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Bob Amalia

Coaching ∙ Blackhawk

 

 

 

 

Bob Amalia started coaching the Blackhawk American Legion baseball team in 1988. Since that time the accomplishments of his teams have been truly amazing. They have won 515 of 665 games. The Blackhawk High School teams from 1999 to the present have amassed a record of 166 wins and 77 losses. Overall his teams have a 75 percent winning percentage. What would Pittsburgh Pirates fans give for a record like that?

Amalia led his 2003 American Legion team to a State Championship. Winning an American Legion Championship is much more noteworthy than winning a high school State Championship because the Legion tournament has no classifications. They competed against 630 teams in the state.

Beside the 2003 State Championship, Amalia has guided his legion teams to the state finals in 2000 and 2001. They were regional Champs in 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006, and Beaver County Champions in 1991, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2009. His teams participated in the National Legion Tournament in 1993, 2000, 2001, and 2003, and were the only county team to accomplish that feat.

Amalia's Blackhawk High School team won a WPIAL Championship in 2004, the first in school history. They were PIAA Western Finalists in 2002, 2003, and 2007, WPIAL Finalists in 2002, 2003, and 2007, and Section Champs in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2010. The 2003 team won a school record 21 games. Overall players from his high school teams have over two dozen scholarships.

Bob was also the lead assistant on many of John Millerís Blackhawk High School basketball teams. His 16 year assistant basketball coaching career saw three PIAA State Championships, five QPIAL Championships, and nine section titles.

Bob graduated from Blackhawk in 1974. He was a three-year starter and letterman on the basketball team. He was the team leader of assists in 1973 and 1974 and the team defensive player of the year in 1974. After graduation from Blackhawk, Bob attended Penn State Beaver for two years, where he was a two-year starter and letterman. He led in assists both years and was First Team All Skyline Conference during the 1975-1976 season. He set a school record for assists (15) in a game.

Amalia was inducted into the American Legion Hall of Fame in 2001.

Bob is the son of Kay Amalia and the late Robert Amalia. Bob is married to Audrey and they have two daughters, Madison and McKenzie.