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Nick Klutka

Football ∙ New Brighton

 

 

 

 

Nick Klutka had a highly successful career as both an athlete and a coach. Although he was a star end in football, he was also good enough to earn three letters in basketball at New Brighton High School, where he graduated in 1939. Nick earned All Section honors in basketball for the Lions, but football was his best sport, earning four grid letters at New Brighton and receiving All WPIAL and All State honors. After high school, Nick played end on the University of Florida football teams of 1939 to 1942, being named to the All South team three times and received All American honorable mention twice. Then he played for the Second Air Force Bomber Command football team at Bridgeton High School in New Jersey. For more than 28 years, Nick was a teacher at Van Wert High School in Ohio. He started as a freshman football coach at Van Wert High in 1953 and his team compiled a 6-0 record. The next year he became assistant varsity coach for the strong Van Wert teams that went undefeated for five years and rolled up a string of 48 straight wins. Nick retired from coaching in 1962.