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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 (JV in 2010, Varsity in 2012, Developmental in 2013 & 2014, JV again in 2015 & 2016, and now Varsity again in 2017). 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, is moving up to Varsity football 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, is a freshman 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.

Eric Kress

Eric KressIn 2014, the Kress Family enrolled in St. Gregory's School in Zelienople. Eric and son Robbie had been involved with youth football for four years. Eric was the offensive coordinator and Robbie was the center and defensive end for the Riverside Little Panthers. Luckily, while looking at the St. Gregory's website, they saw a link to the Ironmen website. This started a new and exciting journey for the 2014 football season. This will be Eric's third season coaching with the Ironmen organization. He played football throughout his youth and high school years at Seneca Valley High School. He has also been a baseball coach for eight years. Eric and his wife Kristen live in Fombell with their three children. Robbie is excited to start his third year with theVarsity Ironmen Team and his younger sister Lizzie will be showing her support for her big brother as an Ironmen Cheerleader. Julia will be cheering for both of them from the stands.

Scott Laconi

Eric Kress2017 is Scott's second season coaching in the Ironmen program. During his younger years, Scott coached youth and junior high football for 8 seasons as well as travel baseball in Butler. Scott is proud to say both his sons are Ironmen. Carson is in his 6th year with the program and his older son, Camden, who played 2 years with the Ironmen, continues to pursue his football dreams at Central Catholic. Scott is excited to be part of the impressive staff here at Ironmen. He feels that playing sports, especially football for 12 years of his life, formed lasting disciplines and work ethic that carries over into all aspects of life, personally and professionally. Scott and his wife Wendy along with their 2 sons live in Butler Township. They attend St. Paul parish and both boys attended Butler Catholic School.

Dan Primrose

Dan Primrose2017 marks Dan's 3rd year as an Ironmen coach. His son Gabe is in 7th grade at St Kilian and will play for the Varsity Team. 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. In addition to his son that participates in the Ironmen program, Dan and wife Andrea have two daughters, Grier who is in 5th grade at St Kilian and Sloane who is in 4th grade and can be seen cheering for her brother on the sidelines as a North Pittsburgh Catholic Cheerleader. The Primrose Family is excited for another year of IRONMEN FOOTBALL!

Jim Valentine

Jim ValentineWe welcome Jim to his fifth year coaching for the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen. For the past three years Jim has been 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 JV 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. While we wish good luck to Jim and Jacob on their fifth season with the Ironmen, 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!

Scott Stephens

Scott StephensCoach Stephens is excited to enter his Fourteenth year coaching youth football and his Fourth year with the NPC Ironmen program and will be part of the varsity staff for 2017. Coach Stephens has a son Andrew in the football program. He attends Saint Kilian Parish School. Coach Stephens started his love for football early on playing in the Oil City Cranberry Youth Football League and then at Oil City High School. After graduating from Duquesne University, Coach Stephens started his youth football coaching career coaching 7th and 8th grade football for six years in Oil City and then moved on to coach 4 years in the Seneca Valley Junior Football Association. He is a member of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association and is a certified football and baseball coach. Coach Stephens, his wife Michelle, along with Andrew and Emma are proud to be members of the NPC Ironmen Family.

Junior Varsity/Development Coach Bios

Jarrod Siket – JV/Dev Head Coach

Jarrod SiketJarrod enters his fourth season of coaching in the Ironmen football program. He has followed along with his son, Jason, beginning in the 3rd grade for two seasons on the developmental team in 2014-2015 and now his second year on the junior varsity in 2017. 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. Jarrod and his wife, Christine, have four children who attend diocesan schools: Jarrod Jr. 14 at Cardinal Wuerl High School and Justin 12, Jason 10, and Julia 7, who attend St. Kilian Parish School.

James Cook

James CookJim Cook brings his enthusiasm and experience as a youth coach to the Ironmen Program. Jim's son J.L. will be playing Developmental football, and his daughter Zoe will begin her first year of cheerleading. Jim and his wife Amanda will have 4 children in the St. Kilian Parish: J.L., Zoe, Claire and Thorburn John. Jim lettered in High School Football (Quarterback), and Basketball. He was named All-State in Basketball in Pennsylvania by the Associated Press and the Patriot News. Jim was named "MVP" in the 1988 Dapper Dan Roundball Classic and went on to play Division I Basketball at Colgate University in the Patriot League. Following college and law school, Cook coached both youth football and basketball in Harrisburg, Wexford and throughout the Pittsburgh area. He looks forward to learning the Ironmen Football coaching methods and traditions. We welcome the entire Cook Family as new members to our Ironmen Family.

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. We are excited to welcome the Franco's to the Ironman Family!

Joe Iaquinta: NPC Ironmen Vice President

Joe IaquintaCoach Joe is entering into his third year with the North Pittsburgh Ironmen. Last year he assisted with the JV squad on the defensive side, and has accepted the role of JV Defensive Coordinator for the 2017 season. 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, when his oldest son JJ, decided he wanted to come join the Ironmen. In addition, Joe's son Louie will be on the developmental squad, and daughter Isabella cheering Varsity. The Iaquinta family was recently blessed with another baby boy in April 2016. Baby Dominic hopes that he too will be a North Pittsburgh Ironmen someday. Accompanied by his wife Melissa, Joe has accepted the role as the Vice President of the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen and is committed to many years of success in the program.

