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Jim Karwoski

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Versatility and success are two words that can be applied to Jim Karwoski. The 1962 Freedom High School graduate had a stellar scholastic career, winning nine letters in three sports and was named All County twice in football and All WPIAL as a senior. In track and field, Jim set school records in both javelin and shot put and won both events at the PIAA State Championship meet in 1962. Jim continued to develop his football and track abilities at West Virginia University, where he set school and Southern Conference records in the shot put. He was also a record setter in football, shadowing Syracuse All American Larry Czonka and producing a school mark of 24 tackles in that game. Jim turned to coaching after graduation, running the cross country program at Penn State Beaver for six years and taking over the baseball team in 1977. His diamond squads entered the spring 1998 campaign with an overall 645-340 record. Three of his squads have won state championships and 17 have won Commonwealth Campus titles. In 1996 Jimís team was ranked No 1 in the country at the conclusion of the regular season, and he has taken two teams to the World Series of Junior College Baseball. In addition to his duties at Penn State Beaver, which included ten years as athletic director, Jim ran the baseball portion of the Keystone State Games from 1984 to 1985. His excellent coaching record has brought numerous honors, including Coach of the Year at the state district, and regional levels. Jim was inducted into the Commonwealth Campus Athletic Conference Hall of Fame of Coaches in 1993 and was also one of the ten coaches selected for the US Olympic baseball team for the 1992 Barcelona Games.