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Alan Guandolo 

Coaching ∙ Blackhawk

 

 

 

 

Be it as an athlete, a coach or an educator, Alan Guandolo found success in every aspect of his life’s endeavors. Guandolo was a standout three-sport athlete at Beaver High School and was a multi-year letter winner in football, basketball and baseball. He was an offensive and defensive back for the Bobcats, earning all-conference honors on defense as a member of one of Beaver greatest teams ever, the 1968 squad that went unbeaten at 9-0-1. He was also a two-year letter-winner in basketball, earning all-section honors and leading the team in scoring, and in baseball, where he played both second base and shortstop.

Guandolo then took his talents to Geneva College, where he once again was a three-sport athlete. Guandolo played shortstop for four years for the Golden Tornadoes baseball team, where he was named to the all-District 18 team. He also led Geneva into the NAIA playoffs as a sophomore. He also played wide receiver on the football team, leading Geneva in receptions for three seasons, and spent a season with the basketball team. With his abilities, it was only natural that Guandolo would choose to pass along his knowledge and enter the coaching and teaching ranks. After various assistant coaching stints, he became the head baseball coach at Blackhawk High School in 1978 and led the Cougars to their first winning season, first section title and first WPIAL Championship game appearance in school history.

But it was as a football coach that Guandolo left his mark on Beaver County’s great gridiron legacy. He was named the head football coach at Monaca in 1981 and led the Indians to the playoffs in six of the next seven seasons in an era when only the top two teams in each section advanced to the post season. In that span Monaca won two WPIAL championships, one WPIAL runner-up trophy, and three section titles. His coaching record at Monaca was 66-14-3, an .825 winning percentage, which was the highest in school history. He was also named Coach of the Year four times. In 1988 he took over the program at Freedom and led the Bulldogs to the playoffs for just the second time in school history in 1990 and was selected Coach of the Year for a fifth time. He stepped down in 1992 with a career record of 94-35-5.

Not surprisingly, Guandolo also found professional success as well. He would go on to earn a doctorate degree in education and become Assistant Superintendent at Freedom for five years, Superintendent at Monaca for five years and spend nine years as the Superintendent at Blackhawk. Guandolo resides in Beaver Falls with his wife, Karen. They have three daughters, Leah, Celene and Terra.