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Joe Salvino is going to be coaching at California Area this season.

However, Monessen basketball fans can relax because he isn't leaving to coach the Trojans' on the hard court.

Salvino is expected to join Bo Teets' football staff as an assistant if the California Area School Board approves the recommendation. He will be coaching the Trojan linebackers.

Salvino, who will be entering his 31st season coaching Monessen's successful boys' basketball program, had been a football assistant for 22 seasons before stepping aside three years ago.

“Bo asked me last year when he got the job at California and I told him I wasn't interested,” said Salvino. “He called me again this season and at first I told him I didn't think so, but he was persistent.

“He said he really wanted me and that I could be a big help, so I told him I would do it for this season anyway. I always did enjoy coaching football, to be honest.”

Teets and Salvino were both assistants on Monessen's football staff under head coach Andy Pacak.

“We worked well together and I like Bo,” Salvino said. “I just hope I'm into it like I was before. I guess I will find out Monday (when camp starts).”

Teets smiled when asked about the new addition to his staff.

“He's just a guy who lives down the street from me who has a little coaching experience,” Teets said, tongue-in-cheek.

Teets then gushed at the addition of Salvino to his staff.

“He's a guy who has been around. He's a winner. He's a legendary coach,” Teets said. “You can't put a value on that for a program like ours.

“We coached together for four years at Monessen and worked very closely together and have similar styles. I'm excited about the prospects of having Joe with us.”

Salvino said it will be different coaching a sport at a school other than Monessen for the first time.

“It already has been strange,” he said with a laugh. “The other day we had conditioning and I was there and I really didn't know many of the kids.

“Some of them came up to me and I introduced myself, and I'm not sure all of them even know who I am,” said Salvino, who has won multiple WPIAL and PIAA basketball titles during his illustrious career at Monessen.

One thing Salvino won't have to worry about — at least during the regular season — is coaching against the Greyhounds and a lot of his basketball players.

While Monessen was moved to the newly revamped Eastern Conference, California returns to the Tri-County South Conference and a lot of its former longtime rivals.

“They have a young team and they are back in the Tri-County South,” Salvino said. “So we will see what happens.”

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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