After successful coaching careers, Salisbury, Dalton receive hall-of-fame honors
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Tom “Woody” Salisbury and Ed Dalton are two men who have had successful coaching careers on the high school gridiron, and both will be inducted into the Tri-County Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Salisbury and Dalton will be recognized during halftime of the BeeGraphix All-Star Football Classic, which will take place at 7 p.m. at McGuffey High School.
Salisbury spent much of his career at Frazier High School, while Dalton coached at Mt. Pleasant for a pair of seasons in the early 1990s. Both are thrilled to have earned this particular honor, especially considering that the inductees are nominated by the coaches within the Tri-County Football Coaches Association.
“It means a lot when you are inducted by your peers,” Salisbury said. “These are people that I coached against and people who know football.”
Salisbury coached football for 37 years, including 19 years as coach at Frazier. He also served as an assistant coach at Frazier, Belle Vernon and Hempfield. He has coached in every classification at the high school level and has 130 career wins. Salisbury was the head coach at Frazier from 1977 to 1995. In that time, he guided the Commodores to six playoff appearances and helped Frazier win conference titles in 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1993.
Salisbury's Commodores finished as the WPIAL Class A runners-up in 1983, and as an assistant coach with Belle Vernon, he helped the Leopards finish as WPIAL Class AAA runners-up in 1999.
Salisbury noted that he is most proud of the fact that the Commodores remained competitive in the mid-1980s despite being bumped up from Class A to Class AA.
“Everybody thought our program would fold,” Salisbury said. “But I challenged the kids and we competed and we won a conference championship (1993), so I'm pretty proud of that.”
Salisbury last coached four years ago, serving as an assistant coach at Frazier under Lew Sweitzer. He's excited for the events on Saturday, which will feature four Frazier graduates (Charles Manack, Daniel Leonard, Joe Hela and Zachary Mastowski) playing in the BeeGraphix All-Star Football Classic.
“If you don't have athletes, you're not getting into any hall of fame,” Salisbury said. “I was fortunate to have very good assistant coaches and very good players.”
While Salisbury is no longer walking the sidelines on Friday nights in the fall, Dalton is still very much in the game.
Dalton has coached for 32 years, and is the current head coach at McGuffey. Prior to becoming the coach for the Highlanders, Dalton worked as the head coach at Purchase Line, Altoona, Trinity and Mt. Pleasant. Dalton has coached 18 playoff teams and has won eight conference titles and four district championships.
Dalton's time at Mt. Pleasant was short, but productive. He coached, the Vikings during the 1992 and 1993 seasons, leading Mt. Pleasant to the WPIAL playoffs both year. In 1993, the Vikings went undefeated in the regular season and won a conference title before losing in the WPIAL semifinals.
Dalton, like Salisbury, is humbled to receive the hall of fame honor.
“I think what makes it emotional is that you are voted on by other coaches,” Dalton said. “That makes it so special.”
Dalton also pointed out that his induction would not have been possible without the hard work of others.
“I had the opportunity to work with a lot of great players and a lot of great coaches,” Dalton said.
In addition to Salisbury and Dalton, other coaches who will be inducted include Jim Dumm (former head coach at Elizabeth Forward), Jim Egnott (assistant coach at Bethel Park), Russ Moore (head coach at Waynesburg High School) and Rick Pavlisko (assistant coach at Peters Township).
Gates for the game open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children.
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. Reach him at 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.
- Pirates, Worley edge Brewers, 1-0, move to cusp of playoffs
- Penguins notebook: Carcillo hopes to give team physical edge
- Fans sporting black and gold show up for Steelers game in Charlotte
- East Hills shooting victim found in Wilkinsburg
- Pirates notebook: Bucs set single-season attendance record
- Penn State notebook: Backup QB Crook acquits himself well in debut
- Inside the glass: Penguins’ Martin, Ehrhoff look comfortable together
- NFL notebook: Ex-Titans kicker Bironas dies in car wreck
- Falling branch injures woman, cuts power in Squirrel Hill
- Officials say too many in the 18-64 age range skip flu vaccination
- Gas industry remedies ‘brain drain’ in Western Pennsylvania