Denny Sentelle

Denny SentelleDenny is a first year member to the Ironmen football program. He and his wife Steffanie have lived in the Cranberry area since 2006 and have a 5 year old daughter named Jasmine. 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. He still continues to play competitive Flag football and is now looking to get back into coaching after taking a few years off to dedicate time to his wife and daughter.

Dave Tabacchi

Dave TabacchiDave is in his second year as a Developmental coach for the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen. Dave's son Dante is a returning member of this year's squad and is also heading into the 5th grade class at St. Kilian this upcoming school year. Father and son are again excited to be part of the Ironmen Football program . 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.


Cheer Varsity Bios

Caroline Chung

Caroline ChungThis will be Caroline's third year coaching for the Ironmen cheer squads, and her first year assisting with the varsity cheer squad. She is a former Saint Kilian Parish School Cheerleader and is currently active in competitive dance. Caroline has danced competitively for the past 9 years with an emphasis on tap, jazz, contemporary, and classical ballet. She is a rising Junior at Oakland Catholic High School and is active on her school yearbook committee as well as a student ambassador. Caroline works with campus ministry, and both local and international mission trips. Caroline cannot wait for the 2016 Ironmen season. Go Ironmen!

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!



Michelle Hicks

Michelle HicksThis is Michelle's fourth year with the Ironmen Organization. Over the past several years, Michelle has acted as cheer coordinator, developmental cheer squad coach and JV cheer squad coach. This year she is coaching the Varsity Cheer Squad. As cheer coordinator, Michelle helped expand the Ironmen cheer program by forming a Pep Club comprised 1st and 2nd graders. She has created differentiation among the squad age groups to continue to engage cheerleaders as they reach the Varsity level. Michelle, her husband Derek and their two children, Alaina (6th grade) and Aidan (4th grade) are members of St. Kilian Parish. Michelle has been the cheer coordinator and coach for SKPS' cheer program for the past three years. Michelle cheered throughout grade school at St. Cyril of Alexandria and into high school at North Catholic. Michelle is excited to coach her daughter Alaina and the other young girls in cheer; she feels that the principles of teamwork, confidence, discipline, trust, leadership, team spirit, competition and optimism that cheerleading embodies are important skills for all young girls to learn and practice

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 5th year coaching Ironmen Cheerleading. During her tenure, she has coached all squad levels, including the 1st ever Developmental (Pep) Cheer Squad in 2013. This year she will be coaching both of her daughters on the Varsity squad. Her 4 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 five 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

Monica Valentine: Cheer Coach

Monica ValentineMonica Valentine was the Ironmen Cheer Coordinator last year and she has decided to do it all again this year! She is very excited to help coach the JV Cheer Squad. This will be her fourth year coaching the cheerleaders for the Ironmen. Her children attend St Kilian Parish School and this will be the fifth year her family has been involved with the Ironmen organization. Her son Jacob played the past four years for Ironmen and will be playing his first year of Varsity Football this year. Her daughter Gabriella has cheered for four years and is excited about starting her fifth year cheering for her brother's football team. Her husband Jim has coached the past four years and he will be coaching Jacob on Varsity again this year. In addition, Monica has coached the Celtic Pep Squad the past four 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!

Danielle Pecoraro

Danielle PecoraroThis is Danielle's first year coaching Ironmen cheer. Her family attends St.Alexis school where her daughter Sofia is in 2nd grade and son Enzo is in Kindergarten. Sofia will be joining the developmental cheerleading squad in 2016. Danielle is also the current cheerleading coach for St. Alexis. She coached PAC All-Stars and competed with PCC cheer here in Wexford. She also cheered at North Allegheny High School and throughout college with St. Joseph's University Co-Ed competition team. She won the national championship with NCA competing with South Jersey Storm's Open Team and won 'Top Gun' stunter for NCA. She is very excited to bring her love for cheerleading to the Ironmen organization this year!

Hilary Rectenwald

Hilary RectenwaldHilary Rectenwald is excited to be a part of the Ironman family for her rookie year of coaching. Although Hilary has not coached cheerleading in a while, she cheered competitively for many years. She has two daughters who are just starting their cheerleading careers. Raelyn, her oldest daughter, who has been a competitive dancer at Studio 19 Dance Complex for six years will be on the JV squad and Aubrie, her younger daughter who is also a competitive dancer at Studio 19 Dance Complex, will be on the DV squad. They both attend Saint Gregory's Parish School in Zelienople, PA and are entering fourth and first grade. Hilary's husband Aaron is excited that he can now watch football while enjoying his daughters cheer at the same time. They are all very excited for this new opportunity and look forward to meeting all of the great people that make up the Ironman family.

Elena Diulus

Elena DiulusThis is Elena's first year as an Ironmen Coach, but this is not her first time with the Ironmen organization—she was on the very first Ironmen cheer squad, and she kept with the organization until she graduated from St. Alexis Catholic School in 2014. Elena is a junior at North Allegheny Senior High School where she participates in Key Club, Spring Musical, and the Marching Band, where she is a member of the North Allegheny Dance Team. Elena has been a competitive dancer for 11 years with a focus on jazz, tap, ballet, and pointe. She is very excited to be back and assist the developmental squad this season!


Cheer Dev Bios


Suzanne Higginbotham

Suzanne HigginbothamSuzanne Higginbotham is new to Ironmen Cheer Coaching this year for the DV division and she is very excited to join the team! Her daughter attends St Kilian Parish School and this is her daughter's first year involved with the Ironmen organization as well. Her daughter Gia has cheered for the Celtic Cheer squad and she can't wait to cheer for Ironmen. 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 1st and 2nd grade girls cheer on the football team to victory!


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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