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Clairton's Nola plans to return next season

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Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 9:30 p.m.

Tom Nola isn't going anywhere.

The longtime Clairton football coach said Tuesday he will be back on the Bears sideline for at least another season after remaining undecided about his future following the Bears 10-2 record in 2013.

Clairton lost to top-seeded Sto-Rox, 24-19 in the WPIAL Class A semifinals.

“It's really what I love,” Nola said. “I wouldn't know what else to do with myself.”

Nola, 60, has coached Clairton to a 156-54 record in 12 seasons, including 112-7 during the past eight. His teams won five consecutive WPIAL Class A championships from 2008-12 and made four PIAA title game appearances that produced three victories during that time.

He'll welcome back a team of mostly underclassmen that nearly carried the Bears to a seventh WPIAL championship game appearance under his leadership.

In 17 seasons overall, including five at Serra Catholic, Nola's coaching record is 171-86.



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