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Lansdale Catholic football coach Tom Kirk steps down after 7 seasons

Lansdale Catholic’s football coach Tom Kirk works with his team during practice August 8, 2017. Kirk notified the school his retiring from the Crusaders head coaching position after seven seasons. (Gene Walsh/Digital First Media)

Lansdale Catholic football head coach Tom Kirk notified the school administration and the team that he will be retiring from his position.

Kirk has led the Crusaders since the 2012 season replacing long time LC Head Coach Jim Algeo. Kirk has deep ties with Lansdale Catholic with three of his four children graduating from LC.

“Today is a very bittersweet day for me as I am leaving a school and a program that has been such an influential part of my life,” Kirk said. “I have been truly blessed with the opportunity to fulfill my passion to coach high school football. I want to thank the players, both past and present, whom I have had the great pleasure to have coached.

“I want to especially thank the LC administration for their tremendous support over the past seven years. I will truly miss Lansdale Catholic.”

Lansdale Catholic posted a 34-37 overall record in its seven seasons under Kirk, last year finishing 2-7. The Crusaders were District 12-3A champions in 2017 and PCL-2A runner-ups in 2015. Recent LC alums playing college football include but are not limited to Vince Picozzi (Temple), Ryan Quigley (Princeton), Ifeanyi Okorgi (Central Conn. State) Marlon Fenstermacher (F&M), Nick Picozzi (Temple), Joe Pinzka (Lycoming) and Zach Talley (Monmouth).

LC President Jim Casey said, “While we are sorry to see Coach Kirk retire, we have indeed been blessed to have him lead our football teams since 2012 and want to wish him nothing but the best as he moves forward with this new chapter in his life, especially being a grandparent. We’ve been very fortunate to have the Kirk family as part of the LC community.”

LC Principal Rita McGovern noted, “Coach Kirk shared his passion for football with his players while providing an excellent role model for all members of the Lansdale Catholic Community. In addition to being a role model, Coach Kirk mentored his players to be able to receive scholarships from prestigious universities such as Princeton, Monmouth, Central Connecticut and Temple, to name just a few. We are grateful for his years of service.”

Athletic Director Rob Nydick stated, “Although I was saddened to hear about Tom’s choice to retire, I certainly understand and respect his decision. I want to thank Tom not only for what he has done for his teams but what he has done for the LC Community. In my time working with Tom he exemplified everything we want to see in our coaches and within our programs. Tom served as a great role model to student athletes and fostered a culture of respect and accountability. He prepared many of his players to go on and have success on the college football level and more importantly prepared all of his players with valuable lessons they will be able to rely on the rest of their lives.

“As he used to say to his teams “he was a coach but a parent first” and he lived that mantra day in and day out. Tom Kirk will be sorely missed on the LC sidelines. However, his mentorship will continue to resonate and guide the young people he has impacted.”

Lansdale Catholic will be conducting an extensive search for a new coach in the coming weeks.

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