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Gildon joins Peters Township as assistant

Peters Township first-year football coach Rich Piccinini said Sunday that former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon will be hired Monday night as an assistant football coach, pending a vote of the district's school board.

Piccinini said Gildon will coach the defensive line.

"He brings instant credibility," Piccinini said.

Gildon, 38, played 10 seasons with the Steelers (1994-2003) and recorded a team-record 77 career sacks. The talented pass rusher made three Pro Bowls (2000-02) and was named All-Pro in 2001.

Gildon, a Wexford resident, has met with the Peters Township players, Piccinini said.

"When he first got there, he was former Steeler Jason Gildon," Piccinini said. "That's how the kids saw him. But he's turned into Coach Gildon. That 'wow' factor is going to die down, and they'll listen to him as a coach."

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