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Hank Kuzma

Coaching ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

Henry James (Hank) Kuzma was head basketball coach at Midland High School from 1960 to 1967, but his winning record made it seem much longer. During that time, his Leopards won five section titles, one WPIAL championship, and a PIAA state basketball title in 1965. Over seven seasons, Hank’s Midland cagers piled up a 152-20 record for an 88 percent mark. In section games, their record was 84-6, an incredible 93 percent average. They won an unprecedented four straight section titles from 1962 to 1965, compiling an amazing 98-4 record for a 97 percent winning average. Hank's 1961-1962 team was the first at Midland to complete the regular season undefeated with a 24-0 record. His 1964-1965 squad won the WPIAL and PIAA titles with a perfect 28-0 record, the best record ever compiled at Midland and second only to Aliquippa’s 29-0 record in 1948-1949. Midland’s fabulous 1964-1965 hoopsters set a school record by scoring 103 points in a victory over Beaver. They also scored 2203 points during the season for another school record and beat opponents by an average of 31.6 points per game. Some rival coaches that season tried to arrange terms of an honorable surrender, including those at Steelton-Highspire High School, whose team was swamped by Midland in the 1965 state championship game 90-61. Ironically, Hank was a Steelton graduate. Hank played his college basketball at Duquesne University and had a highly successful career as basketball coach at Steubenville College from 1954 to 1959. His teams there had a 97-19 record, including 47 straight home wins. After leaving Midland in 1967, Hank served as principal of Hershey High School, then returned to coaching at Plum High and Steubenville College.