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Building on the rich history and legacy of 40 years of Seton LaSalle Football, we are proud to introduce our new coach, Coach Mauro Monz, '92.

Coach Mauro Monz, '92 
Coach Monz brings 25 years of coaching experience to Seton LaSalle, spanning collegiate, high school and youth play. He has the ability to motivate and inspire players to achieve their very best on and off the field. Competitiveness, drive, tenacity are just a few of the qualities that inspire Coach Monz's philosophy.

A new era of Rebel Football begins now. Read Coach Monz’s full bio HERE.

 
 

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INFORMATION

HEAD COACH: Mauro Monz, '92
ASSISTANT COACHES: TBA
LEVELS: Varsity, JV
 
PIAA RUNNER-UP: 2002, 1990, 2002
WPIAL CHAMPIONS: 2004, 2002, 1990, 1980, 1979, 1972
SECTION CHAMPIONS: 2018, 2011, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1996, 1994, 1990, 1981, 1980, 1979
2020 Rebel Football Team
Number Name Grade Position Height Weight
11 Jaden Banks 9 WR/DB 5'7" 120
81 Alex Barker 9 WR/DB 5'9" 130
24 Mason Beauregard 12 WR/DB 5'10" 170
76 Timothy Beck 12 OL/DL 5'9" 200
21 Asahn Bey 11 WR/DB 6'0" 175
22 Tyler Buzalka 11 RB/DB 5'10" 170
18 Damian Carney 10 RB/DB 5'6" 160
20 Mason Carrier 10 RB/DB 5'11" 155
8 Nick Cherry 9 K 5'7" 160
2 TJ Cherry 12 K 6'3" 200
86 Aiden Eidemueller 12 TE/LB 6'0" 195
9 Ryan Elliott 12 RB/LB 5'10" 205
99 Gabe Finale 11 RB/DB 5'7" 150
14 Ashton George 9 RB/LB 5'11" 175
85 Raymar Green 9 WR/DB 5'7" 120
51 Brendan Guinee 10 OL/DL 5'11" 240
60 Liam Halligan 11 OL/DL 6'5" 285
1 Emmett Harris, Jr. 11 QB/LB 6'1" 200
65 William Hess 11 OL/DL 6'0" 250
17 Tyler Hill 12 WR/DB 6'1" 165
26 Sam Hixon 10 WR/DB 5'10" 145
6 Alexander Jones, Jr. 11 WR/DB 6'2" 215
46 Steven Mescan 9 OL/DL 5'8" 150
54 Nathan Patsey 12 OL/DL 6'0" 250
58 Justin Ranft 11 OL/DL 6'0" 240
73 Geary Smith 9 OL/DL 5'11" 205
72 Nathan Trainer 11 OL/DL 6'3" 265
88 Logan Walsh 9 TE/LB 5'11" 160
13 Aric White 9 QB/DB 5'8" 140
25 Ethan Wilding 9 WR/DB 5'5" 120

 

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS: 

First Team Offense: Gabe Finale, '22 (RB) and Liam Halligan, '22 (OL)
First Team Defense: Nate Patsey, '21 (DL)
Second Team Offense: Tyler Hill, '21 (WR); JR Jones, '22 (WR) and TJ Cherry, '21 (K)
Second Team Defense: Griffin Malloy, '21 (LB)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, November 19, 2020
Contact Carrie Butler for Seton LaSalle Catholic High School – 412-897-6177

Seton LaSalle Catholic High School announces a new era of Rebel football with Mauro Monz as the school’s new Head Football Coach.

Monz has 25 years of coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, and youth levels. He’s also no stranger to the Rebel way, as he was the starting quarterback and defensive back for the Rebels when he attended Seton LaSalle.
 
After graduating from Seton LaSalle in 1992, Monz attended Duquesne University, where he was twice named All-Metro Atlantic Conference defensive back (‘94, ‘95) and was Co-Captain of the 1995 AA Non-Scholarship National Championship Team. Monz finished the 1995 season as a First Team All-American Defensive Back and graduated as the Duquesne Dukes’ all-time leader in interceptions.
 
