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Carter bonds with Seton-La Salle gridders in first year at helm

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 5:34 p.m.
Randy Jarosz | For the Tribune-Review
Seton-La Salle's Rob Carter leads a workout July 29, 2016, at Seton-La Salle.

Rob Carter guided the Seton-La Salle football team to a 5-4 record in his first season as head coach.

Carter had been an assistant at Seton-La Salle since 2002, and coached every position except quarterbacks. He served as the Rebels'defensive coordinator the previous two seasons.

“As a first-year head coach, it all went by so quickly,” Carter said. “One thing I learned was to trust your gut.

“Be confident in the process because everyone has an opinion.”

Carter, 36, took over as the Rebels' field boss in July, about a month before preseason practice began. He was well-drilled for the task at hand.

“I watched (former Seton-La Salle coaches) Lou Cerro, Greg Perry and Damon Rosol for the last 13 years,” Carter said. “I was pretty aware of the goods and bads that a head coach could face.”

“The biggest on-the-job training I learned was the week-to-week team preparation. As a coordinator, you need to worry about the X's and O's, but as head coach you need to worry about the team and to make sure all 50 boys are focused and ready on Friday night.”

Although the Rebels missed out on a WPIAL playoff berth in 2016, there was ample growth within the football program.

“The most positive thing (about the 2016 season) is something I enjoy every year, the relationships,” Carter said.

“The relationships I created this year with players and coaches is a bond that will never break.

“I enjoy watching these young boys evolve into strong-willed men that are ready for anything.”

Ray Fisher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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