May 1, 1950 – Dec. 23, 2013

Gregory J. Stang, of Clarence Center, a teacher and award-winning track coach, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 63.

Mr. Stang began teaching English at Williamsville North High School in 1972 and started coaching track and cross country in the mid-1970s. He retired from the classroom in 2005 but continued to serve as a coach.

He twice was selected as Erie County Interscholastic Conference cross country coach of the year, in 2003 and 2005, by other ECIC coaches. He was named Section VI cross country coach of the year in 2005, the year his team won the ECIC Division I championship and the sectional championship in Class AA.

His cross country teams won nine of 10 all-Amherst championships since 2003 and were Class A sectional champions in 2009 and Class AA champions in 2010.

Channel 7 named him indoor track coach of the year in 1990.

He also had proctored Williamsville North’s varsity and junior varsity basketball games since 1972.

Born in Buffalo, he attended high school at Diocesan Preparatory Seminary, attended Canisius College and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Buffalo State College.

A Civil War buff and poet, he published a book of free verse, “Lifelines: Empowering You to Happiness, Success and Salvation,” which won a Readers’ Favorite Award in 2010. He also was a Eucharistic minister.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Lydia Skowron; four sons, Michael, Jason, David and Jared; his father, Sylvester; two brothers, Richard and Robert; two sisters, Linda and Joanne Scrimshaw; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville.