- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 20, 2023
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According to his coach, Jazz Diminick, Bob Hamernick was “the quickest off the ball of anybody I ever coached.” When you think of all the great backs Jazz coached during his 30-year legendary career that is quite a statement, but Jazz makes this statement with little doubt in his voice.
He started the parade of great “pony backs” at Mount Carmel. He stood out as runner, pass receiver and kick returner and was part of a team that was one of the most exciting ever to play for the Tornadoes. The 1966 squad featured Bobby, Greg Doviak and Dabby Niglio and they scored points in bunches. That team defeated Carlisle at the Silver Bowl in a shootout that many Mt. Carmel fans still call the greatest game ever played in the Silver Bowl.
When he graduated in 1967, Hamernick was in the top 10 in practically every offensive category. He was Co-Captain of that squad and was an All State Honorable Mention…back in the days when there was only 1 All State Team; and most of the spots were occupied by players at the big schools who were supported by big newspapers.
He was also a solid track man as a sprinter and pole vaulter. He was District IV Champion in the pole vault in 1966.
Bob started as a running back for C.W. Post College on Long Island. He had a solid career there and won several post season honors.