Williamsport native Carl DePasqua, former Pitt coach, dies at 93

Former Williamsport graduate Carl DePasqua passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 93. With the Millionaires in the 1940s, DePasqua was a three-sport athlete and earned all-state honors in football and basketball. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers.

After high school, he went on to play football at Pittsburgh as a fullback and defensive back. He held the Pittsburgh career interceptions record until 1976 and was the 1949 Blue-Gray Classic Game MVP.

In 1950, he was drafted to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but instead served as a medic for the United States Army in the Korean War.

He coached Pitt from 1952-53 and coached in Canada before coming back to serve as a defensive coordinator for John Michelosen at Pittsburgh in 1958-65.

He became the coach at Waynesburg College in 1966 and went 19-1 over a two-year span, which included an 11-0 season in 1966 in which the team won the NAIA Championship. Following his time at Waynesburg College, he coached defensive line for Bill Austin’s Pittsburgh Steelers’ staff in 1968. The Steelers went 2-11-1 that season. DePasqua then became coach for the Pittsburgh Panthers in 1969. Under DePasqua, Pitt upset No. 15 UCLA in 1971 on the road and had a 5-1 start in 1970.

DePasqua stepped down as Pitt’s coach following the 1972 season. In his time with the Panthers, DePasqua’s teams went 13-29.

He was inducted into the Waynesburg College Hall of Fame in 1972, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Italian-American Hall of Fame in 1994.


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