Greensburg Salem names new football coach
Dave Keefer, an assistant football coach at Greensburg Salem High School the past eight seasons, was named head coach of the Golden Lions on Wednesday.
He succeeds Casey Cavanaugh, who resigned in March citing “family circumstances,” after eight years in the position.
Cavanaugh, who compiled a record of 35-41, led Greensburg Salem to four WPIAL Class AAA playoff appearances from 2008-11.
Keefer, 38, a 1993 graduate of Mt. Pleasant, was approved by the Greensburg Salem School Board by an 8-0 vote and will receive an annual salary of $11,000.
“We're an education-based athletic program,” Greensburg Salem athletics director Lynn Jobe said. “What we found in Dave Keefer is a strong coach that will instill core values, develop a competitive football program and, most importantly, develop young men with integrity.”
Keefer, who played football at Indiana (Pa.), where he graduated in 1998, also served as a graduate assistant at IUP and worked for a short time in a part-time role at Carnegie Mellon.
He also coached at Hempfield under Cavanaugh and at Pittsburgh Central Catholic.
“I'm a tremendous competitor. Competing the correct way is very important to me,” Keefer said. “You can shape young men to be competitors and be successful by being competitors. The reality is we are a competitive society.”
Greensburg Salem interviewed six candidates, including three within the district, Jobe said. Keefer is a sixth-grade teacher at Greensburg Salem Middle School.
Staff writer Paul Schofield contributed. Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com.
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