Barbero resigns at California

January 17, 2013

After four seasons that included a pair of playoff appearances, Brady Barbero has resigned as head football coach at California High School.

Barbero, who guided the Trojans to a 19-19 record during his tenure, submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday.

“It was something I had thought about for a while,” said Barbero, who took over after serving as an assistant on former head coach Joe Kuhns’ staff.

“I have two young kids, and the time commitment I need to give to run a football program the way it needs to be run was just too much. I need to give some time to my kids.”

The Trojans moved from the Tri-County South to the Black Hills Conference in 2012 and struggled to a 2-7 record. They had their best season under Barbero in 2011, going 7-3, including a first-round playoff loss to Avonworth.

Barbero believes the Trojans can compete in the rugged Black Hills and would like to see one of his assistants take over the program.

“I haven’t spoken to any of them about it, but I’d like to see one of them take it,” said Barbero, a California graduate who works as a teacher in the Charleroi School District.

“I thought we carried on what Joe Kuhns had started when he left and I’d like to see that continue. It’s a major time commitment, but a great and rewarding job.”

Barbero’s resignation means there are two football openings at local high schools. Canon-McMillan’s Tim Sohyda resigned at the conclusion of the 2012 season. That position has not yet been filled.

Dale Lolley has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1993 after previously working at WJAC-TV and the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, and The Derrick in Oil City. A native of Fryburg, Pa., he is a graduate of North Clarion High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he earned a degree in journalism. He has covered the Pittsburgh Steelers since joining the Observer-Reporter in 1993, and also serves as the outdoors editor. He also is a radio host for Pittsburgh’s ESPN 970-AM, and serves as administrative adviser for the Red & Black, Washington & Jefferson College’s student newspaper.

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