HARRISBURG — The honors keep coming for a longtime football coach from Lackawanna County.
Jack Henzes’ Dunmore Bucks were runner-ups this season for the Class-A state title.
Tuesday, the team and its beloved coach were at the State Capitol in Harrisburg.
Dunmore’s Coach Henzes was selected as Pennsylvania’s Class A coach of the year after his team finished one win shy of a state title.
Lawmakers in Harrisburg took their turn applauding the coach for bettering the lives of generations of students athletes.
Far from the gridiron, the Dunmore Football team stood in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Harrisburg.
The 2012 State Class-A runner-ups posed for pictures with their head coach smiling in the front row.
Coach Jack Henzes was there to be honored by the State House of Representatives for his selection as coach of the year in Class A.
“I’ve enjoyed my stay coaching and an honor to teach and coach at Dunmore High School,” said Henzes.
Coach Henzes has led his team to the state championship game three times, winning once in 1989.
State Representative Kevin Haggerty of Dunmore spoke about the coach in the house chambers and lawmakers applauded the team for its season.
“Just to be able to go out there everyday at practice, and be coached by great guy like he is, great feeling,” said Dunmore Senior Jake Korgeski.
For the decades Coach Jack Henzes has been on the field helping players understand how to win games, it’s the successes off the field that matter most to him, his student athletes, with the emphasis being on students.
“It goes far beyond the football field, it’s the educator he was, the guy that gave so much back to the students of our community,” said Rep. Haggerty.
For his part, Coach Henzes said he’s proud to have been a small part of the success the Dunmore football team has had.
But for his players, they’re just as proud of coach.
“It’s incredible, growing up in Dunmore as a young football player, everyone dreams of playing for Coach Henzes, an honor to spend my four years with him,” said Dunmore Senior Matt O’Connor.
Coach Henzes said he’s not ready to hang it up yet.
He’ll be back to coach next season and the Dunmore Bucks hope to make yet another run at the state title.