Jim Pribula

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Jim Pribula
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Jim Pribula matriculated at West Chester High School, and earned Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees from West Chester State Teacher’s College. Pribula also received his PhD from the University of Maryland. As a high school athlete, Jim played both football and baseball. In football, he was named 1st Team All Ches-Mont in 1956 and 1957. Additionally in 1957, he was named Honorable Mention to the All-Scholastic Football Team in Greater Philadelphia and received Henderson High School’s Most Valuable Player Award. Pribula lettered in baseball in 1957 and 1958, and played in the prestigious West Chester Adult Baseball League. During Jim’s collegiate career, he excelled in football. At WCSC, he was named 1st Team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in 1960 and 1961. During these two years Pribula was the scoring champion of the PSAC (both years), was named 1st Team Associated Press Little All- American (both years), and NAIA All-American (both years). Jim co-captained the team in 1961. While at West Chester, he established three football records: longest interception return (98 yards), most touchdowns in one game (5), and the longest field goal (44 yards). After graduation, Pribula had try-outs with the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles. Jim taught in the West Chester School District in 1963. A year later, he moved on to Shippensburg State College as an Assistant Football Coach and Professor of Physical Education. Pribula coached football at Shippensburg from 1964-1971, and served as the Chairperson of the Physical Education Department. Jim was named Athletic Director at Shippensburg in 1982, and served in that position until 2002. Pribula is a member of the West Chester University’s Killinger Football Hall of Fame, the Shippensburg University Hall of Fame, and the South Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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