Larry Bruno, 88; was Joe Namath’s high school coach

Associated Press / January 1, 2011

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BEAVER, Pa. — Larry Bruno, a former Geneva College football star who turned down a chance to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers but later coached Joe Namath in high school, has died.

He was 88.

Mr. Bruno died Dec. 24 at Heritage Valley Beaver hospital. No cause was given.

A running back, Mr. Bruno was drafted in the 13th round by the Steelers in 1947 but chose to go into coaching. His career at Monaca (1949-58) and Beaver Falls (1959-78) high schools was highlighted by a Namath-led 10-0 record in 1960.

That team won a western Pennsylvania championship, but there were no statewide playoffs. Mr. Bruno’s record at Beaver Falls was 184-52-9.

Namath chose Mr. Bruno to present him when Namath entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.