Courses: U-S History, Speech
Degrees: Post-Baccalaureate Education and Social Studies Certification, UTSA
BA, Communication Studies, Texas Lutheran University
Boston born and raised, Tony Uminski left home in 1972 and joined the Air Force, which took him to assignments in Wichita Falls, TX, Washington, DC, Korea, Oscoda, MI, Zaragoza, Spain, Rapid City, SD, Indianapolis, IN, San Antonio, TX, Adana, Turkey and back to San Antonio, where he retired from active duty in 1994.
Uminski was a broadcaster during his military career, specializing in sports and radio production. He won awards for broadcasting excellence (the Thomas Jefferson Award) twice during his career, and enjoyed special duty assignments at Air Force National Broadcasting Operations at Randolph, AFB, and Broadcast Writing instructor duty at the Defense Information School in Indianapolis.
His assignments allowed him to interview visiting NFL players, members of the 1986 Boston Red Sox including Roger Clemens, Jim Rice and Wade Boggs, plus record holiday greetings with servicemen and women and their families stationed in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Turkey, Crete, Athens, and the Azores. Other career highlights include producing a 1991 TV feature on the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, interviewing survivors and visitors to the site as well as doing a story on Air Force members cleaning up Clark AB, Philippines, after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo that year.
After retiring from the military, Uminski became the radio announcer for the new San Antonio Iguanas pro hockey team, as well as acting as the team’s Public Relations Director, which included media and community relations. After two years, he joined the San Antonio Dragons in the same capacities, returning to the Iguanas when the Dragons ceased operations in 1998. After a year with the Iggies, Uminski took a broadcasting job with the Indianapolis Ice, and described their march to the Central Hockey League title in 2000.
Returning to San Antonio, Uminski finished his college degree and attended Texas Lutheran University, where he earned a BA in Communication Studies in 2001. While attending school, he learned to drive a boat and give tours on the Riverwalk and took additional courses at UTSA to earn his teaching certifications in Speech and Social Studies.
In 2004, East Central High School hired the lifelong Boston Red Sox fanatic to teach Communication Applications and Public Speaking, and remained there until 2011, when he briefly taught Social Studies at the Cyndi Krier Center.
Uminski joined the faculty of Incarnate Word High School in 2014, teaching Speech and World Geography after three more years of espousing the wonders of the Riverwalk to beleaguered guests from around the world.
In addition to his teaching positions, Uminski has worked for the San Antonio Express-News, covering pro hockey, as well as performing fill-in broadcasting duties for the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage when needed. The Rampage have hired the Boston native to write news and feature articles for their webpage, www.sarampage.com.
Married to Judy Jones of Winner, SD, in 1973, the couple have eight children, Doug (deceased), Spencer and Elizabeth (40), Kati (37), Margie (36), Harvey (34), David (33) and Richie (29). Two more grandchildren joined the UCrew this past summer, bringing the total to 15!
His off time is filled with enjoying his grandchildren, fantasy football and Facebook!