High School Sports

P-O football coach says last few weeks have been overwhelming

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Hired a little more than a month ago and tasked with going back to basics, Philipsburg-Osceola head coach Mike Mann admitted something at Tuesday’s Mountain League football media day at Bald Eagle Area.

The past few weeks have been a tad overwhelming.

“It’s continuous,” Mann said with a laugh.

But for Mann, a P-O graduate and Mountie football player in the 1980s, this new job invokes a sense of pride. The Mounties are 1-39 over their past four seasons and have lost 27 consecutive games, and while he wants to help change that consistent losing, he doesn’t think any good comes from dwelling on the past.

“We no longer talk about what happened last year or in the years before,” Mann said. “We’re going to start from here on in. We’re working on what we can do to win and progress, and I want these kids to have fun. They’re still kids.”

And sure, there’s always stress on new high school football coaches, but Mann doesn’t feel any overbearing pressure to perform.

“We’re only going to go up. We can only go up,” Mann said. “I’m looking forward to this year, and maybe get a few wins here and there.”

John McGonigal: 814-231-4630, @jmcgonigal9