High school notebook: Vincentian coach's appeal set with PIAA

Chris Harlan
| Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:57 p.m.

Vincentian Academy football coach Tim Storino, who the WPIAL said violated its recruiting rules, will try to have that decision overturned Wednesday at a PIAA appeals hearing.

The WPIAL found in January that Storino had visited with coaches and athletes from Catholic grade schools not designated as part of Vincentian's feeder system. The WPIAL banned Storino from coaching for one season, a decision it upheld Feb. 6 when the board reviewed the case.

Storino, head coach for one year, insisted he did not intentionally violate any rules. Vincentian went 1-8 in Class A during the program's inaugural season.

The PIAA system for tracking feeder schools could be scrutinized at Wednesday's hearing. Following a similar case in 2004 that involved North Catholic girls basketball coach Molly Rottmann, the PIAA established a way to draw boundaries for private schools.

According to Article VI, Section 5 of the PIAA rules: “Any member private senior high school may submit to (the) PIAA a list designating its feeder schools. ... Upon submission, for purposes of the PIAA Constitution and By-Laws, this list shall constitute the school's ‘school district.' ”

To be considered a feeder school, at least 25 percent of the grade school's students must attend that high school.

Vincentian listed 10 feeder schools on the PIAA form it submitted in July 2006. In contrast, 81 feeder schools were listed on the form Central Catholic submitted that same month. Neither list had been updated since.

Cardone retires

North Hills athletic director Dan Cardone, a board member for the WPIAL and PIAA, will retire this summer after 23 years with the school.

Among his accomplishments, Cardone was chosen as a Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute of International Sport and Positive Coaching Alliance at Stanford University.

A 1970 Hampton graduate, Cardone was inducted into his high school's hall of fame and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame last spring.

Broadcast rights

The WPIAL signed five-year contract extensions with Root Sports and MSA Sports Network. Root Sports secured television broadcast rights for the WPIAL football playoffs and championships. MSA, an internet broadcasting company, reserved exclusive radio and online video rights for all sports.

GCC hires coach

Greensburg Central Catholic Tuesday named Joseph Eisaman has its new girls basketball coach.

Eisaman replaces Chris Kallock, who was not retained after compiling a 18-8 record in one season. Eisaman was an assistant coach under Kallock.

Heat acclimatization

The WPIAL's sports medicine advisory committee would like better clarification from the PIAA about its proposed heat acclimatization policy, said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley. The PIAA board voted in March to require a three-day acclimatization period before regular football practice can begin this summer.

“The health care professionals are looking for a little more specificity, so that they can advise the people they work for,” O'Malley said. “They're asking, ‘What is it that you want us to do? What constitutes heat acclimation?' ”

The issue could be discussed at the next PIAA board meeting, scheduled for Wednesday in Mechanicsburg.

Board business

The board voted to censure Kittanning baseball coach John Davis for allowing a player to pitch more than nine innings in one day. Starter Christian Miller, after throwing nine innings, returned to the mound for the 10th in a 12-inning loss to Mars, 4-1, on April 25.

Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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