Angela Vaughan Farranato

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Whenever athletics at Mount Carmel Area High School are discussed, coaching legends Joe Jazz Diminick and Gerald Breslin are always included in the discussion. Today’s inductee Angela Farranato has earned her way into the conversation by virtue of her 368 varsity wins in cross country boys, girls cross, and girls track. Diminick remains number one at MCA with his total of 378 (267 football and 11 track) with Mr. B in 3rd with 294 wins (132 track and 162 in cross). Farranato has recorded a 131-53 mark with the boys, 127-65 with the girls and a 110-27 mark with girls track.

Farranato’s coaching career began in 1990 as the cross country leader for both girls and boys and proceeded to put up a 12-0 mark and her first Schuylkill Interscholastic League Championship. She followed that up in 1991 with a District XI Championship and 6th place finish at the PIAA Championship meet. Her girls teams would go on to win 6 SIAL Championships before she retired in 2008. She would produce 2 state medalists in Carisa Michalowski and Denise Kijewski.

On the boys side, Farranato would produce 9 SIAL Championships on the way to her 131-63 record. Pete Dray also would earn a state medal.

Farranato also led the girls track program from 1995 to 2011, racking up 110 wins and only 276 loses. Her teams would be undefeated from 1997-2000, winning 4 SIAL Championships in that period. She would produce a number of state medalists, including Jayme Meredith, Jen Minnig, Becky Morgan, Erica Genaria, Rosa Jarvis, Denise Kijewski, and Meghan VanDoren.

Farranato began her running career at MCA, earning 4 letters in cross and 4 in track. As captain of the 1984 cross country team, Angela helped the team to a District IV 2nd place finish and concluded with an 8th place spot in the PIAA State Championship meet. Angela also helped a resurgent track program as a two-year captain to their first District IV Championship since 1976 in 1985. Ang was a District Champion in the 3200 meter run and a 3rd place finisher in the 1500 meter run. She was also a part of the record setting 4 x 800 meter District Championship team along with Margot Guinan, Joanne Menapace, and Tammy Trione. Their 9:48.8 mark gave them a 4th place medal at the PIAA State meet and stood until 2014. Her 11:53 mark in the 3200 meter run stood until 1997.

Following her graduation from MCA in 1985, Farranato earned a B.S. in Biology Education from Temple University, her masters from Wilkes University in 2002, and Principal Certification from Indiana University in 2008. She served as a biology instructor at MCA from 1990 until 2008, assistant principal until 2011, before moving on as a principal at Southern Columbia until 2014 and is currently the principal at Oaklyn Elementary in the Shikellamy School District.

Angela and her husband Mike are the parents of 4 children: Marissa, a senior at Wilkes University, Dominic, a junior at MCA, Dylan, an 8th grade student and Michael, a 5th grade student.

Categories: 2015 Hall of Fame