Gene was a life long Patriot as a student and teacher from Opening Day until his recent retirement as a chemistry teacher. He lettered all three years in cross country and baseball. He was a key cross country runner on the 1963 team which one Valley Forge's first Lake Erie League title. For baseball, in the spring of 1964 he was selected to the All-Greater Cleveland Team and played in the East-West All-Star Game.
Gene was a member of the Ohio State University National Championship baseball team in 1966. Gene was the first fast-pitch softball coach who worked with several All-Lake Erie League and future college softball stars.