Whenever Bo Teets joined the Monessen football team’s coaching staff as an assistant seven years ago, head coach Andy Pacak figured one day that Teets would eventually lead his own program.
Seems Teets, who was hired Wednesday night to succeed Brady Barbero at California High School, can’t help but find himself around quality coaches.
Besides working with Pacak, Teets’ uncle is longtime Belle Vernon assistant Joe Kroskie. Teets’ coaching start came at Belle Vernon under Gary Dongilli. And perhaps most ironic: While Teets was playing football at Ringgold in the mid-1990s, the basketball coach was none other than Phil Pergola, now the athletic director and boys basketball coach at California.
“Bo comes from a long line of coaches,” Pacak said. “I’ve always said from the time he came on with us, I knew he would be a head coach one day. I’m pleased as punch and proud of him.”
This is the first head coaching job for the 33-year-old Teets, who lives in Monessen with his wife and 4-year-old daughter. He’s also a a teacher in the Monessen City School District.
Teets takes over a program that has gone 19-19 the past four seasons, though 2-7 this past fall in the rugged WPIAL Class A Black Hills Conference. Two years ago, California was 7-3 and made the WPIAL playoffs.
“It feels good,” said Teets, who played tight end and linebacker at Ringgold before graduating in 1997 and enrolling at California University. “I’ve put a lot of time and effort into my coaching career, and it’s always been a goal of mine to be a head coach. It feels good to have that validated.”
At Monessen, Teets was a coordinator on both sides of the ball. He was also Pacak’s go-to coach guy for video and scouting.
Despite being only 33, Teets has the odd distinction of having coached in three games at Three Rivers Stadium: two WPIAL Class AAA semifinals and the 1999 championship game while at Belle Vernon.
Monessen, like California, played in the Black Hills Conference, and Teets thinks that familiarity will be helpful now that he’s running his own program.
“I’m excited to get started here, to be able to mold a football program in my ways,” Teets said. “I’m anxious to get to know the players. I’m very familiar with California, just by playing them over the past few years. I’m familiar with the conference, which I think is going to be a big help. I’m excited to get things going.”
California returns sophomore quarterback Malik Jackson, who threw for 415 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Also back is junior running back Cory Adams, who rushed for 370 yards and six touchdowns a season ago.
“I’m familiar with the area,” Teets continued. “It’s close to home. I’m very familiar with the conference. There are a lot of positives looking at the job and the program. There are a lot of returning players. They have top-notch facilities. There were way more positives than there were negatives.”