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Jack Fullen

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The success of the Blackhawk High School athletic teams in recent years is well documented. While it has taken many coaches and players and various boosters groups to help make it happen, they all have one common denominator: Jack Fullen. A graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School and Slippery Rock College, Jack first came to this area in 1964 as a physical education teacher and a basketball coach at Highland Suburban Junior High School. Also coaching football, he went to New Brighton High School in 1969 where he was head coach of both the basketball and cross country teams. While at New Brighton, he initiated and coached the Marine Physical Fitness Team and started the New Brighton Undergrad Basketball Tournament. Jack was named the athletic director at Blackhawk High School in 1974 and immediately began his involvement in academics and athletics. He instituted the Marine Physical Fitness Team in 1975 and the squad  qualified for the national champions every year from 1980 to 1996. In 1978, Jack organized the Blackhawk Christmas Basketball Tournament, which has grown to become the top scholastic tourney in the state. In 1981, he became the director of the Midwestern Athletic Conference cross-country meet. Jack’s commitment is extensive and he has held several leadership roles at the MAC, WPIAL, and PIAA levels, has served on the WPIAL Board of Control, the executive board of the WPIAL athletic directors, and was president of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Director’s association. Under Jack’s direction, Blackhawk High School had the largest and most comprehensive programs in the area and ranked as one of the most successful to be found anywhere. In 2012, Jack was inducted into the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall of Fame.