“I’ve been around football my entire life,” Rose told The Sentinel this weekend. “To be a varsity head coach has always been my dream.”
Mechanicsburg athletic director Seth Pehanich kept the search for a replacement for Billy Furman internal, believing he had enough candidates within the district to make a good hire. Furman went 3-7 in his first and only year, leading the Wildcats to wins for the first time in three seasons.
But Furman and the district clashed and unceremoniously split a few weeks after the season. Furman ripped the decision at the time.
Pehanich took a little more than a month to fill the position this time, after Furman was hired at the end of a five-month search.
“The way [Rose] conducts himself, he’s a high-character individual, he’s a grinder,” Pehanich said. “This school means a lot to him already."
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