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Charles J. "Chuck" Ross

Coaching ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Unlike most of the people inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame, Chuck Ross did not have a long sports career of his own. A football injury at Aliquippa High School ended his athletic career and he did not compete in sports at West Virginia State College. But as head baseball coach and athletic director of the Community College of Beaver County, Chuck  has been so successful there that few Beaver Countians realize that this is his second career. After college he was an Army intelligence officer for 23 years, retiring in 1971 with the rank of major, and served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and earned the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster for his Vietnam service. Chuck came to the Community College of Beaver County in 1972 as assistant head baseball coach and became head coach in 1974. Between then and 1988, his diamond teams compiled a 544-207 record and won six Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference titles and three invitational baseball tournament championships in the United States and one in Canada. Chuck's CCBC teams made ten consecutive appearances in the NJCAA Regional Baseball Tournament and appeared in the playoffs 12 of 14 years and also made two appearances in the Pennsylvania State Junior College Baseball Championships. Chuck has coached five players who were NJCAA All Americans and six who were drafted by professional baseball teams. Some 21 CCBC players have received NJCAA All Region honors and over 50 members of his squads have gone on to four year colleges on awards. Chuck served as commissioner of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association and was named Coach of the Year five times by the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference.