Last Updated: Thu Nov 03, 2022 - 12:30AM
Since he was 8 years old, Dave Brozeski always had football in his life. A player at Blairsville in high school and Washington & Jefferson in college, Brozeski immediately shifted roles, becoming a coach the season after his graduation. After 27 years on the sideline, including the past nine years guiding Norwin, Brozeski is stepping away from the game.
Earlier this week, Brozeski announced his resignation as the head coach of the Knights.
“It’s time for a change in the program,” Brozeski noted. “We have a lot of numbers in the youth program and middle school program.
“I wanted to make the announcement as soon as possible at the end of the season, because I want to see Norwin football do well, and I want to make sure the process of selecting the next head coach is done in a timely manner,” he continued.
His decision came just a few days after Norwin’s 2022 campaign concluded. The Knights dropped their final contest to rival Hempfield Area 34-7. As a result, Norwin finished just 1-9, including 0-5 in the Class 5A Big East Conference.
“You are what your record tells you you are,” Brozeski said, noting that injuries at key positions loomed large.
Although he just concluded his ninth season at the helm of Norwin, Brozeski was a longtime assistant with the program. After a one-year stint at Derry Area after he graduated college, Brozeski spent 17 years as an assistant at Norwin.
While the losses outnumbered the wins during his tenure, Brozeski’s mind shifted to the personal aspects that went with his role when contemplating his fondest memories.
“The No. 1 thing that pops into my head is the opportunity to coach and develop relationships with players, families, and coaches along the way,” he said. “The more you do it, the more you realize how important the relationships are.”
While he won’t be in charge of Norwin next fall, Brozeski did not close the book on his involvement in the sport altogether.
“I’m still very passionate about football,” he noted. “I hope to have some interaction, whether it be helping out with other schools or … just kind of seeing what other opportunities are out there.”
While he’ll remain in his role as a teacher at Norwin High School, Brozeski had a final message for all of those whom he guided during his tenure on the sidelines.
“Ultimately, thank you to the players, because they’re the ones that have to put forth what you’re saying. There’s a ton of trust that you have to develop,” he said.