ABOUT US

  HALL OF FAMERS

  DICK KADIS AWARD

  OTHER HONORS

  BANQUET INFO

  PAST BANQUETS

  PLAQUE DIRECTORY

  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  RANDOM INDUCTEE

  WEBSITE CREDITS

  SUBMIT A NOMINATION

William Smaltz

Football ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

It is appropriate that Bill Smaltz and Len Krouse were inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame the same year: they were an outstanding passing pair at Penn State in 1939, 1940, and 1941, with Smaltz throwing and Krouse catching. Bill reached the peak of his college career in the 1941 season when he earned All American honorable mention as a quarterback, was named to the All East team, and played in the annual East-West Shrine game. In addition to earning fame at Penn State as one of the top passers in the nation for Coach Bob Higgins, the versatile Smaltz was also considered on of the Nittany Lion’s all time punting stars, which was not surprising because at Aliquippa High School he gained fame for his running, passing, field goal kicking, and punting – all around talent that earned him a scholarship to Penn State. Bill was the leading football scorer in Beaver County in 1936 and 1937, earning All County honors both seasons, and he also received All WPIAL honors in 1937 and was named second team All State that year. After college, Bill spent four years in the Army, then became assistant football coach at Juniata College in 1946 and head coach in 1947. His Juniata teams compiled a 32-17-2 record, including a perfect season in 1953 that gave the college its first unbeaten grid team in 31 years. Bill left Juniata to become assistant football coach at North Carolina State, where he served 17 years before becoming ticket manager of the school and then retiring in 1982.