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O.H. Heckathorne

Football ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

To say that Oren Howard Heckathorne was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame as a coach is a massive understatement: he was inducted as lots of coaches. OH was born on a farm in Butler County in 1891 and came to Beaver Falls High School in 1917, beginning a distinguished career that spanned 17 years and every sport the school offered. Over his tenure his Tiger football teams compiled a 97-37-10 record. He was assistant football coach at the start of his career but took over as head coach in the middle of his first year and the Tigers won the county grid title. OH’s football squads won four more county titles and a WPIAL Championship in 1928. His boys’ basketball teams won 261 games and lost only 68, capturing seven section titles during the 17 year stretch. OH also coached girls’ basketball. His Tiger track teams won seven Beaver County meets and two WPIAL meets and the Tiger thinclads won at the Drake Relays in 1926 and came in second in 1927. In 1918 his baseball team won the county title, but the sport was then dropped by the school and not revived until the 1930s. Just to keep busy, OH also served on many scholastic athletic committees, including the WPIAL and Junior WPIAL Decisions Committees. OH died in 1957.