Farrell assistant coach Anthony Pegues is pictured (to the left of the Wilmington helmet) during last season's Steelers-Hounds game on Aug. 31. Pegues was named Farrell head coach on Monday night.

FARRELL – When Farrell Area School District officials were forced to replace Jarrett Samuels, one of the most successful football coaches in school history, they didn’t have to look far.

The school board chose Anthony Pegues, offensive coordinator for the Steelers’ 2018 state championship team, Monday night as Samuels’ replacement. Pegues, who played quarterback on Farrell’s 1995 state championship team, had been an assistant for seven years.

Farrell Area School Board approved Pegues’ promotion in a 5-2 vote, with board member Gary Satterwhite abstaining, and board members Allen Harrison and Tiffany Holden in opposition.

Board members Charles Branca, Sharon James, Anthony Retone and James Guerino, and board President Terry Harrison voted in Pegues’ favor.

The school board also named Joann Sharper as athletic director in a 6-2 vote, with Satterwhite and Holden voting against. Sharper has been performing many of the athletic director’s duties for several months.

“I’m thankful that the school board recognized me,” said Pegues, who played collegiately at Grambling. “I appreciate the opportunity to lead the school and this team.”

He replaces Samuels, who logged a 116-32 record in 11 seasons at the Steelers’ helm. Samuels finished his time at Farrell on an upswing, with four consecutive District 10 championships, culminating in a 55-20 state title victory Dec. 6 over Lackawanna Trail in the PIAA Class 1A game.

Samuels left Farrell last month to take an assistant coaching position at Thiel College on head coach Mike Winslow’s staff. He leaves Pegues with a program that has become accustomed to accomplishments.

Even so, Pegues said he’s not feeling any pressure beyond his own expectations to maintain performance on the field and in the classroom – both of which Pegues said were mandated by his predecessor. 

“We’re going to try to keep that going and try to improve on it,” he said.

Herald Assistant Sports Editor   Ed Farrell contributed to this story.

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