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Steve Spotts: NPC Ironmen President and Varsity Head Coach

Steve SpottsSteve is one of the original "Founding Fathers" of the Ironmen. He joined the program in 2009 as a Junior Varsity Assistant Coach and Secretary on the Ironmen Board. He has coached within the program every year since and has been Head Coach at all three Ironmen levels and is presently the Varsity head coach in 2018. Steve accepted the position of President of the Ironmen Organization in 2013. Steve's love for sports dates back to his high school years as he was a member of both the football and baseball teams at Fort LeBoeuf High School in Waterford, PA and went on to play baseball at the college level for Penn State-Behrend. Steve has been an active member in the local football community dating back to 2005. He volunteered for 4 years with the Seneca Valley Junior Football Association as both an offensive and defensive line coach. His coaching experience goes even beyond football. Since moving to Cranberry Township in 2000, Steve has coached CTAA baseball for more than 20 seasons. Not only will you see Steve out on the field but you can find the entire Spotts Family at all Ironmen events. His son, Adam, will be an 8th grader on the Varsity football team this year, while his wife Christine volunteers her time as one of our team photographers. Steve and Christine's son, Steven, is a proud graduate of the Ironmen Program (2012)and is now playing football at Allegheny College. Finally, Steve and Christine's daughter, Chloe, attends at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School and she always shows her Ironmen pride at all the games. Chloe also videotapes Ironmen games from the press box. Thank you Coach Steve for your dedication to your Ironmen Family.

Ron Fuchs

Eric KressCoach Ron is entering his 2nd year coaching with the Ironmen Program. His son Tanner is playing his 2nd year of football with the Ironmen, and will be in seventh grade this season at St. Gregory. Tanner is supported by his three sisters; Ashley, Morgan, and Lexi, as well as Ron’s girlfriend of 10 years, Angela Vrabel. Coach Ron is entering his 29th season of coaching High School football, and is currently entering his 20th season at his alma mater, Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Ron has been fortunate to coach on 6 WPIAL and 3 PIAA State Championship teams. Coach Ron has also coach youth baseball and basketball, as well as H.S. Track and Field, and Rugby. Coach Ron enjoys using sports as a tool to teach kids life’s lessons. “There is nothing like a group of young kids coming together with a common goal and succeeding through hard work, and selflessness.”

Dan Primrose

Dan PrimroseThis year will mark Dan's 4th year as an Ironmen coach. Dan played football at Northgate High School. He then continued his football career into college when he played for Washington and Jefferson College where he was a three-time First Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference defensive lineman as well as a First Team AFCA All American. Dan was inducted into the W&J Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

Jarrod Siket

Jarrod SiketJarrod is entering into his fifth season of coaching in the Ironmen football program. Coach Jarrod began playing football at an early age with Ironmen rivals, the Saint Bartholomew Bruins in Penn Hills. He went on to be a three-sport athlete at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, playing football, basketball and track. He was a member of Pennsylvania's first PIAA Quad-A State Football Champions in 1988. Jarrod completed his NCAA football and track careers at Carnegie Mellon University, gaining numerous all-conference selections as a wide receiver, kick-returner and sprinter. He was recently named to the University Athletic Association's 25-year anniversary teams in both sports.

Dave Tabacchi

Dave TabacchiDave is entering into his third year as a coach for the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen. Dave has also been coaching basketball for both the boys and girls squads at St. Kilian for a number of years which has included both his son Dante and daughter Gianna. Dave has many years experience playing competitive football. He started at the Pee Wee level and progressed to Pop Warner High School and ultimately for the United States Marine Corps representing the service branch in the military while oversees in Europe, Asia and in the US. Dave looks forward to working with the young athletes and staff.


