Winning secondary for wrestling coach
During the 31 years George Lamprinakos coached wrestling at Mt. Lebanon High School, he amassed a record that made him a local legend. But the titles were not his most important accomplishment, his son said.
“My dad was a teacher first. He really loved and cared about the kids,” said John Lamprinakos of West Chester. “The thing he was best at was teaching sportsmanship. He wasn't the strongest technical coach, but he knew how to teach you how to be a man.”
George L. Lamprinakos of Mt. Lebanon died Saturday, March 23, 2013. He was 87.
Born in the North Side, Mr. Lamprinakos served as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps in the Philippines during World War II. After his discharge, he attended the University of Pittsburgh and became a physical education teacher at Mt. Lebanon High School, where he worked for 38 years.
In 1956, Mr. Lamprinakos revived the school's wrestling program, which had been disbanded before the war. He compiled a 332-129-6 record as coach, including three undefeated seasons. His teams won 22 section titles, six conference championships and seven WPIAL titles. He coached 13 state wrestling champions.
In 1973, he was voted Coach of the Year by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Bill Lewis, who has coached Mt. Lebanon wresting for the past 18 years, said Mr. Lamprinakos contributed more than a winning record.
“He wasn't only interested in creating state championships; he was interested in creating great people,” Lewis said. “He set the standard that we are constantly trying to achieve.”
Lewis said the wrestling program's most prestigious award is named for Mr. Lamprinakos and longtime assistant Dick Jones.
Mr. Lamprinakos coached a number of athletes who wrestled at the collegiate level and beyond, including Kurt Angle, a two-time NCAA champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medal winner.
In addition to his son, Mr. Lamprinakos is survived by two daughters, RoseAnn Orr of Greensburg and Christine Liotta of Franklin; a brother, Nicholas Lamprinakos of Mt. Lebanon; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, the former Beatrice Kokinakis, and a brother, John L. Lamprinakos.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, with a Trisagion service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gilkeson Road, Mt. Lebanon. Interment with military honors will be in National Cemetery of the Alle-ghenies in Cecil.
Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Male suspect in custody from New Kensington shooting
- Plum teacher held for trial on charges of witness intimidation
- Judge orders Highmark, UPMC lawyers to hash out consent decree
- Rossi: Steelers’ tarnished Bell rings true
- Santorum officially joining GOP contenders for the White House
- UPMC offering buyouts to 3,500 employees in cost-cutting move
- Tomlin gives suggestion Steelers won’t be shy about going for 2
- Tenant charged in fire that destroyed Latrobe apartment house
- North Shore access to be limited Saturday for Chesney concert, officials say
- Parkway West to see closures the rest of the week, weekend
- Vandals ruin Ligonier Township farmers’ garden