The new football coach at Gateway High School believes there is pressure to win big -- and he welcomes the lofty expectations.
Donnie Militzer was named Gateway's new coach Wednesday night. He succeeds Terry Smith, who was highly successful, going 101-30 in 11 seasons with seven conference titles and four WPIAL championship appearances.
"Absoutely, there is pressure," Militzer said. "Any time you have the talent that they have and you're replacing a coach who did an incredible job, there is going to be pressure. You're expected to win games there and winning is a habit to those kids. I couldn't be happier about that. There is pressure, but I like that pressure."
Militzer, 31, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Carlynton. A former player at Keystone Oaks, he also spent time as an assistant at Bishop Canevin (three years), Peters Township (one year), Carnegie Mellon University (three years) and Washington & Jefferson College (two years).
The hiring of Militzer ends a coaching search that lasted three months. Smith left Gateway in January to become an assistant at Temple University. After Smith's departure, Gateway interviewed some candidates but no one was hired. Gateway then re-posted the job and interviewed more candidates, which is when Militzer got involved.
"I'm excited to meet with the players," Militzer said. "Obviously, those kids expect to win a championship and I want to lay out a plan on how to get there."
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