West York’s Terry Bupp elected to Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame


Parrish Petry remembers being puzzled at first.

He was a young basketball coach in West York when he saw Terry Bupp, one of his mentors and the highly respected coach of the football team, leaving a team meeting early while his assistants continued to work. He couldn’t imagine what could be more important to Bupp than preparing for his next opponent.

One of the assistants explained that it was Bupp’s birthday and his family wanted to take him out for ice cream.

“It was a perfect illustration of him,” Petry said. “He was really good at balancing his work and life outside of it and putting his family first. ‘offseason. I was thinking, ‘basketball, basketball, basketball’ but he always let his stress out of his family.”

Bupp was one of six coaches elected to the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame over the weekend. The longest-serving football coach in West York history, Bupp compiled a record of 152-97-3 in 24 years with the Bulldogs from 1982-2005. He led West York to the District 3 Championships in 1988 and 1991 and another league game in 1997. .

His teams have won eight YAIAA Division titles and made the District 3 Playoffs seven times – at a time when fewer teams were making it and it was harder to qualify. His 1988 team made the PIAA Class 2A Semifinals, which was the first year the state football championships were held.

He also won nearly 200 games in 18 seasons as a baseball team coach.

Already a member of the York Region Sports Hall of Fame, 74-year-old Bupp said he was pleasantly surprised when he learned he had received the honor from the state coaches association. .

“It’s the big one,” he said. “When I found out, I said, ‘Oh my God.’ It just means that I was there for a very long time. Coaching was something I really enjoyed doing. But it’s really enjoyable.

Bupp joins some of his former YAIAA coaching counterparts like Brad Livingston of Central York, Don Seidentricker of South Western, George Shue of Littlestown and Red Lion, Denny Frew of Delone Catholic and Jack Connor of Hanover as PSFCA Hall of Famers. Interestingly, his first game as head coach at West York was Livingston’s first game in charge of Central York.

Livingston said he was not surprised Bupp was inducted, only that it took him so long to earn the honor.

“Terry is one of the most honest, genuine people I’ve ever met,” Livingston said. “The football record speaks for itself. But he is sincere and would do anything he could to help you. He was not the kind of coach who held secrets close to the vest. He was ready to share what he knew about football. He was never pretentious. Just a nice person.

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Positive, relaxed and stable

Terry Bupp compiled a record of 152-97-3 in 24 years coaching the West York football team.

Bupp and Livingston weren’t the only well-known York County football coaches to attend that 1982 Central York-West York game that launched their careers.

Current York High coach Russ Stoner was there to watch his brother, Paul, play quarterback for West York.

Stoner would become one of the best running backs in West York history and lead the Bulldogs to the District 3 title in 1988.

“At the time, your school pride ran deep and I was bleeding blue and white,” Stoner said of the effect those childhood games had on him. “Watching those games, you couldn’t wait for your chance to run out onto the field and hear the fight song and perform in front of the community. And Coach Bupp was very proud of that.”

Stoner said Bupp had a knack for getting his teams to embrace his persona. For him, that meant playing with tenacity and integrity.

A star quarterback at York High in the mid-1960s who earned a scholarship to the University of Richmond, Bupp could always relate to his players, according to Parrish. The longtime York County basketball coach was the Bulldogs’ quarterback in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Bupp was still an assistant focusing on the job, and Parrish said that he was “100% positive all the time”. Stoner said Bupp “was laid back and steady.”

Livingston recalled a “War of the Roses” All-Star Game between York County and Lancaster County that he coached with Bupp in the 1990s, where Bupp had a knack for finding which offense ― Livingston’s I roster or his own Wing-T system ― which suited players at one time.

“He loved his players,” Stoner said. “What he brought to the table was being a good person and having strong faith. He was always fair. I never wanted to let him down.”

Terry Bupp was known to be

Stoner described his playing days as a “different era” where coaches had an almost professional relationship with their players and did not get involved in their personal lives. Still, he said he could tell Bupp cared about his players. When he was hired as York High’s head coach in 2016, one of the first phone calls he received was from Bupp.

Parrish said the most important things he learned from Bupp were to stay positive and keep wins and losses in perspective. He believes Bupp partially learned those lessons raising his son, Trent, who has cerebral palsy. Bupp has been involved with Special Olympics for years.

Parrish said he thought of his former quarterbacks coach when he recently reached out to one of his former basketball players who had lost his home and told him to stay strong for his family.

“It’s an ingredient of Coach Bupp and it rubs off on everyone he’s coached,” Parrish said. “That’s the trail he left.”

Matt Allibone is a sports reporter for GameTimePA. He can be reached at 717-881-8221, [email protected] or on Twitter at @bad2theallibone.


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