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Lyle Peluso

Football ∙ New Brighton

 

 

 

 

Lyle Peluso used his considerable football skills to maximize his educational pursuits, which in turn  transcended into helping hundreds of student-athletes for five decades. Born in Italy, Lyle grew up in New Brighton, where he became an outstanding football player, lettering three years at fullback. His scholastic career climaxed by being named All WPIAL and All State. Drafted right after his February 1945 graduation, Lyle served his country for 18 months and then accepted a football scholarship to Penn State. With the large number of people returning to college after the war, Penn State sent their entire freshman football team to play at California State College, where Lyle was a two way starter on an undefeated team. But injuries plagued his college career: his next two years were washouts due to a broken wrist in 1947 and a blood clot in 1948. To change his luck, Lyle transferred to Geneva and his grid days in Beaver Falls flourished: for two years he was named All District and All State. Armed with a teaching degree, Lyle accepted a job ay New Brighton in 1954 and for the next 32 years was a mainstay on the school scene as an assistant football coach, head baseball coach, and athletic director, all the while remaining active as a certified Pennsylvania official. Lyle was inducted into the New Brighton Hall of Fame in 1974.