Anthony Rose approved as Mechanicsburg football coach, wants to make Wildcats 'hard-nosed' again

09 January 2018


By Jake Adams

The Sentinel

Anthony Rose has been waiting for this moment a long time.

The 41-year-old North Carolina native was approved by the Mechanicsburg school board Tuesday as the new varsity football coach, finally giving Rose the title he had long been waiting for.

“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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