Class: 2022 | Category: Athlete | Alma Mater: Frazier, 1994 | Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball
At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, Salisbury started his high school football career like many kids his size, as an offensive tackle and tight end. When his junior season arrived, Frazier had an opening at quarterback. The team’s head coach was also his father, and he was hesitant to make his son the quarterback. But as the story goes, when coach Tom Salisbury was hospitalized that summer, the team’s assistants decided to use Chad Salisbury at quarterback for some camps – and quickly the job was his. Salisbury passed for 2,346 yards that season, second-most in the WPIAL that year, and finished his career with more than 4,500 passing yards and 44 touchdowns. As a junior, he led the team to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in nine years. He later played quarterback in college at New Mexico State and Buffalo, and spent eight seasons in the Arena Football League, where he passed for 12,109 yards and 217 touchdowns while playing for five different teams. But football wasn’t his only sport. Salisbury had 1,529 points and 1,500 rebounds for Frazier’s boys’ basketball team and batted .400 with 10 home runs for the baseball team. Salisbury averaged more than 20 points and 20 rebounds for the basketball team as both a junior and senior. In college, he passed for 2,291 yards as New Mexico State’s quarterback in 1996 including a 450-yard game against Boise State. He transferred to Buffalo, where he passed for nearly 5,000 yards in two seasons there. His 2,889 passing yards in 1997 was at the time a school record, earning him honorable mention All-American recognition by Football Gazette. He followed that with a 2,058-yard season in 1998. Combined, he topped 400-yards passing three times while at Buffalo. He currently serves as offensive coordinator at California University of Pennsylvania.