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Legendary football coach Jerry Davitch is coming out of retirement to coach the Crimson Crushers of Bishop McCort Catholic High School. He is the 21st head football coach in school history.
Davitch, former head coach of the Conemaugh Township Indians and the Johnstown Trojans before that, succeeds Kevin Sheridan who stepped aside from head-coaching responsibilities last year because of concerns over the health of his infant son, Owen.
“I began my coaching career at a Catholic high school, and it’s only fitting that I will end my career at a revered Catholic High School,” said Davitch, 73, who began his head coaching career in 1969 at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Ariz. “I’m honored and excited to coach the Crushers. The Bishop McCort football program has been highly respected for generations, and I’m proud to continue that winning tradition. This is certainly going to be a labor of love for me.”
“We are extremely happy and fortunate to have Coach Davitch joining the McCort family,” said Dr. D. A. Gardill, acting principal at McCort. “Jerry is a proven, top-quality coach. He’s a tremendous leader who has devoted much of his life to coaching and mentoring students.”
While renowned for his coaching, Davitch has also been a well-known secondary school administrator. He served as superintendent of the Richland School District (2004 to 2008) and the Conemaugh Township School District (1996-2004). He was principal of the Conemaugh Township High School (1994-1996). For more click here.
Thomas Fleming named Bishop McCort principal, chief administrative officer
It is with great pleasure to announce that, with the great input of many of you in our Crusher family, the Board of Trustees has selected Mr. Thomas Fleming to serve as our next Principal and Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Fleming, welcome to the Bishop McCort family! Click here for a McCort news release. Click here for a message from Mr. Fleming.
Bishop McCort at District Band Festival
Representing Bishop McCort at the recent District Band Festival were (from left) Natalie Bailey, flute; Anastazia Hall, trumpet; Michael Walther, tenor sax; Jenna Paratore, contra alto clarinet; and Ashley Matse, flute. Band director Jennifer Long (kneeling) celebrates with the band members.
Celebrating Bishop McCort poets!
Congratulations to (from left) Lyndsay Selan, Jenna Gaunt and Jacob Schulte for being published in Creative Communication's 2014 fall edition of "A Celebration of Poets." Only the top entries are published in this anthology, which records the creative insights of today's student writers.
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The Bishop McCort cheerleaders are competing in the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla. (Click here for photos.)
Crushers Alumni Appreciation Night!
Numerous Crushers basketball players from throughout the decades were recognized during halftime of the Crushers' 42-39 win over city rival Johnstown Trojans. It was part of "Crushers Alumni Appreciation Night" during which the alumni met for a reception and watched the game from the "Crushers Skybox," which looks out over the basketball court. (Click here for alumni event photos and click here for game photos.)
Celebrating our senior Lady Crushers