The Section IV Athletic Hall of Fame has recently announced itís latest induction class. Among the names on the list were two Chenango County coaching standouts, Don Kovalchik (Norwich) and Steven Burghardt (Whitney Point and Greene). Both were officially inducted this past Saturday, Feb 27, at the Floyd L. Maines Arena in Binghamton.
ēDon Kovalchik was born in New York City, and raised, educated in first employed in New Jersey before joining Section IV and Norwich.
At the time of his retirement Kovalchik was Norwich High Schools all time winningest coach.
After he was hired as an English teacher in 1969, he became an assistant coach for two seasons, before taking over the Tornadoís reins for the next 30-years from 1971-to 2001.
During the course of those 30 campaigns, Kovalchik led Norwich to the pinnacle of the wrestling worlds successes. His teams compiled an impressive 271-124-5 (.686) dual meet record.