In 1997, Monz accepted his first collegiate coaching role under Robert Morris University’s esteemed Head Coach Joe Walton. During his time at RMU, Coach Monz held several roles including Quarterback Coach, and was a major contributor to RMU’s five NEC Championships.
 
Some of the additional highlights from Monz’s 25 years in coaching include: setting offensive records as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach for his alma mater Duquesne University in 2001-03; becoming the youngest Head Coach at any level in the country as the Head Football Coach at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2003; coaching five All-Conference Wide Receivers for the Akron Zips; leading Robert Morris to the University’s first championship run in a decade, and the school’s first NCAA 1AA playoff appearance, in 2010; serving as Head Coach for Carlynton High School in 2014; then serving as the Offensive Coordinator at Mt. Lebanon High School, where the Blue Devils’ explosive offense averaged nearly 30 points per game; and helping to spark the resurgence of Baldwin High School’s football program, where he worked alongside WPIAL’s 2018 Coach of the Year, Loren Cooley.
 
“Being entrusted with the future of the football program at my alma mater of Seton LaSalle is an incredible honor for me, both as a coach and as an alumnus,” says Monz. “I am humbled by the faith that Seton LaSalle’s Vetting Committee, President, Principal, and Administration have placed in me to teach and to lead a new generation of Rebels. My wife Dana and my father Edward are also Seton LaSalle alumni, so the school and its football program have meant a great deal to our family for decades. I am grateful to be able to share my love of the game, and of Seton LaSalle, with a new generation of players, and I am excited to lead these Rebels to new heights that uphold our tradition, our values and our proud history of championship-worthy efforts, both on and off the field.”
 
A brief but intense search and interview process among many talented and highly-qualified candidates ultimately led to the selection of Monz as the coach.
 
“I’ve known Mauro Monz since I coached him as a starter in high school,” says Seton LaSalle alumnus and University of Albany Head Coach Greg Gattuso ‘80, who was a member of the Vetting Committee that helped Seton LaSalle’s administration in its search. “He’s played for me and he’s coached for me, and his dedication to excellence in every aspect of the game has been consistent throughout his career. I believe in him 100%, and I know that he will do a great job in leading the Seton LaSalle Rebels.”
 
“I want to commend Principal Lauren Martin and President Lisa Osterhaus on how they’ve conducted this process, bringing in professionals on a committee to help narrow their head coaching search,” says Vetting Committee participant and Seton LaSalle alumnus Bruce Gradkowski ‘01, who also played for 11 years as an NFL quarterback. “It really made me proud as a Seton LaSalle alumnus to see all of the amazing applicants who submitted their resume for the job. We had some tremendous talent from which to choose and I’m glad the opportunity has gone to an alumnus. Mauro has extraordinary passion and knowledge of the game, and it is time for the entire Seton LaSalle community to offer our full support as he leads our football program into a successful future.”
 
“We conducted our search with the goal of finding a head coach who could also serve as a mentor to the young men on our team, and whose personal integrity is just as commendable as his football acumen,” says Seton LaSalle Principal Lauren Martin. “Coach Monz excels in both areas. We look forward to seeing his positive impact on our football program’s success, and on the lives of our players and students.”
 
“This is an exciting time for the entire Seton LaSalle community,” said Lisa Osterhaus, President, Seton LaSalle. “The Committee worked tirelessly and upheld the integrity of the vetting process to put forward the best candidates for the job. This experience confirms what we already knew...Rebel pride runs deep. We are "ALL IN" for a new era of Rebel football which begins today.”
 
The Seton LaSalle head football coach vetting committee included several distinguished Seton LaSalle alumni and many others who are dedicated to supporting the school community.
 

