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Fred Milanovich

Coaching ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

During Fred Milanovich’s formative years, he learned that an successful athlete had to be mobile, agile, hostile, and versatile. Fred not only displayed those tendencies as a basketball player, but used those same talents to become a highly successful high school coach in several sports. A graduate of Aliquippa High in 1933, Fred was a three year basketball star, captaining the team in the last two years. An All County performer, he led the area in scoring, which made Fred the first out of state recruit by Purdue University, where he played as a freshman. Fred transferred to Geneva the following year to be closer to home and promptly became an integral part of the Covies, playing every game the next three years. Fred was an All District performer at Geneva, and his play continued for five more years at East Liverpool, home of one of the strong regional pro teams. Fred started teaching and coaching at Aliquippa and after six years left for Hopewell, where in his second year he gave the school its first winning football season. In 1945 Fred became a multiple coach at Coraopolis, coaching football, basketball, volleyball, and track and field. For fifteen years, he turned out quality teams, including two unbeaten football squads and two section winning basketball outfits. Several times he was named Coach of the Year. Fred also coached football at Rochester for four years and two more at South Side, where he also coached basketball. Fred also had a passion for politics: after leaving his administrative position at Ambridge High, he was part of the State Legislature from 1975 to 1980. Fred was named to the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. Fred's brother, Sam Milanovich Sr, and his nephew, Sam Milanovich Jr, are also members of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.