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Ringgold picks Milchovich as football coach

| Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

News that he would be brought before the Ringgold School Board on Thursday night as potentially the district's next football coach wasn't the best thing for Nick Milchovich's classroom.

“These phones of ours that we carry around … explode is not the right word,” said Milchovich, a math teacher at Peters Township. “It's mainly people that just want to say congrats, but you wish they almost didn't. I'm getting a million texts. You're trying to teach, and my phone's vibrating like crazy.”

Milchovich emerged from a three-man race that also included former McKeesport coach Jim Ward and former Gateway coach Donnie Militzer.

Former Ringgold coach Matt Humbert left after four seasons to take the Belle Vernon job. Humbert, a former quarterback at Cal (Pa.), went 28-13.

“It's just an ideal place,” said Milchovich, who lives in nearby Venetia. “It's one of the very few schools where I could be a head coach. It's close to my home. It's a place that I've always had my eye on, a place that has a good tradition. Seems like it would be a good place to coach.”

Rising senior Nico Law returns at quarterback after completing 93 of 180 passes (52 percent) for 1,494 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also rushed 116 times for 1,110 yards and another 15 scores.

Law helped Ringgold (7-3, 6-2) finish third in the WPIAL Class AAA Big Nine Conference and reach the playoffs, suffering a 28-14 loss to Indiana in the first round.

“I'm not going to look to upset the apple cart,” said Milchovich, 42. “I know it's kind of late in the year for a coaching change. We're going to try to win each day and not to fit square pegs into round holes.”

Ringgold athletic director Ron McMichael declined to comment.

Milchovich was coach at California in 2000. He was also coach at Charleroi (2003-06) and Peters Township (2007-10), compiling a 37-47 record over nine seasons with two playoff appearances.

Milchovich, who has not coached since 2010, is a Charleroi graduate and was a two-time All-conference fullback in 1988 and '89.

“I was considering getting back into the game as an assistant, but circumstances presented themselves,” Milchovich said. “And here I am.”

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