Paul Cuffari '54
Paul Cuffari excelled in both football and track and field at Grove City College from 1950 to 1954. Cuffari arrived at Grove City College in 1950 after emerging as one of the finest scholastic track and field throwers in the country. He held the New York state record in the shot put from 1948 until 1957 and also earned national recognition in the shot put while at Stony Brook School.
Cuffari's dominance in the shot put continued at Grove City College. As a sophomore in 1952, he set a new school record with a best mark of 48 feet, 3½ inches against Allegheny. He also helped Grove City place second at the 1952 Tri-State Meet with a meet-record heave of 47-2¾.Cuffari eventually set the school standard in the shot put with a 49-6 effort during his senior season. That record stood for 29 years.
The New York, N.Y., product also dominated on the defensive line for three seasons in football. He earned Second Team All-District following his junior season. As a senior, he served as a student assistant coach.
He earned a bachelor of science degree in commerce in 1954. That year, he also received his United States Air Force ROTC commission. He eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring from the Air Force in 1982. Cuffari worked for Astor Supply Company and Johnson Wax Distributor until retiring in 1996.