Schwalm inducted into Hall Of Fame

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TOWER CITY - Williams Valley's former head coach and offensive coordinator, Bill Schwalm was inducted into the Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place during half-time of the Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association All-Star Football Game. Schwalm was one of four coaches who were honored for their impressive coaching careers on November 21, 2012.

Schwalm began his career in sports at Mahanoy Joint High School (now Line Mountain) where he played three sports. He was a three-year starter for the football team and was the team captain and leading rusher for the undefeated Twin Valley Conference Championship Team in 1961. His successful high school career led him to West Chester State College where he played four years for the Golden Rams football team, earning three varsity letters and starting as the team's running back for his last two seasons.

His 39 years of coaching began as an assistant coach at Tri-Valley High School in 1965. He followed that with two seasons as their head coach. From Tri-Valley he went to Halifax where he spent 23 years (1969-1993) as the head coach for the Wildcats. In that time he had 15 winning seasons and earned one Tri-Valley League Title, taking a one year leave from high school football to become an assistant coach at Bucknell University. He returned to Halifax as the head coach in 1978 and remained until 1993.

In 1996 Schwalm came to Williams Valley as the head coach for the Viking team. His eight-year tenure yielded a record of 55 wins and 35 losses. Six of his teams qualified for District play-offs with the 2000 team earning a silver medal as the District XI runner-up and the 2001 team earning the Twin Valley Conference championship title with a 10-0 undefeated season.

Schwalm returned to Williams Valley as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for Head Coach Scott Cecco in 2008. He served in this capacity for four seasons. The teams in those four seasons averaged over 300 yards and 30 points per game; compiled 31 wins; won the 2008 TVC Conference Title with an undefeated season and qualified for district play-offs every year.

In a coaching career that spanned six decades and compiled 163 wins, Coach Schwalm has seen many changes in the game and in the players. One thing that did not change was his ability to put together a winning team. His coaching talents have been recognized and honored many times in those six decades. He was named the Twin Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1974, 1981, 1984 and 2001; 2001 Schuylkill County Coach of the Year; 2001 All-Anthracite Coach of the Year; 2011 Schuylkill County Assistant Coach of the Year and most recently, 2012 Schuylkill County Football Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee.

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