Terry Totten, Head Coach
||Coach Totten is a mortgage broker who lives in Point Breeze. He is a 1976 graduate of Central. All the males in his
family graduated from Central. He played strong safety at Central and IUP, where he was All District, All East
and All American. Terry has coached for 30 years: 10 years at Duquesne University; 6 years at IUP; 3 years at Seton
LaSalle; 2 years at Morningside and 9 years at Central. He was nominated for IAA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2001.
Terry was Defensive Coordinator for the 2003 WPIAL Champions and State Runner-up team and 2004 WPIAL Champions and
State Championship Team, finishing with a 16-0 season. He was the Head
coach for the 2007 WPIAL and State Champions.
Terry came to coach at Central because, "I love Central! You can leave Central, but it really never leaves you."
Terry is married to the former Mary Jo Certo.
Richard Capretta, Defensive Backs Coach/Wide Receivers Coach
||Coach Capretta lives in the North Hills and is a 1982 Central graduate. He is the Dean of Students and Assistant Athletic Director at Central. He played
slot back and receiver at Central, where he was named All Conference, and also, at Duquesne University, where he was team captain.
Rick has been
coaching for 25 years - all at Central and says, "It is an honor and a privilege to coach at such a great institution. Central is the finest school in America!!" He was a Coach for the 2004 and 2007 WPIAL and PIAA State Champions.
Mike Kennedy, Defensive Ends Coach
||Mike is a teacher, and lives in Mt. Lebanon. He is a Central graduate (1975), as are his brothers, Paul (1968)
and Bob (1976). Mike played at Central as a tight end from 1971 to 1974. He has coached for 29 years, and is in his 14th year at Central. He also coached
at Duquesne University for two years, Seton LaSalle for three years, West Allegheny for three years, and St. Bede’s for six years. Mike was on the coaching
staff of two WPIAL AAA Championship teams (Seton LaSalle, 1990, and West Allegheny, 1997), three WPIAL AAAA Championship teams (Central 2003, 2004, 2007),
and two AAAA State Championship teams (Central 2004 and 2007).
Ron Fuchs, Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach
||Ron has three daughters, Ashley, Morgan, and Lexi Rae, and a son, Tanner Joseph. They live in Cranberry Township. He is a Central alumnus,
graduating in 1982. His uncle, Bob Fuchs (Bammer) graduated from Central in 1951. Ron played as an offensive guard at Central and at Juniata
College. He has been coaching for 22 years, and is in his 13th season as a Central Coach, fulfilling a lifelong
desire to coach here. Ron also coached at Kutztown High School for two years and Glen Mills Schools for seven years. He was a Coach for the 2004 and 2007 WPIAL and PIAA State Championship Vikings.
Ron works for Summit Academy as an Admissions/Marketing Representative.
Matt DiGiacomo, Assistant Offensive Line Coach
||Matt is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Central in 2004. Matt played Offensive Line for 4 years and was on the first WPIAL Championship team in 2003.
He is in his
5th year coaching at Central.
Andy Macurak, Athletic Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach
||Andy lives in the South Hills with his wife, Connie, and sons, Bobby
and Sammy. He is employed by UPMC Center for Sports Medicine as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Certified in 1999, he has worked at Laurel Highlands High School, Canevin High School, and also served as a seasonal intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is in his
11th year at Central.
David Fleming, Offensive Coordinator
||Coach Fleming, his wife Caroline, and his son David, reside in West Mifflin. He graduated from Central in 1992. His cousin, Tony Colaizzi, also graduated from Central. Coach Fleming played outside linebacker and wing back at Central, and later at James Madison University. He was named All State, All Conference, Fab 22, and Finest 44. He coached at Steel Valley for three years and has been coaching at Central for
11 years, coaching both 2004 and 2007 WPIAL/PIAA State Championship teams. He chose to coach at Central because "I bleed Blue and Gold!"
Steve Bezila, Offensive Line Coach
||Steve resides in Pine Richland with his wife and their daughter
Sydney who was born in February and is currently employed by Glen Mills Schools, where he is a Community and Court Resource Officer. Coach Bezila graduated from Central in 1999 and was a starter on the Viking football team for 3 years. He was a senior captain, was named All Conference and played in the Foothills Football Classic. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to graduating from Pitt, he attended Hofstra University on a full football scholarship.
He has been coaching at Central for 8 years and was part
|of the 2007 WPIAL/PIAA State Championship Team. He was a freshmen assistant during the 2004 WPIAL/ PIAA State Championship season. Coach Bezila has also coached for the Morningside Vikings, coaching the 12-13 year olds for 2 years.
