Bunny Pawlak – Woodrow Wilson
Coach – Woodrow Wilson HS
Stanley was a member of Woodrow Wilson HS first graduating class in 1933 where he captained the football team. He graduated from Niagara University in 1938 and returned to his alma mater where he taught Business Education and Bookkeeping while coaching football, basketball and baseball. When Wilson won the state title in 1949 he was assistant to head coach Al Bass.
Pawlak was head baseball coach at Wilson from 1950-1964. During this stretch he coached his teams to nine City Series Championships and four Group 3 and Group 4 Championships in 1951, 53, 54 and 1961. He was always remembered for his emphasis on fundamentals and insistence on discipline and hard work.
Stan was inducted into the South Jersey Coaches Association Hall-of-Fame in 1980. The Hot Stovers Baseball Club honored him in 1988 by naming its “South Jersey High School Coach-of-the Year” award as the “Stan ‘Binney’ Pawlak Memorial Award”.
Binney taught and coached in the Camden School District for 37 years, retiring from both in 1976. Pawlak sad that his fondest memories were the contacts with players from his Woodrow Wilson teams from his years at the helm of the area’s strongest baseball programs.
There are presently six players form his teams in the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame and several of his fellow coaches from that period. He appeared regularly at the Hot Stovers AWARDS DINNER and was always warmly welcomed.
Stanley passed away in 1984 at age 70.