Jim Valentine

Jim ValentineWe welcome Jim to his sixth year coaching for the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen. For three years Jim was the offensive coordinator for both the developmental and JV program . Ironmen Football is certainly a family affair for the Valentines. While Jim and his son, Jacob, can be spotted on the field, mother and daughter are also a part of the action! Monica is the Ironmen Cheer Coordinator and one of the Varsity cheer coaches, while daughter Gabby gets the opportunity to cheer for her big brother as a cheerleader. Jim is a graduate of Oil City Senior High School, Gannon University and Clarion University where he earned his MBA. He has been coaching youth sports (football, soccer, volleyball, softball, deck hockey and baseball) for many years. Jim looks forward to a great season for all three levels of the program. Thank you to the Valentine Family for your commitment to the Ironmen organization and for volunteering your time to assure that our program continues for many years to come!

Junior Varsity/Development Coach Bios

Tyler Timko – JV/Dev Head Coach

Jarrod SiketI am a 1989 Graduate of North Catholic High School where I played football. I was a Fullback/Linebacker and our team was a WPIAL semifinalist in 1989 losing a hard fought game to Aliquippa. After graduating from North Catholic, I received a football scholarship to Duke University and was part of the 1990 19th ranked ACC Champion Blue Devil team coached by Steve Spurrier. I played Fullback at Duke and learned many things about coaching, competing, and playing the "right way" during my four years there as well as many great life lessons. This is my 2nd year coaching for the Ironmen and love being a part of this wonderful organization. I really enjoy working with the kids, instilling the things I've learned along the way and being with a great group of coaches. I will be Head Coach of the JV team this upcoming season.

Tom Franco

Tom FrancoTom has been a member of St Kilian's Parish since 2002. He and his wife Lynne have 5 children that attend St Kilian Parish School. They reside in the Mars area. Tom is an Interventional Radiologist at Butler Memorial Hospital where he has spent the last 14 years. He is a graduate of St Francis College in Loretto, PA and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He attended Catholic grade school and Bishop Guilfoyle High School where he grew up in Altoona, PA. He played football from third grade through 12th grade and was captain his senior year on his varsity team. He has coached youth sports in the Mars area since 2007. Football has always been a large part of his family life; his older brother John has been a high school coach for over 30 years, having been to 3 PIAA state title games and winning one, and was inducted into the Pennsylvania high school coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.

Joe Iaquinta: NPC Ironmen Vice President

Joe IaquintaCoach Joe is entering into his fourth year with the North Pittsburgh Ironmen. For the last few years he has assisted with the JV squad as Defensive Coordinator and helped bring the JV squad to win the Diocesan Championship this past year. Being an athlete himself, it was only natural that Joe would continue his career as a coach. He coached for the Seneca Valley Junior Football Association for 4 years. Joe also sits on our board as the Vice President of the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen and is committed to many years of success in the program.


Joe Maddalon

Denny SentelleCoach Joe is making his return the Ironmen program. He coached his oldest son, Connor from 2012-2015. This year he will be assisting with his son, Owens team. Joe also has coached multiple basketball teams at St. Kilian. Along with the Ironmen program and St. Kilian he also coached high school basketball and football at Pine-Richland from 1997 - 2003. Sports have always played an important role in Joe's life and his goal is to pass those experiences on to his boys and the players he coaches.


Denny Sentelle

Dave TabacchiDenny will be entering into his second year as a member to the Ironmen football program. Denny has over 19 years’ experience coaching football including 7 years of High School football and 2 years internationally. He has been an offensive Coordinator at a 4A program in Maryland and spent a year at Seneca Valley High as an Offensive assistant after returning from two years as a head coach for a Junior and Senior program in Australia . In addition, Denny has coached for the Seneca Valley Junior football program as a Head coach and offensive coordinator for 3 years and has 7 additional years coaching youth football as offensive coordinator and head coach in Maryland where he began his coaching career coaching with his father while still playing High School Football. Denny has played football since he was 6 years old up through High School and then onto Semi-pro and minor league football up through 2013 where he played QB and Safety in Australia. He had the opportunity to play an international game for a Polynesian All-star team against the Australia National team before returning to the states.



