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Press Maravich

Coaching ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Beaver County Sports fans remember Press Maravich as the towel chewing basketball coach at Aliquippa High School in the 1952-1953 and 1953-1954 seasons. He then moved on to Baldwin High for two years and compiled a total record of 96-30 at the two schools. During his playing days, Press was a star cager at Aliquippa High School and Davis and Elkins College of West Virginia, where he graduated in 1941. His college career scoring mark of 1635 points was a national record at that time. After playing pro basketball for the Detroit Eagles, Youngstown Bears, and Pittsburgh Ironmen, Press served as an assistant cage coach at Davis and Elkins and West Virginia University for one year each. In 1949 he was head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan and in 1950 returned to Davis and Elkins as head cage coach and athletic director. Press coached at Clemson University from 1956 to 1962, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball title in 1962, then moved to North Carolina State (1964-1966), winning the ACC title in 1965. Press also coached at Louisiana State (1966-1972), where his 1980 team featuring son Pete (pictured right, with his father) had a 22-10 record and played in the National Invitational Tournament. At the time of his induction into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame, father and son were together again with the New Orleans Jazz, where Press was head scout and Pistol Pete was a star player.