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Imagine a football camp for high school kids who want to be offensive linemen. And imagine that camp being run by a Pro Football Hall of Fame lineman, and imagine the camp having a handful of offensive line coaches who are in the NFL right now.
Put all of that together and you have the Joe Moore O-Line Camp.
The camp is named after Joe Moore, the legendary offensive line coach who spent a number of years at Pitt and Notre Dame, among other places. Moore passed away 12 years ago, but his legend lives on through this camp.
The camp is Saturday and Sunday at West Allegheny High School and is still taking players. Those interested can register at West Allegheny Saturday morning from 8 to 8:45.
The director of the camp is Russ Grimm, former Pitt offensive linemen who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Working the camp this year are line coaches Andy Heck of the Kansas City Chiefs, Pat Flaherty of the New York Giants, Juan Castillo of the Baltimore Ravens and Mike Munchak of the Steelers.
Tom Clements, associated head coach of the Green Bay Packers, also is part of the staff, as well as some former NFL linemen, including Bill Fralic. Thomas Jefferson High School coach Bill Cherpak and West Allegheny coach Bob Palko also are part of the staff.
Moore's son, James, helps run the camp administratively. For more information, call 412-818-2862 or 412-965-4842.
***** I found it quite interesting that Joe Salvino was named Monessen's football coach Tuesday night. He also has been the Greyhounds' basketball coach for 31 seasons and won five WPIAL titles and two PIAA championships. Good for Salvino (pictured to the right). He's 64 and feeling like he can still make a difference at his alma mater. If he thinks he can coach both sports, go for it. Hey, the guy has come back from a stroke 10 years ago and cancer two years ago. So don't underestimate him or sell him short.
But while Salvino added another coaching hat, I found it interesting that Dan Marshall has taken away one of his hats. Marshall has been the offensive coordinator of the perennial power West Allegheny football team. But he also has been West Allegheny's head boys basketball coach for one season.
Marshall has decided to give up football coaching.
Why? Just because he believes he needs to put all of his efforts in making the basketball program successful. He said the basketball program needs more of his team than he realized and he is the head coach. His assistant for basketball is Andy Barry. But "Dandy" Andy, a legendary defensive back at Westminster during his college days, also will continue to be an assistant in football. Mark Davis, who was at one time the offensive coordinator for West Allegheny football, will go back to his old position.
But while Marshall decides to stick with one sport, West Allegheny's football defensive coordinator is in the PIAA baseball quarterfinals today. Bryan Cornell has been highly successful as West Allegheny's baseball coach and the Indians play Donegal today in a Class AAA game. (Pictured, from left to right, are Cornell, Marshall and football head coach Bob Palko).
**** Also on the coaching front, Don Holl will be New Castle's offensive coordinator next season. Holl was Seneca Valley's head coach before resigning after last season. He did some impressive things on offense during some of his years at Seneca Valley and it will be interesting to see what he does at New Castle.
Speaking of New Castle football, I have never seen freshman Marcus Hooker play a football game. Just a few highlights. But after watching him play basketball twice in the past two weeks, there is no doubt he is a future Division I football prospect.
He's built so much like his oldest brother, Malik, who is a freshman defensive back at Ohio State. Great body on Marcus and impressive athleticism.
**** And lastly with coaching news, East Allegheny hired a new boys basketball coach who has two WPIAL titles to his credit. Pete Logan was recently named the Wildcats' coach. He previously coached at Brownsville, Clairton and Ringgold, and won WPIAL titles at Clairton and Brownsville.
Carter to prep school
Ambridge senior basketball player Daylon Carter, a member of the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 this year, has decided to attend Cushing Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts.
Don't forget Sansone
Earlier this week, I mentioned some former WPIAL baseball players who will be in the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend. It's baseball version of the Sweet 16. I forgot about Florida State's John Sansone.
Sansone is former standout at Neshannock High School who starts at second base for Florida State. While his high school alma mater is trying to make it to the PIAA championship game (Neshannock plays in the quarterfinals today), Sansone will try to help the Seminoles make the College World Series.
Sansone, a junior, has started all 63 games that Florida State has played. He is batting .250 with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 38 RBIs.
McKay gets big award
One last item on former WPIAL players on the NCAA college baseball level. Former Blackhawk star Brendan McKay, now at the University of Louisville, got a big honor. He was named by Collegiate Baseball as the co-National Freshman of the Year.