Tim Baird

Dave TabacchiCoach Tim is excited to be joining the Ironmen Coaching staff. He and his wife, Felicia, live in Mars and have been members of St. Kilian’s Parish since 2007. Son, Andrew will be in his second season with the Ironmen, while his younger brother John awaits his opportunity in a few years. Tim also coaches with the St. KIlian Soccer Program, Mars Baseball Association and Mars Area Soccer Club.

 


Cheer Varsity Bios

Kaitlin Garrett

Kaitlin GarrettThe 2016 season is Kaitlin's first with the Ironmen Organization! This year she will be assisting with the JV cheerleading squad. Kaitlin became involved with the Ironman program through being a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Saint Kilian Parish School. Last year she helped coach the Saint Kilian Celtics cheerleaders as well! Kaitlin began cheerleading at North Allegheny and continued to cheer competitively with Pittsburgh Superstars throughout high school. Kaitlin wishes all of the Ironmen the best of luck this season and is very excited to be a part of this organization!


Rita McConnell

Rita McConnellThe McConnell family joined the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen three years ago, when daughter Sara became a JV cheerleader. This is Rita McConnell's second year as an assistant cheerleading coach. Rita spent nine years as a cheerleader, beginning as a mascot cheerleader in the second grade for the JV squad at Incarnation Academy (Nativity of Our Lord) on the Northside. As a senior at North Catholic High School, she was co-captain of the varsity cheerleaders. Daughters Sara and Ava, who attend St. Gregory School, are both on the 2016 Varsity Ironmen squad. Rita and her husband Bryan live in Fombell with their daughters, 2 dogs, and various horses, cats, chickens and ducks. Rita writes a blog about living a Catholic family life called "As for Our Home."

Pam Spalvieri

Pam SpalvieriThis is Pam's 6th year coaching Ironmen Cheerleading. During her tenure, she has coached all squad levels, including the 1st ever Developmental (Pep) Cheer Squad in 2013. This will be her 4th year coaching the Varsity squad. Her children attend St. Kilian Parish School, where she has also coached her two daughters on the Celtics Varsity, JV, and Pep Cheerleading Squads over the past six years during basketball season. Pam has many years of experience with cheerleading in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She cheered for four years at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in the South Hills, serving as captain of her JV and Varsity Squads and winning several Diocesan and regional cheerleading competitions. She continued to cheer at South Park High School as well as dance on their Drill Team, leading the team as the captain during her Senior Year. Pam has many fond memories of cheering and dancing during her youth, and hopes to create similar memories not only for her daughters, but for all of the girls on her cheer squads.


Cheer Junior Varsity Bios


Suzanne Higginbotham: Cheer Coach

Suzanne HigginbothamSuzanne Higginbotham is the head coach for the JV Ironmen Cheer division. Her daughter and son attend St Kilian Parish School and are involved with the Ironmen organization as well. Her daughter Gia has cheered for Ironmen DV and now is with the JV team. Suzanne was a cheerleader in her youth as well as dancer. She works for Duquesne University as a pharmacist and instructor in the School of Pharmacy but continues to bring her cheerleading spirit to work every day! She is looking forward to helping the JV girls cheer on the football team to victory!


Emily Begley: Cheer Coach

Suzanne HigginbothamEmily Begley joined the Ironmen Family last year as a DV cheer coach. She is very excited to continue to coach and join the JV team alongside her daughter, Ellie. Ellie is a second year cheerleader and attends 2nd grade at Blessed Francis Seelos Academy. Ellie participates in dance year round and is extremely excited to continue with cheerleading as part of her schedule! Emily is thrilled to share her love for cheer as she was also a cheerleader and dancer in grade school and high school at St. Joseph’s in Natrona Heights, PA. Emily works for North Allegheny School District as the primary Autistic Support Teacher and brings the energy and excitement to her workday. She is excited to help the girls have fun and cheer the football team to a WIN!

