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Gino Piroli

Administration ∙ Aliquippa

Gino Piroli has had a diversified career as a writer, broadcaster, founder, administrator, and historian on the Beaver County sports scene.

For nearly seven decades, the Aliquippa native has established a broad presence throughout the area in a number of capacities. Included in that is being a charter member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame, established in the summer of 1975.

Gino, a World War II Navy veteran, was involved with sports both before and after the war. He played and coached softball and basketball teams in the Aliquippa Community League and the Jones & Laughlin sports programs.

In 1961, Gino began his sports writing career, writing and being sports editor for the weekly paper, The News. He did that for 27 years, and followed that with ten more years of writing about events and history of Beaver County. Still today, Gino writes a popular column for the Beaver County Times, something he has been doing since 1998.

On the radio, Gino began by assisting Chuck Wilson on WBVP broadcasts of games. He later had his own daily show on WMBA, where he also did play-by-play for several years.

In 1972, Gino started the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame, serving as founder and chairman. He also was founder of the Hopewell Basketball Boosters, and was the first commissioner of the Beaver County Bantam Basketball League. In addition, for 17 years, Gino coached, managed, and held officer positions with the Hopewell Township Little League organization.

Gino has also been heavily involved throughout his life in community activities. He has held leadership positions in several areas, including as the Aliquippa Postmaster, as a Hopewell Township Commissioner, and on the committee and President of the Aliquippa Hospital Board of Directors. He has also been a leader with church and library organizations.

Gino's extensive involvement has been recognized numerous times. In 1972, he was named Aliquippa Sportsman of the Year; in 1973, he was the Hopewell Junior Chamber of Commerce Sportsman of the Year; and in 1980, the Aliquippa Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year. In 2000, Gino was honored by the Sons of American Revolution for his service to the citizens of the nation.

Gino and his wife Evelyn have been married for 66 years. They have three children: Edward, Concetta, and David. There are also four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.