Larry Bruno was born in East Liverpool, Jan. 27, 1922. He and his sister, Grace, were the only children of John and Mary Tanale Bruno. As a youngster attending St. Aloysius Elementary, he admired ELHS football coach, Leland Schachern, and the Blue and White’s star player, Bill Booth.
On Sept. 7, 1937, Larry’s first hero, Bill Booth, was killed in an automobile accident, prior to his junior season at Ohio State. The next year, an award was established by the local YMCA to honor Booth, and in 1939, Larry, as a star halfback for Coach Joe Morbito, was the recipient of the trophy based on scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.
Larry was graduated from East Liverpool High in 1940, serving as class president, a position he takes seriously to this day. He went on to Geneva College, appeared in the East-West Shrine game, and had a brief stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers before entering the coaching field at Monaca (Pa.) in 1949.
In 1959, he took over as head football coach at Beaver Falls High School where he led the Tigers to five undefeated seasons in the difficult WPIAL Conference. His 1960 team was led by future NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath. It was Larry who Namath chose to present him at the Canton enshrinement ceremony.
Stories of Larry abound, as an athlete, coach, magician, and during World War II his military service on Guadalcanal. Above all, upon this induction, we think of the thousands of young student-athletes who have been part of Larry’s life and his remarkable success as a coach, citizen and community leader.
On May 31, 2008, more than 1,000 people gathered at Brady’s Run Lodge to honor one of the best, Larry Bruno.