Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bill Laughlin

William Merle Laughlin


Born:
December 10, 1915 
Hookstown, PA 

Died:
November 22, 1993 
Washington, PA     

Career
1931-32 East Liverpool High School - Ohio (High School)
1932-33 East Liverpool High School - Ohio (High School)
1933-34 East Liverpool High School - Ohio (High School)
1934-35 Washington & Jefferson College - College
1935-36 Washington & Jefferson College - College
1936-37 Washington & Jefferson College - College
1937-38 Washington & Jefferson College - College

1938-39 Elmira Colonels (NY-Penn League)
1938-39 Warren Penns/Cleveland White Horses (NBL)
1939-40 East Liverpool Fleetwing (Independent)
1939-40 East Liverpool High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach
1940-41 East Liverpool Fleetwing (Independent)
1940-41 East Liverpool High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach
1941-42 East Liverpool High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach
1942-43 East Liverpool High School - Ohio (High School) - Head Coach
1946-47 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1947-48 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1948-49 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1949-50 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1950-51 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1951-52 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1952-53 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1953-54 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1954-55 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1955-56 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1956-57 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1957-58 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1958-59 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1959-60 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1960-61 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1961-62 Washington High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach

Laughlin was born in Hookstown, to Clarence and Ora Scott Laughlin. He attended East Liverpool High School and afterwards went to Washington & Jefferson College, where he was a teammate of Hall of Famer Buddy Jeannette.  He worked at the Hazel-Atlas Glass Company after college, and both he and Jeannette traveled to Warren to join the Warren Penns in 1938. He started teaching and coaching at his alma mater, East Liverpool, in 1939, until 1943, when he entered the US Navy where he saw duty in both the European and Pacific theaters. Upon his return, went on to teach Social Studies and Health/Phys Ed and coach basketball at Washington High School in Washington, Pennsylvania. He stepped down from coaching after the 1961-62 season and retired in 1978.
Bill married Myra Cowden (1911-2000) on November 20, 1940, and they had a son, William Jr. (1941-   )




Sources:
Evening Review (East Liverpool, OH), May 9, 1939
Observer-Reporter (Washington County, PA), April 17, 1978
Observer-Reporter (Washington County, PA), November 23, 1993

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/l/laughbi01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=laughbi01 

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