Jarrod is entering his sixth and final season in the Ironmen football program as the head coach and offensive coordinator of the varsity team. Jarrod has coached at every Ironmen level including developmental, junior varsity and varsity. Jarrod began playing football at an early age in elementary school with the Saint Bartholomew Bruins in Penn Hills. He went on to be a three-sport athlete at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, playing football, basketball and track. He was a member of Pennsylvania's first PIAA Quad-A State Football Champions in 1988. Jarrod completed his NCAA football and track careers at Carnegie Mellon University, gaining numerous all-conference selections as a wide receiver, kick-returner and sprinter. He was recently named to the University Athletic Association's 25-year anniversary teams in both sports. Jarrod and his wife of 20 years, Christine, have four children: Jarrod jr.,a junior at Vincentian Academy; Justin, a sophomore at North Catholic; and Jason and Julia, who are 8th and 5th graders at St. Kilian parish school.
Coach Ron is entering into his third year coaching with the Ironmen program. His son, Tanner, will be an eigth grader on Varsity this year, who attends St. Gregory. Tanner is supported by his three sisters; Ashley, Morgan, and Lexi and Ron’s girlfriend of 11 years Angela. Coach Ron is entering his 30th year of coaching high school football and currently is entering his 21st season at his alma mater, Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Ron has been fortunate to coach on 6 WPIAL and 3 PIAA State Championship teams. Coach Ron has also coaches youth baseball and basketball, as well as high school track and field and rugby. Coach Ron enjoys using sports as a tool to teach kids life’s lessons. “There is nothing like a group of young kids coming together with a common goal and succeeding through hard work and selflessness!"
Dave is entering into his fifth year as a coach for the Ironmen program. Dave has also been coaching basketball for both boys and girls squads at St. Kilians for a number of years for both his son Dante, and 8th grader this year and daughter Gianne, who is a sophomore at North Catholic. Dave has many years of experience playing competitive football. He started at the Pee Wee level and progressed to Pop Warner High School and ultimately for the Unites States Marine Corps, representing the service branch in the military while over seas in Europe, Asia and in the U.S.
Tom has been a member of St.Kilian’s Parish since 2002. He and his wife, Lynne, have 5 children. Three attend St. Kilian and 2 attend North Catholic. They reside in the Mars area. Tom is an interventional radiologist at Butler Memorial Hospital. Tom played football from third grade all the way through high school, and was captain his senior year. He has coached youth sports in the Mars area since 2007. Football has always been a big part of his family life and he is glad to continue it with the Ironmen.
Joe coached for the Ironmen during the 2012-2015 seasons with his oldest son Connor. He made his return back last year with his son Owen. Joe has coached multiple basketball teams at St.Kilians and high school basketball and football at Pine-Richland from 1997-2003. Sports have always played an important role in Joes life and his goal is to pass those experiences on to his boys and the players he coaches.
Tyler is a 1989 graduate of North Catholic High School, where he played football. He was a fullback/Linebacker and his team was a WPIAL semifinalists in 1989. After graduating from North, he received a football scholarship to Duke University and was part of the 1990, 19th rank ACC Champion Blue Devil team coached by Steve Spurrier. He played fullback at Duke and learned many things about coaching, competing and playing the “right way” during his four years there as well as many great life lessons. This is his third year coaching for the Ironmen and loves being part of this great organization. He really enjoys working with the kids, instilling the things he has learned along the way and being a part of such a great group of coaches.
Mike is entering his eighth year in the Ironmen program, having taken on responsibilities of managing the organization's equipment and coaching. Mike and his wife Karen have three boys. Twins, Christoper and Joseph just finished their first year on the Central Catholic football team. Their third son, Matthew is entering 7th grade at St. Kilian and his 5th year with the Ironmen. Mike has served as an Ironmen board member for several years and is in his second season as an assistant football coach. He has been coaching youth athletics in the Cranberry area for over ten years, including football, baseball and basketball. He enjoys working with kids to help them develop values, both mentally and physically through sports. "The Ironmen program has had a significant impact in helping all three of our boys develop into responsible and hard working young men. It is a pleasure to be a part of such a great organization."
Coach Joe is entering into his fifth year with the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen. For the past 2 years, he has assisted with the JV squad as Defensive Coordinator and has helped to bring the JV squad to back-to-back championship wins. This year, Joe will be taking over as head coach for the JV squad in hopes of a three-peat! Being an athlete himself, it was only natural that Joe would continue his career as a coach. Prior to the Ironmen, Joe coached for the Seneca Valley Junior Football Association for 4 years. Joe also sits on the board as Vice President of the NPCI, alongside his wife Melissa, in the position of Player Recognition. Joe’s oldest, JJ, NPCI alumni, will be attending North Catholic as a freshman and will play for the Trojans. His daughter Isabella, going into 7th grade at SKPS, will be an Ironmen Varsity cheerleader; Louie, going into 5th grade will be on the Ironmen JV squad and Dominic, age 3 is in training. Joe is committed to many years of success in the program!
Ron Kelm is in his second year coaching for the Ironmen. He has three children that he is very proud of. Fifteen year old Isabella, who attends North Catholic High School and plays varsity volleyball, as well as ten year old twins that attend St. Killian. Sebastian is in his second year of football for the Ironmen, and Aurora, who has done competitive dance, cheered for the Ironmen, and plays volleyball. Ron has coached varsity basketball for 15 years at Freedom, Quigley, West Allegheny and Seneca Valley. He has also coached five years varsity track and field for Seneca Valley.
