Little Lions Hire New Head Coach

Published 03/18 2014 10:34AM

Updated 03/18 2014 10:41AM

STATE COLLEGE - The State College Little Lions have a new head coach, promoting former assistant Matt Lintal from within the program. The State College Area School District’s Board of Directors approved Lintal as the new Head Varsity Football coach at its regular meeting late Monday night. Lintal has been coaching with the State College Area Football program since 2010, where he served as a 9th grade assistant for the 2010 season, followed by three seasons as a varsity assistant with the offensive line. He replaces Al Wolski who announced his retirement after 10 years with the Little Lions.
Lintal is a 1999 graduate of State College Area High School, and was a three-year starter and team captain prior to continuing his playing career at Franklin and Marshall College. He was a four-year starter at strong safety and team captain.  After graduating from Franklin and Marshall, he began his football coaching career at Bucknell University, where he was an assistant for five seasons, before serving as the passing game coordinator for the 2009 season.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve our student-athletes in this capacity," said in a statement. "As an alum of State College Area High School, I accept this challenge with the utmost pride and enthusiasm.  With the help of the administration and a great coaching staff beside me, I hope to continue the winning tradition of State College Football, while also helping to produce citizens of empathy and integrity. I am thankful to my wife, Jackie, and my entire family for supporting me in this endeavor.  I am grateful to all the mentors I have worked with and learned from along the way, including my father, Dave Lintal, my college football coach (Tom Gilburg), and all the coaches I have worked with at both the college and high school ranks. Additionally, I have learned a great deal from Coach Wolski over the last four years and I am honored to follow him as the next head football coach for State College Area High School.”

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