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Sam Milanovich Jr.

Coaching ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

The Milanovich family's contributions are a great part of the tradition of Beaver County sports. With his posthumous induction, Sam Milanovich Jr joined both his father, Sam Sr, and uncle Fred in the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. Sam competed three years on the basketball and golf teams at Aliquippa High School from 1965-1968, earning All Section and All WPIAL honors as a senior. He was talented enough to land a scholarship to Boston University, but after one season at Boston transferred to Augustana College in South Dakota, and, by the time his collegiate career was over, was the tenth leading scorer in Augustana history and the program's all time assist leader. Upon graduation, Sam entered the coaching profession and became one of the most accomplished small college coaches in America. From 1981 to 1992, he was the head basketball coach at Dickinson State University (ND) and took his team to the playoffs seven straight seasons. He also coached the Dickinson golf team, leading them to the North Dakota College Conference championship twice during his six year tenure. Sam was also named the North Dakota Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year when he led Dickinson to its first NDCAC championship since 1948, and he was an NAIA District 12 Golf Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1987. Before going to Dickinson, Sam was head golf coach at South Dakota State University from 1974 to 1977 and the head soccer coach at John Carroll University in Cleveland from 1977 to 1981. Sam Milanovich Jr died at age 42 after a battle with cancer