Lou Lamanna, Tight Ends Coach
Lou is a 1979 Central Catholic graduate. He was a 3-year letter winner and started at Tight End his junior and senior seasons and was the team's leading
receiver both years. Lou formed a potent passing combination with teammate Dan Marino. He was an all conference player his junior and senior seasons.
Lou played in the Big 33 Classic following his senior season. He played his college football at the University of Pittsburgh. This is Lou's
9th year on the Central Catholic coaching staff. Lou is a CPA
who currently works a consultant. He resides in Squirrel Hill and is married with three children, Louis III, who is currently a
sophomore at CMU, Natalie and Daniel. He was a coach for the 2004 and 2007 WPIAL and PIAA state championship teams.
Anthony Colaizzi, Quarterback Coach
||Anthony lives in West Homestead with his wife, Sharon, daughter Lia, and son Antonio (Central 2005), who was a starter on the 2004 State Championship team as a receiver, cornerback, and return specialist. Anthony is a 1975 graduate of Gladstone High School.
Anthony coached as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Colts Semi-Pro team from 1979-1981. He was on Head Coach Dave "Rooster" Fleming’s staff. He also coached at Steel Valley High School from 1991-1996 as the quarterback/receivers coach. He has been at Central since 2005, coaching the 2007 WPIAL/PIAA State Championship Team.
Roy Phillis, Place Kickers, Punters, and Special Teams Coach
||Coach Phillis and his wife, Dottie, live in McCandless Township. They have a daughter, Amy. Coach Phillis played football at Burgettstown High School
and then went on to play at Slippery Rock University. Coach Phillis coached track for two years at Burgettstown High School. He then helped coach
baseball, wrestling and football at North Hills High School. Coach Phillis was a wrestling referee for 25 years.
He was recognized for his ability by being asked to referee for many National High School Wrestling Championships and NCAA Championships. He was a Coach
for 2007 WPIAL and PIAA State Championship Vikings.
Marshall Ellison, Varsity Receivers Coach
||Marshall graduated from Central in 2003. Marshall played 4 years as a wide receiver and was on the 2001 WPIAL runner up team. He attended Edinboro University and played
on two PSAC championship teams. This is his 3rd year coaching at Central.
Rob Modero, JV Head Coach/Linebackers Coach
||Coach Modero begins his 6th year as Linebackers Coach. Born in Hazelwood, he is a graduate of St. Stephen’s and Bishop Boyle. He also attended CCAC and competed in club football. Coach Modero spent much of his football career in the semi-pro leagues, including 6 years with the Greater Pittsburgh Football League, 5 years with the Hazelwood Volunteers, one year with the Beechview Bulls, and 5 years with the Pittsburgh Colts. He coached at Bishop Boyle for one season, 3 years at West Mifflin, and 16 seasons at Baldwin. Coach Modero’s uncle, John Zanderelli ’31, was a member of the 1st graduating class at Central. He is looking forward to "carrying on
|the proud tradition." Coach Modero, his wife, Rose, and daughter, Alexis, reside in Penn Hills. He is proud of being a part of the 2007 WPIAL/PIAA State Championship team. In addition to football, Coach Modero just completed his
2nd year of coaching Central Catholic baseball.
Jim Hills, Assistant Offensive Line Coach
||Jim is a 1979 Central graduate. His family has a long tradition of Central Alumni. His father, uncle, and brother all graduated from Central. His nephew, James, is now attending, and there will be three more to follow.
Coach Hills was on the first football team to win a WPIAL Conference title for Central. He is in his 7th season coaching at Central and enjoys helping these young
men learn Central values, team play, leadership, and hard work. He is very excited about being promoted to the Varsity staff as an assistant offensive line coach.
Virg Palumbo, Head Football Coach / Offensive Coordinator
||Virg is a graduate of Windber High School and the United States Naval Academy. He is a former infantry officer in the Marine Corps and has coached at the Naval Academy, Seneca Valley High School, and Seneca Valley youth levels. This is Virg’s second season at Central and he is a President for Kforce Professional Staffing. Last year, the freshman team won its section for first time since 2007.
Bob O’Neill, Special Team Coordinator; D-Line, and Receivers
|Bob is a graduate of Seton LaSalle High School and Duquesne University. Bob played football for Coach Totten previously and has nearly a decade of coaching experience in youth and 7th grade football. He, currently, serves our nation as police officer in Cranberry Township. This is Bob’s second season at Central Catholic.
