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Frank Marocco

Coaching ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Frank Marocco had his own cheering section when he was one of Aliquippa High Schoolís most honored football stars in the 1950s. He was one of 14 children of Eleuterio and Maria Marocco and spent his entire scholastic athletic career in Aliquippa. In junior high school, Frank played football under Sam Milanovich Sr and basketball under Roger Jones. As a sophomore in high school, he was a member of Coach Carl Aschmanís 1952 WPIAL championship grid squad. Frank became a starter in 1953 as an offensive guard and middle linebacker and was named to the All County team. He was Quip co-captain in 1954 and earned more honors: All County on both offense and defense, first team WPIAL and UPI, and Wigwam High School All American. Frank played college football at North Carolina State under another Aliquippa Hall of Famer, Bill Smaltz. He captained the freshman team before becoming a starter as a sophomore as guard and linebacker, and the Wolfpack won the Atlantic Coast Conference title that season. As a junior in 1958 he also took on punting duties. During his senior season, he made 24 solo tackles in a game against South Carolina and was named All Atlantic Coast Conference for the second time. Starting in 1960 Frank served as junior high grid coach at Aliquippa and later as varsity defensive coach. The Quips won the 1964 WPIAL crown by holding Monongahela to zero yards rushing. Frank served as head football coach at Ambridge High School from 1968 to 1978. Frank was inducted into the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.