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Hostovich new soccer coach at Charleroi

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Charleroi Area has its third boys' soccer coach in four years. But the choice was not unanimous among the board, or the parents of the players on the team.

Meeting in regular session Tuesday night, the school board voted 6-2 to hire Ron Hostovich.

Board President Ken Wiltz and director Greg Anders cast the dissenting votes.

“All of the candidates were good, but I just think there was a better candidate out there,” Anders said, referring to Jonathan Ducoli, who was also in contention for the position.

Hostovich was the middle school coach at Charleroi for four years before leaving to coach Geibel's girls' varsity team the past two years.

He replaced Ducoli, who was the middle school coach at Charleroi.

Wiltz stressed that he supported Ducoli.

Ducoli had support at the meeting from several parents of players who attended but did not speak during the session.

Ducoli attended the meeting and addressed the board before the vote.

“This soccer team has so much potential,” Ducoli said. “I've watched these kids grow up. They're an amazing group. I want to bring that out in them.”

Ducoli recognized the parents who attended the meeting to support his candidacy.

“I'd like to get to old-school soccer, Charleroi pride,” Ducoli said. “I'd like to see the team grow and flourish.”

However, the board opted to hire Hostovich, who was not at the meeting.

Prior to joining the high school ranks, Hostovich coached traveling soccer, in various ages ranging from U-6 to U-19.

A 1981 graduate of Ringgold High School, Hostovich played football, not soccer, for the Rams.

“For me, it was logistics,” Hostovich said. “My property borders the school (campus). And both of my kids played in Charleroi. It's home.

“I'm looking forward to the challenge.”

Hostovich said he and Ducoli coached together previously.

“Everybody who was interested, we all have something to bring to table,” Hostovich said.

Instilling unity in the program, especially in light of the contingent that supported Ducoli, is important to the success of the program, he said.

“The main thing now is team building,” Hostovich said. “The biggest part of the team is going to be sophomores. I coached them as seventh graders.”

Hostovich wasn't the only coached hired at the meeting.

Also hired were varsity head coaches Jim Rue (girls' soccer), Ed Jenkins (football), Mark Killinger (girls' volleyball) and Joe Wiehl (golf).

Various varsity sports' assistants were also hired, along with several middle school sports coaches.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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