New Football Coach brings new Attitude to St. Joe’s

Chargers in line for first-ever playoff appearance

New football coach Rich Petroski has the Chargers 5-1 to open the season.

New football coach Rich Petroski has the Chargers 5-1 to open the season.

Ray Lockhart, Staff writer

St. Joseph High School’s new head coach is making big waves. New head football coach Richard Petroski has done something no coach in school history has done by leading the Chargers to victories in their first four games, and guiding the team to five wins overall – also a first for the program.

Thanks to the team’s 21-7 win over DePaul Prep on Sept. 30, the Chargers are now playoff eligible for the first time, as well.

Petroski began coaching at the age of 18. The first coaching job he had was for a Pop Warner team called the Berwyn Mustangs. Then, in 2001, he received a coaching position at St.Joe’s as the receiver coach.

After a season of coaching at St.Joe’s, he went to coach at the high school he graduated from in Morton West.

“I left Morton because the opportunity to better my coaching career appeared,” said Petroski. “Coming back to Joe’s was a very easy thing to do because I knew the talent was here and that a winning atmosphere could be made here, and also felt that me and the coaching staff could do damage here.”

In 2015, Petroski returned to St.Joe’s as the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach. While coaching the wrestling team, Petroski had six wrestlers qualify for sectionals and two qualify for state. While assistant coach for the football squad under Anthony Griffin, Petroski coached the line backers.

In May of 2016, Petroski accepted the head coaching job just prior to the end of the school year. Petroski brought with him three coaches from the previous year, including Coach Brown, Coach Puentez and Coach Polak, while also bringing in three new coaches to the program in Coach Davis, Coach Bridgett, Coach Stevenson.

Petroski bought with him coaches that would help him with is goal.

“What made me want to continue to coach under Petroski is that I like his style of coaching,” said Coach Bridgett. “He lets us coach, and I believe we can take this program somewhere together.”

While Petroski has contributed a lot to the team, he gives credit to the senior class and Coach Griffin. Petroski says Griffin did more than he was given credit for, like laying the foundation for the wins the team is getting, due to the fact the Class of 2017 was his recruiting class.

Petroski says that the Class of 2017 deserves some credit also do to their dedication and hard work on and of the field. Seniors like Donovan Lee, Ray Lockhart, Brandon Quintero, Kris Reid, Guylon Moore, Keith Moore, Isaiah Davis, Armone Elem and Rashad Brown.