There's an adage that if something isn't broken, you don't try to fix it.
That's the situation facing former Steelers star linebacker Jason Gildon in his first season as Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's coach.
Gildon, who never has been a high school head football coach, assisted in recent years at Class AAAA schools Seneca Valley and Peters Township. He comes to a Trojans team that lost just one game in the past two years under previous coach Bob Ravenstahl and won the 2013 WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships. Last season the Trojans went 11-1, 7-0 in the Black Hills Conference, but lost to Avonworth in the WPIAL semifinals.
"They have been very successful the last two years, and they've been able to see what [success] looks like," Gildon said. "They've had a good senior class leave, but they left them with good habits. They showed those [younger guys] we are a good team and run a good program, and we hope they follow in those guys' examples. That's what we are stressing. When you have a team that has lost one game in two years, you don't want to change a lot. You really want to go in and see what they do well and bolster that. You want to continue to plug away."