Gateway football coach Militzer won't return
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Told that other candidates would be interviewed for his job, Gateway football coach Donnie Militzer has decided he will not reapply.
Militzer, who took over the program amid turmoil, said Monday he made his decision after meeting with principal William Short and athletic director Randy Rovesti. The Gators were 8-3 and reached the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals in his one season as coach.
“I'm proud of the way I handled this because it wasn't an easy situation,” Militzer said. “I never did anything to embarrass the program or the kids, and I'm proud of the job I did.”
Militzer replaced longtime coach Terry Smith, who left Gateway for a position at Temple University and filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Gateway's school board renews all coaching contracts on an annual basis, said Rovesti, who considered questions about Militzer's status as “premature.”
Gateway's three losses all were to playoff qualifiers, including a 27-21 quarterfinal loss to eventual WPIAL champion Central Catholic.
“It's disappointing because I felt we had things moving in a positive direction,” Militzer said.
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