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Adam Karcis

Football ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

Adam Karcis is a full fledged Beaver County athletic product: he played high school sports in his home town of Monaca then was a collegiate star at Geneva College in Beaver Falls. He coached a variety of sports at Rochester Junior and Senior High Schools for 31 years before retiring from coaching in 1982. Although he starred in football, basketball, and baseball, Adam is best known for his versatility as a quarterback who could run, pass, and kick with the best of his time. He earned second team Beaver County All Star football honors in 1939 as Monaca quarterback and moved up to first team honors in 1940. Adam also had a fine year in basketball in 1939 as a playmaker on the Monaca High cage squad that beat New Wilmington for the WPIAL Class B title. The next year Monaca reached the WPIAL cage finals before losing to Point Marion. After serving in the Army during World War II, Adam entered Geneva College in 1946. Geneva whipped Carnegie Tech that year in football, 36-0, and upset Deacon Dan Towler’s strong Washington and Jefferson College team in a 12-0 thriller. Adam was named the top back on the Tri State All Star team in 1947 for his passing and running exploits. The Covies won two Tri State Conference grid titles during his four years. Starting his high school coaching career at Rochester in 1951, Adam led the Rams to their first sectional baseball title in 1954. He also served as an assistant football coach for many years and was head basketball coach at Rochester High from 1954 to 1964 and later showed versatility by coaching the Rams’ golf and tennis teams.