Grove City mourns loss of a coaching legend |

GROVE CITY, Pennsylvania – Legendary Grove City College coach and faculty member Jim Longnecker passed away Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the age of 84 after an extended illness.

A “player’s coach” long before the term became part of the sports vernacular, Longnecker’s knowledge, enthusiasm and positive attitude energized the programs under his guidance. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 24, in Harbison Chapel on campus. A reception will follow in Rathburn Hall.

Longnecker spent 40 seasons as Grove City College’s head men’s swimming and diving coach from 1957 to 1997. He guided the College to 40 consecutive winning seasons, including six undefeated campaigns.

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