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Nicholas Aloi

Basketball ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

In high school, he was a hotshot player who went by the name of Al. In college he was known as Nick. No matter the handle, this Aloi could play. And coach. The 1962 Midland graduate went out in spectacular fashion from his high school playing days, leading the Leopards to their first unbeaten regular season. Nick was named Section 8 MVP, All WPIAL, All State, and was chosen to play in the Pennsylvania East-West All Star game at Farrell. Those credentials helped earn him a scholarship to Bowling Green University, where he started all three seasons, averaging 15 points per game and serving as co-captain and second team All MAC during the 1966-1967 campaign.

Drafted by St Louis, Nick attended camp but did not earn a berth on the team. That brought his back to Midland as a teacher and coach. Nick began as an assistant in 1970 and was named head coach for the 1971-1972 season. Nick then assisted Ed Olkowski on several of Midlandís outstanding 1970s teams and was then named head coach again in 1984. In 1986, his final year at Midland, Nick was named Pennsylvania Small School Coach of the Year for guiding the Leopards to the state championship game. When Midland High School closed its doors, Nick became head coach at East Liverpool, where he won over 300 games with a nearly 75 percent winning percentage. He was named District Coach of the Year seven times and won Ohio Division (Big School) Coach of the Year honors twice. Under his tutelage, the Potters have routinely been a Buckeye State basketball power. Several of his teams have been highly ranked, with the 1988-1999 squad making the Final Four.