Charleroi Area school officials have hired a new high school varsity head football coach, pending receipt of all clearances.

Lance Getsy 42, will start his position at a salary of $5,628 per year.

“We are excited that Lance will be joining us and leading our young men forward onto many productive seasons of high school football,” said Superintendent Ed Zelich.

Getsy, who is a special education teacher at Elizabeth Forward Senior High School, has 17 years of varsity football coaching experience. Last year he was an assistant coach at Franklin Regional High School. This will be Getsy’s first heading coaching position.

“Before I take on any coaching position, I like to check out the new community to see if it’s a good fit for me,” said Getsy, a resident of North Versailles. “Coming from the Steel Valley, I could immediately see many similarities with the people of Charleroi. I also was impressed with the support from administrators, boosters and the overall community. I’m excited about coming to Charleroi and can’t wait to get started working with the players.”

Getsy will replace Donnie Militzer, who submitted his resignation Jan. 17. Last year, the Charleroi Cougars posted a 9-2 overall record and a 6-1 conference record. The Cougars feature a high-powered offense with a 2,500-yard quarterback, 1,100-yard receiver and 1,100-yard running back.

“The Cougars have a great group of young men who are dedicated and have a strong work ethic,” said Getsy. “With this kind of team effort, the sky is the limit for us in 2018.”

Also during the monthly meeting, the school board hired Nick Vaccaro as varsity baseball volunteer coach, Corrine Gottheld as middle school softball assistant coach and Chuck McCann and Jennifer Tilghman as varsity softball volunteer coaches.

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