State trooper to coach football at Baldwin High School
March 17, 2017 12:00 AM
Loran Cooley will be Baldwin High School's fifth head football coach in the past 14 years. Last season, the team had a 2-8 record.
By Margaret Smykla
Baldwin High School has a new head varsity football coach who works as a state police trooper.
Loran Cooley served as offensive coordinator last year at Clairton High School, and before that, he coached at Plum and Gateway high schools.
He replaces Pete Wagner Jr., who resigned last month as head football coach, a position he had held since 2013.
The board voted 7-0 March 8 to hire Mr. Cooley, with Elliot Rambo and Anthony DiCesaro absent.
As head football coach, he will be paid an annual salary of $10,000 per the collective bargaining agreement. He will choose his own assistant coaches.
Mr. Cooley was chosen from among roughly 43 applicants by athletic director Vince Sortino and the high school administration. Superintendent Randal Lutz then met with Mr. Loran.
“He talked about motivation and making it fun and building it from the youth level,” Mr. Lutz said.
“He has taken programs that have not been successful and been part of their rebirth. He has a demonstrated history of building a winner.”
Mr. Cooley will be the district’s fifth head football coach in the past 14 years. Last season, the team had a 2-8 record.
Also at the meeting, the board voted to declare all boys soccer coaching positions open for the 2017-18 school year following the resignation of head coach Adam Obranovich. It is district policy that if a head coach leaves, all assistants are removed to allow the a new head coach to choose a staff.
The board authorized the preparation of bid documents for partial roof replacement and repairs at McAnnulty Elementary School and Harrison Middle School. Both roofs are over 20 years old and developing leaks.
During the public comment session, high school teacher Kent Radomsky commended colleague, mentor and friend David Spahr for his 55 years of teaching science at the high school.
“He has touched many peoples’ lives,” he said. Following a standing ovation by board members for Mr. Spahr, who was in attendance, Mr. Spahr thanked the district for providing him with a “wonderful job and the ability to raise a family and have a nice home.”
Margaret Smykla, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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