I just found out about Coach Poplawski and the first thing I thought about was how much of an impact Coach had on my life. There was a time I was not doing good at school and Coach Poplawski was seriously the only one there for me. Maybe it was a blessing I had to take P.E. twice. He always told me to be myself and always do my best that way if have no regrets. He honestly made a huge impact on my life and because of Coach i graduated! He was the best of the best and glad he was a Don! Thank you Coach they say there was one teacher that made an impact in everyone's life and it was Coach Poplawski for me. Thank you Coach!
Coach Pop was my frosh football coach and p.e. coach at Coronado(87). Was lucky enough to have many personal conversations with him at his home. He taught me many things I didn't realize at the time. No matter the situation he never talked down to me. He always treated me with respect, even if I didn't deserve it(I was 16)! I was lucky enough to go to Newport and Pinetop with his family. I drove by his home a few times in the past 20 years. I wish I had stopped by. I wish his family well.
Jim and I played together on the South division basketball team, and I may still have a few lumps on my head from his elbows. The "paint" was his and he let you know it.
Jim, I met your family and friends at the celebration of life and you can be proud of your legacy.
Rest in peace.
Ron Blachowski- Class of'56
Coach "Pops" Poplaswki led our football team at Coronado to an undefeated season. Pops was a great coach and taught me and other young boys life lessons. I would not be successful today without those lessons and am truly thankful for his coaching and most importantly, the leadership I try and emulate everyday. He will be missed.
I remember those three little words that Coach would always say to me. "Take a Lap".
Scott T. Schlief
I went to South Division High School with Jim and his sister Joan,(who is currently my neighbor). My deepest sympathy to the family.
Faithful loyal and true to his wife and family Jim showed such strength and courage and was a great roll model for his students. One of our greatest joys in life was having the privilege of being the God Parents of Big Jim's grand children and seeing the pride he had in them and his family.
My buddy and dear friend, you will always be a part of Judy's and my memory.
From near and far, from high school days to today, I'll remember your devotion, fairness, care, love and interest in all of those you touched.
You will be greatly missed.
Bob and Judy Jasna
He was one of the good guys. He'll be missed.
I remember coach Poplawski as always being full of energy and enthusiasm. As I look back I see him as a positive factor in my life. He was encouraging yet challenging as well. I remember him with fond memories.
When I think back to my fondest memories as a child growing up almost all of them had my Uncle Jim in them. He loved us kids so much. He was like a second dad to me, when I spent holidays and summers with the Poplawski's. Taking us to the cabin in Pine Top, taking me hunting (didn't find one elk which i was secretly glad, but he included me with the men and that made me feel really special), teaching me how to water ski and taking us often, in Newport watching us play in the sand and surf (i always loved looking up and seeing him like a guardian angel on the balcony watching over us), and many Christmas mornings and Thanksgivings, and of course teaching me about football. He was a man that left a great impact in the peoples lives who knew him, he was a cornerstone in our family, and will be missed so much. I love you Uncle Jim, your nephew, Brit
Jim & I were classmates and team mates at South Division high school in Milwaukee . Both Jim & I made the all city football team our senior year. He was always a top notch guy!
My prayers for his safe trip to heaven and my sympathy to his family
I remember in PE class when he would be quarterback for both teams and wouldn't through a pass under 30 yards.
There were lots of Coach Pop stories. He was one of a kind!
I was lucky enough to watch Mr. P's beloved Packers with him the last 2 Saturdays before his passing. His passion and enthusiasm for the Pack and (sports in general) was a testament to the indelible spirit and legacy he leaves behind. He will be missed by all those who were fortunate enough to spend time with him.
I REMEMBER HOW HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW DON LOOKED UP TO HIM WHEN WE WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL.
Coach Pop taught me how to drive. I went out driving with him a few Saturdays and he was a fun and calm man, considering I was was a 17 year old girl, hopped up on the excitement of getting my license! He was also my PE teacher at Coronado. He will be missed.
I had a lot of fun with Pops and others at lake Powell fishing, champing and maybe a few beers. old friend
I remember Coach from being my PE teacher in elementary school and Coronado High School. He always liked to give me a hard time and it always put a smile on my face.
Will Miss you Coach Pop.All those stadiums you used to make me run in P.E.I`m sure you and Coach Anderson are laughing it up right now..God Bless your family and see you on the other side someday.
Coach Poplawski was my P.E. teacher at Tonalea Elementary School in the middle 60's. Then in the late '60s, he moved to become my P.E. teacher again at Coronado. I remember learning to play flag football from him at Tonalea. What fun times. He was a wonderful coach who had a positive impact on thousands of students lucky enough to have taken a class from him.
I remember when my Sister, Michal brought this handsome tall dashing man home to meet her family. Jim became a member of our family that day. Jim and my Sister, Michal were married for 50 years.We will all miss Jim very much.
It was my privelege, along with "Pop" to serve on one of the best coaching staffs in Coronado history. God's Blessings.
Coach was my Freshman P.E. coach at Coronado, helped run the mile without stopping, great man, brought back great memories. Rest in Peace Coach.
Scott T. Schlief, CORONADO HIGH 1973
So sorry to hear this praying for you all for comfort through this time an amazing man who will live in our hearts forever
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.You were such a wonderful coach, I'm so glad that I had you as my coach! God Bles You
I first met Coach at Tonalea Elementary in the late 60's. We both moved to Coronado where I had him as a coach for 4 more years. He was a good man. My condolences to the family.
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Bill Sands, Tonalea Class of '67, Coronado Class of '71. Coach Pop was my coach at Tonalea and at Coronado. He didn't know it but he was a Father figure to me. He was our Coach at Tonalea my 6th & 7th grade years but then he went to Coronado to Coach. I was fortunate to have him again as my Coach for PE my freshman year. He asked me to be on the Freshman basketball team. He believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself. Thanks Coach. Hopefully someday I will play for you again.