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Rhodenbaugh resigns as head football coach at Pottstown

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown will look for its second head coach in as many seasons after Gary Rhodenbaugh resigned as the head football coach after one season.

Rhodenbaugh, who took over the head coaching position after serving as offensive coordinator for a season under the departed Don Grinstead, struggled in his only season at the helm of the Trojans with the team finishing 2-9 overall (1-4 Pioneer Athletic Conference).

“It is with regret that we accept Coach Rhodenbaugh’s resignation,” Pottstown High School’s Director of Community Relations John Armato said. “In the two years that he was with us he quickly developed strong positive relationships that enabled the football program to support the education mission of our schools. He taught the skills of football to our athletes, but more importantly he helped set a foundation of attitudes of hard work, self discipline, loyalty, honor, respect, sportsmanship and integrity that will help lead our players on the road to adult success. He has made a difference in their lives. We thank him for all of his effort and wish him future success.”

Rhodenbaugh was a graduate of Spring-Ford and serves as a special education teacher at the high school. He compiled a record of 21-42 in the PAC-10 and 27-56 overall in his seven seasons at the helm from 2003-2009. Since his head coaching stint, Rhodenbaugh had been an assistant on the staffs at Phoenixville (2010-2012), Spring-Ford (2013-2014) before taking over as the offensive coordinator at Pottstown in 2015. The Trojans responded by finishing second in the conference in rushing yards (219.8) while earning their first district berth in 13 seasons.

He was an integral part of Spring-Ford’s first unbeaten team in 1992. He was an all-league offensive lineman and linebacker for the Rams who ran the table in the PAC-10 and finished 11-0 overall.

He went on to play at Ursinus College, where he was named All-Centennial Conference First Team Linebacker and All-ECAC First Team Linebacker in 1996 and earned All-Centennial Academic honors from 1994-1996 before graduating in 1997.

His coaching career began as a linebackers coach at Delaware Valley College. But after one season over in Doylestown, Rhodenbaugh returned to Spring-Ford, where he was an assistant on Marty Moore’s staff for five years before taking over the program following the 2002 season.

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