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Scholarship established in memory of Olean educator and coach

The memory of Anthony Rocco “Tony” Iacovino will be kept alive through a scholarship fund established in his name at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

The Anthony Iacovino American History Scholarship will fund a $1,000 award each year to a graduate of Olean High School pursuing a degree in higher education.

The former Olean High School teacher and coach passed away June 6 in Florida at 88 years of age. He came to the Olean area in 1944 to attend St. Bonaventure University on a basketball scholarship after having served in the U.S. Navy. He met and married Gayle Noreen Blackmon in Olean.

Iacovino was a teacher in the Olean school system for more than 30 years, having coached hundreds of basketball and baseball players during that time. He taught in New Jersey for a year, but returned to Olean to teach history and to coach.

His son, Jim Iacovino, remembers his father as being a passionate teacher and coach. Iacovino continued to teach and coach all age levels in both basketball and baseball before he retired and relocated to Florida with his wife.

Although away from the region for some time, Jim Iacovino said that the family established the scholarship in Olean because his dad “touched a lot of people in Olean.” The son returns to Olean for alumni reunions and will be on hand this weekend when the scholarship fund is announced to fellow classmates.

Eligibility requirements for the scholarship include exceling in the classroom and being involved in extracurricular activities and community services.

A graduate from Olean High School’s Class of 2016 will be the first to receive an award from the scholarship fund. Students can apply for the scholarship online at: Donations to the scholarship fund may be made in care of the Community Foundation, 120 North Union Street, Olean, New York 14760 and online at