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Dan Oliastro

Coaching ∙ Riverside

 

 

 

 

Dan Oliastro accomplished something that no other Beaver County baseball coach had done: win back to back state championships. (In fact, no other school had won two state diamond titles, let alone consecutive ones.) Dan attended Ellwood City High School and in his senior year pitched a no hitter against Canon-McMillan. He then graduated from Slippery Rock University in 1965 and received a masterís degree from Westminster College. Dan began teaching English and history at Riverside and also accepted the assistant baseball position. After three years, Ed Ellenich retired and Dan was promoted to manager. As of 2007, Danís Riverside diamond teams have won nine section championships, two WPIAL championships (1996, 2006), two state PIAA Class AA titles (2005, 2006), and have compiled an overall 455-326 record. Dan was recognized by the National High School Baseball Association for winning 400 games. After winning the state championship in 2005, Dan was chosen WPIAL Coaches Association Class AA Coach of the Year, and he received the award again after his next state title in 2006. Besides his high school baseball duties, Dan coached in Pony and Colt Leagues.