Robert P. Barczak
|Sport:||Distinguished Alumni Award - Coaching|
Distinguished Alumni Award
EdB 1961, EdM 1964
- A new era in education began in Amherst in 1956 when Sweet Home High School opened its doors for the first time. 8 years later, another era began when the district named Bob Barczak the school's athletic director.
- Over the next 25 years, the Panthers' athletic program became the envy of all high schools in Western New York, compiling a winning percentage of 72%, capturing 5 New York State championships and 10 regional titles.
- The program was so dominant, it earned the Erie County Interscholastic Conference's Clarkson Trophy, (emblematic of overall athletic supremacy) 16 times.
- Bob built a reputation of devotion, support, and encouragement to his students and coaches. The Panther football team now plays in Robert P. Barczak Stadium.
- The 1983-1984 school year was especially impressive as the baseball and boys basketball teams both won state crowns and the volleyball team was in the midst of its national-record 292 match winning streak. The Buffalo News selected Sweet Home's year as the single greatest ever by a WNY high school.
- Bob, who began his career as a Physical Education teacher at the Amherst school in 1961 and subsequently coached wrestling and football, was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and has been a long-time supporter of UB and the football team.