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Joe Hamilton

Coaching ∙ Blackhawk

 

 

 

 

Although Joe Hamilton was a football star at both Beaver Area High School and Geneva College, he is best known for his success as a grid coach at five high schools, including Blackhawk where he started head coaching in 1976. Joe played linebacker and guard in high school and college and was a two year letterman at Beaver (graduating in 1959) and a four year letterman at Geneva, where he earned All State honors and Little All American honorable mention. He played in the Gem Bowl at Erie to climax his collegiate career. Joe started his coaching career as an assistant at Beaver from 1963 to 1965, when strong Bobcat teams piled up a 27-3 record. He then served as head football coach at Midland High in 1966 and 1967, leading the Leopards to a 12-5-2 record. Midland won the MAC title in 1966 and Joe was named Coach of the Year. During his seven seasons at New Brighton High School, Joe’s Lions had a 46-18-1 record and were MAC champions and WPIAL runners-up in 1969, when Joe earned MAC Coach of the Year honors. Joe’s only coaching stint outside of Beaver County came in 1975 when his Hempfield High team had a 4-4-1 record. Joe started his long coaching tenure at Blackhawk in 1976 with his teams compiling an 84-57-5 record. His Cougars won MAC Class AAA titles in 1978 and 1978, were WPIAL runners-up in 1978, and reached the playoff quarterfinals in 1979; they lost the 1988 WPIAL Class AAA championship game to Aliquippa. Joe was MAC Coach of the Year in 1979 and in the Parkway Conference Coach of the Year in 1984. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named him a Coach of the Year in 1978, and he was head coach in the 1979 Big 33 All Star Game and in the 1980 Penn-Ohio Game.