OLSH to field a varsity football team
Foge Fazio had only one demand when officials at Our Lady of Sacred Heart approached him about helping the school start a varsity football program.
"I will be involved in this, if we go first-class," Fazio said. "I don't want to go anywhere where you are going to nickel-and-dime-it."
That turned out to be no problem.
OLSH officials announced Monday that the school will field a varsity team, beginning with the 2010 season. The team eventually will practice at the $4.4 million Angela Activities Center, with construction scheduled to begin in April on the school's Coraopolis campus.
Fazio, a Coraopolis High School graduate, will help oversee the formation of the program, including naming a permanent head coach. Fazio, 71, has been involved in football most of his life. He is a former Pitt head coach (1982-1985) and also served on the coaching staffs at Notre Dame, Boston University, Harvard and the University of Cincinnati and with five NFL teams (Falcons, Jets, Vikings, Browns and Redskins).
"Football has been very good to me," he said. "If I can get a football program started here, I would be more than happy to do it."
Fazio insisted that the school build a practice facility on campus to allow the players to move directly from their last class of the day to the locker room to get ready for practice. The Angela Activities Center will include a weight room, two gymnasiums, two high-tech classrooms, a concession area, locker rooms and offices, the school said.
The school will accept applications for the head coaching position until April 15, with the hope of filling the position this summer. Fazio said the school wants to field a freshman team this year. OLSH students will continue for at least one more season to play for nearby Cornell under a cooperative sport arrangement between the schools.
Fazio said the school has been in contact with the WPIAL about entry into the league.
"Tim O'Malley (executive director) has been very gracious, he has been outstanding," Fazio said.
O'Malley could not be reached for comment.