Sunday, May 29, 2022 | 11:43 am
Tim Storino feels at home as the leader of Seton LaSalle’s football team.
A 17-year veteran as a coach, Storino aims to resuscitate a program that has stumbled due to coaching turnover and inconsistent play.
Storino was hired in March after a tumultuous 2021 season in which Mauro Monz quit before coaching a game. Monz was facing a one-year suspension for alleged recruiting violations. He was replaced by assistant Chris Siegle, but the Rebels lost six of their first seven games before finishing with a 3-7 record in Class 2A.
At Storino, the school has selected a coach who emphasizes faith and family as well as stability. He has long believed in the Seton LaSalle program.
“I’ve had my eye on this work for 10 years,” he said.
Storino’s enthusiasm is not limited to his work with the football team. He cites the school’s vision as another reason why Seton LaSalle was the right fit.
“I am just as excited about the new construction of a chapel on the first floor of the building which will feature 16 stained glass windows of Catholic saints as I am about the football team,” he said.
Storino’s optimism is tied to the promise that Seton LaSalle will improve the football experience for students and fans, including plans to build a press box and bleachers so the school can host games Friday night football. If completed, Seton LaSalle would be one of the only private WPIAL schools able to play their home games on campus.
“We are already blessed with great facilities,” Storinio said. “Our weight room is top notch. We have a separate locker room for the football team and our own grass pitch on campus.
With administrative support, Storino believes he can bring Seton LaSalle back to prominence. The school has six WPIAL titles and has produced such stars as NFL talents Bruce and Gino Gradowski and former Pitt star Bill Stull.
Storino is a former Vincentian Academy coach who has college coaching experience at Delaware, Old Dominion and Robert Morris. He has also served under some of the most successful coaches in WPIAL history including Jeff Metheny, Terry Totten and Neil Gordon.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to have such wonderful mentors,” Storino said. “I played and coached for Jeff, spent two years learning from a WPIAL Hall of Famer (Gordon) and spent four years coaching QB for Terry at Central Catholic.”
Storino will build on his lessons learned as he returns to a program that has won six games in three years. He said Seton LaSalle had everything he was looking for in a coaching job.
Seton LaSalle is a private Catholic school located in Mount Lebanon. It’s surrounded by Brookline and Dormont, and its location made it easy for Storino, who lives in the Baldwin-Whitehall school district, to decide.
“It’s an easy eight-minute drive to summer practice, but more importantly, I drive past it on my way home from college PE work at Shaler Area,” he said.
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