Virg "TOOT" Palumbo, Asst Head Coach, Def Coordinator, Running Backs
|Virg graduated from Windber High School and played football at Fredicksburg College and Mansfield University. He has over three decades of coaching experience. He was the first head Varsity coach at Quigley High School and coached at Johnstown, Windber, and Wellsboro. He spent the last few years in Seneca youth and high school football program and had the first undefeated split squad 8th grade team in the Quad North for SV. This is Toot’s second season at Central Catholic.
Brother Anthony Baginski, Assistant Coach
|Br. Tony graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1991. His assignments included tours aboard ships in Alaska and Long Island Sound. He was an assistant professor at the Coast Guard Academy and coached wrestling. After leaving the Coast Guard to discern a vocation, he taught and was an administrator at St. Bernard School. While at St. Bernard, Brother Tony was an assistant football coach and head wrestling coach. Br. Tony joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 2009 and was assigned to Pittsburgh Central Catholic in 2011. Last season, Brother Tony was an assistant coach for the wrestling program. This is Brother Tony’s first season coaching football at Central Catholic.
Dr. William O. Hahn, Support Staff
||Dr. Hahn and his wife, April, have three children, Bill, Amy, and Heather. He lives in Squirrel Hill. He is a 1968 Central graduate, and comes from a dedicated Central family. His father graduated in 1931, his brother in 1968, nephews in 1996 and 1999, and his son in 1998. He is also starting his 32nd year coaching at Central, and has been coaching for a total of 35 years. Additionally, he volunteers as an assistant track coach at Oakland Catholic. He is a member (and past president) of the Western PA Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has been leading the Central pre-game chapel services for over 27 years.
Frank McSteen, Statistician
Frank (CCHS '63) resides in Punxsutawney, PA, with his wife Maria of 45 years. They have 3 children, Michael ('87), Christina (Oakland Catholic
'91), and Sean ('93). They have 3 grandchildren, Shannon (Oakland Catholic '15), Colin ('18), and Aiden ('20). They are members of Sts. Cosmas and
Damian Parish. Frank retired as Director of the Surgical Research Facility, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He officiated 1000
basketball games in a ten year career. He has been the head statistician for the last 12 seasons.
Robert R. Fuchs, Support Staff
||Robert is retired and lives in Edgewood with his wife, Kitty. They have two grown children, Robert and Kim. He is a Central graduate (1951). His nephew, Ron, is also a Central alum (1982) and coach. His legacy continues at Central, where his grandson, Brian, is currently a senior and is the President of the Student Council. His eldest grandson, Matthew (Central, 2007), will graduate from CCAC this year.
Robert has coached most of his adult life. He coached several years at St. Bede grade school and periodically at Central, following his St. Bede players to high school. He was on the staff of the 2004 and 2007 State Championship teams. He has received many
|trophies, plaques, and certificates of appreciation and recognition, as well as being the first person elected to St. Bede’s "First Team".
Patrick Halferty, Public Address Announcer
Pat, an Oakland native, is a 1983 Central Catholic graduate, and a 1987 graduate of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He lives in the
city’s Bloomfield section with his wife Beth, and their four children, Maggie, Maura, Luke, (CCHS 2011) and Liam (CCHS, 2009). Pat began
his duties as the PA announcer for the Vikings football home games in 2010. Pat serves as a member of the Duquesne University Paralegal
Institute Advisory Board, is a board member of the Central Catholic Lettermen’s Club, and the Sacred Heart Athletic Association. Pat's
brothers Bill (1971), Ed (1973) and Dan (1976) and brother in law Michael Murphy (1981) are all proud Central graduates. His late Father
in law William R. Murphy was a member of Central’s first graduating class (1931).
Gregory N. Thomas, Equipment Coordinator
||Gregory is a '05 graduate of Central Catholic and the Head Student Manager from 2002-2005. He earned a Varsity Letter and was
an integral part of the WPIAL and PIAA successes of the 2003-2004 teams. After graduation, he continued to work in the equipment management
field for the University of Pittsburgh's football and men's basketball teams, while also keeping us his presence around
Central by assisting his younger brother Mark ('10) during Mark's tenure as Head Student Manager.
Gregory utlimately earned a Master in the Arts of History Education degree from Pitt in 2010. He is excited to enter his 2nd year as a Social
Studies teacher at his Alma Mater.