High school notebook: Valley hires former GCC coach Colosimo
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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.”
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.