Coaches Hall of Fame to add Dumm, Salisbury
Jim Dumm and Tom “Woody” Salisbury, who both have had successful coaching careers on the high school sidelines, will be inducted into the Tri-County Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Salisbury and Dumm will be officially inducted during halftime of the BeeGraphix All-Star Football Classic, which will take place at 7 p.m. at McGuffey High School.
Dumm, who is rehabbing from a left knee replacement and major back surgery, said he looks forward to attending the game.
A 35-year coaching veteran, he was a head coach at Charleroi Area for five years and had a three-month stint as head coach at Elizabeth Forward. He also served as an assistant at Clairton, Elizabeth Forward, Charleroi, California Area and Ringgold.
He said a right knee replacement isn't too far into the future.
“I went to the doctor's and they actually called other people in to look at my films,” Dumm said of his injuries. “It looked like I had prehistoric knees.”
The longtime, battered coach said he is humbled by the honor of being inducted.
“It's amazing and very heartwarming,” Dumm said. “I never imagined myself in this position but since it's happened, I thought ‘Wow ... I'm glad for everything that happened along the way.'”
Dumm said he has the itch to coach again, but it may be a while.
“I've been asked, but I don't want to tell anyone anything that I couldn't commit to,” he said. “If I do coach again, this time, I want to be sure I take care of myself first. I never really gave (myself) a chance. I really want to be able to walk strong and defend myself on the field and sideline.”
But the best part of it all for Dumm?
“Being with all the players I've coached, by far,” he said. “They're just like everyone else. They all have problems. You help them learn on the field, but you help them off the field as well.
“It's not just the kids, though; it's the fellow coaches that I've met and worked with. It's such a great union. To see all the ways other coaches attack other situations ... to this day I'm still learning. If someone says they learned everything, they're crazy.”
Even though he's not currently coaching, Dumm said he hasn't stopped learning.
“Someone like (Steelers' offensive line coach) Mike Munchak ... I'd like to sit and pick his brain,” Dumm said. “I look forward to going to training camp and watching him work. There's so much more that I can learn.
“When you're coaching, you better come with your ‘A' game and teach the kids.”
Tom “Woody” Salisbury
Salisbury coached football for 37 years, including 19 years as head coach at Frazier. He also served as an assistant coach at Frazier as well as Belle Vernon and Hempfield Area.
He has coached in every classification at the high school level and has 130 career wins. Salisbury was the head coach at Frazier from 1977 to 1995. In that time, he guided the Commodores to six playoff appearances and helped Frazier win conference titles in 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1993.
Salisbury's Commodores finished as the WPIAL Class A runners-up in 1983, and as an assistant coach with Belle Vernon, he helped the Leopards finish as WPIAL Class AAA runners-up in 1999.
Salisbury noted he is most proud of the fact that the Commodores remained competitive in the mid-1980s despite being bumped up from Class A to Class AA.
“Everybody thought our program would fold,” Salisbury said. “But I challenged the kids and we competed and we won a conference championship (1993), so I'm pretty proud of that.”
Salisbury last coached four years ago, serving as an assistant at Frazier under Lew Sweitzer. He's excited for the events on Saturday, which will feature four Frazier graduates (Charles Manack, Daniel Leonard, Joe Hela and Zachary Mastowski) playing in the BeeGraphix All-Star Football Classic.
“If you don't have athletes, you're not getting into any hall of fame,” Salisbury said. “I was fortunate to have very good assistant coaches and very good players.”
The inductees are nominated by the coaches within the Tri-County Football Coaches Association, which Salisbury said makes the honor extra special.
“It means a lot when you are inducted by your peers,” Salisbury said. “These are people that I coached against and people who know football.”
In addition to Salisbury and Dumm, other coaches that will be inducted Saturday are Ed Dalton, Jim Engott, Russ Moore and Rick Pavlisko.
Gates for the game open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2667 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jason Black is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.