Seton-La Salle's multitalented DelGreco lands preseason football honor
Dom DelGreco was taking in the sun in Myrtle Beach, S.C. when he found out he was named to the MSA Sports/Kennywood preseason all-star team as a kicker.
“It's a great award to receive,” DelGreco said. “It was the first day we got here that I found out.”
Del Greco, who handles the kicking duties, starts at safety, rotates as a wideout and returns kicks for Seton-La Salle, was a first-team all-conference kicker and punter a season ago.
Head coach Greg Perry said he is fortunate to have a player of DelGreco's skill on his side, helping to create a more dynamic special teams game.
“Most high school (football) teams borrow a kicker from the soccer team,” Perry said. “What's unique about him is he goes through the rigors of a regular practice, then we ask him to do the kicking. He's a versatile athlete.”
Perry added: “Having an athlete as a punter allows us to do some fake punts because he's not afraid to get hit. It gives us an option as a coaching staff since we have an athlete back there.”
There was never a dull moment growing up in the soccer-oriented DelGreco household, especially for Dom, the youngest of three family athletes.
DelGreco credits his older brother James, sister Alexa and cousin David, all former soccer players at Seton-La Salle who went on to collegiate athletic careers, for shaping his competitive drive.
“We always used to play in the backyard and they'd try to beat me up every chance they got,” DelGreco said. “I looked at that as helping me, and helped me be successful. They pushed me to get better. They never let me settle for anything less.”
DelGreco played soccer until the seventh grade when he decided to take a break, but became bored with all the free time. He joined the football program in eighth grade and took to kicking naturally.
“Whenever I played soccer I always had a strong leg, so I just went right in to (kicking),” he said. “It worked out so I kept doing it.”
DelGreco had quite the junior year.
After helping the football team compile a 9-2 record and reach the WPIAL quarterfinals, he averaged 11 ppg on the hardwood as the Rebels won the program's first section title since 2000.
His athletic impact didn't end there.
Shortly after hoops season ended, DelGreco helped the baseball team reach the WPIAL playoffs as a pitcher/outfielder.
“You just have to stay disciplined with it,” said DelGreco of balancing schoolwork and athletic excellence. “After I come home (from practice), I study a little bit and do homework.”
DelGreco wants to kick in college and has received interest from local schools such as Robert Morris and Duquesne.
“If he keeps doing what he's doing, I think he'll open a lot of eyes that way,” Perry said.
Justin Criado is a freelance writer.