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Leland Schachern

Coaching ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

During his long and distinguished high school coaching career, Leland Schachern always looked like a man who had been too small to do anything more active in his youth than serve as a team manager. But he was actually a star quarterback and safety of the Geneva College football team in 1920 and again in 1926 and 1927. His biggest thrill was scoring a touchdown in Geneva’s 16-7 upset of Harvard in 1926. After his freshman year at Geneva, he transferred to Grove City College and made the All State team as a quarterback. He then left Grove City and coached football at his alma mater, Monaca High School, for five years before finishing his education at Geneva. Later, Leland coached football at Aliquippa, Hopewell, and East Liverpool High Schools, and also at Geneva. His longest tenure was at Beaver Falls High School, where he coached baseball for 18 years and guided the Tigers to the WPIAL title in 1961. He also had a highly successful career as head football coach at Beaver Falls, with his teams compiling a 63-29-3 record between 1943 and 1952. After Leland resigned as both a coach and teacher in 1964, he continued to reside in Beaver Falls.