Ron Prady hired as Greater Latrobe football coach

Prady spent the past 10 seasons as an assistant at Penn-Trafford

Tue Mar 08, 2022 - 4:44PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers
Ron Prady is a junior high math teacher at Greater Latrobe. (Photo by Latrobe Bulletin)Ron Prady is a junior high math teacher at Greater Latrobe. (Photo by Latrobe Bulletin)

Last Updated: Wed Mar 09, 2022 - 11:59PM

Ron Prady has enjoyed tremendous success in multiple coaching roles during his time at Penn-Trafford. Now, Prady will aim to bring that success to Greater Latrobe, where he will serve as the head coach for the Wildcats football team. The Greater Latrobe School Board approved Prady on Monday, replacing Jason Marucco, who stepped down after eight years in the position.

For the past 10 seasons, Prady has been an assistant coach with the Warriors football team, under the tutelage of head coach John Ruane. Serving as a linebackers coach in 2021, he was part of a historic campaign that resulted in the first WPIAL and PIAA titles in program history.

“To have the opportunity to do this for 10 years with John and the staff that we’ve have there, it’s been really exhilarating. It’s something I’ll cherish forever,” he said. “I think right now in the area, that’s the model program. I’d be crazy not to emulate some of the things that John does.”

He also was a component of another PIAA Championship squad, serving as an assistant for Penn-Trafford softball in 2019, when the Warriors claimed the state gold.

A 1990 graduate of Penn-Trafford, Prady was an assistant football coach with the Wildcats for two seasons, in 2006 and 07, and also was on staff at Franklin Regional for three years.

His connection to Greater Latrobe extends well beyond that stint 15 years ago, however. Prady is a math teacher at the Greater Latrobe Junior High School, which is connected to the high school.

“I think having an opportunity to coach in the district where I work…I’ve seen (the players) come up through the middle school,” he said.

Prady has plenty of familiarity with the Wildcats in recent years, as they have competed in the same conference as Penn-Trafford. He also noted that he’s been a close friend to Marucco, who Prady praised for his efforts guiding the program.

Marucco, a 1991 graduate of Greater Latrobe, compiled a record of 20-56 during his tenure.

Last season, the Wildcats went 3-7 overall, including 1-4 in the Class 5A Big East Conference, and failed to qualify for the playoffs. The campaign concluded with a 42-0 loss at home against Penn-Trafford.

While that defeat was lopsided for the Wildcats, Greater Latrobe dropped several close outcomes, including one-score losses to Norwin, Kiski Area, and Franklin Regional, the last of which cost the team a postseason berth.

“We gotta try to find a way to win those close games that they’ve been unfortunately losing the last couple years,” Prady noted.

Less than 24 hours after he was officially hired, Prady had already met with the players and assembled some of his staff.

But while the start of the 2022 season, which will see the Wildcats drop to Class 4A, is still months away, Prady is already stressing the values he hopes to instill in his players.

“First and foremost, we want our guys to be good students and good people,” he said. “When you carry yourselves well in school and in the community, and a good citizen, oftentimes that discipline, that structure leads to hopefully wins on the football field.”