Monica Valentine

Monica ValentineMonica Valentine has been the Ironmen Cheer Coordinator for the past few years! She will also be the Head Coach for the Varsity Cheer Squad this year. This will be her fifth year coaching the cheerleaders for the Ironmen. Her children attend St. Kilian Parish School. Her son Jacob will be playing his sixth and final year of Varsity Football with the Ironmen this year. Her daughter Gabriella has cheered for five years and is excited about starting her sixth year cheering for her brother's football team. Her husband Jim has coached Jacob all these years too! In addition, Monica has coordinated and coached the Celtic Cheerleaders the past five years at St Kilian. Monica has always been a cheerleader at heart and has always loved to dance and cheer as a child. She cheered throughout grade school and high school in Buffalo, NY. She danced at the University at Buffalo for an energy outlet through college, studying intensively to become a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Even now as an adult, Monica enjoys recreational dancing for fitness through Jazzercise. The "Ironmen Family" has been like no other sport or activity ever experienced and the program as a whole is incredible! Ironmen blood runs strong through the whole Valentine family and they are looking forward to another great season for both football and cheer!


Amanda Maley

Monica ValentineAmanda Maley is brand new to the Ironmen Family this year. She is very excited to help coach the JV team and start this brand new journey with her daughter, Lydia. Lydia attends Saint Wendelin School where she will be entering the 4th grade this year. Amanda has been an X-ray Technologist at Butler Memorial Hospital for the past 11 years. Over the past year she has taken over being a clinical instructor to the radiology students from Penn State at her job and has loved teaching her students how to become technologists. She cheered for her varsity cheerleading squad in high school. She has fond memories of cheering and making lasting friendships through cheer. She cannot wait to share her love of cheer with her daughter Lydia and to become a part of the Ironmen Family.


Cheer Dev Bios


Sarah Cardosi

Suzanne HigginbothamThis is Sarah Cardosi's first year as the assistant coach for the developmental cheer squad for Ironmen. She has been one of the Head Coaches for the Saint Killian Parish School Developmental and Pep cheer squad for 2 years. Her daughter Maria and son Anthony attend Saint Killian‘s Parish School. Sarah cheered while attending catholic elementary school and in high school at Seneca Valley. She attended Duquesne University and graduated with an Elementary/Special Education degree and received her Master's Degree from Slippery Rock University. She works in Virtual Schools and as an Adjunct Instructor. Sarah loves all things "Cheer" and is always impressed with the enthusiasm the girls on her squads bring to the games! She is looking forward to coaching a new group of girls!


Shelley Colangelo

Suzanne HigginbothamThis is Shelley Colangelo‘s first year as assistant coach for the developmental cheer squad for Ironmen. She was the assistant coach for the Saint Killian Parish School developmental cheer squad during the 2017–2018 school year. Her twin girls, Sophia and Olivia, attend Saint Killian‘s Parish School. They will be in first grade for the 2018–2019 school year. Shelley cheered as a young teenager and was involved in sports growing up. She attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh PA on a softball scholarship where she received her Bachelors in Business Management. She later return for her MBA. Shelley works at PNC Bank as Vice President Line of Business Risk Specialist for Wealth Management. She has been with the Bank since 2008. Shelley enjoys volunteering for many of her children’s activities through SKPS. She is looking forward to assisting with the Ironmen program this year.

Cassie Swasey

Cassie SwaseyCassie Swasey is brand new to the Ironmen Family this year. She is extremely excited to help coach the DV Cheer Squad. Cassie got her start assisting the Celtic Pep Squad coaches during the last season. Her daughter, Emma, currently attends St Kilian Parish School. Emma discovered her love for cheerleading while being a member of the Celtic Pep Squad and has shared her excitement with her mom. In addition to sharing her love of cheerleading with her mom, Emma has shared her love of dance. In the past year, Cassie has began taking tap classes and even participated in her first recital. Cassie is planning to add a Hip Hop class this fall. The entire Swasey Family is very excited about becoming apart of the Ironmen Family and can't wait for an awesome season.


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