|“Coaching has been such a big part of my life that I wouldn’t know
what to do without it,” said Pat Tarquinio after 26 years in the pressure packed
profession. Pat was
famous for his quiet manner and calm disposition in a job noted for ulcers and early retirement. But he
admitted that he
still feels intense excitement inside: he just doesn’t think that
throwing fits accomplishes anything in coaching. Pat's 124-34-7 record
over his first sixteen seasons at Beaver Area High School was the
best in Beaver County since 1966. His Bobcat gridders won two WPIAL championships, nine Midwestern Athletic Conference
titles, and one WPIAL recognition for a perfect 10-0 record in 1968,
when they missed the playoffs under the Gardner Point Rating System.
His Beaver teams were also WPIAL runners-up twice and reached
the playoff semifinals twice. Before coming to Beaver, Pat
was head track coach at Ellwood City High School from 1958 to 1965
and head football coach from 1959 to 1965. He played his college
football at Juniata College, earning Little All America honors in
1955 and quarterbacking Juniata in the 1956 Tangerine Bowl at
Orlando Florida, where his team tied Missouri Valley College, 6-6.
The playing surface at Gypsy Glenn Stadium in Beaver has since been
renamed after him: Pat Tarquinio Field.