2020

Michael Orsi
Washington & Jefferson College, DIII
Joey Ranft
Westminster College, DIII
Max Schipani
University at Albany, DI
Alex Shaughnessy
Saint Francis University, DI

2019

Nate Ault
Saint Vincent College, DIII
Logan Baldinger
Saint Vincent College, DIII
Mike Kutschke
Grove City College, DIII
Dean O'Toole
Grove City College, DIII
Will Radan
Saint Vincent College, DIII
Jamar Shegog
Robert Morris University, DI

2018

Nistal Baldwin
Waynesburg University, DIII
Josh Blamer
Case Western Reserve University, DIII
Shane Dugan
Marietta College, DIII
Nick McNally
Washington & Jefferson College, DIII
George Mike
Waynesburg College, DIII

2017

Nolan Abbiaticci
University of Mt. Union, DIII
Luke Blahut
Indiana University of PA, DII
Kevin McLane
Baldwin-Wallace University, DIII
Brandon Stiler
Alderson-Broaddus University, DIII
John Terry
Waynesburg University, DIII
Christian Weyrich
The Citadel, DI

 

 

We're All In when it comes to Rebel Football, so we turned to a trusted vetting committee of some of the greatest alumni to ever don the green and gold uniform to help us choose our new coach. Meet our 2020 vetting committee.
 

John BegganJOHN BEGGAN, '12

John Beggan graduated from Seton LaSalle in 2012. He was a Team Captain for Rebel Football and helped lead the team to a 20-3 record during his junior and senior seasons. With his leadership, the Rebels made it to WPIAL Quarterfinals in 2010 and Semifinals in 2011. John was a two-time All-Century Conference (AA) Offensive and Defensive Lineman ('10, '11), as well as an All-State (AA) Offensive Lineman by the PA Sports Writers Association ('11). 
 
After graduating, John attended Bowling Green State University, where he graduated with his Bachelor's in Sales and Services Marketing in 2015 and his Master's in Business Administration in 2017. John was a full-scholarship Division I athlete for the Falcons, where he played as Offensive Lineman and Fullback. He helped the team clinch conference titles in 2013 and 2015, and division titles from 2013-2015. John played in four Bowl Games, including the 2014 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, which the Falcons won 33-28. John was a Team Captain of the Falcons in 2016.
 
In 2017, John returned to Seton LaSalle to serve as the Offensive/Defensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator. He helped coach the team to a 9-2 record, giving the Rebels their first conference title since 2011. That same season, the Rebels advanced to WPIAL AAA Semifinals.
 

Greg GattusoGREG GATTUSO, '80

Greg graduated from Seton LaSalle in 1980 and went on to Penn State University, where he graduated in 1983. His illustrious coaching career spans from Seton LaSalle, Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Maryland and most recently, the University at Albany. 
 
As a player, Greg was the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Class AA Player of the Year his senior season at SLS. At Penn State, he helped the Nittany Lions reach a national title in 1982. 
 
In his first coaching role, Greg coached Seton LaSalle's Football team, leading the Rebels to three WPIAL playoff appearances, a WPIAL playoff championship, and a conference title. With 12 seasons under his belt at Duquesne University, Greg boasts an astounding 97-32 record. As head coach at the University of Albany for seven seasons and counting, Greg led the Great Danes to their first-ever FCS playoff game last season.
 

Bruce GradkowskiBRUCE GRADKOWSKI, '01

Bruce graduated from Seton LaSalle in 2001, where he was a star for the Rebels, shattering WPIAL records that were previously set by Dan Marino — a feat that earned him a spot in the 2019 Class of the WPIAL Hall of Fame. After high school, he continued his academic and athletic career at the University of Toledo.
 
He went on to have an 11-year stint as an NFL quarterback, first with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, then the St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, and eventually the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he backed up Ben Roethlisberger.
 
Bruce is now a volunteer assistant quarterback coach at a high school in Ohio, as well as a color analyst for the University of Toledo's Rocket Football Radio Network. He is also a Co-Host on Sirius XM Radio's NFL Network. 
 

Joe LuvaraJOE LUVARA, '66

Joe Luvara is an Attorney-at-Law and shareholder at the law firm of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. He is a South Hills Catholic Class of 1966 graduate and a former Rebel Football player. He is a former member of the Seton LaSalle Advisory Board and Board of Directors, as well as a former faculty member at South Hills Catholic. He is married to Toni and they have two sons, Vincent, '07, and Paul, '09, who both played Rebel Football.
 
He is a former teacher and Assistant Head Football Coach at South Park High School. He is also the former Head Football Coach at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, and currently serves as the Head Football Coach at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School. 
 

