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Former Aggie Ass't Coach Dies in Auto Accident

Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by staff
Former Aggie football assistant coach Mike “Sarge” Sinkovitz died in a single car accident near his home in North Carolina on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Sinkovitz coached defensive line for the Aggies during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, two of the most successful grid campaigns in OPSU football history. He is credited with developing two All American players in his short tenure with the Aggies in defensive tackles Joe Picininni and defensive end Manny Acosta.
Sinkovitz was known as “Sarge” or Coach Sarge in deference to his 26 years of service to our country, retiring as a Command Sergeant Major. Sinkovitz medals for valor in battles in both Korea and Vietnam were numerous. He was wounded 12 times in battles and the last time while twice hit by enemy fire managed to kill three enemy soldiers while securing a crucial position.
Sinkovitz also coached at Upper Iowa University, University of New Mexico, Tennessee Tech, the University of Wisconsin, and Methodist College.
At the time of his death, Sinkovitz was intramural director at Methodist College and had served in that capacity for more than 20 years .
The 71 year old is survived by his wife, Karen Jordan Sinkovitz; his three children, Cathryn, Christopher and Michael; his two grandchildren, James and Kayla; and two sisters, Carlene and Joanne.
“I was offensive line coach when Sarge joined our coaching staff in 1981. Our charges were often pitted against each other in drills. He was an excellent coach and motivator. But more, he was a great role model in every sense of the word.” Stated Mike Wyatt, Aggie head football coach.
Sinkovitz was laid to rest, fittingly, in Arlington National Cemetery.

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