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Mountain Home Bombers are in mourning following the passing of Bomber Baseball coaching legend Ron Czanstkowski Tuesday morning.
The Bomber coach had been in a tough battle with Lymphoma and was receiving treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. His family announced his decision to end his treatment in a Facebook post on Monday.
He spent a full life dedicated in service to his Mountain Home community.
Czanstkowski and his family moved to Mountain Home from Illinois during the sixth grade in 1978. During his time in school, the popular coach played football for the Bombers, in addition to his beloved game of baseball.
Czanstkowski was a star on the diamond, becoming a three-time All-Conference selection, a two-time All-State team member, and a member of the All-Arkansas High School Baseball team during his senior year.
He played underneath Coach Don Webb while with the Bombers and under Coach Lester White in the American Legion program.
After graduating, Coach Czanstkowski attended North Arkansas College in Harrison before transferring to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. He was named first team All-Conference in his senior year as a Bearcat. He was also the conference’s Co-MVP and first team All-Region.
He would meet his wife, Alecia, during his time at NWSU. They would marry four years later, and would go on to have two children: Kaitlin, who lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Archie, and their daughter, Teigann; and Ryan, who lives in Mountain Home.
After graduating from college, Czanstkowski returned to Mountain Home in 1987 to begin his coaching career with the Mountain Home American Legion junior team. He also assisted with the Lockeroom senior team in 1994.
In 1991, Coach Webb brought his former all-star back into the Bomber fold as an assistant coach. He would help the Bombers finish as state runners-up for that season.
In 1995, Coach Czanstkowsi was promoted to head coach following Coach Webb’s retirement. He would lead the Bombers to win their first state baseball championship a year later. The team also became the top-ranked team in Arkansas for the year.
Czanstkowsi would be named the state’s Coach of the Year.
While Czanstkowski may be known as a legend on the field, he was also known for winning over hearts and minds inside the classroom, where he served as a full-time mathematics teacher. He won MHPS’s Teacher of the Year award in 1997.
The beloved coach would go on to serve as Assistant Principal for Mountain Home High School and Principal for Mountain Home Junior High School. He served as the district’s student service director until the end.
He was inducted into the Mountain Home High School Athletic Hall of Honor last year.
Service arrangements for Coach Czanstkowski have not yet been announced at this time.