Mike White reports that City League great Rod Rutherford is the new head football coach at Perry.
"One of the greatest athletes in Pittsburgh City League history is coming back to his alma mater to be its head football coach.
Rod Rutherford is the new coach at Perry Traditional Academy on the North Side. Rutherford is one of the City League's favorite sons, starring in football and basketball at Perry before going on to a highly successful career as a quarterback at Pitt.
Rutherford was hired as Perry's coach last month and takes over for Craig Aguglia, who left to become an assistant at Shaler. Rutherford, 36, has worked at Perry since February as a project assistant, mentoring students and also helping in community outreach. Rutherford lives with his 1-year-old son, Rod Jr., on the North Side.
"I look at it as a great opportunity," Rutherford said of his coaching job. "I know what this community is about and what the kids are about. Unfortunately, people haven't been willing to roll up their sleeves and work, and not worry about a paycheck."