Jerry Kobasa

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At both the high school and college levels, Jerry Kobasa was a successful leader on the field, in the coaching box, and in administration for a half-century in Delaware sports. In his youth, he
was a football and baseball star at Wesley Junior College in Dover, and later became the starting quarterback at Delaware State College. In 16 years as a high school basketball coach, at Smyrna High
School and Sussex Tech High School, he was named Delaware High School Coach of the Year in both 1979 and 2004, led four teams to Henlopen Conference championships, and twice took Sussex Tech to the
state Final Four. He was named Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year three times and Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (DIBCA) Coach of the Year twice. He then moved to Wesley
College and led the Wolverines to the NCAA Division III tournament four times in 10 seasons. He concluded his tenure with an impressive 163-109 record, good for a .600 winning percentage. He won NCAA
Division III national Coach of the Month and Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year honors during his successful tenure. Jerry was Sussex Tech’s first athletic director, serving in that role for 15 years. He
also served 15 years on the board of directors of the associations governing Delaware high school sports, including eight years as chairman of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association
(DIAA). He became athletic director of the Seaford School District in 2015. Among his numerous honors are induction into the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame (2001), the Blue-Gold All-Star
Basketball Hall of Fame (2013), the Delaware Afro-American Athletic Hall of Fame (2015), the Delaware Legends Basketball Hall of Fame (2016), and the Delaware State University Athletic Hall of Fame
(2017).  He also received the DIAA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.




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