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John Silan


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Born 6/27/1918

Died 4/23/1988

Burial Date 4/23/1988

John Silan

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John Silan, Berks county's all-time winning basketball coach, was dead on arrival Tuesday afternoon in Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, near Allentown.

The 69-year-old coach's death followed a series of medical problems that had forced him into retirement in 1987, following an 80-day stint in a hospital.

In a coaching career that spanned 41 years, Silan, 257 Highland Ave., Kutztown, had a 527-117 scholastic record. His record made him one of the leading coaches in Pennsylvania scholastic basketball history.

Silan last coached in 1986-87 at Kutztown High School, where he began his career. He resigned last November after suffering heart problems that included the replacement of a heart valve and the implantation of a seventh pacemaker.

He began a 19-year coaching stint at Kutztown in 1946, going on to win 15 division titles, 12 Berks championships, and eight District 3 championships.

Kutztown won state Class B championships in 1950, 1951, and 1959. The third state championship capped a 29-0 season.

A chance to become the first Pennsylvania school to win three straight state championships weas stopped in 1952 when the Cougars lost 64-62 to Avalon in overtime.

His only losing season (7-13) was his first one at Kutztown.
Veteran, WW II

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John Silan, Berks county's all-time winning basketball coach, was dead on arrival Tuesday afternoon in Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, near Allentown. The 69-year-old coach's death followed a series of medical problems that had forced him into retirement in 1987, following an 80-day stint in a hospital. In a coaching career that spanned 41 years, Silan, 257 Highland Ave., Kutztown, had a 527-117 scholastic record. His record made him one of the leading coaches in Pennsylvania scholastic basketball history Silan last coached in. WWII. Fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Purple Heart recipient.
Served in the Army
During the World War II
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