KEENE, N.H. 9/29/11 – Longtime Keene State College chemistry professor and former Owl assistant track coach Dr. Jerry Jasinski will be inducted into the Newport (N.H.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. It’s the second year the school has held an induction ceremony.
“It’s a very humbling and a wonderful honor, ‘said Jasinski, a Newport native. “I’m looking forward to the ceremony. It should be a fun time.”
A member of the Class of 1958, Dr. Jerry “Jinx” Jasinski was a standout three-sport athlete at Newport, then called Towle High School, playing on the Tigers’ football, basketball and track and field teams. He was a member of the school’s 1955, 1957 and 1958 state championship track and field teams and also played on the 1958 New Hampshire Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Team.
One of the first decathletes in the state, Jasinski became the first high school six-foot high jumper in New Hampshire, holding the state record for 10 years. “In those days, we used to land in saw dust pits,” he said.
After leaving Newport High, Jasinski went on to the University of New Hampshire where he played basketball and did track. Following graduation, he began his coaching and teaching career, serving as track coach and assistant football coach at Stevens High in Claremont and later at Springfield (Vt.) high where he also was the junior varsity basketball coach.
Coming to Keene State in 1978, Jasinski worked as a volunteer track assistant for then coach George Bower . At KSC, he coached decathlete Paul Trocki, the College’s first national champion. Bower and Jasinski also organized and ran the ECAC women’s track and field championship at Keene High.
Later, Jasinski spent 18 year working as an assistant for current KSC cross country and track coach Peter Thomas. “It’s a well-earned recognition for Dr. J,” said Thomas about Jasinski’s hall of fame induction. He’s a terrific guy, a terrific coach and did a great job working with Keene State athletes.”
If playing and coaching wasn’t enough, Jasinski spent 35 years as a basketball official – 10 of those years as a college official with the ECAC. Jasinski still hasn’t put whistle, he’s in his 41st season officiating football and has spent just about the same time working as an official at track and field meets. Jasinski also organized the Vermont State Decathlon, a job he did for 35 seasons, before giving it up last year.
“I guess I’ve done some interesting things,” he said.
Jasinski joins a list of 20 athletes/ supporters and three teams being inducted into the Newport High Hall of Fame on Saturday.