Ed Binkosji

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Playing days were rich in success. Ed became an outstanding outside runner for Coal Township after a strategic switch from quarterback by Coach Walt (Babe) Marshall, leading area schools during the 1949 season by scoring 16 touchdowns.

He later quarterbacked and punted for the University of Pennsylvania, under Coach George Munger. The school, at that time, was nationally ranked and played suck teams as: Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, etc. During Binkoski’s junior year, the school was listed in the Top 10 in the country for most of the season. It was in the 1952 game against Notre Dame (top ranked in the country at the time) that Ed had an exceptional day of quarterbacking and “coffin corner” kicking which enabled the Quakers to tie the Irish 7-7.

First year as head football coach at Coal Township, Binkoski’s Purple Demons lost only one regular season game and went on to win the Southern Division Championship. The team also won the Keystone League Title, which included teams as Shamokin, Mount Carmel, Sunbury, Hazleton, Pottsville, Berwick, etc.

He took over the reigns at Shamokin Area High School after the jointure of Coal Township and Shamokin High Schools. The first year, in 1965, the Indians posted a 10-1 record, their only loss was to Shikellamy 20-12. In 1966 the Shamokin record was 8 and 3.

Ed’s 10 year stint as head coach of Coal Township and Shamokin Area Schools resulted in 74 wins, 31 losses and one tie for a percentage of .703 percentage.

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