New coach part of Carmichaels family
TribLIVE Sports Videos
It could be a case of “like father-in-law, like son-in-law” for Carmichaels in 2013.
The Mighty Mikes, with former assistant Ryan Krull succeeding his father-in-law, John Menhart, as coach, will try to equal or better their 7-3 record of a year ago.
Krull served as Carmichaels' offensive coordinator the past two seasons before being promoted when Menhart, who also is the school's principal, relinquished the spot but remained on the coaching staff as an assistant.
“We're in good hands with Ryan. Nothing much will change. He's been here for a while now, and he knows the team,” Menhart said.
“I know how things are done here,” Krull said. “I know a little bit about the tradition here. The goal is to make the WPIAL playoffs on a consistent basis. Probably every coach says that, though.”
After a 1-2 start under Menhart in 2012, Carmichaels won the final six regular-season games by an average of 35 points before exiting the playoffs with a 40-7 first-round loss to Sto-Rox.
Krull, 26, welcomes back a group of veterans, led by senior quarterback Brandon Lawless, who completed nearly 50 percent of his passes (32 for 66) last season in Carmichaels' run-oriented offense.
“We have nine seniors, eight returning from last year,” Krull said. “They've really worked their tails off, and they've bought into what we're trying to do here.”
While he'll see some familiar faces, Krull loses 1,000-yard rusher Josh Mundell to graduation, leaving senior Brennan McMinn, who gained 615 yards as a junior, as the leading candidate to take over in the backfield. Senior Tyler Aeschbacher returns at receiver.
Krull, who played defensive back at Division III Waynesburg after a standout high school career at District 6 Central Cambria, compared Carmichaels' program to his alma mater's.
“It's small-town football. That makes things maybe a little bit more comfortable,” he said. “You want to look at things in their shoes and be receptive to what these guys are doing on a daily basis — a young boy in a small town, where football is pretty popular.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Valley, Freeport provide special moment for Clarke in regular-season finale
- High school roundup: Mars upsets No. 4 Hampton in GAC
- Kittanning routs Ford City in rivalry’s final game
- No. 4 Highlands wraps up perfect regular season
- Penn-Trafford remains unbeaten, shuts out Norwin
- Plum rolls past Latrobe, into playoffs
- Knoch shuts down Yough, clinches playoff berth
- Statewide HSFB notebook: Scranton RB to miss rest of season with injury
- Running back depth, defense carries Thomas Jefferson past West Mifflin
- WPIAL football playoff clinchings
- Murray carries Steel Valley over South Allegheny, into WPIAL playoffs