The Ringgold School Board officially hired Nick Milchovich’s coaching staff at a meeting last week and the six new Rams coaches are familiar with Western Pennsylvania.
Milchovich’s two top assistants are Ron Frederick and Thomas Plack. Frederick is a graduate of Southmoreland High School and played collegiately at the University of Tulsa.
Also joining the staff are Brady Barbero, who was the head coach at California Area High School from 2009-12, as well as former Washington & Jefferson standout Matt Wujcik, Jeff Lowden, who was an assistant under Barbero at Cal, and former Pitt offensive lineman Dan LaCarte.
When Milchovich was hired, he promised he would be able to lure a strong coaching staff and he did just that. Having an assistant like Barbero with head coaching experience is vital and Frederick will help mentor the linemen, which is invaluable in Class AAA.
I also love the hire of LaCarte, who instantly brings credibility. Ringgold will be one of the bigger story lines to watch this season as the Rams transition from Matt Humbert’s offense to Milchovich’s, which will surely contain some different concepts.
With Nico Law at quarterback and a star-studded backfield featuring one of the highest touted incoming freshman and a workhorse like Chacar Berry, Ringgold is bound to reach the WPIAL playoffs once again.
Many were disappointed that a bigger name was not brought in to take Humbert’s place, but Milchovich could be the right man for the job and will bring stability to a program that is one of the most storied in Western Pennsylvania.