Published Date Written by Noelle Barrett
Steelton-Highspire’s sidelines will be missing a familiar face next football season.
After serving as head coach for three years, Tom Hailey resigned on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to give a younger coach a chance to take the reins.
His resignation is scheduled to be discussed by the Steelton-Highspire School Board on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Hailey took over for former head coach Rob Deibler in 2010. Last season he coached the Rollers to the PIAA semifinals, where they lost to Old Forge, 26-7. Under Hailey, Steel-High earned its ninth District 3 Class A title, and ended last season with a 12-2 record.
“I got my shot at age 54 as head coach and I’m pushing hard for a young man to take over,’’ Hailey said. “I appreciated getting my opportunity, but I want to make sure the young people have an opportunity. There’s no need to keep them in the wings.”
Hailey, who had served as an assistant coach for 12 years at Steel-High before becoming head coach, said he recommended an unnamed member of the coaching staff to Superintendent Ellen Castagneto in his resignation letter.
“There has to be an interview process, but I told her my thoughts and desires,” Hailey said.
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