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Joe Smartz

Coaching ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

It is no coincidence that Beaver Falls High School baseball enjoyed some of its greatest success during Joe Smartz's tenure as head coach. From 1965 to 1978, the Tigers won 217 games while losing just 78 en route to capturing six section titles, one WPIAL runners-up, and two WPIAL championships. A native of Nanty-Glo, Joe came to Beaver Falls in 1962 and was junior varsity coach under Leland Schachern. When Schachern retired, Joe became head coach and in his first year Beaver Falls advanced to the title game before losing to Arnold High School. The Tigers would go on to reach the title game in five year increments, defeating Bethel Park in 1970 and California in 1975 in a hard fought 13 inning, 1-0 decision. Joe became the only coach to win WPIAL titles at both Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium. Joe graduated from Nanty-Glo High School in 1948, lettering in both basketball and baseball. After serving four years with the Air Force, during which he played baseball, he entered Indiana University, where he graduated in 1958. Joe was the athletic director at Beaver Falls for more than fifteen years, and was the assistant AD for twelve years prior to that.