- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 15, 2023
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In 1958 when he was over age to play football, he took over the job of being trainer for Kulpmont High School and was the trainer until the jointure with Mount Carmel. He was the founder of the Kulpmont Athletic Club which sponsored Junior Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Track and started to coach Junior Football, Baseball, Basketball and Track. His reasons for getting interested were that the little boys of the community didn’t have anything to do, so he started coaching them.
He started by coaching the Kulpmont Dragons back in the late 30’s and this was his first football team, after this he started having meetings with boys from St. Mary’s 6-7-8, Wilson 6-7-8 to start a baseball league. He canvassed the community along with other members of the Kulpmont Anthracite Club to get baseball suits for each team. The people of Kulpmont were very generous and co-operative in helping.
He also coached basketball in the same category and also coached softball and some baseball teams and basketball in Kulpmont. He coached Jr. Varsity basketball for Kulpmont High School.
His teams went to the Junior Olympics in Philadelphia for a few years and one year in the Olympics they came home with 14 gold medals and 13 silver medals.
Ralph spent 32 years coaching baseball, basketball, and football. To help some boys make good when he went to high school Ralph made sure he knew the fundamentals of the sport he participated in.