HSFB preview by position: Familiar faces coaching in new places
The WPIAL and City League have a number of familiar faces coaching in new places. Among the career moves since last season, these five changes stand out more than others.
Tom Nola left behind the WPIAL dynasty built at Clairton to coach Gateway, also a contender in recent years.
Muzzy Colosimo returns to the WPIAL at Valley, which reached the playoffs last year with a 6-3 record.
Belle Vernon's Matt Humbert moved from one Big 9 team to another.
But two new coaches won't inherit as much success. Ambridge's Dan Bradley and Keystone Oaks' Greg Perry left winning teams to fix troubled ones.
The other new coaches are Butler's Rob Densmore, Latrobe's Jason Marucco, Norwin's Dave Brozeski, Perry's Ken Wright and Shaler's Jon LeDonne in Class AAAA and Ringgold's Nick Milchovich in Class AAA.
Carlynton's Mauro Monz, Charleroi's Donnie Militzer, Deer Lakes' Steve Sciullo, Derry's Tim Sweeney, Laurel's Brian Cooper, Seton-La Salle's Damon Rosol and Sto-Rox's Jason Ruscitto are new in Class AA
Bentworth's Ron Skiles, Clairton's Wayne Wade, Northgate's T.J. Wiley and Riverview's Jason Cappa are new in Class A.
1. Tom Nola
After 12 seasons at Clairton, Nola left for Monroeville in February to become the Gators' coach. His record with Clairton was 141-22. He won six WPIAL Class A titles and four consecutive state titles, with a 66-game winning streak that was a Pennsylvania high school record.
2. Greg Perry
Perry, a 1979 graduate, takes over his alma mater after nine seasons as head coach at Seton-La Salle, where his teams went 73-24 with eight playoff berths and two WPIAL Class AA semifinal finishes included. Keystone Oaks was 2-7 last season.
3. Muzzy Colosimo
After time with Renaissance Christian Academy, Seton-Hill and the Pittsburgh Passion, Colosimo returns to the WPIAL as head coach. He spent 17 seasons at Greensburg Central Catholic, where he went 143-46. GCC was state runner-up in 2009, but he was forced out in 2012. Valley was 6-4 last year.
4. Dan Bradley
Bradley was 23-3 in two seasons at Sto-Rox, each time reaching the WPIAL Class A championship and finishing as runner-up. His offense helped quarterback Lenny Williams become the WPIAL's all-time leader in passing yards before graduating. Ambridge was 2-7 last season.
5. Matt Humbert
Humbert was 30-13 in four seasons at Ringgold, where returning quarterback Nico Law rushed and passed for 1,000 yards each last year. But in February, Humbert accepted the head coaching job at Belle Vernon, a Class AAA rival in the Big 9 Conference. The Leopards were 4-6 last year.
One to watch: Donnie Militzer
This is Militzer's second season as a head coach after a year at Gateway. His team went 8-3 and reached the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals, where it lost 27-21 to Central Catholic. Charleroi was 2-7 last year.