Football

Mr. Spalik was also unable to join us today, but he is proudly represented by his two grandsons…current Johnson City student-athlete, Jake Spalik and current Johnson City teacher and coach, Bill Spalik.  Jack Spalik’s contributions to Johnson City are nothing short of inspiring…he is a true ‘Wildcat’ in every sense of the word.  In the words of former Union-Endicott head coach Fran Angeline, Jack was the cornerstone of a true Johnson City Football dynasty from 1947-1950.  He was described as being, ‘as tough as they come’, as Jack played both halfback and cornerback on back-to-back undefeated teams in the late 40’s.  He received All-STAC and All-State honors for football, and he was the captain and the MVP of the 1949 team.  Jack also starred on the baseball diamond as he was team captain and received all-conference honors in 1949.  Jack went on to receive a full athletic scholarship to Colgate, and he received interest from both the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Colts of the NFL after his graduation.  Upon returning to Johnson City, Jack officiated area football games for over 30 years and served on the Johnson City village recreation commission for 20 years.  He volunteered his time to coach in JC little league, pony league, and JC pee-wee football.  Jack was also instrumental in establishing the village girls’ softball program and the JC ‘Mat Rat’ wrestling program.  He was inducted into the section IV athletic hall of fame in 1981, and for all that he accomplished and all that he has done for this community, the Johnson City Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to welcome Mr. Jack Spalik.

 

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