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St. Joe's announces Gilbert as new football coach

I had a story in Sunday's paper about how St. Joe's has named Dennis Gilbert its new football coach.

Today the school made the official announcement on its Web site.

Some of the quotes: 

Dennis Gilbert-HI Gilbert: "Obviously, a great deal of the football knowledge that I’ve obtained over the past three decades has been taught to me by Bob [O'Connor]. From a philosophical standpoint, my plan going forward is to utilize some of those same general schemes while, at the same time, making sure to tailor our game plans to the specific strengths of our student-athletes."

Robert T. Scott, AFSC, President/Principal of St. Joe’s: "We are very excited to announce our selection of Dennis Gilbert as the next head football coach at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. Dennis’s familiarity with our school’s longstanding traditions and Lasallian values, coupled with the intrinsic commitment and sense of community that comes along with graduating from St. Joe’s, really made him an ideal choice to lead the next generation of St. Joe’s student-athletes."

It is St. Joe's hiring a St. Joe's guy, and not just a St. Joe's guy but an O'Connor guy. I would think Marauder fans would like that kind of keep-it-in-the-family transition, especially based on what O'Connor was able to do with the program.

---Keith McShea


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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