(WBNG BINGHAMTON) They called him 'Sarge' for short, but the list of things he did for high school wrestling is lengthy. Longtime Union-Endicott wrestling coach Frank Sorochinsky passed away Wednesday at the age of 82 from septicemia.
"Sarge" was the first U-E wrestling coach in school history. He coached seven state champions and led the Tigers to 11 STAC titles.
He also taught chemistry at U-E for 30 years. The people who knew him said he was a legend who left his mark on high school wrestling.
"If you talk to other wrestling coaches in other districts, they say, 'Oh, you wrestled for Sarge.' They all know his name," said Tom Baleno, current Union-Endicott football head coach. Baleno wrestled at U-E under Sorochinsky from 1989 to 1991.
"That kind of carried a badge of honor, if you wrestled for Sarge, because he was so influential in the sport."
"Anybody that's been around him knows he had that kind of passion, commitment, fanaticism, too," said longtime Chenango Forks wrestling head coach Rick Gumble. "He was complex, there's no question about it. With his passing, he was a great man, also."
Sorochinsky is survived by his daughter Sonja, son-in-law Alex and grandchildren Austin and Ava. There will be calling hours (still to-be- determined) Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church in Binghamton, with the funeral 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity.