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- December 18, 2023
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Gary Howanec was a three-year starter and one of the primary factors in the “Golden age” era of Mount Carmel football during the late 60’s. During a period as a three-year starter as offensive tackle from 1967 through 1970, Mount Carmel High School’s football team won 44 games. Additionally, he was a big scorer as a discus thrower and shot putter on a Mount Carmel High School track Team that was undefeated for five consecutive years.
After graduating, Gary started for three years as an offensive tackle at Brown University. He was voted outstanding player of the game in the Ivy League Championship, in a game against Harvard in 1974. After graduation he returned to Mount Carmel where he started in the insurance business and coached the Mount VCarmel High School freshman football team to a 19-1 record over a three-year span. It was during this period that Ed Romance’s dream of starting a chapter of the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame germinated, and Gary was one of the original founding members.
He and his wife, Jean, now live in Atlanta, Georgia where he is a highly successful insurance executive with the Prudential Insurance Company.