Ted Kempski

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Ted Kempski’s name has been synonymous with football excellence in Delaware for more than a half-century. He was a quarterback at Salesianum, where he was first team All-State, and at the
University of Delaware in 1961 and 1962, when the Hens won the Middle Atlantic Conference title. After serving as a football assistant coach at Marshall and George Washington, Ted returned to his
alma mater in 1968, where he was an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for 34 years under DSMHOF Hall of Famer Tubby Raymond. Kempski wrote five books on the Wing-T and became one of the
nation’s leading football clinic speakers. In 2008, Ted received the American Football Coaches Association Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the sport.

During Kempski’s tenure at Delaware, the Hens won three national titles, made 16 NCAA tournament appearances, won 14 Lambert Cups and garnered nine ECAC Team of the Year awards, while capturing
eight conference championships. Kempski’s offenses at Delaware consistently ranked among the nation’s best. After retiring from coaching, he served as special assistant to the University of Delaware
athletic director.

In high school, Kempski led Salesianum to its first unbeaten season in 1957, quarterbacking perhaps the most talented football squad in that school’s fabled football history. He made several prep
All-America teams and was MVP of the Blue-Gold All-Star game. Kempski was a starting basketball point guard and baseball pitcher for the Sals. He also pitched for the Durney Post American Legion team
and for Defiance, St. Anthony and Brooks in the Wilmington Semi-pro League.

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