summer of 1975,
Alex Scassa Sr.,
and a few others convened to form the Beaver County Sports
Hall of Fame. Their first order of business was to form an
executive committee of people interested and knowledgeable
about sports in our area. Bill Ross was a natural choice for
his inclusion on the original committee, given his vast
background as an athletic director that spanned three
A 1938 graduate of Beaver Falls High
School, Bill attended Davis & Elkins College for three
years. He left school in 1942 to enter the Air Force, where
he flew 50 missions in Europe as a bomber pilot.
Upon completion of the war, Bill enrolled
at Geneva, graduating in 1947. His first position was at
Hopewell High, where he served as assistant football coach
and baseball manager. Bill then returned to his beloved
Beaver Falls in 1948 and had a powerful presence in
athletics. He coached football (11 years) and baseball (six
years), and also coached one year of golf and was assistant
basketball coach for three seasons.
In 1956, Bill was named the head football
coach at Beaver Falls. While his three-year record was just
9-16-3 in those seasons, he was responsible for talking a
young man into not quitting the sport in 1958; that young
then a sophomore.
Bill assumed the duties of Athletic
Director in 1959 and served in that capacity until his
sudden death in 1976, when he was just 55 years old. But in
that time, Bill was instrumental in developing and expanding
sports at Beaver Falls, not just for the boys, but the girls
as well. Bill was at the forefront for Beaver County when
Title IX was introduced in 1972, a federal law that stated:
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex,
be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits
of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education
program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Bill's leadership at Beaver Falls set a blueprint for other
school districts to emulate.
The Hall of Fame recognized Bill
posthumously at the 1977 banquet with a certificate of
appreciation, and now Bill receives his formal induction.
Bill and his wife Margaret are parents to
four children: Kathy, Bill Jr., Tommy, and Peggy. There are
eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.