Tom MerrickTHOMAS MERRICK, '79

Tom is a 1979 graduate of South Hills Catholic, and his younger brothers Nicky, '81, and Matthew, '85, are graduates of Seton LaSalle. Tom and his wife Suzie live in Mt. Lebanon, where they've raised their four children and are fortunate to have their two grandchildren live nearby. Tom and his family are long-time parishioners at St. Michael the Archangel, formerly known as St. Bernard Parish. 
 
Tom has been been a lawyer since 1986, spending twenty years as a prosecutor with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, six years with the defense firm, and the past seven mainly as a plaintiff's lawyer, but also as a criminal defense lawyer at the law firm of Caroselli, Beachler and Coleman. 
 
Tom graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 with a BA in American Studies and received his JD in 1986 from Notre Dame, where he met his wife. Tom played football at both South Hills Catholic and Notre Dame. He is pleased to be involved with the selection committee and sees nothing but success in the future for Rebel Football and Seton LaSalle.
 

Don MilitzerDON MILITZER

Don Militzer is currently the Principal at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Catholic School. Overall, this is his 10th year as a principal in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and prior to that, he was a teacher in the Diocese. He has served on numerous Diocesan committees and is a strong proponent of Catholic education. 
 
Don also brings a wealth of football experience to the table. He is currently in his 18th year of coaching football at both the collegiate and high school levels. He is currently on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Robert Morris University, as a part of their Division I football program. He had successful stints as Head Coach at Gateway High School and Charleroi High School, where he led both programs to the playoffs. Charleroi's playoff berth in 2017 was the program's first in 15 years. 
 
Don also served as an Assistant Coach at Bishop Canevin High School, Peters Township High School, Carlynton High School, Carnegie Mellon University and Washington & Jefferson College. 
 
A lifelong Dormont resident, Don received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Robert Morris University and his Master's in Educational Leadership from California University of Pennsylvania.
 

Scott OrndoffSCOTT ORNDOFF, '13

Scott is a native of Waynesburg and attended Seton LaSalle, where he was a member of the Rebel Football team from 2009-2013. He was a four-year letterman and a two-time All-State tight end ('11, '12). Scott attended the University of Pittsburgh and was a four-year letterman for the Pitt football team, along with being named to the All-ACC Academic team three times ('13, '15, '16). 
 
In 2017, Scott participated in the NFL Combine and entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Over the next three years, he would spend time with several other NFL teams in training camps, and twice on practice squads. In 2019, Scott played with the AAF for the Orlando Apollos, where he started at tight end. Scott retired from football in December 2019. 
 

Jim SweeneyJIM SWEENEY, '80

Jim Sweeney is a member of Seton LaSalle's inaugural graduating class — 1980. He is married to Julie Gedeon and is a father of five children — Shannon, Liam, '16, Aislinn, Kilian and Teagan. 
 
After graduating from Seton LaSalle, he continued playing football at the University of Pittsburgh. Following college, he was a second-round draft pick for the New York Jets and went on to play 16 seasons as an offensive lineman in the NFL. His last four seasons in the NFL were in his hometown with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 
 
Sweeney then went on to join his classmate and friend, Greg Gattuso, '80, as a coach at Duquesne University, before eventually coaching at Peters Township High School and South Fayette High School. Now, Sweeney and Gatusso are together again on the coaching staff of the University of Albany Great Danes, where Sweeney has been the Offensive Line Coach since 2014.
 

Nick SywyjNICK SYWYJ, '13

Nick is a 2013 graduate of Seton LaSalle. On the football field, he anchored a Rebel defense that yielded the fewest points allowed in the WPIAL from his post at middle linebacker. On offense, his accountability to gain three yards on 3rd-and-short and goal-line situations led to the motto that became a play call: "Feed the Siv". 
 
Nick went on to study at the University of Notre Dame, majoring in chemical engineering. While his academics kept him busy, he stayed active on the gridiron through the storied full-pad interhall football program, winning the 2014 Championship with a 7-0 undefeated record. 
 
