George Pasterchick – One of the Longest-Standing High School Football Coaches in San Antonio History
George Pasterchick was one of the longest-tenured high school football coaches in San Antonio history. Sadly, he passed away Friday morning following an extended battle with myelodysplasia, a blood disorder which had plagued him for much of his life.
In his 32 years at St. Gerard, he guided teams to eight district titles and the 1985 Texas Christian Interscholastic League state championship.
Early Life and Education
George Pasterchick moved to San Antonio during the 1950s, serving as a combat medic and playing football for Brooke Army Medical Center. He continued his playing career at Trinity and Texas Lutheran before leaving school early to pursue a career in financial services.
He spent 32 years as the football coach at St. Gerard High School, winning eight district titles and the 1985 Texas Christian Interscholastic League state championship. Additionally, he coached several minor-league teams such as the San Antonio Toros and scouted on behalf of multiple NFL teams. Recently his son Steve began receiving messages from former players and students thanking him for all that he had meant to them throughout his illustrious career. Now it’s time for George Pasterchick to retire after an illustrious career!
Pasterchick was a staple on the football team at St. Gerard for 34 years, serving as both head coach and athletic director during that time.
He had a losing record, going 152-185-2, but he also became an iconic figure during his 34 years with the Royals.
Bartlett was deeply moved by many of the former players who remembered being known by Pasterchick’s nicknames. Some even signed with these monikers!
His son Steve began receiving texts and emails from former players and students sharing how Pasterchick had touched their lives. One piece of advice he often shared, to never leave a locker room without giving the player a hug or talking to them, stood out especially to Steve.
Achievements and Honors
George Pasterchick was a long-standing figure in San Antonio sports history, coaching high school football for over 30 years. He also coached semi-pro teams during that period and won the 1985 Texas Christian Interscholastic League state championship at St. Gerard Catholic.
In 2006, more than 700 people attended his retirement party at St. Gerard Church – a testament to the revered status he enjoyed.
Later, Pasterchick’s daughter Georgia Bartlett was struck by all the former players who mentioned his nicknames.
He helped form personal connections that went beyond names and numbers, creating an intimate connection with nearly everyone he encountered. These ties earned him respect and admiration within the local sports community even beyond his record-setting career at St. Gerard.
Pasterchick was a beloved coach and mentor who had an immense impact on many in San Antonio. His coaching career spanned more than 40 years.
George Pasterchick was born and raised in Clifton, New Jersey and moved to San Antonio during the 1950s as a combat medic for Brooke Army Medical Center. Later he played football at Trinity and Texas Lutheran colleges.
He was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame and coached in its high school all-star game. His daughter Georgia Bartlett said her father had an immense impact on their lives – both personally and professionally.
George Pasterchick was one of the longest-tenured high school football coaches in San Antonio history, serving 32 years as head coach and athletic director at St. Gerard High School and leading them to eight district titles and a 1985 Texas Catholic Interscholastic League state championship. He was also renowned for his comedic sideline banter.
Georgia Bartlett perused a guest book from Pasterchick’s retirement party and noticed all of the former players who mentioned nicknames they received while at St. Gerard. It served as a reminder of his profound impact on so many lives and an example of his tough yet compassionate nature – qualities which have contributed to his wealth accumulation over time. A lesson he’ll carry with him throughout life.