Former GCC coach Muzzy Colosimo hired as Seton Hill's running backs coach
Written by: Dan Scifo
August 11, 2012
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Colosimo coached in his first practice at SHU on Friday.
GREENSBURG - It didn’t take long for William “Muzzy” Colosimo to get back into coaching.
Colosimo was hired as the new running backs coach at Seton Hill University less than a week after he was removed as Greensburg Central Catholic head football coach.
Seton Hill head coach Joel Dolinski, a friend of Colosimo, called him about the spot on his staff earlier this week and the former Greensburg Central Catholic head coach spent his first day on the field Friday.
“I haven’t coached a position in years and (Friday) was my first practice on the field, and I can tell you I had the time of my life,”Colosimo said. “It’s a lot different than coaching high school, because, truthfully the kids are adults, but it was fun and I got into it.
“I’m happy they gave me an opportunity to coach.”
Colosimo, who only had two non-winning seasons (1995, 2002) went 143-45 in 17 years as head coach at GCC. Colosimo, who earned 90 of those victories the past 10 seasons, went 13-3 in 2009, leading the Centurions to the school’s only WPIAL Class AA championship and an appearance in the PIAA Class AA title game.
The Diocese of Greensburg issued a release Monday, stating a change in the leadership of its football program. Dan Mahoney, the school’s athletic director, and Matthew Federico will serve as co-head coaches at Greensburg Central Catholic, a change made one week before practice opened for the 2012 season.
Mahoney, a former head coach at Geibel, was Colosimo’s defensive coordinator for 16 years, while Federico served as GCC’s quarterback’s coach from 2008-10. Colosimo, who remains the head of buildings and grounds at Greensburg Central Catholic, did not comment on the situation.
“Greensburg Central Catholic gave me the opportunity to coach and I’ll always love that place,” Colosimo said. “More than that, I’ll always love the people I’m associated with there.
“When I was looking for a job to coach football, they were the only people to hire me as head coach.”
The move to Seton Hill also reunites Colosimo with David Miller, the standout running back who helped lead the Centurions to the WPIAL Class AA championship and PIAA title game.
Miller led the WPIAL in touchdowns in 2008 and 2009 and rushed for more than 4,000 yards and 77 touchdowns in his high school career. He was second on the team last year with 276 yards on 104 carries with two scores behind a very young offensive line. He also caught 24 passes for 156 yards.
“It was nice to see a familiar face,” Colosimo said. “It’s nice to be back with him. He helped my career and I helped his.”
Miller rushed for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 79-yard score, as the Centurions routed Aliquippa, 33-7, for their first WPIAL championship in 2009.
Prior to that game, GCC had been unsuccessful in two title game appearances at Heinz Field. The Centurions, 33-4 from 2004-06, fell in 2005 against South Park and the following year to a rival Jeannette squad, led by Terelle Pryor and current Greater Latrobe head coach Ray Reitz.
Colosimo and the Centurions broke through with their WPIAL title in 2009 and appearance in the PIAA championship game, falling, 21-14, to Lancaster Catholic.
The Centurions went unbeaten in the regular season the following year before falling in the opening round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs against Keystone Oaks. GCC finished second in the Class AA Interstate Conference last year behind rival Jeannette and advanced to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals, falling to eventual champion Aliquippa.
Colosimo missed the Centurions’ first-round playoff game against Ford City last year – a 24-3 victory – because he was serving a one-game suspension for what was deemed as an internal problem. He reportedly served a second suspension recently, but it is not known whether that played a role in the coaching change.
Now, Colosimo is ready to start a new chapter in his coaching career at Seton Hill.
“Whatever I can do to help the team and the kids, I’ll be glad to do it,” Colosimo said.
Dan Scifo is the assistant sports editor for the Latrobe Bulletin and contributor for the Westmoreland Sports Network