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April 8, 2014

Davitch named new football coach at Bishop McCort

Veteran football coach Jerry Davitch is returning to the sidelines not too far from where his life in football began. 

The Greater Johnstown graduate and former coach at Greater Johnstown and Conemaugh Township at the high school level in Pennsylvania was named the 21st head coach in the history of the Bishop McCort Catholic football program on Tuesday. 
Davitch replaces Kevin Sheridan, who stepped away from the position because of concerns over the health of his infant son, Owen. 
For the 73-year-old Davitch, who also coached at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Ariz., served as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy and head coach at the University of Idaho before returning to coach Greater Johnstown in 1985, the chance to coach at Bishop McCort is an opportunity to bring his lengthy career in the game to a possible close to where it all began. 
“I began my coaching career at a Catholic high school, and it’s only fitting that I will end my career at a revered Catholic high school,” Davitch said. “I’m honored and excited to coach the Crushers. The Bishop McCort football program has been highly respected for generations, and I’m proud to continue that winning tradition.” 
The process of bringing Davitch back on the sidelines got rolling when Bishop McCort hired Richland superintendent Tom Fleming as principal and chief administrative officer in February. 
“What made this possible is that Tom Fleming, who is a good personal friend, when I first came back to Johnstown, Tom was on my first staff at Johnstown” Davitch said. “We’ve been friends ever since. We worked together at Johnstown. We worked together at Conemaugh Township. When he took his position (at Bishop McCort) and Kevin made the decision to step aside and this position became available, it became an opportunity for us ... For those old enough to remember “The Blues Brothers,” we were going to put the band back together one more time. 

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