| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

St. Vincent seeks new football coach

College Football Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 11:03 a.m.

St. Vincent football coach Bob Colbert saw it coming, so Tuesday's announcement by the college's athletic department didn't surprise him.

After his team lost 21 games in a row and went winless in 2012 and '13, Colbert knew his days were numbered.

St. Vincent announced it is looking for a football coach after the college decided to go in a different direction.

Colbert was 10-61.

“It wasn't unexpected, especially what happened the last two years,” Colbert said. “I just didn't get it done. It's not a fun way to leave. As coach you think you can change things.

“We've done some good things and achieved some of the goals as far as enrollment. We have guys from all over on the roster, and that was one of the objectives.”

But the team struggled the past two seasons after a strong 2011.

Colbert was hired in 2006 to restart the program, which was suspended in 1962.

“We are grateful to Bob for his work to re-establish football as an NCAA varsity sport at St. Vincent,” said Brother Norman Hipps, St. Vincent president.

Colbert was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading the Bearcats to a 6-5 overall mark and their first postseason appearance since 1949.

St. Vincent finished the regular season with a 6-4 mark and 5-3 in the PAC to finish tied for second in the league. But Colbert didn't capitalize on that success.

“Two years ago I was coach of the year, and we were a couple plays away from being conference champions,” Colbert said. “The players aren't to be blamed. It's all on me. I just didn't recruit well enough. We couldn't catch up to the other teams in the conference.”

Colbert, who has been coaching 44 years, said he played a lot of young players this season and the future looks good.

“Bob is a fine man who has run our program with integrity,” Hipps said. “We hope to find someone to carry on our program who will set the same standard of honorable coaching practices Bob has always demonstrated.”

St. Vincent athletic director Fr. Myron Kirsch said the search process has begun and will proceed in a timely manner, with a hire expected in early January.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read District

  1. EF big man Prota part of Pitt-Johnstown’s incoming hoops class
  2. College notes: Harbert honored by D-III coaches
  3. Slippery Rock’s McGraw wants to put program on solid ground
  4. Chatham baseball prepares for debut season in 2016
  5. Despite missing track season, awards pour in for Monroeville native, Cal (Pa.) grad Dinzeo
  6. No wrestling with college decision for South Allegheny’s Hitchens