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Sto-Rox looking for football coach after Butschle resigns

| Thursday, July 12, 2012, 3:32 p.m.
Sto-Rox coach Ron Butschle works out with his players during the Vikings' training camp in 2011. (Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review)
Christopher Horner
Sto-Rox coach Ron Butschle at the Vikings' training camp in 2011. (Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review)

Ron Butschle has resigned as Sto-Rox's football coach to manage family issues but hopes he'll eventually coach again.

“This decision is gut-wrenching for me,” said Butschle, who led the Vikings to the WPIAL Class A title game last November. “I miss (football) every day. My plan is to hopefully get back at some point.”

But he won't coach this season, a decision he told administrators earlier this month.

“My family situation has really required me to be home,” said Butschle, who has a 5-year-old son.

This was Butschle's second stint coaching football at Sto-Rox. His first lasted 14 seasons, including four as head coach. He left for Seneca Valley in 2004 but returned to Sto-Rox in 2010.

The Vikings were 19-4 during the past two seasons. They lost to Clairton in the 2011 WPIAL championship game at Heinz Field.

Sto-Rox athletic director Bill Minear said the district has begun accepting applications and will move quickly to find Butschle's replacement. Assistant coaches already on staff are among the likely candidates.

“They're good guys, and they know what kind of student-athletes we have,” Minear said. “They know the community.”

WPIAL football teams begin camp Aug. 13. The first games are Aug. 31.

Kish commits

Brentwood rising senior Michael Kish, a 6-foot-5, 253-pound offensive tackle/defensive end, made a verbal commitment to Akron on Thursday.

“Akron has a great campus,” he said. “They're rebuilding their program. They have a great coaching staff.”

Akron was the first school to offer Kish a scholarship, but Maryland is showing interest and wants to see film of Brentwood's first two games. Pitt also has been in touch.

“His best days are ahead of him without a doubt,” Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel said. “He just dedicated himself to football the last year and a half after also playing basketball. I really think he'll be even better.”

Westmoreland County 7 on 7 tourney set

The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association's second annual 7 on 7 passing tournament will take place Thursday at Yough High School. Action begins at 9 a.m.

Teams competing are Monessen, Mt. Pleasant, Yough, Hempfield, Norwin, Penn-Trafford, Southmoreland, Kiski Area, Franklin Regional, Greensburg Salem, Jeannette and Greensburg Central Catholic.

Penn-Trafford defeated Mt. Pleasant to win the title last summer.

Groups team for concussion courses

The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society will present free concussion education courses next week in Western Pennsylvania for coaches, athletes, parents, school administrators, physicians, school nurses, health care professionals, sports officials or anyone else who wants to learn more about concussions.

Courses are scheduled in all 12 PIAA districts, including the WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League. Two courses will be held Thursday — at UPMC South Side, 3200 S. Water St., Pittsburgh, from 10 a.m. to noon, and also at Penn-Trafford High School, 3381 Route 130, Harrison City, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The courses meet the Safety in Youth Sports Act requirements for concussion education. The sessions will include information on concussions and their severity, signs and symptoms, testing, concussion treatment and how to develop concussion management and prevention policies. For more information, contact Larry Cooper at cooperl@penntrafford.org.

Southmoreland hires wrestling coach

Ryan Shaw, who coached wrestling last year at Greensburg Salem Junior High School, was recently named the new wrestling coach at Southmoreland High School.

Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at charlan@tribweb.com or 412-380-5666. Paul Schofield contributed to this report.

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