WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Board of Education on Tuesday hired a Waynesburg University assistant football coach with local ties to serve as Brooke High School's new head football coach.
The board unanimously approved the hiring of Sean Blumette, a native of North Versailles, Pa. with 18 years' experience coaching football at the college, high school and junior high levels.
Blumette was an assistant defensive coach for Waynesburg for two years and had begun coaching the offensive line this spring when he applied for the position at Brooke.
Before that, he was assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator for Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, his alma mater; and held various coaching positions at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.
After graduating from Serra in 1994, Blumette earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education- social studies from California University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in education and principal's certificate from Gannon University.
He has served as an adjunct history professor at Waynesburg.
The nephew of Bob Wolfgang of Follansbee, Blumette said he had seen the Brooke Bruins play in the early 1990s and welcomed the opportunity to head the team when the position became open.
Bloomette said he was working for his uncle, a local printer, and they were delivering football programs to a game pitting the Bruins against Mount Lebanon and stayed to watch.
Impressed by the Bruins' performance, he remarked he would one day coach the team, he recalled.
Blumette said there are teams that coaches have always wanted to lead, some they would consider leading and others they're not interested in.
"Brooke has always been at that A level for me because of the tradition, the kind of people in the community and the kind of experience I had here years ago. When I saw the opportunity, it was just something I couldn't pass up."
Board President Jim Piccirillo said Blumette "comes highly recommended from everyone we contacted. His background is from the Mon Valley, a lunch pail-carrying steelworking area of Western Pennsylvania much like the Ohio Valley. He is a high character guy and shares the values of hard work, dedication and pride that we share in our community."
Blumette's appointment came following an hourlong executive session in which board members met with Blumette and the following Brooke High School administrators who served on the interviewing committee for the position: head principal Toni Shute, athletic director Rob Robinson and assistant principals George Brindley and Tim Pannett.