TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

HSFB preview by position: Familiar faces coaching in new places

TribLIVE Sports Videos

One to watch: Donnie Militzer

Charleroi

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.

Top high school sports
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 9:24 p.m.
 

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.

Chris Harlan is staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

1. Tom Nola

Gateway

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

Keystone Oaks

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

Valley

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

Ambridge

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

Belle Vernon

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

Charleroi

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.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Football

  1. South Fayette, Karns City set for rematch in PIAA quarterfinals
  2. Scoring record within reach for Clairton
  3. WPIAL’s Top 10 football champions of all time
  4. High school football notebook: Official’s decision impacts WPIAL Class AAAA title game
  5. Pine-Richland’s ‘Neil’ the ram has happy home
  6. Liotta, Petrishen represent AK-Valley at WPIAL football finals
  7. Kiski Area’s work on athletic facilities progressing
  8. Central Valley beats rival West Allegheny to win WPIAL Class AAA championship
  9. Gorman: Neshannock wants WIN
  10. Plum football coach proud of effort in turnaround season
  11. Karns City, Chestnut Ridge set for 3rd straight PIAA football clash
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.