim Ivicek, Pennsylvania's top gymnast in 1970, who later became an alternate for the 1972 US Winter Olympics Team. Jim's coaching career included several stints as a junior high football coach, assistant high school football coach, and head golf coach. Over the years, Jim developed an interest in hang gliding, diving, water skiing, racquetball, handball, and golf. In 1968, Jim built Beaver County's first racquetball court, the Master's Court in Rochester. In 1980, Jim captured the Pennsylvania 50 and Over Racquetball title.