Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

District Chooses State Trooper as Head Varsity Football Coach

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

District Chooses State Trooper as Head Varsity Football Coach

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Baldwin High School has a new head varsity football coach who works as a state police trooper.

Loran Cooley served as offensive coordinator last year at Clairton High School, and before that, he coached at Plum and Gateway high schools.

He replaces Pete Wagner Jr., who resigned last month as head football coach, a position he had held since 2013.

The board voted 7-0 March 8 to hire Mr. Cooley, with Elliot Rambo and Anthony DiCesaro absent.

As head football coach, he will be paid an annual salary of $10,000 per the collective bargaining agreement. He will choose his own assistant coaches.

Mr. Cooley was chosen from among 43 applicants by athletic director Vince Sortino and the high school administration. Superintendent Randal Lutz then met with Mr. Loran.

"He talked about motivation and making it fun and building it from the youth level," Mr. Lutz said.

"He has taken programs that have not been successful and been part of their rebirth. He has a demonstrated history of building a winner. …

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