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Ray Remembered in the Morning Call

on Thu, 12/24/2015 - 15:11

In the Morning Call on 12/23/15, Keith Groller had an article remembering the regional sports figures we lost in 2015. He had this to say about dad and Coach Iasiello:

The wrestling world lost two icons just a few months apart as longtime Bethlehem Catholic coach Tony Iasiello and legendary Nazareth coach Ray Nunamaker died.

The impact these two gentlemen had on their schools, their sport, the entire Lehigh Valley sports scene, can't be summed up by mere words.

They were not just successful in terms of producing wins and champions; they shaped lives in a profound way.

Even though I cover

Happy 75th Birthday!

on Wed, 12/09/2015 - 14:21

Today would have been Ray Nunamaker's 75th birthday. We lost him just over four months ago. On Sunday my mother and I went to a rememberance service for those who lost their lives between July and October under care of St. Luke's Hospice.

It was a very nice ceremony, and sobering. There were some readings and music in between presenting the names of those who passed. I counted 49 names for the letters A and B alone. There were three others in addition to dad that we knew who were recognized and remembered.

A birthday is about celebrating life, and we'll do that for dad today.


2nd Annual Nazareth Wrestling Alumni Night

on Wed, 12/09/2015 - 13:54

Message from Nazareth Wrestling on the second annual Alumni Night.

NAZARETH WRESTLING ALUMNI NIGHT – Last year it started off with a reception in the cafeteria.   Former Nazareth Wrestlers started to reminisce of the glory days. Stories started to come out. You know the stories, “remember when we beat so and so” or “the time coach was so mad he made us run the halls forever”. Listening to the guys tell those stories in the hallway before the introductions was priceless.

Just before the High School Wrestling Team took to the mat the doors from the wrestling room leading into the Ray

Winningest Wrestling Programs in the Lehigh Valley 1983-84 to 1992-93

on Thu, 12/03/2015 - 16:04

Tim Shoemaker of the Express Times had an article on the winningest wrestling programs from 1983-84 through 1992-93 in the region. He calculated the record and winning percentage. Here are the top ten:

  1. Nazareth 168-18-3 (89.7% wins)
  2. Northampton 170-23 (88.1%)
  3. Phillipsburg 180-28-1 (86.4%)
  4. Delaware Valley 180-29-3 (85.6%)
  5. Hunterdon Central 165-31-2 (83.8%)
  6. Stroudsburg 123-33-2 (78.5%)
  7. Easton 142-44 (76.3%)
  8. Voorhees 149-43-4 (77%)
  9. North Hunterdon 142-44 (76.3%)
  10. Liberty 135-54 (71.4%)

There were 40 schools included overall, 24 had winning records and 16 had 100 (or 10 per season on average) wins.

Promoting High School Wrestling by Ray Nunamaker

on Wed, 12/02/2015 - 17:05

The other day I came across a forum that had reprinted an article dad wrote in USA Wrestling regarding how to promote your HS wrestling program.

It is a rather long post with many ideas. Amazingly, these were all things I remember happening every year at Nazareth.

I had mentioned on Facebook that his PT Barnum side was under-rated, and it definitely was. We didn't have sell-out crowds and 800 season ticket holders by accident.

You can read the post here.

The Penn Stater Recognizes Ray

on Sat, 11/07/2015 - 17:07

The November/December 2015 edition of the Penn Stater recognized Ray Nunamaker in the PSU Sports section's Since Last Time.

Hard to read from the picture, but it says:


Although he never started as a wrestler at Penn State, Raymond Nunamaker '63, '66 MEd H&HD went on to build a dynasty at Nazareth High School.

It Doesn't Seem Possible

on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 13:53

[From the 1976 Comet, asked, "What do you enjoy most about teaching at Nazareth Senior High?"]

It is hard to believe that today marks three months since dad's passing on July 28th.

He is buried at the Moravian Cemetary in Nazareth. It is located off West Center Street near Holy Family Church.

The Moravians have a nice approach in the sense that all the markers are flat and the same size, believing that all people are equal in God's eye.

His stone is at the far end of the cemetary. Today was a bit windy with rain when I visited, but even with that it is a nice, peaceful place.

The past

Ray Nunamaker - Artist

on Fri, 09/04/2015 - 01:13

I don't think dad did a lot of art when he was older, but back in the day he was a pretty good artist.

He painted this Steeler in 1968. It hung in our bedroom growing up in Lower Nazareth and I recently hung it in my study.

Pleasant Surprise

on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 14:55

This morning, my mom, brother and I went to the Holy Family church for the service "to be offered for the repose of the soul of Ray Nunamaker."

As we entered we saw Bonnie Vlasic, who lived in the neighborhood we grew up in before moving to Nazareth. Her husband Chuck was also there. We went inside together and talked long afterward. 

Growing up in Evanwood, across from Southmore Golf Course in Moore Township, was special. It wasn't a large development, maybe 20 homes or so, but for a child it offered everything.