Professionally, Nick spent several years as a chemical research engineer at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company at the global headquarters and Akron, Ohio. Though he did well, diligent discernment brought him to realize that practicing medicine is his life's vocation. Nick is grateful to be back in Pittsburgh and attending Pitt's School of Dental Medicine. He is a parishioner at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Carnegie, and his favorite hobby is babysitting his nieces and nephew. 
In addition to our vetting committee, we've had countless Remarkable Rebels don the Rebel Football uniform. From NFL players and Front Office staffers to college football coaches and esteemed collegiate players, meet just a few of our Remarkable Rebels:
 

Dan DarraghDAN DARRAGH, '63

After playing for the South Hills Catholic Rebels throughout high school, Dan Darragh went on to be the starting Quarterback at the College of William & Mary. 
 
Following his college football career, Darragh was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 13th Round of the 1968 NFL Draft. Darragh played three seasons with the Bills. 
 
He was inducted into the William & Mary Hall of Fame in 1992. Darragh is one of the first Rebels to make it to the NFL.
 

Tom DonahoeTOM DONAHOE, '65

Tom Donahoe graduated from South Hills Catholic in 1965, where he was an active member of our student body. He was a Student Council Member and an esteemed athlete, playing both football and basketball. 
 
High school football was just the beginning of Donahoe's career. He would go on to become the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1991-1999 before stepping in as President and General Manager of the Buffalo Bills from 2001-2005.
 
Since 2012, Donahoe has been in the Head Office with the Philadelphia Eagles since 2012. In 2015, he was named the Senior Director of Player Personnel. In 2017, Donahoe won Super Bowl LII in 2017 with the Eagles.
 

Gino GradkowskiGINO GRADKOWSKI, '07

Gino Gradkowski played Rebel Football for four years at Seton LaSalle and continued all through college. He started at West Virginia University before transferring to the University of Delaware.
 
He was drafted 98th overall in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens in the start of what would become a seven-year NFL career. In his rookie season, Gradkowski was a backup lineman and played on special teams for the 2012-13 Ravens team that went on to win SuperBowl XLVII. 
 
Gino went on to play for the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets.
 

Nick MerrickNICK MERRICK, '81

After dominating the field in green and gold, Nick Merrick went on to do more of the same at the University of Virginia. The Wide Receiver was a starter and four-year letter winner for the Division I football program.
 
Although his first season with the Cavaliers was less than ideal, by the time Merrick was a senior, he and his teammates were on their way to the Peach Bowl to top off an 8-2-2 season. During his sophomore season in 1982, Merrick was the leading receiver for UVA. He was a Parade All-American originally from Bethel Park. 
 
Merrick earned his Bachelor's in Commerce at UVA and later got his MBA from Harvard. He is currently the President of Mount Vernon Investments.
 

TERRY O'SHEA, '84

Terry played Rebel Football for four years at Seton LaSalle and another four years at the California University of Pennsylvania. As an All-American, the MVP and the Team Captain, O'Shea was determined to be one of the select Vulcans to make it to the National Football League — and he did just that. 
 
He had invitations to try out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. His first tryout was with the Steelers and he was able to sign with them, thrilled about the opportunity to play on his hometown team. O'Shea played alongside 15 rookies in 1988-89, helping the team advance to the playoffs.
 
O'Shea played one more season with the Steelers before departing the U.S. and playing football in Spain with the Barcelona Dragons in the World Football League. He has since volunteered as an assistant coach.
 

Ryan ReckerRYAN RECKER, '97

Ryan Recker is a South Park native who was a member of the Rebel Football team during his time at Seton LaSalle.
 
After high school, Recker attended Robert Morris University, where he earned his B.A. in communications. He has since had a TV news reporting career covering sports that gives him a unique opportunity to cover historic sports moments like the final game at Three Rivers Stadium, the final Penguins playoff series at Civic Arena and the last Pitt-Penn State football game.
 
He began his career at WTOV in Steubenville, OH, and then held a Sports Director position at KOVA in Tucson, AZ for six years before returning to Pittsburgh. He is currently WTAE's weekend evening anchor, as well as the sports reporter on the weekends. Recker's outstanding sports reporting has been recognized locally and nationally. He received a Regional Emmy Award and several Associated Press Awards for his coverage.
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