The Donnie Militzer era with Gateway High School football lasted one season.
Militzer will not return as Gateway's coach next season. He said he was told by Gateway school officials Monday that his job would be opened and the school would look elsewhere for a coach. Militzer was told he could reapply, but he has decided against that.
"I was pretty much told it would be an uphill battle for me to be back," Militzer said.
Militzer took over for Terry Smith, who resigned as athletic director and coach in January to take an assistant coach's job at Temple University. Smith was 101-30 in 11 seasons and won seven conference titles. He lost in the WPIAL title game four times.
Although Smith had supporters, he had been in a battle with the Gateway school board over his jobs as coach and athletic director. Two summers ago, the board made Smith's athletic director job a part-time position and slashed his contract in half.
Militzer, 32, was Carlynton's defensive coordinator before coming to Gateway. He was 8-3 this season and made it to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals before losing to Central Catholic, 27-21.
"It was a tough situation to go into," Militzer said. "There is too much to get into, but there was just a lot of disconnect between a lot of different people throughout the district.
"I think our record speaks for itself. We won a game at North Allegheny. We were pretty much the only team to give Central Catholic a game. I think we did some good things. I said at the very beginning that my goal was to come in here and try to stabilize the situation and I feel like we did that. I wish Gateway luck moving forward."
Mike White: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1975 and Twitter @mwhiteburgh. First Published December 2, 2013 8:31 PM