By MICKEY FURFARI
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Art W. George of nearby Kingwood, W. Va., was a rare four-sport athlete at Morgantown High School from 1959-61.
What’s more, he not only was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, baseball and track, but earned All-State recognition in three of those sports. In addition, George was selected to the Sporting News High School All-America football team as a running back.
He then went on to West Virginia University and was a member of the varsity football squad in 1962, 1963 and 1964. George had played on the 1961 freshman teams as the NCAA required during that period.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound tailback admittedly saw very little action as a Mountaineer. He did not think Coach Gene Corum gave him much of an opportunity to exhibit the speed and quickness that he believed he had possessed.
“I felt Coach Corum preferred to go with the bigger, heavier tailbacks,” George said.
But he does remember that Corum started him at running back and also had him return kicks as a senior in a victory against old rival Virginia Tech in late 1964. George averaged 5.5 yards per carry in that 25-10 win against the Hokies at Blacksburg, Va.
George, who in 2012 became a member of the Morgantown High’s Athletic Hall of Fame, also was with the WVU team for its appearance in the 1964 Liberty Bowl against Utah. That game was played inside Convention Hall at Atlantic City, N.J.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1964, George taught and coached football and track and field for one year at Keysport High School in New Jersey and then three years at Beltport High School in Maryland.
“Then we returned to good ol’ West Virginia in 1969, and we’ve been here ever since,” said George, who is now 70 years old. That’s when Art and wife Sandra, who were high school sweethearts, settled in Kingwood.
They have been married for 47 years and have two grown children, Kimberly and Shawn. There also are four grandchildren: McKenna Warnick, a freshman student at WVU; Madeline Warnick, 12; Catllyn George, 8; and Hauden George, 2.
The Georges owned and operated radio station WFSP in Kingwood from 1969 until September 2013 when they sold the business.
In 1985, the Preston County Country Club golf course was damaged by flooding. So Art George, an avid golfer himself, took a crash course at Ohio State University and served 10 years as the club’s course superintendent.
“They talked me into taking that job,” he chuckled.
He finally retired in 1995.