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- January 3, 2024
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Mike Woytowich is a 1964 graduate of Kulpmont High School where he earned nine varsity letters. He led the football team in scoring, averaged 14 points per game for the basketball team, batted over .300 in baseball and was voted the best All Around Athlete by the Kulpmont Athletic Club, as well as honorable mention All-State in football. He holds the record for the longest kick-off return, 97 yards vs Cass Township in 1962. The return is longest in history for any of the schools which now compromise the Mount Carmel Area School District.
Mike graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1970 where he received a bachelor of science degree in physical education. At CSMU, he was the fraternity handball champion and an MVP in softball. After graduation, he was drafted and served two years with the United States Army in Germany.
Following his discharge from the army, Mike began his teaching and coaching career at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School. At Lourdes, he served as an assistant coach in girls basketball, wrestling and football. It was during his tenure when Lourdes won the Eastern Conference Championship in 1974.
Woytowich joined the Mount Carmel Area School District staff in 1987 and is currently teaching PE and serves as Assistant Athletic Director. At MCA he was an assistant boys basketball coach for five years prior to taking over the girls varsity basketball position in 1992. As boys coach, he assisted John McKay with the 1991 District XI Championship team and in 1993 took the girls team to the Dist. playoffs for the first time in 8 years. As the girls leader, he was selected Coach of the Week twice by the Reading Eagle and was able to coach three “milestone” players in 100 point scorers Leslie Gilotti and Carolyn Darrup, and 500 assist guard Jill Gonzalo. Mike also served as head boys track coach from 1988 to 1995 where he produced 11 individual and one relay Dist. XI champions. He had a number of state place winners and one state champion in shot putter Mike Fantanarosa, while his teams won two Mount Carmel Invitation Titles in 1990 and 1991.
Mike also played for many years in area adult basketball and softball leagues. He was a member of the Mount Carmel Lits basketball team which won the ABL Championship in 1975. He also played in the Inter-City and High Arc Softball Leagues. As player-manager for Fantanarosa Construction, he led the team to two High Arc League Championships. He has won over 100 games as a pitcher in slow-pitch softball and was voted the MVP in the 1990 All-Star game. He also coached the Marion Heights Foster Wheeler Little League team to its first ever Mount Carmel Junior Baseball League Championship in 1997.
Mike now resides in Marion Heights with his wife, the former Maryanne Pizzoli, and their three children, Michael, Amy and Jeffrey.