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Despite losing coach and transfers, Greensburg Central Catholic reloads

| Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, 8:52 p.m.
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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Chase Keller throws in practice. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Chase Keller passes during practice. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
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Greensburg Central Catholic linebacker Nate Stone works out during practice. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review

All of a sudden, Greensburg Central Catholic football is under new leadership.

Will the Centurions ever be the same now that longtime coach Muzzy Colosimo is gone?

Assistants Dan Mahoney and Matt Federico were elevated to co-coaches Aug. 6 following a swift move to replace Colosimo just before the start of training camp.

“We won't change much at all,” said Mahoney, who had been an assistant at GCC since Colosimo became head coach in 1995.

“I've been with Muzzy for a long time and we'll continue to do the things necessary to be successful, the things we've hung our hat on.”

Aspects such as a strong line and stout defense.

Colosimo, 61, who coached the Centurions for 17 years, compiled a 143-46 record following a 10-2 mark in 2011. He was suspended twice by the school during a 10-month period, the details of which were not made public.

Finally, the school moved to make a change, but Colosimo remained on as head of buildings and grounds and joined the coaching staff at nearby Seton Hill University.

GCC's splendid campaign a year ago quietly ended with a 35-0 loss to Aliquippa in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals, just two years after the Centurions played for a PIAA championship in 2009, losing to Lancaster Catholic, 21-14.

The Centurions return a talented roster, led by senior running back/safety Zach Guiser, an Akron recruit who Mahoney considers a team leader who will lead an experienced defensive backfield.

Senior Mark Rodriguez and juniors Nate Stone, Seth Warburton and J.T. Astalos are the returning linebackers. Colosimo said Stone “has the eyes of just about every college in the country.”

Chase Keller, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior, is expected to replace the departed Bobby Noble at quarterback.

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