Pete Coughlin Upper St. Clair SeniorPublished Apr 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm (Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm)
SPORTS: Football, basketball
• Almanac MVP for football
• Two-time All-Conference, defensive back.
• Completed 82 of 121 aerials for 1,331 yards and 18 TDs.
• Rushed for 545 yards and 9 scores.
• Helped USC to 22-4 record, two conference championships, two district semifinals and one WPIAL final in two years as a starter.
• Debuted at quarterback by rushing for 209 yards and engineered upset win over Central Catholic as a junior.
• Team captain in two sports.
• Three-year varsity letterwinner in hoops.
• Defensive standout on section championship club.
• Part of league’s and school’s longest winning streak (17 games).
• Led the team in steals.
• Maintains 3.6 GPA.
• Member of National Honor Society and Athletes Taking Action.
• Mentor at Baker Elementary School.
• Red-Ribbon Week Leader.
COLLEGE: • Will play football at Washington & Jefferson College or attend Penn State University. Plans to major in business accounting and finance.
Coaches comments: According to USC basketball floor boss Danny Holzer, there is no way to measure toughness, it just shows up, and it showed up whenever Pete took the court. “On the court, he led us in every intangible way possible,” Holzer said. “His defense and leadership were second to none. According to Panthers’ field general Jim Render, “western Pennsylvania Quad-A football is a whole different animal than anything else that is going on in any other sport. It is the main reason that this region is held in such high regard across the country. Against the toughest competition, Pete excelled. When someone his size and stature makes plays and opponents have to change their game plan based on his capabilities, that’s a testament to his athleticism. A person that possesses these attributes is highly valued and means so much to his team. He accomplished much through hard work and God-given ability. He prepared to win and did so. He led by example. On the field, he battled to the bitter end with a competitive spirit. Off the field, he’s humble, respectful and appreciative.”