The University of Akron went back to the coach's hometown roots to recruit one of New York's football players of the year.
The Zips received a commitment from Archbishop Stepinac quarterback Tyrell Goodman
, who shared Class A Player of the Year Honors from the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Goodman was being pursued by several Mid-American Conference schools that began hearing rumblings about the dual-threat quarterback late in his season, but Akron coach Rob Ianello had the inside advantage.
The Zips' second-year head coach is a 1983 Stepinac graduate. In addition, recruiting coordinator Jim Miceli is a longtime friend of Stepinac coach Mike O'Donnell. It was O'Donnell who brought Goodman to their attention.
Goodman led the Crusaders to the Catholic High School Football League A Division championship with 1,686 passing yards and 1,172 on the ground. He threw for 23 touchdowns and ran for 14 for the White Plains schoolsMORE STRETCH-RUN RECRUITING
Syracuse University hadn't done any successful recruiting in its own backyard this cycle until locking down Baldwinsville lineman Nick Robinson
And then the Orange got a start on 2012 by getting a verbal commitment from an outstanding local junior lineman.
Robinson became the eighth New York senior committed to the Orange, but the first in this class from Section III. The first-team all-state pick had offers from Tulane, Western Michigan and Buffalo after helping the Bees to the NYSPHSAA Class AA semifinals.
Ben Barrett, a junior two-way lineman from Syracuse CBA, started SU's 2012 class over the weekend by telling coach Doug Marrone he'd be arriving next year. "It's always been my top school," he told the Post-Standard. "It was almost a no-brainer for me."
The 6-foot-4 ½, 255-pound Barrett, already a two-year starter, plays offensive tackle and defensive end. He's likely to end up on the offensive line in college. Barrett said he was already receiving interest from Penn State.COACHING CHANGES: CAL-MUM NAMES MONACELLI'S REPLACEMENT
John Walther, an assistant coach at Caledonia-Mumford
for three seasons, has been approved as the replacement for retired coach Mike Monacelli.
Walther, an elementary school physical education teacher in the district, is a 2002 Dansville graduate and went on to a stellar career at the State University College at Brockport.
"Football means a lot to the people in this community and I'm very honored to be a part of it," he told the Livingston County News.
Monacelli, 61, had much to do with keeping football the signature sport at Cal-Mum, directing the Red Raiders to 10 Section V titles, four NYSPHSAA championships and two other trips to the finals. Cal-Mum lost the Class D final last November at the Carrier Dome.
"There is so much more than X's and O's with coach Monacelli," Walther said. "The relationships he has built with those kids. The respect that he had for the kids, and the respect the kids had for him was unparalleled. The kids respect him and didn't want to disappoint him. That was evident from the first day I came over here."
* Cooperstown coach Steve Pugliese has resigned, taking exception to being told that he would have to re-apply for a position he's held for 15 seasons, The Daily Star reported.
With player suspensions taking a toll on the offense, Cooperstown lost its final three games last fall by a combined 58-7 to finish 4-4. That triggered some of the sniping that travels quickly in a small community.
"Basically, I don't feel like this administration has my back," Pugliese told the paper. "I don't think it was right for me to have to re-apply for my job. I don't know if they would hire me back, but my coaching fire is out anyway. I'd like to volunteer my time next year as an assistant, but I don't even know if they'd let me do that."
Pugliese, a linebacker for Cooperstown's undefeated 1970 team, was an assistant for five seasons and took over the Redskins in 1996, a year after they went 0-8. Although he was 3-13 over his first two seasons, Pugliese ended up with a winning record that included a pair of undefeated regular seasons.