High School notebook: Gateway school board to decide football coach's fate
TribLIVE Sports Videos
With his position as Gateway athletic director already reduced to part-time status, Terry Smith now faces the possibility that he can't coach the Gators' football team this fall.
Smith's fate will be discussed at 7 p.m. Wednesday by the Gateway School Board, which will decide if the athletic director can also be a coach in the district.
“I hope the school board allows me to coach, as well as remain athletic director,” said Smith, whose salary as AD is being reduced from $95,000 to a proposed $43,000.
A Gateway alum, Smith has compiled a 92-28 record in 10 seasons coaching the Gators, who have won six conference titles and reached the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game four times since 2004.
“It's affected us, especially the seniors,” Gateway senior quarterback Thomas Woodson said. “It's not a good feeling when you're worrying about your coach's job. I hope my coach stays. He got Gateway back to being one of the premier programs in the WPIAL.”
Deer Lakes boys basketball coach Joe Lewandowski has taken on a new venture. He is coaching men's and women's 3v3 national teams for USA basketball. The teams, which are working out at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will travel the world to compete against other countries.
They will be competing in the FIBA 3v3 World Championship on Aug. 23-26 in Athens, Greece. Prior to departing for Athens, the men's and women's teams will reconvene at the USOTC for a training camp from Aug. 17-20.
Fans of Kiski Area football will be greeted by a newly renovated set of bleachers this fall, as the unique seating area underneath the venerable pavilion at Davis Field in Vandergrift has been rebuilt and will be opened for the upcoming football season.
The repair work was done by students and instructors from the Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center. The seats will be used for the Kiski Area student section and band members.
The pavilion was originally built when Davis Field was primarily a baseball facility, particularly when the Vandergrift Pioneers, a Phillies farm team, played there from 1947-50. The area was condemned by authorities several years ago when the seats and metalwork deteriorated. But the vo-tech students began the renovation process in May, and the full set of stands will be usable this fall.
John Bologna, a former Leechburg and Elderton basketball coach, died suddenly June 25 after suffering a heart attack. The Freeport High School and Duquesne University graduate was coaching in the Basketball Stars of America AAU program.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judy (Rowley) Bologna; and three children.
Seneca Valley football coach Don Holl will discuss the benefits of playing multiple sports, rather than concentrating on a single one during a forum July 18 at Revolution Physical Therapy, 20630 Route 19, Suite 102, in Cranberry Township.
Holl also will talk about long term athletic development, when to begin specializing in a sport, and the advantages of multi-sport training. The seminar is open to the public, and will include time for questions and answers with the coach.
The event is part of Revolution's free community education speaker series on wellness and healthy living.
For more information, call 724-591-8005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 33 days until the start of fall sports practices in Western Pennsylvania.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Storms knock out power to several hundred in Western Pa.
- Judge dismisses UPMC ‘data breach’ lawsuit
- Penn State lands 4-star offensive lineman from Reading
- Steelers’ defense unfazed by noise, believes in potential
- Police charge third man in fatal shooting of teenager in Monroeville
- Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, kill passengers
- Man dies trying to escape fire at his North Buffalo home
- Gameday: Pirates at Padres, May 30, 2015
- Massive coal breaker, Pennsylvania’s last, is coming down
- Brief lockdown lifted at Jeannette school after unfounded report of man with weapon
- Inmate assaults Westmoreland County sheriff’s deputy at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital