On the eve of Camp Hill opening its 2017 football season, Lions head coach Frank Gay abruptly resigned Thursday night citing personal reasons.
Eric Epler of PennLive broke the story.
Gay took over at Camp Hill in March 2011 and posted a 44-25 overall record including a pair of District 3-A championships. Prior to that he spent 18 years at Red Land – including the final eight as the head coach where he also won a District 3 title.
“I told them I’m standing up for my values and what I promised myself several years ago,” Gay told PennLive. “I know this is a bad time, but I love the kids. We talked about staying true to yourself. We cried together.”
Long-time Camp Hill assistant Tim Bigelow will take over as the interim head coach and will guide the Lions tonight in their opener at Palmyra.
Steel-High legend Rob Deibler passes away
There’s no other way to put it. This is going to be a tough first week of high school football with the very recent passing of former Steel-High and Middletown head coach Rob Deibler.
Coach Deibs was 52. Rob was a Steelton native who played for the Rollers. He guided Steel-High to a pair of state championships and made football on Cottage Hill fun.
I learned a lot about how to enjoy the game of high school football covering teams coached by Deibs. He wasn’t perfect. He had flaws and demons and made mistakes. We all do. But, I still loved and respected him.
All I know is Rob knew the game, could get kids to speak his language and get on board with the plan and he really loved winning games with kids from his hometown.
From the first few games he coached at Harrisburg, despite a 1-9 inaugural season in 2011, it was always crystal clear Calvin Everett was the perfect man to lead the Harrisburg Cougars.
If you want to learn more about his journey as the Cougars skipper, take 15 minutes and read this excellent piece by David Jones of PennLive.
AROUND DISTRICT 3
Camp Hill coach Frank Gay resigns mere hours before season opener (PennLive/The Patriot-News)
Rob Deibler, former Steel-High quarterback and head coach, dies (PennLive/The Patriot-News)
Pequea Valley, Annville-Cleona, Northern Lebanon set for Week Zero tests (Lancaster Online)
Hot and Not in 2017 YAIAA Football (York Daily Record)
PennLive’s high school football Week Zero picks and predictions (PennLive/The Patriot-News)