McAneny named new Bishop Canevin girls soccer coach
By Nathan Smith
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
The Bishop Canevin girls soccer team will have its third coach in as many seasons when it takes the field this fall.
After Ted Perri retired from the position in 2012, Jared Steigerwald took over in 2013.
The first-year coach led the Crusaders to their most successful season in program history with 17 wins and a section title.
But Steigerwald resigned from the position after the season. Bishop Canevin didn't have to look far for his replacement as his former assistant Steve McAneny was promoted to the head coaching position.
“It was a good opportunity for me to jump in as a head coach,” McAneny said. “I had a good relationship with (Steigerwald) and was going to stay with him. But then I talked to Bishop Canevin athletic director Dan Bowman and decided to take the job.
“It is a program on the rise and has a lot of potential. I am looking forward to continuing the recent success.”
After graduating from Bishop McCort, McAneny played one year of college soccer with Pitt-Johnstown. After graduating, he spent five years on the coaching staff at Richland High School in Johnstown.
After his job brought him to Pittsburgh, he applied for the assistant coaching job at Bishop Canevin and jumped on board.
The Crusaders went 17-3 and claimed the Section 3-A title for the second straight season in 2013. After defeating Our Lady of Sacred Heart, 2-1, in the opening round of the WPIAL Class A playoffs, the team fell to Sewickley Academy, 1-0, in overtime.
McAneny said the team will look to continue the success it has found in recent seasons, which includes four straight trips to the WPIAL postseason.
“We want to continue to build on past success,” McAneny said. “We want to have extended playoff runs and compete for the section title every season.”
The team lost only a handful of seniors and will return several of its top players, including forward Sam Vanek, midfielders Bailey Burgess and Becca Mox, defender Megan Hart and goalkeeper Caroline Clarke.
“We suffered a lot of injuries last season,” McAneny said. “Because of that, a lot of our younger players got a lot of experience, which should help us in the future.”
Bishop Canevin announced last week it has opened the position for its boys basketball coach.
Previous coach Tony DiMaria went 15-31 over two seasons, including a 4-18 mark this previous season.
The Crusaders reached the playoffs during DiMaria's first season, picking up a 59-52 win over Charleroi before falling to Beaver Falls, 78-37, in the WPIAL Class AA first round.
Bishop Canevin will relocate from the Black Hills Conference, its home the last two years, to join a new Black Hills Conference.
After playing in Section 4-A in 2012 and 2013, the Crusaders were moved to the Section 3-A. The team's new home decided to carry on with the name of the Black Hills Conference.
Other members of the conference include Avonworth, Brentwood, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry, Northgate and Our Lady of Sacred Heart.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.
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