Athletic icon, Danielson, passes away at 77

BRADFORD, Pa. – Pitt-Bradford icon and athletic legend, Dick Danielson, passed away on Wednesday, July 2. He was 77.

Danielson, former Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball coach and athletic director, was inducted into the Pitt-Bradford Sports Hall of Fame on October 2, 2004. Danielson served as the men’s basketball coach from 1975 to 1985, and athletic director from 1980 to 1985. During that time, his teams posted a record of 175-86.

From 1975 to 1980, the Panthers played in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) where they went 83-31.

In 1977, the Panthers broke nationally ranked Jamestown Community College’s home game winning streak at 76 games. In 1979, the team stopped Niagara Community College’s home game winning streak at 67 games.

Pitt-Bradford joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1981, and Danielson led the Panthers to a 92-55 record over the next five years. During that time span, he had five All-District 18 first-team members and one NAIA All-American.

During the 1981-82 season, Danielson accumulated his 100th win and was named District 18 Coach of the Year in Western Pennsylvania.

“On behalf of the Pitt-Bradford athletic family, we are saddened by the news of Dick Danielson’s passing,” said athletic director Lori Mazza. “He had a larger-than-life type of personality and had the best stories, especially when it came to the Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team. His athletic accolades are well known, but it is his hard work, vision and love of sport that built our foundation. For that, we thank him.”