Abe Everhart – Basketball

Abe was coach of the Uniontown High School Red Raiders basketball team for 29 years. He not only taught basketball fundamentals, but was an example to his players.

Abe attended Uniontown High School playing for his father and graduating in 1930. He played some independent basketball, doing well enough to receive a scholarship to Waynesburg College, where he played, graduating in 1939. At Uniontown in ’46 as assistant football coach, accepted the head basketball coaching position in ’47. Everhart came from a coaching background. His father led the Raiders to their first state championship in 1925. Abe fashioned a great record coaching basketball, track and cross country at Uniontown.

Former player, Don Yates, observed, “Abe would let us play according to our abilities. He would not have anyone do anything that they were not capable of doing. He had a great record, but was a great coach. He took every player and put players in positions they were good at and asked no one to do more than they could do.” Another Red Raider, Pete Smith, said, “He really got into the game, but he let you play your own game.” Everhart made Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd,” and the Uniontown Boosters Association dedicated a Holiday Basketball Tournament Programs to Abe.

His career record 549-149 included four WPIAL championships and 2 PIAA titles. His ’64 team was undefeated and once won 52 games in a row, still tying a WPIAL record. His Raiders won 32 sectional titles, and at one point produced a 95-1 record between 1960-’66. Coaching 29 yrs.; 16 sectional championships (11 consecutive); tied for 1st 5 x; finished 2d 5X; finished 4th 5X; 6x to the WPIAL finals; 4 times WPIAL champs; 2X State Champs; 1947-63; had 545 wins/149 losses. The ’59-60 seasons his team went to the WPIAL finals. His 1961-62 and 1962-63 teams were WPIAL champs.

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