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Richard Mancini

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Richard (Rick) Mancini was seated as the 36th judge in the 200 year history of the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas in January 2004. Then in April 2007 he became the second judge inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame (the first being George “Tookie” James). Academically, Rick was a three year class president at Beaver Falls High School, graduated from Louisville University in 1976, then attended Ohio Northern University School of Law, where he was elected president of the Student Bar Association. On the playing field, he was a two sport star at Beaver Falls: in baseball he helped his Legion Tommies team reach the state semifinals in 1971, and in football he was a two year two way starter, earning All Conference and All WPIAL honors and setting a school record for interceptions (7) in his senior year. Rick also played basketball at the YMCA and led the league in scoring as his teams won two championships. Louisville offered him a scholarship, and Rick became a four year player for the Cardinals, starting as a receiver his senior year. In the winter, he would referee in a Louisville Adult League, and he also worked as a softball umpire, assistant basketball coach, and wrestling referee in the Cleveland area. Rick then returned to Beaver Falls, where he was an assistant coach with the football team from 1982 to 1988 (including the 1984 WPIAL championship team), then became head coach in 1989. His team was MAC co-champions in 1991, and Rick was named 1993 Parkway Conference Coach of the Year as he guided the Fighting Tigers to their 500th win.