Tim Storino finds his place in leading Seton LaSalle football

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Sunday May 29, 2022 | 11:43 a.m


Tim Storino feels at home as the leader of the Seton LaSalle football team.

Storino, a 17-year veteran coach, aims to revive a program that has stalled due to coach turnover and inconsistent play.

Storino was dropped in March after a tumultuous 2021 season that saw Mauro Monz resign before coaching a game. Monz faced a year’s suspension for alleged recruiting violations. He was replaced by assistant Chris Siegle, but the Rebels lost six of their first seven contests before ending with a 3-7 record in Class 2A.

In Storino, the school chose a coach who emphasizes faith and family as much as stability. He has long been a believer in the Seton LaSalle program.

“I’ve had my eye on this job for the past 10 years,” he said.

Storino’s enthusiasm isn’t limited to his work with the football team. He cites the school’s vision as another reason Seton LaSalle was the right cast.

“I’m just as excited about the new construction of a chapel on the first floor of the building with 16 stained glass windows of Catholic saints as I am about the football team,” he said.

Storino’s optimism ties to promises that Seton LaSalle will enhance the football experience for students and fans, including plans to build a press box and bleachers so the school can host Friday night football games. Upon graduation, Seton LaSalle would be one of the few private schools in the WPIAL able to play their home games on campus.

“We’re already blessed with great facilities,” Storinio said. “Our weight room is top notch. We have a separate locker room for the football team and our own grass pitch on campus.”

With administrative support, Storino believes he can bring Seton LaSalle back to the top. The school holds six WPIAL titles and has produced standout figures such as NFL talents Bruce and Gino Gradowski and former Pitt star Bill Stull.

Storino is a former Vincentian Academy coach who has college coaching experience in Delaware, Old Dominion and Robert Morris. He has also served under some of the most successful coaches in WPIAL history including Jeff Metheny, Terry Totten and Neil Gordon.

“I am very blessed to have such wonderful mentors,” Storino said. “I played and coached for Jeff, learned from a WPIAL Hall of Famer (Gordon) for two years, and was Terry’s QB coach at Central Catholic for four years.”

Storino will rely on his teachings as he takes on a program that has won six games in three years. He said Seton LaSalle had everything he was looking for in a coaching job.

Seton LaSalle is a private Catholic school in Mt. Lebanon. Surrounded by Brookline and Dormont, its location made the decision easy for Storino, who lives in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.

“It’s an easy eight-minute drive for summer practice, but more importantly, I drive past it on my way home from my athletic job in middle school in Shaler Area,” he said.

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