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Dr. Bob Churovia

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If a student were to write an essay on diversity in sports, they might want to include a picture of Bob Churovia. As a high schooler, Bob became the first Viking ever to letter in four sports (football, basketball, baseball, and track). He was an All Conference lineman in football and set a school record in the discus. Following graduation in 1959, Bob attended Shippensburg State University, where he again demonstrated his versatility by becoming a standout in both football and track and field and even participated in wrestling one year before an injury caused him to give up that sport. Bob was a preseason All American in football and a silver medalist in the state in the discus while at Shippensburg. He completed his education at Geneva College. A teacher at South Side High School, Bob has a distinguished coaching background as well. He was the head football coach of the Rams for four years and has also served on the staffs of Ambridge, Center, and Moon schools. He coached the South Side wrestlers when the sport was reintroduced in the late 1970s and had much success as the field coach for the Center track team. Bob coached six WPIAL discus champions and eleven of his protégés competed in the PIAA meet. The many roads he has traveled have also taken him into the world of journalism: a former writer with The Beaver County Times, he won two statewide first place awards and one second place for sports writing from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishing Association. Bob was also very active in the sport of weightlifting, winning several world and national championships and setting 20 world and national bench press records in his age category. He was ranked first nationally for two consecutive years and set national or world marks in every competition he entered. Bob, who has a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, was also an active participant in supporting youth sports in Center Township.