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Bill McDonald

Coaching ∙ Hopewell

 

 

 

 

From 1958 to 1965 Hopewell High School Coach Bill McDonald had a career 46-25-1 record, but two of the wins were more memorable than the others. After serving as an assistant coach to legendary Braddock High School football coach Chuck Klausing before coming to Hopewell, he got a chance to coach against his mentor in 1960. At the time Klausingís Braddock team had Pennsylvaniaís longest current winning streak at 58 games, but lost to Billís Vikings. But the Hopewell victory over arch rival Aliquippa in 1964 was even more important. Facing Coach Carl Aschmanís Aliquippa Indians at the Pit, they beat the Quips, 16-6. Hopewell played Class A at the time and the Indians went on to win the WPIAL Class AA championship that year with their only loss being to Hopewell. During Billís tenure at Hopewell, the Vikings beat nine of ten AA opponents. Klausing asked Bill to be his offensive coordinator at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and while Bill helmed the offense the Indians registered a 24-3 regular season record. The 1968 team finished unbeaten in nine games and finished the season with a 40 points per game average, the best in the schoolís history. Bill became head coach of Edinboro State the next year and his team compiled a 54-34-7 record over the next ten years. The 1970 Fighting Scots became the greatest team in Edinboro history finishing the season unbeaten and capturing the Lambert Bowl, the Pennsylvania Conference championship, and a berth in the NAIA national playoffs. The 1971 followed with another unbeaten season (9-0) and a second straight Pennsylvania Conference Western Division title. His teams won 21 straight games over three seasons. Bill was voted Football Writers Association of New York Coach of the Year in 1970 and was named the NAIA Area VIII and District 18 Coach of the Year.