Sherman McBride

All Around ∙ Aliquippa

Aliquippa has produced some of the greatest athletes in Beaver County’s illustrious history, many of whom dot the membership of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. Sherman McBride lived up to that legacy, both as an athlete and a coach, and because of that, he joins the legendary Quips who came before him as an enshrinee into the Hall.

A 1980 graduate of Aliquippa, Sherman was an all-state football player in both his junior and senior years under fellow Hall-of-Famer Don Yannessa. A wingback for the Quips, Sherman was the Most Valuable Player of the Class AAA Midwestern Athletic Conference as a senior and was an All-WPIAL selection. Following his senior year, Sherman was named the Pennsylvania team in the illustrious Big 33 game.

But football wasn’t the only sport that Sherman excelled in at Aliquippa. He was a three-year varsity letter-winner in basketball, being named second team all-state as both a junior and a senior, and graduated as Aliquippa’s all-time leader in assists. In track, he was a silver-medalist in the 100 meters and as a member of the 400 relay team as a senior.

While he was a three-sport star at Aliquippa, it was his prowess on the football field that helped him receive a full scholarship to Ohio University, and he quickly established himself as one of the Bobcats’ all-time greats. A four-year starter at wide receiver, and three-time All-Conference selection, Sherman also became one of the top kick return men in the nation. He ranked in the top-10 in the nation in punt returns all four years at Ohio. His name still dots the record books at Ohio in seven categories, and he still holds the school record for career punt returns.

Sherman returned to Aliquippa following graduation, where he was bit by the coaching bug. He has been equally successful in that field. As the head coach of Aliquippa’s track team, Sherman has coached the Quips to seven WPIAL titles and three PIAA state championships in the boys 400 meter relay. In 2005 McBride reached the pinnacle when, with just five athletes, Aliquippa captured the PIAA Class AA team state championship. Making McBride’s championship efforts even more impressive is the fact that Aliquippa has no track on which to practice.

Sherman has also been a long-time assistant coach for the Quips’ football and basketball teams. As an assistant football coach, he has been part of 11 WPIAL championships and two PIAA titles, while as an assistant in basketball he was played a role in five WPIAL titles and a state championship.

A long-time advocate for the youth of Aliquippa, Sherman received a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition for his contributions to the community, namely for his involvement in Academics in Motion and as a Youth Development Coach.

In addition to his playing and coaching resume, Sherman has also spent time as a boxing official, judging numerous high-profile events.

Sherman and his wife, Roxanne, reside in Aliquippa.