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- January 3, 2024
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Ray Barkouskie graduated from Kulpmont High School in 1949. He had the privilege of playing for three head coaches during his time there: Mike Terry, George Wrona, and Bob Magalski. He began as a freshman reserve on the 1945 Wildcat Eastern Conference Championship Team and concluded as the captain of the 1948 squad and earned honorable mention all state honors. During his career, Ray played tackle and fullback and earned four varsity letters. His football abilities and leadership earned him a full football scholarship to North Carolina State University.
Upon entering North Carolina State, he was a blocking back in the single wing offense for the freshman team, which went undefeated that year. Over the next three years, Ray started every game both offensively and defensively and was elected captain of the Wolfpack in 1952. During his sophomore year he was awarded the Best Blocker trophy given to the teams outstanding lineman. Ray also served as the Wolfpack’s extra point specialist.
During his four-year tenure at NC State he was a friend and teammate of Alex Webster (former N.Y. Giants player and head coach). Webster attributed much of his success as a tailback to Ray’s abilities as a blocking back. Ray went on to graduate from North Carolina State in 1954 with a degree in Industrial Arts Education.
After two years of Armed Forces, Ray coached football at Georgetown, Delaware for seventeen years. During his tenure as head coach he had one undefeated team and four conference titles. Both of Ray’s older brothers, Al and Bernie are former Kulpmont High School football standouts who went on to have standout collegiate careers; Al at Villanova and Bernie at the University of Pittsburgh. Today, Ray joins both brothers as members of the Ed Romance Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.