DeLattre brings new excitement to Hollidaysburg program
Homer DeLattre is not exactly new to running a high school football program, but this will be the first time he will experience the week-in, week-out grind of the WPIAL as he enters his first season as coach at Hollidaysburg.
DeLattre coached for more than a decade at District 10 Corry, accumulating a 52-64 record over 11 years, including an 8-3 record last year. DeLattre succeeds John Barton, who resigned after guiding the Golden Tigers to a 3-7 record in 2012.
“There is a lot of energy and excitement with the kids,” DeLattre said. “I think we can be competitive, but we have a very tough schedule.”
Although DeLattre — who also is Hollidaysburg's athletic director — isn't too familiar with the WPIAL, he said his coaching experience can help him build the Golden Tigers program like he did in Northwest Pennsylvania for Corry.
“It comes down to evaluation and the ability to just put the kids in a position they can succeed and not allow them to fail,” DeLattre said.
DeLattre understands in order to build a successful program, he will need to adapt to the players' strengths and attract top athletes down the road.
“At Corry, we didn't have anyone over 190 pounds, so we had to just adapt the scheme to our players,” he said. “When I came here, I wanted to install a certain scheme, but I noticed early on that we would have to do something different, and so we have changed up the schemes.”
The rebuilding of a program can be a taxing responsibility for a new coach, and DeLattre wants more players to come out to solve depth issues.
“We hope the kids keep with the program to keep getting the numbers,” DeLattre said. “We want to get more quantity and quality. You have to have depth up front, which we are lacking that right now. You can get great depth through numbers.”
The Golden Tigers will look for senior leadership from wide receiver/linebacker Greg Dinges, linemen Reid Brinkhoff and Zach Simpson and wide receiver/cornerback Daniel Baker.
From the junior class, DeLattre will lean on running back/safety Reid Miller.