Robert L. Varano

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Varano graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1951 where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He was selected to play in the 1950 football dream game and also to play in the 1951 Keystone Basketball League All Star Game.

In 195 he enrolled at Dickinson College on a full basketball scholarship and had a great college career. He is the only Mount Carmel graduate in the last fifty years to start and letter for four years as a college basketball player. As a starting forward on the team he was the team’s top rebounder and was second in scoring and foul conversions. Dickinson’s coach A.C. Ransom said of Varano: “The record book will never tell the true story of Bob’s worth to the Dickinson squad for there are no statistics for hustle; you don’t get an extra point in the score book for the basket that is so desperately needed in a tight ballgame; there is no statistic that measures defensive skill; nevertheless it is these things that win ball games and that is just what Bob has done for Dickinson since his freshmen year. He is the mist dependable, hard working boy I ever coached; a superb rebounder and defensive player.”

He had several successful coaching years as Assistant football, basketball and track coach at Ashland High School, assistant football coach at Shamokin High School and as head basketball coach for five years at Mount Carmel Area High School.

He left coaching when he became an administrator at Mount Carmel and in 1976 was named Superintendent of Schools at Southern Columbia Area School District.

He owns and operates Varano Insurance Agency in Mount Carmel and Shamokin and he and his wife Jean live in Mount Carmel. They are the parents of a son Rob and a daughter Wendy.

Categories: 1994 Hall of Fame