Tim and family are excited to be back for their 3rd season with the Ironmen! Tim recently assumed the role as President of the NPCI after the retirement of Steve Spotts. After a successful 2018 leading our Developmental team, Tim is very excited to joining the Junior Varsity coaching staff. In addition, to Ironmen, Tim is a soccer coach for both St. Kilian's Parish School and Mars Area Soccer Club along with a baseball coach for Mars Baseball Association. Tim and his wife Felicia are parents of current and (future) Ironmen Andrew and John.
Travis was born and raised in Franklin Park and graduated from North Allegheny in 2003. While there, he played football his entire high school career. Travis was a 2 way starter as both a Junior and Senior. Senior year he was voted as team captain and named to the WPIAL All Quad-A North first team as a defensive back. Travis went on to play at Washington & Jefferson College, however was forced to stop playing after a back injury in his freshman year. Off the field, Travis works for Bobby Rahal Motorcar Company and enjoys spending time with his 3 children; Isla, Jackson, and Cooper and wife Stephanie. Isla and Jackson both attend Blessed Seelos Academy.
Dave is entering his 12th season coaching within the Pittsburgh Diocese; his third with the Ironmen. He is the former Head Coach and program director for both St Teresa of Avila School and the Northern Catholic Wolverines as well as JV Coach for Northside Catholic School. Father of current Ironmen player ;Owen grade 6: former Ironmen player Gavin, grade 10th, and Manus, Grade11. Older son's currently attend and play football at OLSH. Wife Kathleen is a Special education teacher for Pittsburgh Public schools. Dave was a former offensive lineman at Duquesne University where his coach at the time is now the current Duquesne Head Football coach…. the legendary Jerry Schmitt. " While for many years standing on the opposing sidelines, I always had great admiration and respect for the coaches and parents that run the Ironmen program . We always have shared the same core principles of not only teaching children this wonderful sport, but doing so with safety and Catholic values and lessons at the forefront . My respect has only grown since being involved with the Ironmen program and the people who guide it ".
Gibbons is entering his second year with the NPC Ironmen, 2018 was his first year coaching the developmental program. He is the proud father to son Iain and (step)daughter Nadine Aquino who both attend St. Gregory. Iain is in 5th grade entering his 3rd year with the Ironmen, he professes his love for football but does that for all sports in which he competes; they currently include basketball and racing motocross and formerly running x-country and gymnastics. Nadine is in 7th grade entering her 2nd year as an Ironmen Varsity Cheerleader. Prior to cheering for the Ironmen she was a cheerleader for the St. Gregory basketball team & ran x-country, Go Wolves, and involved in youth dance. After he stopped riding motocross Gibbons played on a pretty good HS team and learned the game of football, as an undersized starter on Def. & Off. Line, under Coach Jim Rankin. Being adamant about never coaching and “putting up with the headaches” Coach Gibbons is anxious for a new season and being a part of the kids’ growth as players and young men.
Jim is coaching the Developmental team this season. This is Jim's second year with the Ironmen program and his prior coaching experience includes three years with the Seneca Valley Junior Football Association. He has also served as a coach with youth baseball and soccer. Jim enjoys teaching game fundamentals, modeling positive reinforcement, and emphasizing what teams are able to accomplish when compared with individual efforts.
First Year coach with Ironmen Football and proud Father to first year Ironmen football player Enzo Pecoraro and Ironmen Cheerleader Sofia Pecoraro who both attend Blessed Francis Seelos Academy.
This is Coach Phil’s second year coaching with the Ironmen. In his first year, he assisted on the JV squad coaching wide receivers and defensive backs. This year he will be assisting with the developmental squad. Phil has been coaching youth sports (mostly baseball, but also volleyball, and soccer) for over 10 years. Phil has four children, two of whom are attending North Catholic, and two of whom are attending Saint and play for the Ironmen.
Coach Gregg is entering into his first season with the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen. As a multi-sport athlete growing up, he has a strong appreciation for the sport of football and the unparalleled sense of camaraderie that comes with it. He is active in the Pittsburgh Vengeance hockey program and serves on the board of directors. Gregg is a proponent of the importance of multiple sports and the confidence it affords in the development of young athletes.
Coach Tom is entering his first year as an Ironman Football Coach. Coach Tom has been involved in coaching youth sports for over 15 years (mostly baseball and basketball) and has a passion for coaching youth and instilling everyday values into his coaching regimen. Coach Tom has 3 children that attend Blessed Francis Seelos Academy (along with a 2 year old) that are also involved in athletics. Coach Tom is excited to be out on the field this upcoming season, with the ability to continue his passion of coaching youth sports and encouraging youth to find their full potential in athletics and everyday life.
Coach John has been involved in children's sports for over 20 years. John has been a Head coach for DeHaven and BradMarPine Baseball programs, at various ages, over the years, most recently in 2017 and also involved in coaching various i9 programs, also in 2017. John served as assistant offensive coordinator for the JV and Varsity football programs at St. Bonaventure school, in the late '90s. Recently John keeps stats for the St. Seelos Basketball program. Coach John's son Clayton, who attends Seelos, will be a first year 5th grader for the Ironmen. Coach John is excited to get back on the field and is committed to teaching the players teamwork and how to enjoy the game of football.