Scott Dennis has built some of the best freshmen football teams at Berwick. Now he takes on one of the toughest construction jobs at varsity level.
Dennis accepted the position as head coach at Holy Redeemer, a team that has won just 12 of 69 games in its seven-year history.
Dennis was one of two candidates brought in for a second interview last week. He coached the Berwick freshmen to undefeated seasons in 2011 and 2013. He was also a candidate at Dallas a few years back and at Hazleton Area after this season. He replaces Pat Reece, who resigned after two years to move back to his native Ohio.
Reece is Redeemer’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .263. The Royals were 5-14 in his two years at the helm.
Dennis will face the same problems Reece and the three coaches before him had. Redeemer has constantly struggled with numbers, opening the 2013 season with 30 players on the roster and often dressing 20-25 due to injuries.
The lack of depth was quite evident this season as the Royals finished 2-7. They were in several games well into the second half, only to be worn out by deeper opponents.
Redeemer has also failed to establish any kind of running game since its inception. The school has never produced a 1,000-yard rusher. The most yards a leading rusher has gained in a season is 684. Three times the team’s leading rusher has failed to gain over 200 yards during the season.
Dennis will be the third new coach in the WVC for the 2014 season. Jim Norris was hired to replace Pittston Area’s Mike Barrett, who resigned shortly after the season ended in November. Mike Brennan, a coaching veteran with who won a state title while at Mount Carmel, was hired to take over at Hazleton Area. Jim Drumheller resigned at Hazleton Area shortly after completing his third year.