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 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 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 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 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.
THOMAS 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 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 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 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 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.