Montour football coach Cerro named athletic director
August 23, 2013 9:03 AM
Montour players douse water on head coach Lou Cerro his team defeated Knoch for the WPIAL Class AAA championship in 2011.
By Andrea Iglar
Lou Cerro, head coach of the Montour High School football team, also has been named full-time athletic director.
The district recently promoted Mr. Cerro and gave him a pay raise to serve in both positions, school board President Ron Smith said Thursday night.
According to Mr. Smith, Mr. Cerro's athletic director salary is $65,000, with no contract. His coaching pay is about $10,620 under a negotiated contract. Hiring a separate athletic director would have cost an estimated $70,000 to $100,000, Mr. Smith said.
"He's a very qualified person," Mr. Smith said. "He knows everything about the system, so he can step in without missing a beat."
He replaces Mitch Galiyas, who was athletic director for 18 years before retiring in June.
Mr. Smith said the district saved money by having Mr. Cerro do both jobs: "We didn't hire an athletic director. We just promoted [Mr. Cerro] and gave him a raise."
Montour hired Mr. Cerro in 2005 as football coach and assistant director of athletic facilities.