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Pete Pietrandrea

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Pete Pietrandrea coached three sports and produced championships in each. He coached boys and won. He coached girls and won. And he has over 600 wins on his resume. A 1966 graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Pete graduated from Slippery Rock University and began his coaching career as an assistant football coach at Midland High School, finishing his gridiron coaching days as an assistant at Monaca in 1993. In between those stints, Pete coached Riverside for twelve years. He was on Karl Florie’s staff that won a WPIAL championship in 1985, and the Panthers also made several other playoff appearances while Pete was on the staff. In 1981 Pete began coaching the Riverside girls’ basketball team. The Lady Panthers had zero wins in each of the previous two seasons, but within four years were in the playoffs, eventually winning a section championship and making the state playoffs. Pete also started the Riverside softball program in 1981, and from 1983 to 1996 the Lady Panthers compiled a 235-17 record, winning a WPIAL title and becoming the first Beaver County team to play for a state softball championship. In the 1996-1997 school year, Pete became coach for the Center girls’ basketball and softball teams, producing the school’s first undefeated section championship on the hardwood and compiling a 164-42 record on the diamond, with 12 section championships, four WPIAL titles, and three state championship appearances.