DR. Jeffery M. Greco
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- January 3, 2024
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Prior to the start of the 1967 season, discussion at the local taverns and at the barber shop centered around who the new quarterback would be? After all, the Tornadoes had lost 2 all state, Big 33 quarterbacks in Joe Buchinski and Greg Doviak and only had a 5’7″-135lb kid back with any experience. That kid turned out to be Jeff Greco, and he took the Tornadoes where the all-staters couldn’t – a Southern Division Championship in 1968. As the starting QB, Greco won 21 games while losing only 2. During his career, Jeff completed 106 passes (8th) for 2,145 yards (6th) and 25 TD’s (8th). At the time, only Buchinski had better numbers.
Jeff also brought leadership, as team captain ,to the quarterback position and, in fact, called many of his own plays. He would also lead the sweep and loved to block. He was so aggressive, that many long-time Tornado fans still consider him to be the toughest player – pound for pound – that ever wore the red and white. Jeff had managed to set the bar one step higher and had set the stage for the 1969 championship run the next year.
During the spring, Jeff ran track for coach Jerry Breslin. He ran the high and low hurdles and the mile relay and was part of the team in 1968 that won their class at the Penn Relays. He was also a part of the Mount Carmel Area team that placed 4th in the state meet at State College.
In the summer of 1961, Greco brought national recognition to tiny, land-locked Mount Carmel by winning the American Power Boat Association – Junior Division Outboard National Championship. Jeff was the National High Point Title-holder in the U.S. with 3,600 points after winning 15 consecutive races and then completed a clean sweep by winning the nationals at Gunterville, Alabama. That year he had broken what is believed to be a perfect score – like 300 is to bowling, 400 was to racing. Jeff had posted a score of 420. He and his boat, “Jeff’s J’, were welcomed back to Mount Carmel with a parade, complete with bands and local dignitaries.
Following high school, Greco continued playing football and started for two years at Susquehanna at strong safety prior to his graduation in 1972. After his graduation from medical school, Jeff took for his father as team physician for the Red Tornadoes in 1983. He has been their physical and spiritual leader ever since and joins his father, Joseph, and brother, Joey, as hall of fame inductees.
Jeff maintains a family medical practice in Mount Carmel and he and his wife Martie are the parents of 5 children; Jeffrey, Erin, Gabrielle, Raquel, and Bridget.
When someone mentions the Triple Crown, your mind immediately goes to horse racing or baseball. For John Davis, it meant winning football, basketball, and baseball championships during the same school year. That is exactly what John accomplished during his senior year at Mount Carmel Catholic High School in 1964.
The trifecta began when John, as quarterback of the Rams, led his team to the Anthracite Catholic Conference Championship for the second consecutive year in 1963 with a 7-1-1 record. For his play at quarterback, #14 was named the league’s MVP as a back. During his career, Ram football teams won 22 games while losing 4 and tying 2 under coaches Frank Ulicny in 61 and 62 and Bob Oravitz in 63. Three of those losses were to a powerful Lebanon Catholic team.
During the winter, Davis turned his attention to the hardwood, where he starred as an outstanding guard for some of the greatest basketball teams in Catholic High history. John averaged close to 16 points a game over his career and led the Rams to Catholic League Championships in 1962-63 and 1963-64. Those Ram teams were also coached by Ulicny in 62 and 63 and Oravitz in 64.
In the spring, Davis found his way to the baseball diamond, where he played for four years again under Ulicny and Oravitz. They won Anthracite League Championships in 1962 and 1964 – allowing Davis his triple crown in 64. John served as a co captain of all three sports during his senior year
Following graduation, Davis was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Buffalo, graduating in 1968 with a BA in History.
John then taught from 1968 to 1978 in the York Catholic School District, where he also served as an assistant football coach from 68-78. John also was a basketball assistant from 1970 thru 74 and then assumed the Athletic Director duties from 1974 thru 1978.
in 1978, John moved to State College, Pa and is employed by Pennsylvania Financial Group. PFG is a financial services company where John is involved with operations and compliance. John and his wife Sandy have three children; John Jr, Andrew, and Stephanie.