By MICKEY FURFARI
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Ken Juskowich of Morgantown came from the Pittsburgh area in 1964 as West Virginia University’s first ever soccer-style kicker.
While a broken leg prevented him from earning a letter in his two years on the soccer team, Coach Greg Myers talked him into trying out for the WVU football team in 1967. Coach Jim Carlen was delighted to have Juskowich as place-kicker for two seasons.
He didn’t lose any time in proving his mettle. He kicked a school-record four field goals against Villanova in the Sept. 9, 1967 season’s opener which WVU won 40-0.
Then four games later (Oct. 7), the Bethel Park, Pa., native broke that single-game record by booting five field goals in a 15-0 shutout of ancient rival Pitt at Old Mountaineer Field.
The distances, in order, were 32, 35, 25, 30 and 35. The headline at the top of Page One in Sunday’s Morgantown newspaper read: Juskowich 15, Pitt 0.
Juskowich, who lettered in 1967-68, said it was definitely one of the greatest days of his life. “My father, mother and a lot of other relatives were at the game,” he recalled.
Juskowich was considered one of the best college place- kickers of that era. He ranked third in the country as a junior with 12 field goals and 56 points.
Juskowich and wife Judy, a native of Weirton, W.Va., both graduated from WVU in 1969. They have a grown daughter, Joy, a medical doctor now doing her residency at Tennessee in surgery.
Joy is a graduate of Wake Forest, where she played on the golf team. Then she received her doctorate from the WVU School of Medicine.
Ken has been in the insurance business since 1979. His firm is MVB Insurance.
He graduated from Bethel Park High School, where he lettered in soccer. That’s the spot in which his father, Bruno, coached in independent leagues in the Pittsburgh area for 30 years.
“I’ve never had any regrets about having come to West Virginia,” Juskowich said. “I was recruited (for soccer) by West Virginia. That first weekend, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I really liked their program.”
His longest field goal was 49 1⁄2 yards. But the statisticians decided to credit it as 49—not 50.
That came in a game against Kentucky.
“If it wasn’t for soccer coach Myers’ urging, I’d never tried out for football,” Juskowich said. “He eventually left here to become the soccer coach at Navy.”
Juskowich said, “Our whole family, including my 94-year-old mother, remain proud to be Mountaineer fans.”
For his two years of football, he is credited with making 20 field goals and 41 extra points for 101 total points.