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Follow the footsteps of a legendary coach? Dave Rebar has no problem with that. Not to tackle his dream job.
An all state lineman at Mid Valley High School in 1990 and an assistant this season to legendary coach Frank Pazzaglia, who resigned last month, Rebar was named the head football coach of his alma mater by the Mid Valley School Board on Wednesday night.
“I’m glad to walk in his shoes,” said the 40 year old Rebar, who formerly was head coach at Riverside from 2002 05. “I couldn’t believe when Coach Pazzaglia hired me on his staff. I was honored.
“My goal was to be the coach at Mid Valley. Everything I did in my life was to come back and be the head coach at Mid Valley and prove it can be done, that you can be successful and get everything you ever want.”
Rebar takes over a Spartans program that was 4 6 this season. He was 19 24 in his four seasons at Riverside.
The ninth grade earth science teacher points at his own story as proof that anything is possible, something he wants to instill in his players.
“People said I’d never make it at Syracuse, but I did,” said Rebar,
who received a full football scholarship as a defensive lineman to Syracuse University. “If it wasn’t for the Mid Valley kids I played with, I don’t think any of that would have happened. It was a special time and the place was packed for every game.
“What I would want for my kids to believe is that anything in front of them, academics, sports, especially academics. . If I can get a degree at Syracuse University in geology, anybody can do it. It’s time we start believing that the kids in this school district can do anything. Believe that and you can overcome any obstacle. Even if you fall. You’re not a failure until you stop getting up.”
Rebar played for Jim Baggetta at Mid Valley and was an assistant at Riverside and Pittston Area under Steve Armillay, two other coaches he credits for helping develop his skills.
What he learned from Pazzaglia, he said, makes him a better coach and person than he was when he took the Riverside job.
“I want to build on what Coach Pazzaglia did,” Rebar said. “I loved coaching with him and he means a lot to me. I wish I knew him before I took the head job before. Coaching with him is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
“What I really learned is to enjoy every win with the kids and the staff, enjoy every part of the game with them.”.