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Carol Ripper

Coaching ∙ New Brighton

 

 

 

 

Carol Ripper grew up in a time where there were no sports programs for girls. Her first introduction to competitive sports was her gymnastics training at the Monaca Turners. After her high school graduation from Monaca, she attended Slippery Rock State College and was a member of the school’s gymnastics team, specializing in the uneven parallel bars and vaulting. She was the specialist leading scorer on the team her senior year and became director of the Monaca Turners gymnastics program while in school, a position she held for ten years. In 1971, Carol began the first interscholastic sports team for girls at New Brighton High School in volleyball and basketball. Her volleyball teams had a 192-83 record over sixteen years (1971-1986), including two section titles, two trips to the WPIAL semifinals, 13 second place finishes, and nine playoff appearances. Her basketball record includes a 260-158 record and four Coach of the Year awards. Over a twenty year period, her cage teams won six section titles, eight playoffs, and four second place finishes. Her 1978 team competed in the WPIAL championship game and the PIAA Western finals and were the first Beaver County girls’ team to win 20 games. In 1976 Carol began the New Brighton softball program and coached until 1980, with her teams finishing second place four of five years. Carol coached New Brighton Middle School basketball from 1995 to 2003, instituting the two game format most area teams now use. She also directed the Beaver County Summer Basketball League and was an assistant AAU basketball coach for three years. From 1975 to 1982, Carol played in the New Brighton’s Women’s Softball League as a pitcher, and her teams won the league championship seven consecutive years. She then moved to the Beaver Country Women’s Softball League, and her team won four straight championships. Carol retired in 2004 after 34 years teaching health and physical education in the New Brighton School District, but she still kept involved in coaching.