Seton-La Salle hires Rosol as football coach
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Damon Rosol can see his alma mater from the second floor of his Brookline home, so his return to Seton-La Salle as head football coach is a happy homecoming for the long-time offensive assistant.
Rosol, 38, was named the Rebels' head coach Sunday night after nine seasons as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Montour, where he guided a prolific passing offense as the Spartans played in three WPIAL finals and won the 2011 Class AAA championship.
A 1993 Seton-La Salle graduate, Rosol spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Rebels, who won WPIAL Class AA titles in 2002 and '04, before following Lou Cerro to Montour.
Rosol worked closely with Greg Perry, an offensive mastermind who was offensive coordinator for 11 seasons under Cerro and spent the past nine as Seton's head coach before resigning last Monday. (Perry is considered the frontrunner to coach at Keystone Oaks, his alma mater).
“We're still on good terms,” Rosol said of Perry. “He reached out to me already. Seton is where coaching got into my blood. When I was there, they helped mold me before I went to Montour and had some success there.”
Rosol called plays for a Montour offense that featured a strong ground game led by E.J. Banks and Christian Wilson in reaching the 2007 WPIAL final, then a dynamic attack featuring one of the WPIAL's top passers in Dillon Buechel, a 4,000-yard rusher in tailback Julian Durden and 1,000-yard receivers in Devin Wilson and Darren Massey. That group led Montour to the WPIAL final in 2010 and the title in '11.
“There's a handful of schools that, just because we're diverse throwing the ball, it gives us an advantage because we use a pro-style offense,” Rosol said. “There's no doubt we're going to be very similar to what we did at Montour.”
Seton-La Salle returns several key players from a team that went 8-3 overall, 6-2 in the Century Conference last season, including quarterback Tyler Perone (2,322 yards, 24 touchdowns) and wide receiver Danzel McKinley-Lewis (40 catches for 791 yards and eight touchdowns).
“The goal is to get a quarterback, two receivers, a tight end and a running back. If you get that five-man food chain, then you just hope they're balanced. You have to have the trigger man to lead it all. You can have the best concepts, but if you don't have the quarterback it doesn't matter. I'm excited to see what Tyler can do in this offense. He's the key.
“I was always waiting for the right job, and I'm very familiar with Seton-La Salle. I know the advantages and disadvantages there. I haven't coached there the last nine years, but we always scrimmage them and I worked Greg's camps every year, so I've been familiar with what's going on. They've had a lot of success there. We want to get to the next level, back to where we were in '02 and '04.
Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.
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