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Jack Sulger

Jack Sulger (Rowing.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 20, 1913; died, New York, NY, Jan. 2, 1979.)  One of the most popular and successful coaches in his sport, John J. Sulger was a major force in rowing for over 35 years.  Sulger was a six-time national champion as an oarsman, but earned his greatest distinctions as a coach and official.  He was the coach of the New York Athletic Club’s rowing team for nearly 30 years, from 1950 until his death.  He was manager of the U.S. team for the 1959 and 1963 Pan American Games.  In between, he handled the U.S. rowing team for the 1960 Olympics in Rome.  Sulger was a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1953-72 and also served as president of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen.  He was a member of the New York Police Department from 1941-69, a graduate of Fordham, held a B.L. from St. John’s and a Master of Laws from New York University.  He was admitted to the bar in 1954 and was a professor at John Jay College for nearly 15 years (1965-79).

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