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Ed Snitger

Coaching ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat. Ed Snitger began playing for Beaver in 1957 and – save for a four year hiatus at Purdue University – stayed with the school until his retirement in 1999. Sports success came early for Ed: he made the Bobcat varsity baseball team as a freshman, and by his senior year was team captain and All Section, leading his team to the playoffs and throwing a no hitter against New Brighton along the way. Ed was also a starting end on the Bobcat football team that played for the 1960 WPIAL championship and was named All Conference as both an end and a punter, again being named team captain. Ed also played basketball at Beaver, but it was his prowess on the gridiron that earned him a scholarship to Purdue, where he played end for the Boilermakers and caught passes from Bob Griese. Ed returned to Beaver and began coaching with Pat Tarquinio on some of the school’s best teams, including WPIAL title squads. Ed stayed with the football team as defensive coordinator all 35 years of his Beaver tenure and received a Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Award for assistant coaches. Ed also managed the baseball team, spending his first six years as an assistant, then assuming head coaching duties for the next 28 years, with his teams compiling more than 300 wins, five section titles, and one WPIAL championship. Ed coached the first Beaver County diamond team to reach the PIAA State playoff championship game in 1983, a squad that included two future major leaguers (John Burkett and Doug Piatt). Ed was twice named Coach of the Year in baseball. He was involved in the Beaver County Baseball League, organizing, managing, and playing for the Beaver Grays for eight seasons – making the playoffs and winning the title each year (one of Ed’s players was George “Doc” Medich). Ed was inducted into the Beaver High School Coaches Hall of Fame.