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Ryan Nunamaker Steps Down as Head Coach at Parkland

on Fri, 03/31/2017 - 17:00

My brother Ryan announced to his team after states that he was stepping down as the head wrestling coach at Parkland HS.

The local media learned about it this week (WFMZ TVMorning Call, Express-Times, and commentary from the Express-Times on the state of wrestling in the EPC given his resignation).

I thought the Morning Call photo of him was great - showed in expression how much it meant to him to see his kids succeed.

Ryan pursued a path, that frankly, I was afraid to take. He followed in our father's footsteps, becoming a teacher and head wrestling coach.

The Circle of Success

on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 19:21

Anyone who wrestled for my dad in his last ten seasons or thereafter, would remember his Circle of Success. Amazingly, when my brother went to NC State he entered his room and found an acrylic rendition of it. His roommate's father had seen it (likely from this article in USA Today), had it made and gave it to his son (if I remember correctly, they were from Florida, a bit of a distance from PA, particularly in the days before social media).

I found this video of my dad talking to his team about it.

An Opportunity I Couldn't Say No To

on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 01:14

Not too long ago The Lehigh Valley Wrestling History site was launched by Rich King, son of former Dieruff wrestling coach Dick King.

Rich found this site in doing his research and I shared some old programs my father had from the 1960s.

We saw each other again more recently at the Nazareth HS Wrestling Alumni Night. Afterward he asked if I'd be interested in writing an article on my dad. 

I couldn't say no to that request.

The article, "Ray Nunamaker - A Teacher at Heart" went live this week.

Enjoy!

What a bummer - broken links

on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 00:41

So, I had to switch hosts for the site. A friend helped me move all the content, which was great because the old host was closing and I really didn't want to redo all this work.

However, I just realized that the internal links all have to be manually changed.

This will take me a while.

In the meantime use search, it seems to be working pretty well. Type a year in to find a team or a wrestlers name to find content referencing him.

Happy (Belated) Easter

on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 17:59

Happy belated Easter!

Today is eight months since dad passed away, and on Good Friday it was three since we lost Joe Drust.

It was a good weekend and one I know both dad and Joe would have enjoyed with us.

Alexa and I were following the Flo Nationals action and very proud of having two champions from Nazareth in Sammy Sasso and Travis Stefanik. Ironwood Ridge, where dad volunteered, also had two placewinners.

More than a Wrestling Coach

on Sat, 03/19/2016 - 14:35

For good reason, many people remember Ray Nunamaker as the head wrestling coach, probably followed by being the Health & Physical Education teacher. Throughout his nearly four decades at Nazareth, though, he also coached Track and Field and he was the first Cross Country coach.

Not only was he the first coach, but his Girls Team won the District Title in their first season of competition.

Probably Should Have Posted Earlier

on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 21:24

I have had several posts about Ironwood Ridge and their recognition of dad, but I'd be remiss if I didn't note how much support we have gotten from Nazareth as well. It seems obvious, but in looking at my blog posts I felt a little guilty to not outright mention it.

The team website honors him both with his initials in the header and a photo gallery (you can visit it here).

As Jim Karch pointed out to me at last year's wrestling alumni night, "they don't just go around naming gyms after people" after I noted he didn't really see himself as being different than other people and while I had

7 Months Later...

on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 00:20

Today marks seven months since dad passed away. My wife, Jill and I went up to the cemetary today. It is a really beautiful place looking out to the east, downhill.

He would have enjoyed this weekend. Our daughter Alexa finished her HS chess career bringing home gold at the individual tournament. Her team won three division titles in four years with her playing top board.

On Friday, Alexa and I went to the District XI wrestling tournament. Parkland always sits across from Nazareth within the area of Northampton, and we sat with the team.

More News from Arizona

on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 01:39

I had a chance to see some more posts and comments from the Ironwood Ridge team (the team dad helped coached in AZ) and wanted to share them here.

If you look closely in addition to the starting line-up and coaches at the very bottom it says "Season Dedicated to Coach Ray Nunamaker".

Patrick Klass', 126 pounds, mother Dori posted, "Coach Ray WAS absolutely their inspiration!!!"

She included this photo of her son with dad's jacket, writing, "Patrick Klass with Coach Ray's jacket!"

 

I also found this great article on Coach Tim Berrier from the Arizona Daily Star's Tucson.com (read it

Can't Speak More Highly About Ironwood Ridge Wrestling

on Sat, 02/13/2016 - 20:42

I've made a few posts about the team dad worked with when he went to Arizona to get out of the Pennsylvania cold during the winter. He first went to Sunnyside, which was a top program, typically ranked top 20 in the country, but it was about an hour or so from his home in Oro Valley, so he contacted Ironwood Ridge. I'm not sure how long he volunteer coached at Ironwood Ridge, but it had to have been ten to fifteen years. The team won three state titles, then placed top five as they were bumped up to the top division the last two years.

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