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Former Coudy Girls’ Hoops Coach Tingley, Architect of Back-to-Back D9 Title Teams, Dies at 73

Former Coudersport girls basketball coach Bob Tingley. Photo courtesy Lauren Stimaker

COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Robert ‘Bob’ Tingley who served as the head coach of the Coudersport High School girls basketball team for three years, died on Dec. 13 2021 at the age of 73.

He was also a long-time assistant for both the boys’ and girls’ basketball programs at his alma mater.

Tingley guided the Lady Falcons to back-to-back District 9 titles in 2020 and 2021, earning District 9 Coach of the Year honors in 2020 and Big 30 Coach of the Year honors in 20201

As a player, he was the 1966 North Tier League MVP for Coudersport as a senior, averaging 17.0 ppg. He was also a member of the initial Pitt-Bradford basketball team.

   

His daughter Kim scored 2,905 points for the Lady Falcons as a player, second in District 9 history, while daughter Becky accumulated 1,264 points as a high-schooler.

He was born on August 19, 1948, in Island Falls, ME, the son of the late Milford (Clair) Tingley, and Helen (Dybowski) Tingley of Coudersport. On June 26, 1971, he married the former Patti J. Burdick, celebrating 50 years of marriage this past year.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Surveying from Paul Smith’s College. He owned and operated his own surveying business in Coudersport for 41 years, and later enjoyed a part-time job at Kaytee’s, working in the greenhouse and feed store.

Tingley enjoyed fishing, winning tournaments across PA and NY like no other, and was an avid hunter, trapper, and outdoorsman throughout his life. One of his simple joys, as well, was spending time with his family, especially his eight grandchildren.

       

In addition to his wife and mother, Robert is survived by children: Rebecca C. Tingley of Clarence Center, NY; Matthew A. (Mara) Tingley of Raleigh, NC; Kimberly L. Tingley of Nashville, TN; Jason M. (Christine) Tingley of Coudersport; Nathan P. Tingley of Bolivar, NY; Kellie C. Tingley of Buffalo, NY; Sisters Jacqueline (James) Tilley of Coudersport, and Teri (Roger) McDowell of Port Allegany; Grandchildren Gracelyn, Logan, Lydia, Emily, Ethan, Allison, J. Clark, Makenna, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Robert was predeceased by his best friend Oreo, an Old English Sheep Dog that crossed the Rainbow Bridge in April.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 20, 2021, at 11:00 am at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, with Rev. James Campbell officiating. A private burial will follow in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery.

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