Mar. 15, 2005
Ex-player and coaching aide Colatosti to lead Nanticoke program
1972 graduate is a surprise choice over Bill Goodman, ex-head coach of the Trojans.
By jerzar@leader.net

Greater Nanticoke Area dipped into its past for a head football coach Monday, but not in the direction that had been strongly rumored.

Instead, the School Board appointed Bob Colatosti, a 1972 graduate and former player, to revive a program that has struggled with low player turnout recently and had just two winning seasons in the past 10 years.

The Nanticoke School Board voted 7-0 to hire Colatosti. Board members Ken James and Mark Yeager were absent. Former head coach Bill Goodman, who coached the Trojans from 1982-1989, was considered a heavy favorite over 11 other candidates, at least four of whom had head coaching experience on the high school level.

“He’s a good man,” Colatosti said of Goodman. “We’re all out for the kids, no other reason.”

Colatosti has never been a high school head coach, but was a Nanticoke assistant for about a decade under former head coaches Bill Jones and Paul Marranca. He has been a head coach in the Junior Trojan mini-football program and has been involved in the organization for about two decades.

Nanticoke finished 1-9 last season under Len Butczynski, who resigned after four years and a 9-31 record. Butczynski cited low numbers as part of the reason for leaving. Nanticoke had 30 players on its preseason roster in 2004, but often dressed barely over 20.

Colatosti, who works for the Luzerne County Housing Authority, hopes to change that by using his background in the youth program.

“There are young men that when they leave us, they don’t continue on (in football),” Colatosti said. “I’m pretty well known.”

Board president Bob Raineri said Colatosti’s salary will be a minimum of $6,300. It will increase slightly under the collective bargaining agreement for the next school year. He said all 12 applicants were interviewed.

“It took hours upon days to come down to this final selection,” Rianeri said. “We were torn between three or four candidates. With his experience – he ran the mini-football program for years and was an assistant in high school – I don’t see any problems. He should know many of the younger kids coming up.”

Raineri added that Colatosti isn’t expected to turn around the program immediately. The Trojans have compiled a 33-68 record during the past 10 years, posting winning records in 1999 (8-3) and 2002 (6-4). The school hasn’t had consecutive winning seasons since 1993-94.

“I have a different style than most. I don’t holler at kids, that’s their parents’ job,” Colatosti said. “I’m honest with them as long as they are honest with me.

“There are many on the team who have played for me,” Colatosti added. “They know what I’m about.”

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