Nick Georgis — a very popular physics teacher at Staples, and a passionate Staples soccer fan throughout his career and long into retirement — died yesterday. He was 85 years old, and lived in Trumbull.
A native of Fairfield, Mr. Georgis helped start the soccer program while still a student at Roger Ludlowe High School. He graduated in 1944.
After joining the science staff at Staples High School in 1959, and befriending Albie Loeffler — the founder of the Staples soccer program — he became a tremendous Wrecker booster.
“I knew Albie was the one to emulate,” Mr. Georgis said later. “He had such respect from the kids. I went to every game I could. At halftime I’d listen to him. It was so enjoyable to watch those kids. They were special.”
In 1980, while watching Staples play at Rippowam High School in Stamford, a hard shot by Chris Strausser caused the wooden goalpost to collapse. Mr. Georgis held the goal up until halftime, when it was braced.
Mr. Georgis was a vibrant presence at Staples soccer’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2008. He continued to attend Staples matches until last year, and remained a Wrecker fan to the end.