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By Staff Reports
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 9:42 p.m.
 

Muzzy Colosimo is back in the WPIAL.

The former Greensburg Central Catholic coach was hired Thursday night to be the new football coach at Valley High School.

Approved by a 6-3 vote, Colosimo replaces Chad Walsh, who was not retained after two seasons despite going 12-8 with back-to-back WPIAL playoff appearances.

New Kensington-Arnold district solicitor Tony Vigilante said the board could not comment on why Walsh was not rehired because it was a personnel issue. Colosimo was one of 17 applicants, and four were interviewed, including Walsh.

Colosimo, who was dismissed from GCC after 17-plus years following a reported hazing incident at a summer camp in New Jersey in 2012, said that situation is in the past and he is ready for a fresh start.

“Everything took care of itself,” he said about the incident. “I feel that I came out of that unscathed. It was a power struggle. I hold no ill will toward Central Catholic.”

Colosimo, 63, was offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Valley for one season, in 1994, under Ray “Whizzer” White. Colosimo currently is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Passion women's professional team and said he'll try to do both jobs. He also had coaching stints at Renaissance Christian Academy in Penn Hills and Seton Hill University since leaving GCC.

Colosimo went 143-46 in 17 seasons at GCC with a WPIAL title and a PIAA runner-up. His calling card became getting players into college programs.

“I already plan to take some kids to Cheney College near Philadelphia,” Colosimo said. “The way I see it, it's not about how many games you win, it's how many kids you put into college. If I do that here, I'm winning.”

Pairings announced

The WPIAL announced the pairings for the upcoming wrestling team tournament.

Action begins Monday with four Class AAA preliminary-round matches at Chartiers Valley.

Franklin Regional (10-1) and Latrobe (9-1), which met in the Section 1 finals Wednesday, were seeded 1-2 in Class AAA. Returning four-time WPIAL and two-time PIAA champion Canon-McMillan (14-0) earned a No. 3 seed, North Allegheny (10-0) is fourth and Kiski Area (13-2) was seeded fifth.

In Class AA, seven-time defending champion Burrell (9-3) was seeded first, followed by South Fayette (17-0) at No. 2. Those teams met in the Class AA finals in 2013. The third seed was Jefferson-Morgan (12-2). Burgettstown (8-0) was fourth and Derry (11-2) fifth.

First-round matches will be Wednesday with each of the top four seeds hosting.

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