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High school notebook: Greensburg Salem football coach Cavanaugh resigns

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

After 10 seasons at Greensburg Salem — eight as head coach — Casey Cavanaugh is leaving his dream job.

“Family circumstances caused me to prioritize my life,” Cavanaugh said Wednesday after informing his players that he was resigning as football coach, effective immediately.

Cavanaugh, 51, posted a 35-41 record with the Golden Lions, leading the team to four consecutive WPIAL Class AAA playoff appearances from 2008-11.

“I'm always one of those guys who puts 100 percent into football. I'm not sure I was going to be able to do that for next year,” Cavanaugh said.

He was the team's starting quarterback in 1978 and ‘79 before attending Waynesburg University, then an NAIA program, where he started during his junior season. A neck injury ended his career as a senior.

Prior to taking over as coach at Greensburg Salem, Cavanaugh spent two seasons as a Golden Lions assistant and five as head coach at neighboring Hempfield, where he continues as a teacher.

His record with the Class AAAA Spartans was 21-27 with a pair of WPIAL playoff appearances, including the school's only postseason victory against then-defending WPIAL champion Woodland Hills in 1999.

He began his coaching career at Miami Monsignor Pace, where he compiled a two-year mark of 12-10.

But it was the job at his alma mater, Greensburg Salem, that most interested Cavanaugh.

“Being a Greensburg Salem grad, this job was special to me,” he said. “It's always been a special place, and it's tough to walk away now. But I need to spend time with my family.”

California hires coach

Bo Teets certainly knew what he was getting into when he applied for the football coaching vacancy at California High School. As an assistant coach at Monessen the past seven seasons, his teams faced the Trojans every year, including last fall in the rugged Class A Black Hills Conference when the Greyhounds won, 41-13.

He welcomes the challenge in the competitive conference and will get a chance to take the field against the Greyhounds next fall after being hired as the California football coach Wednesday night.

“I'm real excited to make the move into head coaching,” said Teets, who was a defensive coordinator for four seasons and offensive coordinator the past two at Monessen. “I think the program there is ready to jump off and go to the next level. They have a lot of players back and great facilities. I'm hoping to make the most of the opportunity.”

Teets, who is a chemistry teacher and softball coach at Monessen, replaces Brady Barbero, who resigned in January after going 19-19 in four seasons at California, including a 2-7 mark last fall in the Black Hills.

“Knowing the conference gives me some advantages,” said Teets, a 1997 Ringgold graduate who began his coaching career as an assistant at Belle Vernon. “We're looking to be competitive and make noise in the conference.

“The talent is there. The pieces are there to be successful.”

California plays Monessen in Week 1 this season.

Tourney time

The NCAA won't get all the tournament attention locally this weekend. High school boys volleyball season will kick off, as well, highlighted by a pair of local tournaments at Norwin and North Allegheny.

Teams headed to NA include Ambridge, Central Catholic, Central York, Derry, Fox Chapel, Manheim Central, Montour, North Allegheny, OLSH, Penn Hills, Penn-Trafford, Pine-Richland, Plum, Seneca Valley, Shaler and Upper St. Clair.

The Norwin field features Baldwin, Beaver County Christian, Bethel Park, Bishop Guilfoyle, Butler, Deer Lakes, Farrell, Forest Hills, Hempfield, Latrobe, Moon, Norwin, Peters Township, South Park, Thomas Jefferson and West Shamokin.

Bill Hartlep contributed. Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at

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