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Jeff Beltz

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If being named a college All American in one sport is the ultimate, how would you classify someone being a collegiate All American in two sports? The guess is you could say that particular person pulled a “Beltz”. Yes, Jeff Beltz was an All American in both football and baseball while at Geneva College from 1991 to 1995. And who knows, he might have even won postseason honors in basketball had he chosen that sport as well. Such is the talent of the Freedom graduate. Jeff began getting rave notices while performing for Bulldog teams during his scholastic days of 1987 to 1991. In football as a senior, he set the school record for receptions with 40 in helping the team to their first playoff appearance in over a decade. He also played free safety and was the punter. Two years running, Jeff was named to the All Conference Team. Jeff played just one year of basketball at Freedom, but what a year it was. He averaged over 25 points per game to be one of the top scorers in the WPIAL, and was a unanimous all star. In baseball, he was a three year starter and all star caliber at various positions. He batted over .500 as a senior. In an American Legion contest, he once had a 5 for 5 day against Ellwood City which included three home runs. Oh yes, he also was the winning pitcher that game. At Geneva, he became the first and only two sport All American in over 100 years of participation in intercollegiate athletics. In football, Jeff set every game, season, and career receiving record upon graduation. In 1994, he had 68 receptions and 11 touchdowns and became Geneva’s first ever receiver to top 1000 yards in a season. Amazingly, Jeff also started as a safety and sometimes as a cornerback, and he was named All Conference both ways. In addition, he returned punts, kickoffs, and was the holder in placekicks. In the diamond sport at Geneva, Jeff was a four year starter and two time NAIA All American. He set records with season and career steals, triples and on-base average. Jeff, who is single and resides in Beaver, is now making his mark as a football coach. He was on the Robert Morris staff with Joe Walton for four playoff years, and took over the program at Beaver in 2000. He has taken the Bobcats to three co-conference championships in those seven years, with four postseason appearances.