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Fred Loeffler

Coaching ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Like many of Beaver County’s early athletes, Fred Loeffler tried his hand at a wide variety of sports and then had a long distinguished coaching career. He graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1918 after earning two letters each in football and basketball and receiving All County honors in both sports. Fred also earned a letter in track and played baseball during his high school years. At Geneva College, he earned four letters each in football and basketball between 1918 and 1922 and captained the football team in the 1920 season and the basketball team in the 1921-1922 season. Fred was named to the All Time Geneva College Football team for his stellar play as a tackle on both offense and defense. He also played spring sports at Geneva, winning two letters each in track and baseball. After graduating from college in 1922, Fred began a 40 year coaching career on the high school level, starting as football coach at Mars High in 1922 and coaching both football and basketball at Clairton High School from 1923 to 1926. Fred earned fame as an outstanding scholastic coach at Dormont High School over a 36 year span from 1926 to 1962 and was head football coach from 1942 to 1962 and head basketball coach from 1949 to 1958. His football teams had four unbeaten seasons in the tough Mon Valley, winning two WPIAL titles and two co-championships, and losing the WPIAL crown by a single point in 1946.