Pete Scaglione was a Defensive Back, Running Back and Kickoff Return Specialist on the Hillsborough High School Football Team. He had numerous interest during school hours like the H Club President, French Honors Society, Student Council, Key Club and Jolly Boys President. His work on the gridiron got him Defensive Player of the Week for the most tackles during the Manatee game his sophomore year. Junior and Senior years averaged over 1,000 yards a season between rushing and pass receiving and received frequent recognition for Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week. Three year letterman from 1965-1968 in football and track; won the Ironman Award and Co-Captain of football team in 1967 and captain of the track team.
His work in high school football earned him a full scholarship to the University of Tampa where he played Defensive Back and Return Specialist in 1968-1972, beating Miami in the Orange Bowl. He graduated with a Physical Education Degree and a Minor in Math in 1972.
After his playing career was over, Scaglione became an Assistant Football Coach, teacher and tennis coach for HHS. In 1976 he began coaching football at Robinson when HHS lost a teaching unit. He later left teaching for his family business: Scaglione’s University Restaurant to support his growing family of four children at the time. 1993 began as a Project Manager for Windward Homes and now invests in and builds homes.
Pete Believed he would never play sports again after an accident at his 8th grade Nash Higgins Relay, which put him in a body cast for three months. Coached Little League baseball, Ben Hill Junior High’s Girls Basketball Team and the under 6 coed Carrollwood soccer team and the Carrollwood Girls’ Soccer Team. Five children and seven grandchildren.