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Charleroi tabs Luke Mollis as new baseball coach

| Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
File photo of Charleroi baseball coach Luke Mollis. Jim Ference | The Valley Independent

There will be a new face running Charleroi's baseball program.

Then again, it won't be a new face at all.

Luke Mollis was hired as the school's varsity baseball coach at Tuesday's Charleroi Area School Board meeting.

Mollis, a 1999 Charleroi graduate and former baseball and football standout at the school, had been serving as an assistant on former coach Brian Corrin's staff.

The school board opted to open Corrin's job after last season.

“I'm glad to be back as a head coach at Charleroi,” said Mollis, who previously was the school's head football coach for five seasons, the last being in 2011.

Mollis said he is excited to take over the program, but admitted to doing so with mixed emotions.

“I was an assistant for Brian and I talked to him before I applied,” Mollis said. “We're good friends.”

Mollis said he hopes to generate more interest in the program.

“We have to get our numbers up,” he said. “Obviously, we'd like to win more games than we have been. It will be a process.”

Mollis said he has other goals for the program, which include getting Charleroi's Colt baseball program back together. Last year, Charleroi combined with Monessen to field a Colt team.

“We need at least 12 Charleroi kids to field a team and I think we can do it,” Mollis said.

He also said he plans on continuing as Charleroi's American Legion baseball manager, where he can work with Charleroi players during the summer.

Charleroi Athletic Director Bill Wiltz said he was thrilled to see Mollis take over the baseball program.

“We're happy to have him,” Wiltz said. “We're happy to have someone of that quality and experience. He's a teacher in our system. He was a great player to come through our program and he was a successful college player as well.”

Mollis, a middle school physical education teacher, was hired at a salary of $2,841.

Bruno Pappasergi was hired as his first assistant at a salary of $2,527.

Charleroi also has a new track and field coach as Martin Matyas moves up from an assistant position to take over the head coaching job after long-time coach Joe Caruso resigned recently for health reasons.

Matyas was hired at a salary of $4,051 with Keith Boord hired as an assistant at $2,438.

There is still an opening for a varsity track assistant.

Beth Noble was rehired as the girls' softball coach at a salary of $2,840 and Dena Mornack was hired as varsity assistant at $1,530. Antoinette Weber was hired as the girls' volleyball coach at a salary of $1,200. She replaces Amanda Bashioum, who resigned.

Nick Malush was hired as volleyball assistant at a salary of $900.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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