Not long after Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's football team was eliminated from last year's WPIAL Class A playoffs, the Trojans found themselves without a head coach. The school, which relocated last summer from the Troy Hill section of Pittsburgh up to Cranberry in Butler County, handed over its program to Jason Gildon.
A former Pittsburgh Steeler and 11-year veteran NFL linebacker, Gildon previously served as an assistant high school football coach at Peters Township and Seneca Valley before taking over as head coach of the Trojans. He succeeded longtime coach Bob Ravenstahl, who led North Catholic to WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships in 2013.
With Gildon at the helm, the Trojans (11-0) find themselves back in the WPIAL Class A semifinals for the fourth consecutive season. They will meet Jeannette (10-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Valley High School in New Kensington. North Catholic captured the Black Hills Conference and is outscoring opponents by an average of 39.2-7.9.