Assistant named new football coach at Norwin

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In January, parents came before the Norwin school board to complain that the board had retained Art Tragesser as head football coach.

The Norwin Knights won two football games and lost seven during the 2013 season.

Rivals teased the Norwin band with a play on words using the district's name, saying, “Oh, they march for 'No Win,' ” Kathleen Kyslinger, mother of a football player, told the board Jan. 20.

Speakers asked the board to reopen the head coaching position so that others could apply.

On Monday, they got their wish.

The board named David C. Brozeski, assistant football coach at the high school for the past 17 years, to be the district’s new head varsity football coach. 

Mr. Brozeski, 39, of North Huntingdon, will start immediately and receive a stipend of $6,250. Mr. Tragesser resigned from the coaching position in February.

Mr. Brozeski has taught chemistry at the high school for 18 years. As assistant coach, he has focused primarily on defense. He coached linebackers and secondary positions in that role and also has experience coaching special teams and offense, according to the school district. He also has coached track and field and basketball for Norwin.

“I’m excited to get everybody working toward the common goal of taking the team to the next level,” he said after the school board meeting Monday.

Mr. Brozeski was a member of the coaching staff that led Norwin to its first WPIAL Quad A football playoff victory in school history in 1999, according to the district. He also was an assistant football coach in 2007, when Norwin defeated Woodland Hills in the district’s first WPIAL Quad A football home playoff victory, the district said. 

After the meeting Monday, district business manager John Wilson said he expects to have a preliminary budget for 2014-15 ready for board members to review by May 12,  with a vote on the preliminary budget set for May 19. Mr. Wilson said the rough draft of the budget was not available yet because the district is waiting to learn state funding amounts. 

Anne Cloonan, freelance writer:

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