Dennis L. Kormonick

Category
1998
About This Inductee

Dennis’s athlete career got off to a great start when in 1963, he was selected to the Biddy All-Star team while playing for the West Hazleton Biddy Basketball League. In 1964-1965, Dennis was an All-Star selection in basketball and baseball at West Hazleton Junior High. Dennis continued his All-Star play at West Hazleton High School in basketball and baseball, and was the leading scorer in basketball in his senior year 1968. From 1968 to 1972, Dennis continued his basketball and baseball career at Bloomsburg University, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Social Studies. Dennis received his Master’s Degree in Education with a reading specialist certification from Bloomsburg University in 1975. His athletic career got another boost in 1973 when he became player/manager of the Tomhicken Tigers Softball Team. This year is the 25th anniversary of the team, which makes it the longest running team in the Hazleton area. The team’s record under Dennis’s leadership is 572 wins, 235 losses. Along with playing softball, Dennis started coaching Tamaqua High School baseball in 1975. He also taught Developmental Reading at the 6th grade level at Tamaqua High School. While coaching baseball at Tamaqua, his baseball clinic became the first ever at Tamaqua High School raising enough money to have the area’s first indoor batting cages and pitching machines in the area. Elston Howard of the New York Yankees and Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers were two of his main clinicians. Two years later, Dennis became the girls’ basketball coach. Over his nine years coaching the basketball team, Dennis’s record was 176 wins vs. 38 losses. They were the Schuylkill League champions in 1976, 1977, and 1978. The highlight of his coaching career was the State Championships in 1978 with a record of 33 wins and only 3 losses. His team became the only team to win a State Championship in the school’s history. Another big event this year is the 20th anniversary of the state championship team. Dennis has spent several summers on the staff of Bloomsburg University at the Center of Academic Developmental. He is presently still at Tamaqua Area School District as Chapter I Remedial Reading Specialist. Dennis resides in Sugarloaf with his wife, the former Patricia A. Hunt.