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Coaching Career

Overview

 

Ray Nunamaker was hired as a Health & Physical Education teacher and head wrestling coach of the Nazareth Blue Eagles in 1963 by Andrew S. Leh, then Athletic Director.

He learned of the job from his college wrestling coach, the legendary Charles Speidel of Penn State.

Ray retired after the 1996-97 season following 34 straight seasons without a losing record in 34 years of coaching. He retired as the 2nd winningest coach in Pennsylvania history with a 468-95-7 (82% winning percentage) record. You can read about his non-coaching life here.

Hall of Fame Honors:

  • 2015 - Nazareth High School Wall of Fame - Honorary Alumni
  • 2004 - "Significant Sig" from the Sigma Chi National Fraternity
  • 2001 - North Hills High School Hall of Fame
  • 2000 - National Wrestling Hall of Fame: Pennsylvania Chapter
  • 1992 - District XI Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 1990 - Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award (Wrestling)

Coach of the Year Honors:

  • District XI Media Coach of the Half Century
  • 1997 NWCA's PA State Coach of the Year
  • 1997 District XI Coach of the Year
  • 1997 Express-Times Coach of the Year
  • 1995 NWCA's 1st PA State Coach of the Year & Region 2 Coach of the Year (1 of 8 regions nationally)
  • 1995 PA AAA Coach of the Year
  • 1995 District XI Coach of the Year
  • 1992 PA AAA Coach of the Year
  • 1992 District XI Coach of the Year
  • 1990 PA AAA Coach of the Year
  • 1990 District XI Coach of the Year
  • 1990 Express-Times Coach of the Year
  • 1989 District XI Coach of the Year
  • 1988 PA AAA Coach of the Year
  • 1988 Express-Times Coach of the Year
  • 1987 District XI Coach of the Year
  • 1987 Express-Times Coach of the Year
  • 1968 District XI Coach of the Year

Read more about his teams from:

Ted Meixell, The Morning Call on Coach Nunamaker's Retirement

Ted Meixell, The Morning Call, March 1993 on Ray's Career

Gary Blockus, The Morning Call, 2008 on the Strength and Tradition of Lehigh Valley Wrestling

Brad Wilson, The Express-Times, 2011, on Nazareth Wrestling's 'Old Timers' fans

Ryan Holmes, The Express-Times, 2013 on Nazareth Coach Crowell's 150th Win at Nazareth and comments about Coach Nunamaker