Teacher, coach, councilman and volunteer. These are all hats that Gary Sorace proudly wears.
The Cleveland State University Alumni Association recently honored 11 "Fascinating Alumni" at an on-campus event Jan. 31, including Twinsburg resident, Gary Sorace.
Sorace spent 40 years as an educator, including 35 years as a teacher, athletic director and substitute assistant principal in the Twinsburg City School District. He also spent 40 years coaching wrestling, serving as head coach in Twinsburg and at Cuyahoga Community College, where he developed 24 All-Americans. Sorace also assisted at Cleveland State for 10 years and at John Carroll University.
The former Viking wrestler was recruited to CSU by legendary coach Dick Bonacci and was a four-year starter and two-year captain. He competed at two NCAA championships and was voted most outstanding wrestler his senior year, with a 13-1 record. His career accomplishments were acknowledged by his 2006 Induction into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduation, he joined St. Edward High School in Lakewood as a teacher and assistant wrestling coach, helping to take those teams to two state championships.
When Cleveland State hosted the 1998 NCAA wrestling championships, Sorace headed the volunteer committee of what the head official called the "best-run NCAA tournament to date." He also helps head the Twinsburg Athletic Boosters Wrestling Tournament that draws more than 500 wrestlers competing in more than 1,000 matches. In 2016, he was inducted into the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Service Award, followed by induction into the Twinsburg Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
Sorace also served as an At Large Councilor in Twinsburg for 12 years and was president of that city’s Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Twinsburg. Now retired, he is active with the CSU alumni group in The Villages in Florida.