Coach George Gundling scholarship established

TORONTO – The family of George Gundling has established a scholarship to be awarded annually to a Toronto High School senior who best reflects the values Gundling taught and lived, including excellence in character, academics and athletics.

Gundling died on Dec. 25, 2012.

Gundling was a successful coach at both Wintersville and Toronto high schools, where his coaching career spanned more than 20 years, with his final stint as the head coach at Toronto High School. There his last two teams in 1980 and 1981 finished 8-1-1 and 9-1, respectively, narrowly missing the state playoffs each time.

The teams he coached lost no more than two games in only two seasons in more than 20 years. Gundling was the recipient of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Carl Hamill Award for leadership in 1989. He also was an avid mathematician, a teacher and taught advanced math and calculus courses, while also serving as the head of the math department at Toronto. Combining his two passions, Gundling also formulated the official OVAC football scoring system to rank teams based on performance and strength of schedule. In addition to his teaching and coaching profession, Gundling was an active part of the Wellsburg community and member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Wellsburg.

The first scholarship this year was awarded to Jacob Haynes, who graduated with the Class of 2013 with honors. He lettered in football and wrestling and excelled in academics. He plans to attend Wheeling Jesuit College in the fall.