DUBOIS, Pa. – It appears the DuBois football team will have a new coach next year.
Frank Varsichetti, the head coach the past six years, told D9Sports.com early Saturday morning that he has declined to reapply for the job after it was opened this week.
“They said they wanted to see what is out there and wanted me to interview again,” Varischetti said. “I declined.”
News that the football job was “open” first surfaced on Twitter Friday in a tweet from Westernpafootball.net (@WPAFootball).
Dubois is opening the Head Football Coach position I’m told.
— WPAFootball (@WPAFootball) February 4, 2017
Erie Times News sports reporter Tom Reisenweber followed up with another tweet saying he had a “reliable” source saying the job was opened up but that DuBois’ administration had no comment.
DuBois admin has no comment, but I confirmed it with a reliable source that the head football coaching job will be opened up.
— Tom Reisenweber (@ETNreisenweber) February 4, 2017
But according to DuBois athletic director Mike Erickson the job being “open” was not news in so much as all coaching positions at DuBois are on one-year contracts and that the positions, including football, are posted every year.
“The coach has the option to submit a letter of interest if they want to continue coaching,” Erickson said. “At this time, all fall coaches have been posted. Anyone can apply for them. There is nothing different than any other year right now.”
Another DuBois head coach confirmed to D9Sports.com that coaching jobs at the school are opened at the end of every season, and he has to reapply for his job every year.
Varischetti, though, indicated that his job is being “publicly” advertised something that he says hadn’t happened in the past.
When asked if his job had been posted only internally in the past, Varischetti said “yes”. D9Sports.com is in the process of verifying this information.
Varischetti came to DuBois in 2011 after coaching four years at neighboring Brockway, where he won the District 9 Class 2A title in 2010. After posting a 30-16 record in four seasons with the Rovers, Varsicehtti has gone 41-24 in six seasons with the Beavers pushing his overall record to 71-40 in 10 seasons as a head coach.
An offensive-minded coach, Varischetti has coached some of the highest scoring teams in District 9 history while having record-setting performances from his quarterbacks and wide receivers.
While at Brockway, Varischetti’s quarterback Derek Buganza set the Pennsylvania record for career passing yards that was later broken by Port Allegnay’s Matt Bodamer. At DuBois, Gabe French threw for over 3,500 yards and 41 touchdown passes his senior year in 2014, while Matt Miller threw for over 3,600 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2015 as a sophomore. This past season, despite Miller missing the first three games of the year with an injury, wide receiver Kyle Hopson set the District 9 record for receiving yards with 1,665 on 101 catches with 18 touchdowns.
Overall, in six years with DuBois Varischetti’s offense has averaged 40.7 ppg while scoring over 400 points in a season five times (this past season the Beavers fell eight points shy with 392). The 2014 squad averaged 48.7 ppg.
But while Varischetti’s teams have been known for their great offenses, defense has been another story.
In six years at DuBois, Varischetti’s group allowed 28.3 ppg. That includes giving up 33.7 ppg over the past four seasons. In 2015, DuBois allowed 45.5 ppg including giving up 107 in a 107-90 loss to Meadville. This past season, the Beavers improved to allowing 34.1 ppg, still the second-highest in Varischetti’s six years at the school.
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