McCort Head Football Coach Retires
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Brian Basile accepted the position as head coach of a struggling Bishop McCort Catholic football program in 2015. On Wednesday, Basile announced he is retiring after five seasons as coach of the Crimson Crushers. The well-known local businessman, educator and coach helped Bishop McCort Catholic navigate through some difficult times to produce a pair of 10-win teams and 32 victories overall. "I met with the team. It wasn't easy. I told them that life is never exactly the way you plan it and it was a good time for me to move on," Basile, 60 told The Tribune-Democrat on Wednesday. "I told them whatever they do, do it straight from the heart, with passion and do what's right. As long as you do what's right and do it with passion, good things will happen." "We met in the chapel. Just like we did after every weight room lift, every practice and every game, we ended by saying a prayer together." Basile led the Crimson Crushers to a 32-27 overall record, including a 6-6 mark this past season, which ended with a District 6 Class A playoff loss to eventual state runner-up Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic. Basile�s teams produced back-to-back 10-3 seasons with District 6-AA runner-up finishes to Ligonier Valley in both 2016 and 2017. Those silver-medal performances marked a dramatic improvement over a 3-7 record in 2015, the year Basile took over. Now he and his wife, Carrie, will have more time to spend with their children. �My kids are getting a little older. Sammy's 4 and Bella's 8. My oldest daughter is 26 and she lives in Atlanta. I missed a lot of that with her. I don't want to miss it again," said Basile, who taught with Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 and is an owner of Pizza-Deli Six Pack in Johnstown. "Time with your family is something you can never get back. It's more precious than anything, the time you get to spend," he said. "I always like to squeeze the most out of every day between working at the deli, I taught for 30 years, and coaching football 12 months out of the year." Smith said the Bishop McCort Catholic Board of Trustees will handle the hiring of a new coach. "There is no timeline right now," he said. Basile said the potential for a smooth transition is in place. "We had four graduates that played at McCort on the staff this year,We have a good staff here. We hope to keep things moving forward in the right direction and in a positive way. �We coached the second, third and fourth all-time leading rushers at McCort and the third all-time leading passer, so we must have done something right," Basile said