Pine-Richland football coach retires
TribLIVE Sports Videos
For 46 years the game of football has been synonymous with the identity of Clair Altemus.
Eight years as a player, 38 as a coach — 46 years in all.
“That is a long time to do any one thing,” Altemus said. “Forty-six years of my career were tied up with football.”
Altemus was the coach at Pine-Richland who took over a dismal program 16 years ago and revamped it to the point the Rams made trips to the WPIAL championship game in 2002 and '03. Altemus led the 2003 team to the PIAA finals, and a memorable game against Manheim Central in the state finals yielded a silver medal for the Rams.
“I left with no regrets,” he said. “This is an awesome school, community, and the kids I coached are the type of kids you hope your daughter brings home.
“The people I have met here are fantastic.”
Altemus, who has two daughters of his own, wants to focus on being a grandfather and traveling as both his daughters live out of state.
Many fans associate Altemus with the 2003 PIAA finals team, but the coach said his favorite squad was the one that got the run of success started.
“My favorite season was 1999,” Altemus said. “I had a group of sophomores I told that if they put the time and effort in, by the time they were seniors they would win a conference title and make the playoffs.”
That team used to pack Santacroce Field and did so by playing excellent football.
“Winning football was so new to the community at that time,” Altemus said. “Those players used to find my house, and we would sit out on the porch and just talk football. That team started an eight- or nine-year run of playoffs.”
During his tenure, Altemus and his teams won six section crowns, a WPIAL runner-up, WPIAL title and a PIAA runner-up.
Altemus also served as the athletic director for Pine-Richland but retired from that post last year.
Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McIntyre students hope Buddy Bench is beneficial to all
- Steelers kicker Boswell puts best foot forward
- South Fayette, Aliquippa form unique traditions for Thanksgiving Day
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin not grooming successor to RB Williams
- Gorman: Look out for unsung hero
- Occupying playoff spot on Thanksgiving good harbinger for Penguins
- Penn State suffers home loss to Radford
- Penn State-West Virginia rivalry renews at Elite Eight
- Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf: ‘Theatrics’ holding up budget
- West Virginia football team finds late-season mean streak
- Kiski Area boys a team in transition after graduation of top scorer