The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

High School Sports

January 16, 2007

Northern Cambria picks its football coach

To replace its football coach, Northern Cambria did not have to look very far to find its direction.

The school board on Tuesday voted 8-1 to hire Andy Paronish to fill the void.

Andy Paronish replaces his cousin, Frank Paronish, who compiled a 28-25 record during five years with the Colts. Frank Paronish guided last season’s team to the second round of the District 6 Class A playoffs. But he resigned as head coach, and from his position as athletic director after the season, though he will remain as the AD for the rest of the year.

Andy Paronish, a married, 43-year-old father of two, has been an assistant coach at Northern Cambria in recent years and will get a chance to direct his son, Andrew, a sophomore, who was named to The Tribune-Democrat’s first-team all-area squad last year.

Andy Paronish played football for the Colts and graduated in 1981.

He went on to play football at St. Francis for two years and also earned a degree from the university.

He said he has been involved in coaching for the past 14 years, and also helped coach high school senior linebackers during camps at Penn State last summer.

He coached the linebackers at St. Francis during the late 1980s and early ’90s.

“I’ve been a part of the program (at Northern Cambria) for a long time and I always wanted to be the head coach,” Andy Paronish said. “But with Frank in there – and he was doing a great job – I was waiting my turn.

“I’m excited about getting an opportunity to continue this program going in the right direction.”

The other finalist for the position was Paul Taranto, who also teaches in the district and is a former member of IUP’s football team.

The lone dissenting vote during the meeting came from Delvin Lockard, though the reasoning had nothing to do with the candidates. Lockard did not want to hire any coach until the school has hired an athletic director.

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