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Chuck DeVenzio

Coaching ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

When sports fans think of Chuck DeVenzio, they automatically call to mind the magical, unbeaten 1967 Ambridge High School state championship basketball team. And why not? Many believe that the 1966-1967 Bridgers remain the greatest high school basketball team in Beaver County history. After graduating from Coraopolis High School in 1938, Chuck moved on to Geneva College, where his career had two different stages (1940-43 and 1946-47) due to a three year stint in the Navy. As a basketball player for the Golden Tornados, Chuck started four seasons as a forward, earning honorable mention All State honors three years, and leading the tri state area in scoring for two years. After college, Chuck began an exceptional career as a high school basketball coach, accumulating over 650 wins at such places as North Lima (OH), Springdale, Ambridge, and North Allegheny and at a private school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Still, it is the Ambridge state title team that remains the highlight of Chuck's career, a team that went a perfect 27-0 and won the state championship game by 32 points. Chuck joined four other members of that hallowed team in the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame: his son, Dick DeVenzio (1985); Dennis Wuycik (1983); Frank Kaufman (2001); and Walt Ostrowski Jr. (2003).