John M. Gergic Jr.
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John M Gergic Jr. 77, from Hummelstown, PA died Saturday Sept 12th 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents Magdalene (Reich) Gergic and John Gergic Sr. and his wife of 56 years Patricia (Furlan) Gergic. He is survived by his son Jeff and daughter in-law Renee (Zaccagnini) and his younger brother Gilbert Gergic. John was born in Harrisburg on January 2, 1943. He was a 1961 graduate of Steelton- Highspire High School. He was self-employed most of his life and retired from Elizabethtown College where he served as Head Baseball Coach from 1988-96. He was elected into the Elizabethtown College Hall of Fame in 2016. He earned 228 victories as Head Coach and his.704 winning percentage is tops in program history. His teams were nationally ranked every year and the 1994 team won a school record 33 games (33-11). He coached 7 players that signed professional contracts during his tenure. As successful as he was on the field, he will be most remembered by his players for the mentorship, lessons and tough love he provided them off the field. His leadership and guidance to the players he coached throughout the years created a positive impact that has spread far and wide. He coached hundreds of youth, high school and college baseball players and to them and their parents, he will always be simply remembered as "Coach." He was a passionate Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish Fan. He also loved all of his Great Danes. No memorial services are planned at this time. In leu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to Elizabethtown College baseball at:

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Published in Patriot-News from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2020.
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September 20, 2020
So sorry for your loss >
Thomas J Otzel
September 17, 2020
To the Gergic family, I’m very sorry for your loss. I worked at TE Connectivity for Pat in the Return Matl Dept and interacted from time to time with Renee as well.
Kathy Heller
September 17, 2020
RIP COACH. My father is up there in the heavens above waiting to sit down with you and catch up on baseball.
Randy McKillop
September 16, 2020
Thank you Coach for making such a huge impact in our lives and really shaping the people we have become later in life. We all respected your wisdom on the baseball field every day and, during the time, didn't realize your lessons on the field were really life lessons preparing us for the real world. We love you always for the guidance you provided, the friendships you created, your passion on the field and your innate ability to allow us to discover our own personal potential even if it was not visible to us at the time. To Jeff and Renee, you're in our hearts and we are here for you always.
Jon Hendl
September 15, 2020
Thank you, Coach, for playing such an important role in our lives at ETown and through the years. You will be greatly missed. All our love to Renee and Jeff.
Stacy Hendl
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