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Pete Kinkead

Basketball ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

The 1982-1983 Geneva College basketball team had one of the best seasons in the school’s history but it wasn’t the first to bring glory to the Gold and White. From 1950 to 1956 Geneva cage squads coached by Cliff Aultman had outstanding records in NAIA competition in Pennsylvania. Remarkably, these teams were largely home grown. Coach Aultman found Beaver County a fertile area for recruiting, with Monaca as one of the best towns for seemingly endless basketball talent. One of the best Monaca players was Pete Kinkead, who played for the Covies from 1950 to 1953. He ranked tenth among Geneva scoring leaders with 1212 points, including 705 points his senior year for the third best total for a Covie. His senior season average of 26.1 points per game was the second best compiled by a Geneva cager. In the 1953 NAIA tournament in Kansas City, Geneva was eliminated by the towering Tennessee A&I team in an 89-88 thriller, but Pete sank 15 of 15 free throws in the game for an NAIA playoff record. Earlier in the season he had scored 42 points in a game against Indiana State to break Al Vlasic’s one game record of 39. Pete earned first team honors on the 1953 Tri State All Star team and the NAIA All American team. Geneva’s opponents that season included Pitt, Duquesne, LaSalle, and St Francis. After college, Pete was assistant to Coach Nate Lippe at Beaver Falls High from 1961 to 1963 and head coach from 1964 to 1966. His Tigers broke Farrell’s famous 97 game home winning streak. Pete also served as golf coach at Beaver Falls for 19 seasons from 1964 until the sport was dropped in 1982. One of his stars was John Mazza.