Montecalvo joins the nationwide soccer coaches corridor of fame | Highschool soccer
Guy Montecalvo peaked high school soccer training in 2001 when his Washington High School Little Prexies won the PIAA Class AA championship at Hersheypark Stadium.
He has received many awards, honors and awards, and can add one more.
Montecalvo will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association on May 30 at the Central Hotel and Convention Center in Harrisburg.
Montecalvo joins several former regional buses previously included in PSFCA HOF. This group includes James (Rab) Currie, Monessen, and Charleroi; Ben Parker, Jefferson-Morgan; Jim Garry, Fort Cherry; Joe Gladys, Monessen; James Russell, Donora; Don Bartolomucci, Beth Center; J. Gawen Stoker, Trinity and Bald Eagle Area; Jack Scarvel, Monessen; Frank Sworden, McGuffey; and Gary Cathell, Peters Township and Elizabeth-Forward.
“I think it’s testament to the guys I’ve trained with, the staff we’ve had together for so long and some great athletes,” said Montecalvo, one of the few coaches who led teams to state championships in two sports have (girls’ railway) in 1996). “It’s also a great honor to join Jim, Don, Frank, and Gary, all of the guys we’ve faced but all of the men I’ve been friends with and valued highly.”
Montecalvo set a record of 225-107-2 in 30 seasons in Washington (23 seasons) and Canon-McMillan (seven seasons). He is a member of the WPIAL Hall of Fame and the Washington-Greene Co. Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, among others.
Montecalvo’s Little Prexies won WPIAL championships in 1993 and 2001 and played in six WPIAL title games and two PIAA championship games over a period of 12 seasons from 1990 to 2001. He led Wash High to 17 post-season berths, as well as nine conference titles and nine semi-finals appearances. At Canon-McMillan, he led the Big Macs to four post-season berths and two seasons of eight wins – a school season with many wins.
Montecalvo is the second-winning coach in Washington County after Garry with 265 wins.
His original associates at Wash High included: Bob Mazzie and Moses Bailey, both deceased; Tom Belhy and George Robinson, who were with him all 30 seasons, Jim McDaniel, John “Bimbo” Chatman and Rich Caumo, and staff members Mike Belhy, Chris Miles and Frank Zebrasky. In addition, he worked with the late Matt Midea, who was his top adviser at Wash High from 1981 to 2001, and many others, including highly respected assistants Eric McWilliams at Wash High and Tom Olszewski at Canon-McMillan, each more of which als had 30 years of coaching experience.
“The loyalty of all these men and everyone else I’ve trained with has been incredible. You don’t see that too often these days, ”said Montecalvo.
“We were blessed to have the hundreds of student-athletes that we had and their willingness to pay the price during the season and the off-season. None of the successes would have been possible without the unwavering dedication of my wife (Marie), who took on the job of looking after our family so I could practice two sports.
“I hope that others who have not yet been honored like Ed Dalton, Bill Connors, Bob Hodgson, Rege Onderick, Russ Moore and Jeff Metheny will join us in this Hall of Fame. It really speaks to the level of competition we have faced for many years. “
Two of Montecalvo’s best players said the honor was special for them and their former coach. “I’m totally excited,” said Jamie LeMon, who was a cornerstone of the 1983 and 1984 Wash High teams and a member of the 1988 West Virginia team that played for a national championship. “It’s well earned and overdue. I couldn’t think of a better coach or a better person.
“What made him special and a special man as a coach is his integrity, passion and character. He raised the bar for me. He helped turn hundreds of student-athletes into better students, athletes, and people. He was aware of his expectations for every player, every student and every coach. His expectations of the team and every player were clear. There were no misunderstandings. “
Justin Gregula was the quarterback for the state championship team and played in two of the WPIAL championship games. He played baseball at Old Dominion University. He said Montecalvo had a lasting impact on him.
“I am confident that for those of us who have played for him, the effort and sincere interest and effort that he has put into us is a blessing and has shaped us as men,” said Gregula . “He taught us a lot more than just football.
“I am so grateful to be led by such a great leader of men. He was always more than just a soccer coach. He was superior in preparation, game planning, game management, technology and psychology. We knew what we had in 2001. But it was the combination of talent and his coaching that allowed us to do something historic 15-0. We needed every single person connected to our team to accomplish what we did. It was very special and a reflection of coach Montecalvo. “