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
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.