Laurel Valley coaching icon Jerry Page dies at age 89

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 | 5:39 PM

A local coaching giant is gone but his legacy lives on.

Longtime Laurel Valley football and baseball coach Jerry Page died Wednesday morning due to complications from pneumonia, WCCS radio out of Indiana County reported.

He was 89.

Page coached the Rams, who later merged with Ligonier Valley and kept the nickname, for three decades, taking over as head football coach in 1979. The influential coach is well known in Westmoreland and Indiana counties.

His impact was far-reaching as he left a lasting impression on hundreds of former players and coaching colleagues.

“Coach never worried about wins,” said United football coach Kevin Marabito, who coached on Page’s staff at Laurel Valley. “His main focus was to mold each player into becoming a better person, a good husband or a good father. Coach wanted you to succeed in life after football. He was always so positive and never focused on the negatives.”

A gentleman and beloved family man who always complimented the opposing team and maintained a calm demeanor no matter the situation, Page had 206 football wins and made the District 6 playoffs 16 times.

“Jerry was Laurel Valley,” Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel said. “His legacy and footprint on this Valley continues to this day. He was the epitome of ‘Ram Pride.’”

Winning went hand-in-hand with the positivity of his program: Page only had three losing seasons.

“Every practice had to end positively. You would never leave the field until it was positive,” Marabito said. “Coach was always a gentleman no matter where he saw you and took time to talk with you.”

Page’s son, Greg, coached football at Marion Center and went against his father three times but could not defeat Laurel Valley.

A Portage graduate, Jerry Page retired from coaching in 2009.

He coached baseball at the school for 35 years. He also kept the boys basketball scorebook for years.

Page is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bonnie, and his children, Greg, Scott, Jeff, Todd and Elaine.

“He adored and loved his wife,” Beitel said. “He never missed an opportunity to dance with Bonnie at any social event that he could.

”His 206 wins is hall-of-fame material, but he created a football program that you wanted to emulate.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at or via Twitter .


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