The Bentworth School Board approved the hiring of Lou Rood as varsity football coach for the 2009 season on Monday night. Rood replaces Randy Walters, who coached the last two seasons.
Rood, a 1972 Belle Vernon Area graduate who attended Marietta College and California University of Pennsylvania, has a wealth of football coaching experience.
Rood coached Belle Vernon from 2006-08, guiding the Leopards to WPIAL Class AAA playoff appearance in 2006 and 2007. Belle Vernon finished 4-6 in 2008, but 1-5 in the Big Seven Conference. Rood also serves as a consultant for the Pittsburgh Passion, a women's professional team. He was the Passion's head coach in 2004.
The hiring leaves Washington and Ringgold as the only remaining area schools with openings.