Saint Vincent College has announced publication of a book, Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp: 50 Years at Saint Vincent, in conjunction with the observance of the 50th annual summer training camp.
Authored by retired sports writer Mike Dudurich and illustrated with dozens of historic photographs from the files of Latrobe photographer Bill Amatucci as well as the Steelers archives, the 40-page, full-color, copyrighted publication was designed by George Fetkovich of the Saint Vincent College Marketing and Communications staff.
A welcome message by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. notes that the year 2015 marks the 50th summer Saint Vincent has welcomed the Pittsburgh Steelers and thousands of their fans to campus. “A lot of memories and images come to mind when you think about those 50 years,” Nowicki commented. “Great players, great plays, six Super Bowl victories, seeing old friends, making new friends. My favorite image of training camp is that of the fans surrounding the practice fields on all sides. I hope the spirit of hospitality will always be a hallmark of Saint Vincent since that welcoming spirit is rooted in a central teaching of Saint Benedict in his Rule written for monks in the sixth century.”
The book is divided into four chapters based on the team’s head coaches during that period: The Bill Austin Era, 1966-1968, The Beginning; The Chuck Noll Era, 1969-1991, The Glory Years; The Bill Cowher Era, 1992-2006, A Renewed Fire; and The Mike Tomlin Era, 2007 to present, Growing Together.
Forty-four photos provide a photographic overview of the coaches and players during the past 50 years.