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Larry Bruno

Coaching ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Larry Bruno retired from coaching in January of 1979 after twenty seasons as head football coach at Beaver Falls High School, where his Tiger teams piled up a 134-52-9 record. His 1960 Tigers, led by quarterback Joe Namath, had a perfect 10-0 record and were awarded the WPIAL Class A title without a playoff because they were the only unbeaten and untied team in the top class. The 1961 Tigers, quarterbacked by Butch Ryan, also had a 10-0 record but didn’t have enough Gardner points to qualify for the playoffs. Coach Bruno’s last team compiled a fine 11-1 record in the 1978 season, losing only to Knoch High School in the WPIAL Class AA final. Larry’s combined coaching careers at Monaca and Beaver Falls High Schools spanned 32 years. At Monaca, his Indian cagers piled up an excellent total of 156 wins and 60 losses and won three Section 8 titles. His Monaca grid teams had a 52-33-6 record. After starring in football and basketball at East Liverpool High School, Larry played his collegiate football at Geneva. He was a hard-running fullback and was selected to play in the 1947 East-West football game in San Francisco and became the second Genevan (after Cliff Aultman) to participate in the annual Shrine game.