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Valley hires ex-GCC coach Colosimo to head football team

| Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 12:03 a.m.

Muzzy Colosimo is back in the WPIAL.

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

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, four of which were interviewed, including Walsh.

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

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

Colosimo, 63, was offensive coordinator and assistant coach at Valley for one season in 1994 under Ray “Whizzer” White. Colosimo, coach of the Pittsburgh Passion women's professional team, 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.

“Muzzy was the most settled (of the interviewees),” New Kensington-Arnold School Board President Bob Pallone said. “He has a proven track record.”

Colosimo won't waste any time getting started.

“I want to get up to Valley first thing (Friday) morning and meet the kids,” Colosimo said. “When I was at GCC, I'd meet with the guys a week after the season ended to get started. I feel like I'm way behind.”

Colosimo, head of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association, 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 and developing a rapport with dozens of coaches at the next level. He plans to continue that trend at Valley. He talked with new Penn State coach James Franklin the day Franklin was hired.

“I already plan to take some kids to Cheyney 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.”

He said he also hopes to increase participation in football.

“One year at GCC, we had 242 boys in the school and 78 played football,” he said. “Valley has a lot of athletes roaming the halls. There are great athletes that have come through there and great people in the community. I was shocked that Valley hadn't won a WPIAL title since 1947 (as New Kensington). We want to change that.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com.

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