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California tabs Teets as head coach

| Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Bill 'Bo' Teets is the new head football coach at California High. He served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Monessen last season.
Bill 'Bo' Teets is the new head football coach at California High. He served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Monessen last season.

California has a new head football coach and one of the Trojans' long-time rivals lost a few assistants in the process.

William “Bo” Teets is the new mentor of the Trojans, hired Wednesday by a 7-0 vote of the California Area School Board. He was given a one-year contract.

Teets replaces Brady Barbero, who resigned in January after four seasons.

Barbero had a 19-19 record at California, including two WPIAL Class A playoff berths. The Trojans went 2-7 in their first year in the Black Hills Conference the past season.

“I'm really excited about this opportunity,” said Teets. “It's been a goal of mine to one day move up to a head position and I'm excited about the opportunity that California has given me.

“We're looking to be competitive and make noise in the conference.”

“I think he's a good choice,” said California Athletic Director Phil Pergola. “He left me excited. He had two good interviews and I think the kids will buy into what he is trying to sell.”

“Going in, I want to meet with the kids I have coming back and see where we are,” Teets said of his first responsibilities as head coach. “I want to get to know the kids and let them know what my philosophies are.”

Teets said his main philosophy as a coach is to be flexible.

“I will have a system that I will put in, but it has to be flexible to suit the players we will have,” he said. “We have to be able to adapt to the talent that is available.”

Teets, who resides in Monessen, had been serving as an assistant coach on Andy Pacak's staff at Monessen for seven years.

He began his coaching career as an assistant at Belle Vernon Area before coming to Monessen.

Teets was the Greyhounds' assistant head coach and offensive coordinator last season and oversaw a unit that helped Monessen post a 9-2 record and a runner-up finish behind WPIAL and PIAA champion Clairton.

Playing in the rugged Black Hills Conference, the Greyhounds averaged 34.2 points per game behind talented quarterback and West Virginia recruit Chavas Rawlins.

“It's a wonderful thing,” said Monessen coach Andy Pacak of Teets' hiring. “Any time you have a guy who has been with you for a long time and worked as hard as he has, you hate to see him leave, but he deserves it. I think it's a compliment when somebody else wants someone on your staff.

“He's ready to be a head coach. I've written letters of recommendation for him. He was a valuable commodity here.”

Teets said leaving Monessen was a tough decision, especially considering the talent the Greyhounds will be returning.

“They are loaded for bear,” he said of the Greyhounds. “They will be one of the teams to beat, if not the team next season and I hate not to be part of that, but this is an opportunity that does not always come along. I'm ready for the challenge.”

Teets will see the Greyhounds first hand in 2013 when the Trojans open the season against his former team.

Teets said he will bring two Monessen assistants with him to California, his brother A.J. and Dave Wojtanowski.

“A.J. will be the special teams coach and the offensive coordinator, but will handle the play calling,” Teets said. “(Wojtanowski) will be my defensive coordinator.”

Teets was one of four finalists for the California job.

He is also the girls' softball coach at Monessen.

“We have our first game Friday, so I will be pulling some double duty for a while between Monessen and California,” he said. “But I don't mind being busy.”

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

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