As a senior at Canevin two decades ago, Darren Schoppe wrote that one of his goals was to someday become head football coach at his high school alma mater.
That day came Thursday.
Schoppe, an assistant at South Fayette, was hired to replace retiring coach Bob Jacoby, who led the Crusaders through 40 seasons and more than 200 victories. Schoppe, who turns 40 next month, was a senior linebacker in 1990 when Canevin won the WPIAL title.
“The program has given me a lot through the years and it's my time to give back,” he said.
After attending college at Frostburg State, Schoppe was an assistant to Jacoby for 13 seasons at Bishop Canevin, which was formerly known as Canevin Catholic. Owner of an in-ground pool installation company, Schoppe later worked one season as an assistant at Peters Township and the past six at South Fayette.
Yet, despite his senior-year prediction, leading the Crusaders was not high among his plans until recently.
“That (paper) was probably a smart remark more than anything else,” Schoppe said with a laugh. “I don't think it really was my dream ... but when the opportunity presented itself, I just thought it was the right fit at the right time.”
Jacoby, 67, retired last month as head coach, a position he had held since 1973. His record was 238-170-7.
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