Only five months after guiding the Seton-LaSalle High School girls basketball team to a perfect season, coach Dennis Squeglia has resigned.
Squeglia informed Seton-LaSalle of his decision late last week, but Squeglia declined to discuss the reasons for his resignation. He said only in a text message that he was "advised" not to comment. Seton-LaSalle athletic director John Ashaolu also declined comment.
Squeglia coached Seton-LaSalle for only two seasons and had a 57-3 record. This past season, the Rebels became only the third team in WPIAL girls history to finish a season with a perfect record. The Rebels also were one of the most dominant teams in WPIAL history, going 30-0, winning four WPIAL Class AA playoff games by an average of 35.5 points and five PIAA playoff games by an average of 28.2.
Seton-LaSalle is expected to have a powerhouse again this season as four starters return. This is the second time Squeglia walked away from a girls program after a successful season. In 2008, he resigned as Peters Township's coach after guiding the Indians to the WPIAL Class AAAA title game.
Ciara Gregory, a standout girls basketball player at Jeannette, made a verbal commitment to Charlotte, an NCAA Division I school in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Gregory, a senior guard, was a member of the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 last season after leading the WPIAL in scoring with a 26.7 average. Gregory had 10 scholarship offers and William & Mary, Ball State and James Madison were her other finalists.
A crew from a reality television show will be at Mars High School's football practice today, filming two Mars players.
Great American Country is a cable television network that is producing the reality series "Farm Kings," which chronicles what it's like to be a farmer in the King family. Joe and Lisa King have 10 children (nine boys) and they all help run Freedom Farms in Middlesex Township, Butler County. Six of the boys have played football for coach Scott Heinauer at Mars.
This season, John King is a junior offensive tackle for Mars and Sam King is a senior running back-linebacker. Joe, Pete, Dan and Tim King previously played for Mars, and eighth-grader Paul also plays.
"And they all wore the same numbers -- 61 and 42," Heinauer said. "This TV crew wants to come and film three hours of our practice for the show."
The show is scheduled to air in September.
Former Greensburg Central Catholic football coach Muzzy Colosimo has been hired as running backs coach at Seton Hill University. Colosimo, who left Greensburg Central a week before the start of preseason camp, had a 143-45 record in 17 seasons at Greensburg Central.
This is the second week of preseason practice in Pennsylvania and most teams will conclude with their second and final scrimmage Friday night. A few interesting scrimmages are Belle Vernon at West Allegheny, Seton-LaSalle at Montour, North Hills at Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park at Gateway.