Nick Sebek, a former professional football player and longtime teacher and coach from North Tonawanda, died Tuesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo. He was 80.
Mr. Sebek, known as "Coach," graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1944. He received a football scholarship to Indiana University, and as a freshman played on the 1945 championship team. That was the only undefeated season in university history.
Following that season, Mr. Sebek left to serve in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. While serving, he also quarterbacked an undefeated season for the All-Airborne Football Team.
Mr. Sebek was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1950 and had a one-year professional career playing behind Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh.
"It was the greatest experience of his life," said nephew Tony D'Angelo.
Mr. Sebek was a physical education teacher at North Tonawanda Senior High School from the early 1950s to the mid-1980s. While teaching, he coached football for several years. He also coached the school's golf team for more than 20 years. In 1969, he was inducted into the North Tonawanda Football Hall of Fame.
Mr. Sebek was an avid golfer who belonged to the Sheridan Golf Course Men's Club for many years. He also served on the committee to start up Deerwood Golf Course.
He is survived by five sisters, Denise Driscoll, Marion Strubing, Theresa Falcone, Gina Best and Christine Acland; and a brother, Stephen Gadacz.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Charles Hobbs, pastor emeritus of the United Church of Christ, Congregational in Arcade, at 11 a.m. Saturday in Colucci Funeral Home, 652 Oliver St., North Tonawanda.