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Ed Olkowski

Coaching ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

Ed Olkowski earned his place in the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame as one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Pennsylvania. His achievements are all the more remarkable because Midland High School always played in classes well above its actual enrollment. Like other famous Leopard coaches before him, Ed took average sized players from a small school and excelled, winning ten section titles, seven WPIAL crowns, four PIAA titles, and one state runner-up trophy over a 17 year span. His total record at Midland stands at 322-96 in spite of dwindling enrollment. Ed played his high school sports in home town Beaver Falls, where he starred in both basketball and baseball before graduating in 1948. He also played both sports at Slippery Rock State College, graduating in 1953. After a hitch in the Army, Ed had a brief fling at professional basketball with the Philadelphia Warriors before starting his highly successful coaching career. He was junior varsity basketball coach at Midland High School from 1957 to 1967, compiling a 188-40 record. His undefeated 1965 JV team romped to 20 straight victories. After becoming head basketball coach at Midland in 1968, Edís teams won state championships in 1971, 1973, 1974, and 1976. His combined record for both varsity and junior varsity teams at Midland stood at 511-136 in 1984.