George Vetter

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Legendary High School Football Coach

Legendary North Tonawanda football coach George Vetter amassed an outstanding 194-42-13 record from 1937 to 1970. In his thirty years at the helm (he served four years in the armed forces in WWII), he guided the Lumberjacks to 28 winning seasons en route to eleven Niagara Frontier League championships and seven undefeated seasons. During this time Vetter also served NT as Athletics Director, varsity baseball coach and varsity basketball coach.

From the late 1940’s to 1950’s, NT’s “Vettermen” were noted for their powerhouse style of football. His championships were built upon perfecting a running and passing attack out of the “single wing” offense which was common during that era. Highlights from that period included the 1945 game against Kenmore HS which was played at Buffalo’s Civic Stadium and attended by 25,014 fans which set the New York State HS attendance record.

George’s undefeated 1950 team scored 283 points while holding their opponents to 12. He continued his coaching success through the 1960’s, posting two undefeated seasons, the last being the 1962 undefeated-untied squad.

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