Although Chad Calabria was a varsity performer
in both baseball and basketball at Aliquippa High School, it was as
captain of the Quip cagers in 1965 and 1966 that earned him his
greatest recognition. He was the leading scorer in tough Section 3
of the WPIAL in both his junior and senior years, earning first team
All Section and MVP both seasons. Chad was named third team
All State as a junior and first team All State as a senior in 1966.
He ended his high school cage career as the top scorer in Aliquippa
High School history, a mark that lasted until Marvin Woods broke it
in 1984. Chad was picked to play for the Pennsylvania Stars in the
1966 Roundball Classic at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. At the
University of Iowa in 1970, he played on powerful Hawkeye teams that
won Big Ten Championships in his sophomore and senior years.
Chad was team captain in his last two seasons at Iowa and was
known for his playmaking and team leadership. After graduating from
Iowa in 1970, Chad played briefly for the Phoenix Suns before
entering the business world, serving as East Coast Regional Sales
Manager for Amana Refrigeration, Inc. After retirement from
basketball, Chad still was associated with the sport as a member of
the Beaver County Chapter of the PIAA Basketball Officials’
Association and as an official for high school cage games. Chad's
son, Dante, was the winner of a
1992 Hall of Fame Special Achievement Award and the
1996 Dick Kadis Award.