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Navy captain credits ES-M coach for career choice

When a teacher makes an impact

Robert "Bob" Kapcio graduated from East Syracuse-Minoa High School in 1978. As a teen, he was a tri-athlete, involved in lacrosse, track and soccer from the time he was a freshman until he flipped his tassel on his mortarboard. His coach, Charlie Tyminski, was relatively new to the field of education, in his sixth out of a 36-year career teaching physical education that just came to an end this July 1 when he retired.

Coach Tyminski was tough, portrayed not only by himself, but also his peers, as disciplined, regimented and organized.

Kapcio, however, remembers him in a different light.

"I think what stands out the most about Coach T is the enthusiasm and passion he brought to the game," he said. "He was also a motivator."

He recalled times when Tyminski's dad would bring oranges to the games, cut them in quarters and give them to the team to suck on at halftime.

"Frankly, I don't think there is anything he wouldn't have done to make the team be the best they could be," Kapcio said. "He always pushed us to be the best players we could be."

Tyminski, unknowingly, inspired Kapcio so much as a kid that Kapcio attributes his successful, longtime career in the Navy to his former lacrosse coach.

"If it wasn't for lacrosse, I would have never gone to the Naval Academy and wouldn't be where I am today," said Captain Kapcio, who has traveled the world over during the last 26 years.

In May 2006, he assumed duties as Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO FOUR. Announcements were mailed, and Tyminski was one of the recipients.

"I received an announcement in the mail in May '06 when he became captain," Tyminski said. "I just kept it in my briefcase. I have no idea why I never took it out."

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