McDowell High School has recently named new coaches for girls basketball and wrestling.
Former head coach at Fort LeBoeuf High School, Tim Simon, was put as head of the Trojan Wrestling program. He had a very successful career at Fort LeBoeuf and had many individual PIAA state tournament qualifiers and medalists from the team. Simon was also selected as District 10 Coach of the Year and is a member of the Pennsylvania National Team Coaching Staff. He has coached multiple USA Wrestling All Americans.
Simon said that he and his family are truly grateful for the opportunity. “Millcreek is a place I have called home all my life. To come back to my alma mater and lead the program is a great honor. This community and school district have all the makings of a championship program.”
Nick DeSantis, who led the Central Tech girls basketball team for 26 years, will come coach the McDowell Lady Trojans. DeSantis has helped the Central Tech program win three region titles and four District 10 titles. Whilst coach, 26 players have been offered scholarships to play at the collegiate level. His teams have played in Florida, California, Washington, Arizona and D.C. against some of the top teams in the country.
DeSantis said change is inevitable and that he was delighted when the opportunity arose to coach the girls basketball program at McDowell.
“I feel blessed to have been able to coach at Central Tech for 26 years,” he said, “and I am proud of the program that has been developed and the many players who have had the opportunity to play in college.”
McDowell Athletic Director Mark Becker responded to the hires, saying, “We could not find two better people to lead our Wrestling and Girls Basketball programs. Both men are well-respected and highly successful leaders who will dedicate themselves to helping our student athletes reach their full potential. This is an exciting time for the McDowell Trojans athletic family.”