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Greensburg Central Catholic replaces football coach Muzzy Colosimo

| Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Muzzy Colosimo celebrates his first WPIAL Championship after leading the Centurions past Aliquippa 33-7 in the Class AA finals at Heinz Field on November 27, 2009. (Barry Reeger/Tribune-Review)
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Greensburg Central Catholic head football coach Muzzy Colosimo hugs his senior football players, including Jon Turik (4), after thier 21-14 PIAA AA championship loss to Lancaster Catholic on December 19, 2009 in Hershey. (Eric Schmadel/Tribune-Review)
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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Muzzy Colosimo watches his team prepare at Seton Hill University for a 2009 game against Lancaster Catholic in the finals of the PIAA Championships. (Barry Reeger/Tribune-Review)
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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Muzzy Colosimo watches his team prepare at Seton Hill University for a 2009 game against Lancaster Catholic in the finals of the PIAA Championships. (Barry Reeger/Tribune-Review)

William “Muzzy” Colosimo won't be coaching football for an 18th season at Greensburg Central Catholic.

In a shocking development a week before practice for the 2012 season begins, Colosimo was replaced as coach.

In a statement released by the Diocese of Greensburg, Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School announced a change in the leadership of its football program. Daniel Mahoney and Matthew Federico will serve as co-head coaches for the 2012 season.

Mahoney, athletic director at GCC, has been an assistant coach and defensive coordinator the past 16 seasons at the school. He previously was a head coach at Geibel in the early 1990s.

Federico served as quarterbacks coach at GCC from 2008-10.

The Centurions begin football camp Aug. 13 and open the season Aug. 31 against Washington.

No school or diocese officials would comment on the decision. Diocese spokesman Jerry Zufelt said Colosimo remains an employee of the school.

Colosimo could not be reached for comment. On July 19, he was not able to speak about his team's performance at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association 7-on-7 passing camp, where Greensburg Central Catholic won the tournament title. He confirmed he was serving a suspension — his second in the past 10 months — but could not offer details for the reasons why.

“As president of the county coaches, I can talk about the passing camp in the eyes of the coaches' association,” he said.

During his 17 seasons, Colosimo posted a 143-46 record and only had two non-winning seasons — 4-6 in 1995 and 4-5 in 2002 when GCC moved to Class AA.

From 2004-06 his teams went 33-4 and reached the WPIAL Class AA finals twice, losing to South Park in 2005 and Jeannette in 2006.

Max Suter, who played on those teams, was shocked by the news. He said all Colosimo did was win and he doesn't know why GCC would change.

“Muzzy was one of the guys who did everything for the players and the program,” said Suter, who played at Syracuse for four years. “He did anything to help you, whether it was in recruiting or just a listening ear. He cared about you.

“I know things have changed there since I left. He really kept things to himself. He's one of my favorite coaches, and I can't believe it.”

Colosimo's 2009 team went 13-3 and won a WPIAL Class AA championship, defeating Aliquippa, 33-7. The team went on to play in the PIAA championship game, losing to Lancaster Catholic, 21-14, in a snowstorm.

Roy Hall, who coaches Interstate Conference rival Jeannette, was sadden by the news.

“I'm disappointed,” Hall said. “You never want to see a person lose their job. Muzzy added to the rivalry between the schools. He's done a lot of good for their program.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5095 or pschofield@tribweb.com.

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