NEW CASTLE —
The New Castle High football team has its new coach.
Joe Cowart was named the Red Hurricane’s coach Thursday night at a special meeting of the New Castle Area School Board. Cowart was chosen by a 5-3 vote. Board member Marilyn Berkley did not attend the meeting.
The choice didn’t come without plenty of controversy.
About 70 people attended the meeting and seven spoke on behalf of fellow candidate Bruce Clark, a former New Castle High and Penn State University standout who went on to play in the National Football League.
However, the board said it chose the 31-year-old Cowart, a 1999 New Castle graduate and an assistant for the ’Canes over the past four years, because of his relationships with the students and overall exposure to the players. Cowart is a junior high math teacher and a video teacher in the high school and a great-nephew of late New Castle coaching legend Lindy Lauro. Numerous members of the Lauro family attended the meeting.
- Below: Check out Mackenzie Summerville’s video coverage and interviews.
- Right: Click on the link to view Erica Galvin’s photo gallery from the meeting.
- In Today’s Newspaper: Sports writer Joe Simon has the complete story.