Tom (Vernon) Vershinski

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Tom Vershinski was such an outstanding athlete in so many sports that it would be difficult to choose which sport was his best. Tom was an extremely big man for that day. And the combination of his height and strength, together with his outstanding speed, made him a great three-spot athlete in Mount Carmel. He captained the football, basketball and track teams in 1932 when e graduated. He threw discus, high jumped, and held the school record in the long jump for many years., After high school, he attended West Chester State on a football scholarship, and in 1932, ran 85 yards for the winning touchdown as West Chester State defeated Indiana State for State Teacher’s college championship, 6-0. He transferred to Bloomsburg State in 1933, where he played football, basketball, track and baseball. In 1933, he won the State Teacher’s discus title. He began teaching at Mount Carmel High School in 1947. He was an assistant under Mike Terry, and was also head basketball coach. Probably his outstanding player during that period was his son, Tom. Jr., one of the finest athletes ever to compete at Mount Carmel High School.

He also coached baseball and his 1948 team was good enough to win the South Anthracite League championship. He is remembered by many students and former athletes, this great sportsman, teacher, and athlete. He died on September 14, 1985.

Categories: 1988 Hall of Fame