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Adams takes reins of Southmoreland football program

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

After Dom Pecora left for East Allegheny High School, Mark Adams was hired as the new football coach at Southmoreland High School.

“He knows how to motivate kids and is a good fit for what we are trying to do,” said Athletic Director Charlie Swink. He also explained Adams could help exposing players to college recruiters.

Players were excited about the hiring.

“I was really excited, because I know he is a great person, but most of all, a great coach. He will push us to be great,” said sophomore running back Jake Pisula. “He seems like he knows what it takes to win, and had a lot of experience.”

Adams was the defensive coordinator and assistant coach for the last two seasons at Southmoreland. Before that, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Leechburg High School, where he complied a 6-30 record. Adams also spent time as an assistant coach at Greensburg Salem High School for 14 years.

After Pecora left, questions lingered if Adams would stay at Southmoreland.

“I still loved the program,” said Adams. He also explained that he wants to change the program to an “attitude of winning.”

Swink described Adams with good coaching qualities.

“He's a coach that can adjust to what kind of players we have,” he said. “He also explained that Adams is a “real good communicator.”

Adams explained he will never give in or up.

“I'm a type of coach that will never give in,” he said. “I'm a type of coach that will never quit”

Adams wants the program to be “competitive as we can be.” He also explained that the realistic goal for this year team is a .500 record, which is “gonna take some work.”

Swink and Adams both said that the program could be in the playoffs in two years. Swink explained that the “kids have to make it happen,” as well as the coaches.

“You never know what's going to happen,” said Adams.

Bill Tissue is a freelance writer.

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