The Daily Item

George Chaump, whose football coaching career began in Shamokin and rose to the highest level over six decades, died Sunday at age 83.

The news was announced on the District 3 official Twitter feed. A cause of death was not immediately known.

Chaump attended West Pittston High School and Bloomsburg University (Class of 1958), where he was a standout wrestler and three-year starter on the football team. He completed his graduate studies at Bucknell prior to being hired to coach at Shamokin High in 1961. The 25-year-old Chaump guided a youthful Indians squad to a 5-6 mark before taking over at John Harris in Harrisburg the following year. His Harris teams were 58-4 in six years (1962-67), with four unbeaten, conference championship seasons.

Chaump then spent 11 seasons as Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach under Woody Hayes, helping the Buckeyes to a 95-15-3 record (1968-78).

Chaump jumped to the Nationl Football League in 1979, joining John McKay’s staff in Tampa Bay as the offensive backfield coach for three years.

When he returned to the college ranks in 1982, it was as Indiana (Pa.) University’s head coach. From there, he had stints leading the programs at Marshall and Navy, amassing a 63-48-2 mark over 10 seasons.

Chaump’s five-year run at Navy ended following the 1994 season when he was dismissed with a 14-41 record. He returned to coaching high school in 1997 at Central Dauphin where had a 57–14 mark through the 2002 season. From there, he coached at Harrisburg High (2003-10) before finishing 23 years of coaching at the prep level with two seasons at Central Dauphin East (2011-12). His record in two-plus decades as a high school coach was 190-66.

Chaump, a member of the Bloomsburg Hall of Fame (1994) and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2003), left a wife, Constance, as well as three daughters, Lynda and twins Melanie and Melissa.