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Pat Tarquinio

Coaching ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

“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.