Heading into February, two of Washington County's more tradition-rich athletic programs are searching for football coaches, while a third has yet to full its position.
With Jeff Petrucci's retirement after two years as head football coach at Ringgold, the Rams are searching for another coach. Over the past 11 years, Ringgold has been coached by Chuck Colborn, Scott Venick, Jeff Matty, Russ Moore, Steve Campos and Petrucci. One challenge for Ringgold athletic director Lloyd Price will be finding a coach who not only is looking to stay but one who can work at the school.
Washington High School is searching for Bill Britton's replacement and either it's a very secret search or there has not been much movement. I've asked several people and none claim to have an idea of who may become the Prexies' next football coach.
While Ringgold and Washington are two traditional programs, California High School is a regular in the WPIAL Class A playoffs. Joe Kuhns, who never missed the postseason as the Trojans' coach, filled the opening at Waynesburg Central, where he faces the task of rebuilding the Raiders back to what they were during the days of Moore and Dave Serra. Word is Colborn - an assistant coach at Beth-Center the past two years - is a possible hire but nothing has been made official.