Jerry Voskerichian was an outstanding lineman at Bennett High School. He was nicknamed the “fire hydrant” because of his stature and being virtually immovable on the line. He was nicknamed “The Perfect Guard” by his coach Nick
Magavero. Jerry played on some great teams at Bennett. The 1959 and 1961 teams were especially noteworthy. They went undefeated in 1959 and won the Harvard Cup and they repeated in 1961. Jerry was the only guard to attain All High status in both the Buffalo Evening News and the Courier Express. In 1962, Jerry had hoped to play in college and was being recruited by Brown University. Unfortunately, a serious knee injury ended any thought of his playing in college.
Although Jerry’s high school career was over he stayed involved in athletics for most of his life. He greatly enjoyed coaching his children in Little League competition. This was not an easy accomplishment as he tragically lost his wife at the age of 26. Jerry also coached his kids in the Connie Mack Little league. He coached hardball and softball at Amherst High School where he also coached his son Kirk.
Jerry also had an outstanding career in the restaurant and real estate business. Jerry’s favorite quote was from the legendary coach Vince Lombardi that sums up his life. Lombardi said, “Winners never quit and Quitters never win” and “it is not whether you get knocked down – it’s whether you get back up.”